Game 3 Afterthoughts
Saturday, October 15, 8:28 am
Photo by Andrew T. Malana / MLB.com
What a game!
It was incredibly important to win Game 3 like we did last night, especially knowing we have Games 6-7 at U.S. Cellular Field in front of our fans. After last night’s victory, everyone was reminding one another that there was still a long way to go and a lot of baseball to be played. Focus on one day at a time, one game at a time. Our pitching has been fantastic, but the Angels remain dangerous. As Ozzie says, "Let’s not wake the monster."
Instead, let’s keep this momentum going into Freddy Garcia’s start tonight.
Ozzie also had a great comment before the game yesterday … "Our goal is to not wake the monkey."
Speaking of …
In addition to giving us the 3-0 first inning lead last night, Paul Konerko’s home run took the Anaheim crowd and its thundersticks right out of the game. Their only loud moment came on Cabrera’s home run in sixth inning. Did anyone else notice his pose after the swing? I think Jon Garland did.
Sea of Red
As I am sure you all saw (in person or on television), Angels fans do love to sport the team’s colors. I mentioned to Brooks Boyer, our VP of Marketing, that we should have a "Wear Black and White Night" next season.
After each victory, baseball tradition has the guys already in the clubhouse meet the team at the door exchanging high fives and fist knocks. Same thing happened last night. As the members of the bullpen trickled in, several Sox good naturedly congratulated the bullpen on a great job.
On our starting pitching …
"I think each one of our starters has pitched like an ace at some point in the season. I don’t think too many teams can say that."
Came up big with a bunt, two hits and a teriffic double play in the first inning.
The Orange County Register has been running, on the top of its front page, a photo and brite titled, "87 Seasons of White Sox Futility." Yesterday the newspaper had a note about the Black Sox scandal, "draping a cloud of shame on the national pastime." Today, it ran a photo from when Eric Dybas assaulted umpire Laz Diaz in 2003 with the text, "Crazed fans are part of Sox lore. In 2003, an umpire was attacked on the field for no reason; in 2002, a drunk man and his son went after a rival coach."
So nice of them to describe the team and its fans in this way. But I am not sure what they are trying to accomplish. Do they want to anger us? Instill fear of Chicagoans in their fans? Or just make the Angels look bad when (and if) they lose to a franchise as futile as ours (sarcasm is intended).
On The Bus
after the game, a commentator asked, "what do you think Chicago is like tonight?" Our guess was rocking. Enjoy and let’s get them again in Game 4.