Sox not colorful, just good

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The White Sox of ’59 went on to lose to the Dodgers in six games. These White Sox seem determined to avoid the ill-starred path of their predecessors at least they did Friday evening when they cuffed John Lackey around for five runs in the first five innings and rode the stellar four-hit pitching of Jon Garland to an impressive triumph that gives them, at least momentarily, command of these mid-October hostilities. And this time they didn’t even need the assistance of their Game 2 umpiring savior, Doug Eddings, who was encamped down the right field line and did nothing more compelling than remain imperturbably poker-faced as the patrons showered him with verbal abuse throughout the proceedings. One looks at the White Sox starting lineup, and it’s overflowing with well-traveled castoffs, lifetime journeymen and a lot of guys who have resided in the shadows during their careers. I mean, I’m willing to bet anyone a Joe Jackson baseball card if I had one Jackson was the most famous White Sox player to receive a lifetime ban from commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis for his involvement in the infamous 1919 Black Sox World Series scandal that not one person reading this sterling prose can name the starting lineup of the White Sox. The Go-Go, Nellie Fox-Luis Aparicio White Sox of 46 years ago faced the Dodgers in Game 3 of a World Series that was tied at 1-1 and they dropped a 3-1 decision before a roaring crowd of 92,394 at the Memorial Coliseum. The No-Name White Sox of Ozzie Guillen faced the Angels Friday night in Game 3 of an American League Championship Series that was tied at 1-1 and they emerged with a 5-2 win before a disappointed crowd of 44,725 at Angels Stadium. Dwight David Eisenhower was President. Bobby Darin had a couple of No. 1 hits called “Mack The Knife’ and “Beyond The Sea.” Ingemar Johansson knocked out Floyd Patterson to become the world’s heavyweight boxing champion. South Vietnam was an obscure country in Southeast Asia that was still several years away from forging itself into the consciousness of the American populace. It was 1959, and it was the last time the Chicago White Sox had made a postseason appearance in Southern California until Friday night when they squared off against the Los Angeles Angels. center_img That’s about as likely an occurrence as trying to locate someone in the sprawling L.A. basin who actually fashions himself or herself as a White Sox fanatic. Such a person, of course, doesn’t exist or at least I’ve never come across one in my lifetime. The leadoff batter for the White Sox and he opened the game against Lackey with a single and would score his team’s first run is left fielder Scott Podsednik, who was first signed by the Texas Rangers and did tours with Seattle and Milwaukee before arriving in Chicago in the offseason in a trade involving Carlos Lee. The No. 2 hitter is Tadhito Iguchi, and I’m not sure anyone in Chicago, much less the rest of the country, had ever heard of this exceptional second baseman from Japan before the White Sox signed him last Jan. 27 and it’s even more unlikely than anyone can correctly pronounce his name. In the third spot for the White Sox is right fielder Jermaine Dye, who was with Atlanta, Kansas City and Oakland before signing with the White Sox last December, amid modest fanfare. What I remember most about this guy is that he suffered a terrible knee injury during a playoff series with the A’s when he fouled a ball off it. The White Sox’s cleanup man, Paul Konerko, who drilled a two-run first-inning homer against Lackey, is a known commodity in these parts because he once was a well-regarded prospect with the Dodgers, who mistakenly got rid of him in the summer of 1998 for a reliever named Jeff Shaw, whose stay in L.A. was brief. This is one transaction that Tom Lasorda would prefer to forget during his brief tenure as the Dodgers’ GM. Following Konerko in the Chicago order is the designated hitter, Carl Everett, known throughout his turbulent career at five previous venues the Florida Marlins, the New York Mets, the Boston Red Sox, the Texas Ranbgers and the Montreal Expos for his tempestuous outbursts, especially when he was with the Red Sox and Jimy Williams was the field commander. The No. 6 White Sox hitter, Aaron Rowand, might be familiar to baseball people in this area because he was, after all, a big star once upon a time at Cal State Fullerton, but he isn’t exactly the center fielder you think of when you list the top ones playing the position these days in the major leagues. The next White Sox hitter, A.J. Pierzynski, has become more renowned for his beefs with teammates at Minnesota and San Francisco than he has for his catching skills, and gained more publicity for the vital role he played in his team’s Game 2, ninth-inning win against the Angels he’s the one who conned Eddings into his colossal blunder than he had in his five previous seasons combined. The press guide insists that third baseman Joe Crede, who bats eighth, has been with the White Sox full time since 2003, but I never knew what a Joe Crede was until he struck his game-winning double on Wednesday night. The No. 9 hitter, Juan Uribe, natch, was acquired from another team Rowand and Crede are the only everyday starters weaned in the White Sox minor-league system but the former Colorado Rockie doesn’t exactly come to mind when one ranks the game’s prime shortstops even though he does have a reliable glove and an occasionally explosive bat. The White Sox don’t exactly have the intimidating aura of, say, the New York Yankees, although their pitching the past two games against the Angels has been stifling as it has been throughout the summer. Mike Scioscia’s troops managed only five hits and a run against Mark Buehrle in Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss and Orlando Cabrera’s two-run, sixth inning homer was the only time Garland faltered Friday evening. “This is one of the top couple games pitched against us all year,” said Scioscia afterward. Scioscia was characteristically upbeat and optimistic, as he always is after his team falters. “We’ll come back,” he promised. Maybe so, but the Angels will have to start getting more production from the slumping Vladimir Guerrero he finally got a meaningless hit Friday night but he’s now 1 for 12 in the series and they’ll also have to start playing smarter baseball, which Darin Erstad failed to do in the second inning when he foolishly tried to stretch a double into a triple and was cut down doing so with his team behind by a 3-0 score. This was not a glorious evening for the Angels, who face the harrowing prospect tonight of having to beat a longtime nemesis, Freddy Garcia, with their 22-year-old rookie, Ervin Santana. The Pale Hose look bright and energetic and self-assured. The Angels look just plain pale. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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