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Last these two teams were together, the Cubs swept the Sox in three games. That was last weekend. That was in Wrigley Field 10 miles to the North and that was, well, ancient history.
a rainbow. Ahhh.....
But that was then and this is now when we find ourselves in Bridgeport. (Not really, we're at our desk, as usual.)
But the following exchange took place between two characters we know all too well and are completely sick of:
Ain't no stinkin' rainbows over by Armour Square. Hear that, Cubbie Boy? Damn, that's my buddy Timmy calling. Don't move. Hey, Timmy, you there? Yeah. You comin' in from Orland? Do me a favor and stop off at the Jewels to get something to eat for the tailgate. Huh? Well, go to my auntie's house and get her preferred savings card. Anything. If they got raw meat on sale, that'd be good. Yeah, whatever, I gotta run because I got some Scrubs fan in a headlock. Later, T. Go Sox. Cubbie Boy, you still breathing? We're back in our yard now and we got Contreras going today and he's looking for some revenge from last week. As St. Antony is my witness, you can take that rainbow and your rusty 1908 World Series trophy and stick it where the sun don't shine!
Yeah, well, ... we've got better attendance! [Runs away.]
Now that that's out of the way, there is a baseball to be played.
Clearly the Cubs are being careful with Kosuke Fukudome's calf. So much so that Daryle Ward is in right field today! Yikes. While Fukudome assumes the rare leadoff/DH role.
Nothing that strange in the Sox's lineup. However, Alexei Ramirez's wife just had or will in the very near future have a baby, so he's scratched and Juan Uribe takes over at second. Jim Thome returns to the DH'ing after going 1-for-4 as a pinch hitter while the South Siders played six straight games in NL parks.
Piniella, always a fan of playing the matchups, stocks his lineup with lefties today. Opposing left-handed hitters are hitting .276 against Contreras, against .230 for righties. And slugging .432 vs. .289, mostly on the strength of a 6-1 advantage in home runs.
Ryan Dempster versus Jose Contreras today. Meanwhile, behind closed doors, Don Cooper is getting quite the rubdown from Herm Schneider in the trainer's room.
What do you get someone for a 100th anniversary? Besides repeated ridicule, I mean.
Welcome, everyone, fans of both teams, message board users. We're here for you on this Friday afternoon.
Petty hate-filled baseball soon. Yes! Lineups right here.
I'm starting off on WGN with the Sox crew of Hawk and DJ and Hawk is talking really, really fast. It's safe to say he's quite geeked for some "payback," as he said at least three times. Sit back, relax, and, as always, strap it down, everyone. It's strapped. Apparently Kirk Hinrich's replacement, Derrick Rose, threw out the first pitch. They didn't show it on WGN. Fukudome is in the box. Let's go. A ball and then a strike and then a foul ball. And finally a single up the middle on a pitch up and right over the plate. Is there a better looking playing field in baseball than at U.S. Cellular? Eric Patterson shows bunt but pulls the bat back and the count evens up at 1-1. Patterson checks his swing and sends a little bloop right to Joe Crede for the first out. Derrek Lee grounds to Crede, who starts an inning-ending double play.
Ryan Dempster is ready and Orlando Cabrera takes the first pitch for a ball. Cabrera loops one just out of the reach of the altitude-challenged Mike Fontenot and into right field for a leadoff single. A.J. Pierzynski flies out deep to left and Cabrera makes a head-up play, tagging and taking second on Patterson, who caught the ball drifting back towards the wall and in no position to come up throwing. Carlos Quentin fights off a few pitches and then rips a single back through the box. Cabrera just beats Edmonds throw to the plate and the Sox take an early 1-0 lead. That was a 2005-esque run right there: heads-up, aggressive base-running and timely hitting. Jermaine Dye grounds into a tailor-made double play that should've been routine had Mike Fontenot not tripped all over himself trying to field the ball. But the Cubs turned it and the first inning is over.
White Sox 1, Cubs 0
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