Hawk always says it: “Well, D.J. You’re gonna win 60 and lose 60. It’s what you do with the other 42 that determines your season.”
It’s also those 42 that determine whether or not I’m going to be the worst person in the world to be around or the happiest.
Today’s post-game blog post had the potential to be similar to this one from 2005.
I was on the phone with my father in the bottom of the 10th when Joe Crede flied out to right and moved Carlos Quentin to 3rd base with one out.
“I really thought we had a chance with Crede right there,” I said. “Sorry, I gotta go watch Brian Anderson find a new way to do the absolute worst thing possible for the team. Talk to you in a bit.”
Trust me it was probably the first time I have ever been mad at a player for sacrificing the potential game-winning run to 3rd base with no outs.
Of course just moments later Anderson failed to get the bunt down on the squeeze, once again inventing a new way to screw up. I’m pretty sure I am going to write a book about the different ways this guy has been unproductive at the plate. This chapter would be called: “The Bunt I Somehow Managed to Foul Back into the Catcher’s Glove with the Winning Run on its Way Home Even Though the Pitch was Right Down the Middle.”
Of course he struck out for the 187th time this month on the next pitch.
This was the text I sent to my father: “Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Brian Anderson comes up to bat…”
That’s because this is clearly one of those 42 games and the reason why those 42 games get put under the microscope is because they become the defining games of the season. When you leave 12 guys on base, blow a save and fail on a squeeze bunt in extra innings it hurts even if you end up winning the game.
Of course the Orioles got a lead-off home run to start the next inning. Please, kick me while I’m down.
Luckily for the Sox, Juan Uribe did the one thing that he could do to stay on this team by hitting a home run to tie it in the bottom of the 11th.
My Dad’s text to me after that happened? “He swings hard at every pitch. Sometimes that works.”
Touche. Juan Uribe is the walking example of the “Swing Hard in Case You Hit it” theory.
Now the game is suspended because they found Hawk trying to fish in the infield. At this point I couldn’t be happier because I don’t think I could have taken this torture for much longer.
If you are wondering when they will make it up, it has to be June 23 because it’s an off-day for both the Orioles and the White Sox and Baltimore starts a 3-game set at Wrigley on the 24th while the Sox finish up a 3-game set at Wrigley June 22.
Baltimore does not come to Comiskey Park again this season.