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About Damn Time!

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Aug 22, 2005 6:24PM

Chicagoist learned what it's like to be a Cubs fan over the past week. No, we haven't begun drinking at noon and we can still name the opponent without having to read it off the centerfield scoreboard. What we learned is what it's like to have your team go a whole week without a single victory, something Cubs fans have endured three times this season. However, such futility is a novelty for the White Sox.

2005_08_sports_randy_johnson_4homers.jpgHaving suffered through a season-worst 7-game losing streak, the Sox finally won a game Sunday by beating the damn Yankees 6-2. All six runs came from 4 homers hit during the 4th inning. Facing future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, Tadahito Iguchi, Aaron Rowand and Paul Konerko hit back-to-back-to-back homers. After singles by Jermaine Dye and Juan Uribe, backup catcher Chris Widger took Johnson deep. Jose Contreras again beat his former team and the Sox won 6-2.

This victory was a big relief for Sox fans. As the losses continued to mount, fans began to panic a bit. Are the Sox coming back down to earth? Or is this simply a tiny funk all teams can expect to experience over the course of a 162-game season? Will everything be OK once Scott Podsednik returns from the DL? Or did the Sox hurt their World Series chances by not picking up another bat before the trading deadline? Can they still get one before the waivers deadline? Are the Sox eternally doomed because of the Black Sox scandal?

Despite the Sox recent losing streak and Cleveland's 13-5 August, the Sox remain 8.5 games up on the Indians -- up 10 in the loss column. So the Sox don't need to be too concerned... yet. Hopefully, they'll rediscover their hitting stroke in the Metrodome this week and they look forward to ScoPo rejoining the lineup on Sunday.