The Sox surely gave it a shot this afternoon, but came up a little short in their quest for a sweep in Detroit with the 5-3 defeat. As a result, the Tigers and Twins (who crushed the Royals, 13-4) will oppose each other in a one-game playoff on Tuesday for the right to face the big, bad Yankees.
It’s the second year in a row that the gritty piranhas have ended the season in a tie for the top spot in the AL Central–and the first time a team has played the “sudden death” game two consecutive years. In last year’s one-game playoff at the Cell, it was John Danks and a Jim Thome solo homer that foiled the Twins in the 1-0 thriller. It may be much different this season as Minny will be playing at the Twinkiedome, and we all know their history at home. Whatever happens, Ron Gardenhire should send a box of expensive cigars to Ozzie for winning this weekend’s series at Comerica to help the Twins’ cause.
Before we put the 2009 season in the rear-view mirror, here are the Sox season leaders:
Home runs: Paul Konerko (28); RBI: Konerko (88); Batting average: Scott Podsednik (.304) with A.J. Pierzynski (an even .300) the only other .300 hitter; Pitching victories: Danks and Mark Buehrle (13); ERA: Matt Thornton (2.74); Saves: Bobby Jenks (29). Additionally, Rookie of the Year candidate Gordon Beckham, who was called up on June 4, finished his maiden voyage in the big leagues with a .270 BA, 28 doubles, 14 homers and 63 RBI.
Despite the disappointment of ’09, Sox fans should be itching for the 2010 campaign to
begin–there’s so much to look forward to. Spring training can’t come soon enough.
Art of the Pale Hose will certainly not be
hibernating during the off-season with so
much activity expected on the South Side
and throughout baseball. Beginning with the
playoffs, look for my weekly Sox-wise
and Otherwise report plus opinions and
observations as the news warrants.