Why is This Man Smiling?
The craziest thing happened during the game last night. It seems that I dozed off and dreamt that in the White Sox 9-4 victory over the A’s, Adam Dunn hit a two-run, opposite field homer.
But wait. I didn’t doze off and wasn’t dreaming after all. The Dunn blast actually happened–in the third inning, to give the Sox a 5-1 lead.
Sorry for the sarcasm, but Sox fans have been wondering if the guy who has the second most home runs this decade and regularly drives in 100 runs would ever snap out of his funk and start being the Dunn the Sox thought they had when he was signed to the huge contract. Let’s hope the homer, which came during his first game back after the Ozzie-imposed two-day rest, is a sign of what’s ahead.
It’s no secret that a rejuvenated Dunn, an improved Alex Rios, combined with the fine seasons being enjoyed by Alexei Ramirez, Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin, can maximize the offense and put the South Siders in a position to seriously get back in the race after the nightmare start.
Speaking of the divisional race, The Sox have made significant progress and stand only 5 1/2 games behind the stumbling Tribe. But Cleveland isn’t the only hurdle as the Tigers find themselves only a game behind the lead and serious about winning the A.L. Central. So, if the Sox are to win the division, they will have to overcome two teams, not just one.
It may be a longshot, but the Sox are in a position to reach the .500 mark by Sunday night if they can win the next three games against the reeling A’s. Two out of three is more realistic, but a guy can hope, can’t he?