As a Chicago White Sox fan, yesterday wasn’t the greatest day of the year for me. As I’m sure you’re aware, the Tampa Bay Rays finished off the White Sox in the ALDS and are now moving on to face the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. Yes, the Rays are going to have to go through the entire sock drawer if they’re going to get to the World Series.
Whether they will or not remains to be seen, but we know that there are a few people in the White Sox clubhouse who think it’s going to happen. Sure, they may have spent the last week beating up on Chicago, but that didn’t stop manager Ozzie Guillen from falling head over heels in love with them.
“I feel proud to be the first manager to start against that team in the playoffs,” Guillen said after winning the one-game playoff with the Twins a week ago. “They know how I feel about them. And you guys that have been with me all year know how I feel about that organization.”
“They played better than us, there’s no doubt,” said Guillen, who congratulated the Rays in his opening remarks during the postgame press conference. “They pitched better, they executed better, they got big hits, and I tip my hat to them because they outplayed us.”
Yes, and I feel proud to have cheered for the first team to lose to the Rays in the playoffs. Actually, no, I don’t feel proud at all. I kind of just feel sad, and a little bitter to be honest with you. You spend six months watching a team, and then they get into the playoffs the way they did — winning three games in three days against three teams — only to bow out rather uncermoniously after five days, it makes you wonder why you wasted your time.
On the bright side, at least they won a game in the series. That’s more than the Cubs can say about theirs.