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Game 98: July 24, 2005
Red Sox (54-44), 4
White Sox (64-33), 6
L: Bronson Arroyo (8-6)
W: Jose Contreras (6-6)
H: Neal Cotts (7)
H: Cliff Politte (11)
H: Damaso Marte (12)
S: Dustin Hermanson (23)

Going into the series, I would have been happy with a split. Going into this particular game, I got greedy. I wanted a series win against this team that was so blithely steamrolling their AL Central competition on their way to the best record in baseball.

I’m certain Arroyo was as greedy as me. Yesterday was the anniversary of The Game, and perhaps he would be spurred by the memory of the last year, the turning point of the season. His line of 6.2 innings pitched, 8 hits, 6 earned runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 1 home run showed that maybe he was not. Too content with his album’s success, perhaps, as all Boston media pundits have claimed? It’s not as if these media personalities don’t have multiple coals in the fire as well. You can find all of the Globe’s and Herald’s poison pens, WEEI’s disembodied voices, and local television’s talking heads in every possible media outlet. Ambrose Bierce said that the definition of hypocrisy was “prejudice with a halo.” If that’s the case, any media outlet’s facilities probably don’t have very large electricity bills thanks to the illumination provided by the nimbi of the nitwits.

Dustin Hermanson...why can’t we get pitchers like that?

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