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Game 131: August 26, 2007
WinRed Sox 11 W: Julian Tavarez (7-9) 80-51, 4 game winning streak
27-11-5 series record
White Sox 1 L: Javier Vazquez (11-7) 56-74, 5 game losing streak
16-22-3 series record
Highlights: David Ortiz, Boston folk hero, is locked in. Launching his 24th homer, Ortiz’s legend grew and the game spiraled out of Vazquez’s grasp in the fifth. But another player captured the attention of fans: Bobby Kielty sparked the fifth inning rally with his bunt single and he also homered in the sixth. There should be Kielty player tees available at the Souvenir Store by the next homestand, in red, navy, and kelly green.

If I were the owner of the White Sox I would not be surprised if I received letters something like this:

Dear Mr. Reinsdorf,

I write this letter in hopes of having the money I paid for two tickets for the game played on Sunday, August 26, 2007 refunded.

In all my years of attending games at Comiskey Park (both old and new) and the Cell I have never witnessed such a lackluster display of baseball by the home team. Even during the LaRussa and Fregosi years you’d have guys laying their hearts on the field despite losing records.

Now there’s players like A.J. Pierzynski just mailing it in. He failed to run out a grounder in the seventh inning and then had the nerve to get in his hitting coach’s face when called on it. He ended the game waving twice after taking one pitch for a strike.

I guess A.J. was in a rush to get out of the park and dodge all the fans who had voted him into the All-Star Game in 2006.

When I purchase a ticket to a Major League game I expect a certain caliber of performance. Ozzie Guillen’s amateur hour had rookie third baseman Josh Fields making is his first career start in left.

Why is Guillen tinkering with the defensive alignment by using a player who is already squirrelly in his own position in another spot on the field with which he is even less familiar? Is Guillen trying to be the Dusty Baker of position players?

Of course the tactic led to Fields butchering Ortiz’s fly ball in the ninth. End result: two bases and two more runs.

I was also unable to purchase hot dogs in the fifth inning. Not that it mattered as the team’s play had already made me lose my appetite. I doubt I could have held anything down.

Also, it was nice of Ken Williams to grant Mike Myers the opportunity to play his last season on a team he grew up with. If my ticket money was to be used to purchase a retirement gift to Myers, please keep the funds but send along my well wishes for Mr. Myers in his golden years.

Best Regards,

[Name censored to protect abashed]

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