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Game 126: August 26, 2009
White Sox
L: Tony Pena (6-5)
63-64, 4 game losing streak
WinRed Sox3
BS: Ramon Ramirez (3)
W: Daniel Bard (1-1)
73-53, 3 game winning streak
Highlights: Why do I prefer manual transmission to automatic? So I can be clutch like David Ortiz.

Tag Team back again
Check it, wreck it, let’s begin
Party on party people let me hear some noise
DC’s in the house jump jump and rejoice
There’s a party over here, a party over there
Wave your hands in the air
Shake your derriere
These three words mean you’re gettin’ busy
Whoomp, there it is
Hit me!

David Ortiz scored the first and last runs of the game. His first home run boomeranged off the second row Monster seats’ table to the feet of fans in the first row. In the dugout he exchanged an elaborate handshake with Victor Martinez. So reminiscent of 2004, with Ortiz playing himself and Martinez assuming the role of Orlando Cabrera.

Although not as showy as Cabrera, Alex Gonzalez has been a revelation at short. He mans shortstop near flawlessly; he vacuums up ground balls, turns twin killings, and tosses to first with immaculate aim. Any contribution he brings to the other side of the ball is a custom topper on the wedding cake. In the sixth Gonzalez broke the 1-1 tie with a leadoff homer into the Monster seats.

I’m taking it back to the old school
’Cause I’m an old fool who’s so cool
If you wanna get down
I’m gonna show you the way
Whoomp, there it is

Tim Wakefield didn’t factor into the decision because of Scott Podsednik’s game-tying pinch hit home run in the eighth off Ramon Ramirez. The knuckleballer kept the White Sox off the scoreboard for six innings. The only run blemishing his outing came with Paul Konerko’s triple to the triangle in the first inning. The blast plated Gordon Beckham, who started off the game with a bunt towards third for a base hit.

With Beckham’s success one would think that Ozzie Guillen would exploit Wakefield’s lack of mobility all night. Some managers just don’t know how to strategically deploy the bunt. In the sixth with two on, two out, the left side of the field completely free of defenders, and a one-run lead Ortiz attempted a bunt. Terry Francona probably didn’t approve.

What he does approve of: games that end in the required number of innings punctuated by a Papi walk-off dinger. “I hate extra innings,” said Ortiz, slightly out of breath from running the circuit and getting clobbered by his teammates.

Bring it back ya’ll bring it back ya’ll bring it back
Here we go
Whoomp, there it is

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