I know it's been a while since I rapped at ya, to quote Onion scribe Jim Anchower, but I did attend one of the sweep games at the hands of the White Sox this week, the one that was probably in the most contention overall, on Tuesday night. I also had some great field box seats thanks to my Dad, right near the visitor's dugout, so I was able to get up close and personal with the inimitable Ozzie Guillen. It was a nice distraction from the debacle on the field.
A selection of photos from the complete set below the jump.
Every time I see Varitek start, I am highly aware that I'm witnessing something increasingly rare and finite. I truly do not think we will see his like pass this way again for a long, long, time, so his presence is something to savor. Tuesday night he did not disappoint, hitting his second homer of the season and delivering his first three-hit game since last April 26 -- only his third since 2008. (Per ProJo's Tim Britton)
As my Dad likes to say, "it's a short trip between the penthouse and the outhouse," and we've seen that in action this week with the sweep at the hands of the White Sox, Daisuke Matsuzaka and reliever Rich Hill reportedly headed for Tommy John surgery, and a slide back down in the standings to two games behind the Yankees in second place.
The good news about that penthouse / outhouse thing is that the converse is true as well. Hopefully we'll really get a rally going against the A's this weekend.