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Loss to Yankees eliminates White Sox from playoff contention

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Loss to Yankees eliminates White Sox from playoff contention

NEW YORK -- The postseason drought continues for the White Sox.

The combination of a 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium and a Houston Astros victory on Saturday officially eliminated the White Sox from the postseason picture for a seventh straight season. John Danks delivered six strong innings but Adam Warren worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning with a strikeout of Jose Abreu and his bullpen did the rest.

“We all expected more,” Danks said. “Just really couldn’t put it together for a long stretch. Seemed like at different parts of the season different phases were going really well but the other half of it was lacking for whatever reason. It’s disappointing.”

The White Sox, who haven’t appeared in the playoffs since 2008, would have needed a miracle run and unimaginable levels of help from everyone else to sneak into the second wild-card position in the American League. Instead, they were eliminated from the second-wild card spot with seven games to play and also assured themselves of a third consecutive sub-.500 finish. The team was previously eliminated from the AL Central race on Sept. 18.

The White Sox began the season with big dreams after the front office went on a spending spree last offseason, signing free agents David Robertson, Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche, among others. The White Sox also traded for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija and caught national attention for an aggressive offseason as they added to an already talented core including Jose Abreu, Chris Sale and Jose Quintana.

But all those new faces didn’t immediately jell.

“We all knew we had a very, very good team for the season, but also we had too many new faces, and probably it was a little hard to build the chemistry,” Abreu said through an interpreter.

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The White Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first inning Saturday when Adam Eaton singled, stole second and scored on Abreu’s RBI single. But Warren got out of that jam when Adam LaRoche grounded into a double play.

Warren walked the bases loaded with two outs in the fifth inning but struck out Abreu. New York rallied in the sixth inning behind consecutive ground-rule, RBI doubles by Chase Headley and Alex Rodriguez.

Danks allowed two runs and six hits and struck out five in six innings.

Yet another inconsistent performance is about the only thing the White Sox have done consistently this season. Whether it was enough offense and not enough pitching or vice versa, or those times when a faulty defense was too much to overcome, the White Sox never quite could get it all together.

“We were plenty talented,” Danks said. “We had it in us. Just had to go out there and play ball. I expected us to certainly be in the mix a little better. It’s baseball. That’s a lot of games you have to be good for a long time. Unfortunately we weren’t good enough.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list