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Thomas: No fans helped White Sox 'stomp out' Athletics

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The White Sox won their first game in the postseason since returning after a 12-year hiatus. It was a different experience, there were no fans in the stands.

And for a young team lacking postseason experience, that could've been beneficial.

"It's huge, especially on the road," White Sox legend Frank Thomas said on White Sox Postgame Live. "On the road you would've felt a whole different ballgame as a visiting team, once we jumped on them, there was not the crowd to give you that energy to come back and make a run.

"And we just stomped them out... the fires out."

Not only did the White Sox score first, but ace Lucas Giolito had six perfect innings to start the game.

"We jumped on them early, we knew what kind of hitters they were, Giolito had his A-game, there was no energy in the ballpark," Thomas noted. "They were done."

Thomas also noted how the lack of fans could cause some players who thrive off of the energy to struggle.

Ozzie Guillén also noted how loud road crowds could get, while taking a shot at the crosstown Cubs.

"Nothing worse than come here to Wrigley Field to play the Cubs," Guillén said. "Maybe because they never been in the playoffs often... my god it was loud.

"I was coaching third base and I was like really?"

Guillén coached against the Cubs in the playoffs with the Marlins in 2003, you know that infamous NLCS.

Jessica Mendoza noted how loud and rowdy the Oakland crowd can get, particularly in the playoffs. But fortunately, the White Sox didn't have to deal with it.

 

Thomas and Guillén also noted how the separation between the team and media plays a similar role. All media availability is being done through Zoom, so there aren't dozens and dozens of media in the clubhouse.

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