by Ted Cox
During the rain delay that eventually postponed Thursday night's game at White Sox Park, the Sox puts the Bears' game in Green Bay against the Packers up on the scoreboard television. Most people seemed to appreciate it—if not the numerous Detroit fans in attendance—and it was certainly more pleasant than the abrasive rap they kept booming through the public-address system.
But you know what? There's a pennant race on, and the Sox happen to be in first place, a game ahead of those very same Tigers. So allow me to repeat again: it's baseball season.
Thank the baseball gods the Sox called the game before the Bears could fall behind on the way to losing 23-10.
The weather rained out the final game of the season between the Sox and Tigers, and it was probably good for the Sox, who after losing two in a row to Detroit could have used a day off—the way the Durham Bulls did in Bull Durham when Crash Davis "makes" it rain. (Why didn't the Sox play Los Lobos during the rain delay?) Newfound Sox ace Chris Sale put the extra day of rest to good use by starting a 6-0 shutout Friday against the Twins in Minnesota to earn his 17th win of the season. Kevin Youkilis, back on a tear, put the game away with a homer in the seventh inning. Now the Sox have to feast against the Twinkies the rest of the weekend on the way to playing the Tigers in a makeup game back here in Chicago on Monday.