The weekend in Kansas City just past was nothing short of a dismal failure for the White Sox. Going into the three-game series, holding on to a two-and-a-half game lead over Detroit, the Sox had things looking bright, especially coming off the Toronto series with some much-needed momentum. Naturally, the Sox were swept all three games without much trouble. But, lest we forget, it was Kansas City!
Since the earliest days of my Sox allegiance, it has been a Kansas City team that has been–historically–the fly in the ointment, the spoiler, the royal pain in the tail end! Even in those days, when they were the A’s, they always managed to give the Sox fits. The Sox stand tall against the likes of New York, Boston, Detroit, and others. But let it be Kansas City, and it’s all over before it starts!
Probably the greatest example of this was during the 1967 late-season pennant race with Boston, and the White Sox just needed a win or two to solidify first place. Well, I’m not sure why, but the Sox couldn’t figure out the lowly A’s then, and when they still had a chance, they couldn’t figure out the Washington Senators, either. And, of course, the Red Sox went on and finished first and the White Sox were left scratching their collective heads and mumbling about the squandered series in Kansas City and in Washington.
Some things never change! See you at the ballpark!