- AP Photo/Paul Beaty
- Darth Vader throws out the first pitch at the Cell Saturday. The Force was with the Sox.
UPDATE (5 PM): Matt Garza won’t be starting for the Cubs tonight after all, because he was just traded to the Texas Rangers for three young players and a player to be named later.
At about 4:20 in the afternoon on Saturday, the last-place White Sox turned their season around in sun-drenched U.S. Cellular Field. Alex Rios gets most of the credit, although I think I had something to do with it.
The Sox had spotted the Atlanta Braves four runs, but in the third they got one back and loaded the bases for Rios. I was in the upper deck with family and friends, celebrating my birthday. I leaned over to my wife and said that in one pitch, the Sox could be ahead 5-4. Rios smashed the next pitch over the wall in left-center, and the Sox were ahead 5-4. They went on to win, 10-6.
The idea that the Sox could turn their woeful season around is nonsense, of course, but I’m going to pretend to believe it anyway. They led the Braves again yesterday, 3-1, into the eighth. That’s when Atlanta put a runner on and Reed Johnson sent a Nate Jones pitch soaring to left. The ball seemed about to leave the field when someone named Casper Wells leaped and snagged it above the fence. The final was 3-1.