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I'm disappointed. Yes, I know I should be happy that the White Sox were able to tie the series up at 1-1 with a 2-1 vitory over the Angels, but I have a hollow empty feeling in my gut after that win.

Right now I should be writing about the masterful performance of Mark Buehrle. I was one of his biggest critics in the second half of the season. I should be enjoying a large helping of crow, but I can't.

A simple strikeout turned into so much more. By now you've all seen what happened, heard all the expert opinions, made your own conclusion, so I'll spare you the War and Peace version. Straight to the Cliff's Notes.

  • I've gone back and forth on whether Josh Paul caught the ball. It's tough to tell. You can make a case for either side.
  • Heads up play by A.J. Pierzynksi. He never takes anything for granted.
  • If Josh Paul just puts a tag on Pierzynski, we're not discussing any of this. -- AJ tagged out Benji Molina on the exact same play to end the top of the sixth. (I just went back and watched it. Molina swings and misses, trowing his bat to SS in the process. The ball is low, but not in the dirt. AJ puts the tag on just to be sure.)
  • I'm sure if I was an Angels fan that I would be really pissed right now, but not just at Doug Eddings. Doug Eddings didn't throw a meatball to Joe Crede with an 0-2 count. Doug Eddings didn't allow a stolen base with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth. The box score does not read Doug Eddings (0-1). -- No I'd be mad that my team couldn't score more than a single run in 9 innings of play. In fact, that's exactly what I was ready to do.
This game had all the makings of a heartbreaking loss for the White Sox -- 1983 Game 4 ALCS heartbreaking. -- the type of game you don't recover from. Mark Buehrle was ready and willing to fill the role of Britt Burns, and I'm sure there was somebody on the Angels bench, maybe even Josh Paul, just waiting to play the part of Tito Landrum. Instead, the name Doug Eddings will live forever along side Don Denkinger and Jeffery Maier.

Umpires don't win games, players do. Mark Buehrle, Joe Crede, and White Sox deserve some credit.

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