Over the course of Matt Albers' scoreless outings streak, we've seen him increase the intensity on his returns to the dugout. There's been gum-throwing, screaming -- either to himself or umpires - and he's also upped the amount of head-slapping. It's funny, it's slightly disturbing, and it's the kind of undercard action that South Side Sox craves.
After his 1-2-3 eighth inning against the Blue Jays on Monday, I think we can remove the "disturbing" tag. It looks to me that he's aware of the expectations, and now we're just getting some good, clean fun.
He ended the inning by making a great play on Ezequiel Carrera's bunt:
CSN Chicago isn't yet trained to keep the camera on Albers until cutting to commercial, so that highlight, while enjoayble, lacks the good stuff.
Fortunately, the Toronto broadcast has us covered. Moreover, it appears as though everybody in the White Sox dugout has bought into this character 100 percent, and I could not be more thrilled. The audio is NSFW, but you're going to want to hear it, and your supervisors should, too:
Upon further review, maybe not everybody, because Avisail Garcia doesn't know how to process Albers by the looks of it.
Then again, maybe Garcia, being a football player in a baseball uniform, just isn't used to being jolted by another human, and respects this force of nature.
Everybody has to respect the results, whether from this season...
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 10 G, 10.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
2-0, 0.00 ERA, 30 G, 33 IP, 24 H, 7 BB, 24 K