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Tweetstorm (ALDS Game 3): White Sox 12, Astros 6

We wade into the dangerous waters of social media to highlight some of the best tweets of the evening.

Division Series - Houston Astros v Chicago White Sox - Game Three
Mighty mite Leury García changed the direction of the game and helped save the White Sox season with a titanic, third-inning blast to center.
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It was do-or-die tonight for the White Sox. Fans flocked to Guaranteed Rate Field early to meet up and tailgate, dressed in all black under the beaming afternoon sun.

It was a good day otherwise for Chicago, with the marathon and the Sky, Bulls, and Bears all winning. So: your move, White Sox.

Emotions certainly ran high — feelings of excitement, gratitude, and plenty of reflection over the last 13 years.

The Blackout was in full effect, as fans both there in person, sitting at a bar or watching from their own couches showed up and out.

Jim Thome and his family certainly understood the assignment.

Even our very own Jacki Krestel.

Janice, unable to wear black was still watching from the wedding she had a role in.

Former President and fan of the South Siders, Barack Obama kicked things off with a special message.

The entire ballpark was buzzing as the game started.

Dylan Cease took the mound for his first playoff start. Our very own Colleen Sullivan was lucky enough to see Cease’s first career start and first playoff start.

Cease had a powerful first-inning throwing absolute fire — and Pitching Ninja noticed.

Someone took a tumble ...

The good guys struck first, as Eloy Jiménez ripped a two-out, RBI single to center to put the White Sox up.

Unfortunately, the Astros struck back, and it was soon 2-1, cheaters, after a deep hit from Kyle Tucker. Cease started struggling in the second inning, and the camera panned to Michael Kopech warming in the bullpen.

Jake Meyers singled soon after, sending Kyle Tucker home. Whomp whomp. But it’s actually Keelin’s fault.

Cease was pulled after walking José Altuve. While he folded under pressure, it was obvious that the ump was also pretty terrible.

The broadcast got a little controversial, and seemed to be Astros-heavy once again. Some people agreed with A. J. Pierzynski — and others were willing to burn jerseys.

The game soured in the third inning, as Kyle Tucker continued to manhandle the Sox, putting the Astros up, 5-1.

Our very own Tommy Barbee lost hope.

Ben spoke on my exact sentiments.

Friends, why do we love Yasmani Grandal? Cue the Moneyball gif. Yaz makes it 5-3, and the White Sox begin to rally in the bottom of the third.

The ladies of Estrogen Power Hour had a few things to say about Yaz too.

Kee was a little excited so don’t mind the typo.

Then Leury Freakin’ Legend sent the crowd into a frenzy, with his first career postseason home run, and the longest of his career.

Sadly, no lead is safe, and the Astros tied it up as Alex Bregman knocked Altuve in.

Oh, and then there was “cane guy” possibly casting spells on the Astros?

The devil magic worked, because we had a beautiful Abreu RBI soon after, putting the good guys back on top — and for good. Grandal had a hit and ran on the infield grass, allowing Luis Robert to score on an error and take out Tom Hailion by sliding into home. A.J. had a lot to say about it, calling Grandal out on his interesting base running.

Whew, this has been a wild and super long game.

Ryan Tepera had a fantastic outing, holding the Astros to keep the 9-6 lead intact. SSS Staffer Sam (say that five times fast) expressed his undying love. Let's be real, we all love Tepera tonight.


Speaking of things that happen all the time:

Followed by:

Back to Tepera for a minute, because we won the trade.

Aaron Bummer came in to face some lefties in the seventh, striking out the side with a masterclass 1-2-3 inning.

Our buddy Andrew Vaughn came in off the bench for a clutch moment — a deep RBI double to left field. In case you didn’t know, Scarlett and I are Co-Presidents of the #AVFanClub.

Leury García continued his great night in the eighth, with a double scoring Vaughn. Score update: 11-6.

As a reminder —

And it’s now 12-6 thanks to a Tim Anderson RBI.

“Sox in five” chants started throughout the ballpark after Luis Robert made a catch for the first out in the ninth. The excitement was palpable even as I sat alone, hunched over my laptop. I can’t imagine the electricity reverberating through fans at the game.

With Liam Hendriks in and two outs down, Altuve stepped up to the plate, met with loud boos and “cheater” chants. The voodoo cane guy appears on screen once more.


Put your brooms away, Houston.

This postgame quote from Grandal sums up his season thus far quite nicely:

A few other postgame gems:

Get your rest friends, quick turnaround. I’ll be back on Six Pack duty.

Oh, and don’t forget — Sox in five.