The rain delay pushed Game 4 back to Tuesday, which was not much nicer weather — but fans were ready to go.
Some were doing a Blackout at home:
Some were manifesting wins for their favorite teams:
Summoning Line b/c I'm too lazy to do a circle:— Emily: Vaccinated/Still Bored (@Valentine213) October 12, 2021
️ ️ ️White Sox & Dodgers Game 4 Wins ️ ️ ️
And others were putting as much magic out there as possible during this spooky season to get a win for the good guys:
Cane Guy couldn't contain his excitment over the phone when asked if he was going to the game today.— Mack Liederman (@mack_liederman) October 12, 2021
He plans to interact with Sox fans outside the gates and let them rub his cane. https://t.co/bGo1dfB52p
Bets have been placed:
Tattoos have been fulfilled:
Flights were booked:
Woke up at 4:30 (nobody cares) to see if I could get a seat on the earliest flight to Chicago today. Got myself a plane ticket, then a Sox ticket for my first White Sox playoff game ever! @fromthe108 let's bring home a dub! SOX IN 5!— Jacob Shiner (@jacob_shiner) October 12, 2021
Some people were way too realistic for my preference:
White Sox are 0-3 vs. Lance McCullers Jr. in 2021— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) October 11, 2021
White Sox are 0-6 in Houston in 2021
Both streaks need to end for the White Sox to advance to the ALCS
But Tony had a shockingly good perspective on the “Fuck Altuve” chants (and if we ever chant “Fire La Russa”):
Tony La Russa on fans chanting profanities at José Altuve:— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) October 11, 2021
"They can chant 'Fire La Russa' if they want. ... I have no problem as long as they show up."
But we had some South Side Sox representation in the house:
with some guys being dudes pic.twitter.com/JnXZcYSoLK— giannis antetoscurio (@scuriiosa) October 12, 2021
Weird rivalries were aligned:
Chicago beer rivals finally found something to agree on. pic.twitter.com/2bKvUeo0i2— Josh Noel (@hopnotes) October 12, 2021
Faith in Carlos was unshakable:
The Mandalorian was there as well:
Thunderstruck came through on the broadcast, and the stands were awash in black. Sit back, relax, and strap it down.
(graduating) class solidarity— Tipping Pitches (@tipping_pitches) October 12, 2021
Per Statcast, Rodón’s first pitch of the game was a 92.7 mph fastball. Last pitch of the first inning: 98.6 mph fastball.— Maddie Lee (@maddie_m_lee) October 12, 2021
Who else screamed from home on that last strikeout. Got damn Los ⛽️— Man-Soo Lee (@palehose05) October 12, 2021
Los looks otherworldly today on the mound.— Keelin sez Sox in Five (@Keelin_Billue) October 12, 2021
They *are* playing a team noted for stealing signs so a meeting at the mound shouldn't be that unusual.— colleen the village witch ⬛ (@colleensullivan) October 12, 2021
Sheets is just the third White Sox rookie to homer in a postseason game. https://t.co/0mg73nfBa9— Maddie Lee (@maddie_m_lee) October 12, 2021
Carlos has a message for AJ from the collective White Sox Nation. pic.twitter.com/JmS2EIcgdf— WhiteSoxTwitt3r in Five. (@SoxTwitt3r) October 12, 2021
Things took a turn:
5-1, got them right where we want them— Herb Lawrence (@Ecnerwal23) October 12, 2021
Refusing to throw a well rested Michael Kopech in Game 2 and then overusing an exhausted Michael Kopech in Game 4 is peak TLR.— Sam Phalen (@Sam_Phalen) October 12, 2021
In their other pants— Soxtober Truther (@SamR33v3s) October 12, 2021
The BABIP gods have come to wreck the Sox again.— Spooky Steve Morck #soxin5 (@YourBoyStove) October 12, 2021
Gavin Sheets kept trying to do it all himself, and bless him.
The Gavin Sheets game, y’all.— Chrystal O’Keefe (@chrystal_ok) October 12, 2021
But César Hernández did his best impression of a statue, and the momentum was killed.
Great game to watch, huh Cesar?— Herb Lawrence (@Ecnerwal23) October 12, 2021
Useless— Jeff (@JStrazz22) October 12, 2021
Once again, A.J. Pierzynski had amnesia on the broadcast and complained about Ryan Tepera insinuating the Astros were cheating (and may have turned into a milkshake duck to White Sox fans).
Great man of restraint and never one speak his mind out of turn, AJ Pudzinski.— WhiteSoxTwitt3r in Five. (@SoxTwitt3r) October 12, 2021
Why would Tepera say anything, Because F*ck the Astros— Herb Lawrence (@Ecnerwal23) October 12, 2021
I still can’t get over Dusty quoting a Bo Diddley song but then attributing it to Eric Clapton. Eric fkn Clapton. I mean if all people to wrongly attribute an original song to.— Cat Garcia (@TheBaseballGirl) October 12, 2021
Ryan Tepera came into pitch, and shut down the Astros quickly
But the game was continuing to look bleak:
Ground ball, ground ball, whatcha gonna do?— Larrold of Boa (@Larry_Boa) October 12, 2021
this team has no energy and looks completely defeated. what happened to the vibe from sunday?— ™️ (@likedemolition) October 12, 2021
We were looking for enjoyment wherever we could:
With a full 6 glowing clear on the scoreboard, Aaron Bummer transforms. https://t.co/R8XtLzU9DK— WhiteSoxTwitt3r in Five. (@SoxTwitt3r) October 12, 2021
Decided to go for a walk with the gf to get some fresh air and not stress about the game, and just came across a killer. pic.twitter.com/D52ejpcRd3— Trooper Galactus (@TrooperGalactus) October 12, 2021
People had advice:
As my dad used to say:— jac-BOO-line (@zombie_jacki) October 12, 2021
Good teams complain about calls. Great teams win in spite of them.
Or he’s rephrase it like:
Losers make excuses.
Winners make plays.
And the broadcast wandered off to talk about the Bean, and art:
AJ: “Is [the Bean] the most Instagrammed selfie spot in all of Chicago?”— Anders Johanson (@acjohanson) October 12, 2021
Amin: “Sure, unless you can find a set of angel wings spraypainted on a wall somewhere.”
aj pierzynski's personality remains "ejections frequent flyer"— Seize the means of run production (@sydrpfp) October 12, 2021
adam wainwright, a fan of the art institute. he and haren should do museum tours— Seize the means of run production (@sydrpfp) October 12, 2021
Finding out about @UncleCharlie50's passion for art may legit be one of my favorite parts of this broadcast.— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) October 12, 2021
Things remained bleak.
So how’s everybody planning to spend their newly available 3-4 hours a day?— SoxOptimist (@OptimistSox) October 12, 2021
IF ONLY OUR FUCKING DEFENSE WAS ALIGNED FOR THAT— Jan ⚾️ (@SouthSideJan) October 12, 2021
We never did manage the see the postseason genius that TLR is supposed to be.
So is TLR stepping down or moving into an “advisory role” in the front office?— Scotty Flemdawg (@flemdawg97) October 12, 2021
Still waiting for that La Russa postseason advantage we were promised— Noah Phalen (@Noahs_ark_2x2) October 12, 2021
Rick Renteria could have probably gotten us this far.— giannis antetoscurio (@scuriiosa) October 12, 2021
And things just kept rolling downhill.
Luis Robert left the game with right leg tightness.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) October 12, 2021
Live from the White Sox game: it’s cold and I’m sad— Ricky O'Donnell (@SBN_Ricky) October 12, 2021
These at-bats fee like an August Sunday game… #WhiteSox— Laurence Holmes (@LaurenceWHolmes) October 12, 2021
Nothing would be more fitting than exiting the playoffs with Kimbrel on the mound.— ️ ️ron in the Chi (@aarontor) October 12, 2021
If you give up at least 6 runs a game every game in the playoffs… pic.twitter.com/uS5uFNsCzx— Gunner Dolan (@Dolan4Arsenal) October 12, 2021
Craig Kimbrel hasn’t been on a team that’s made it past the 1st round since 2018. Is it all his fault? My column:— Mike Praznowski (@PrazMaster) October 12, 2021
I love you guys for thinking there will be consequences for anyone after this and not a couple rounds of “this was just the first step in our journey towards multiple World Series wins, 2022 is gonna be awesome.”— Bennett Karoll #SoxIn5 (@thebennettk) October 12, 2021
162-games takes you the entire Summer and then some to get here.— David Ruiz (@WritingDavid) October 12, 2021
And for it to come to a crashing halt in a matter of days is a feeling fans never get over. #WhiteSox
Some tried to rally the crowd after stretch time:
But in the end, we said goodbye for now and enjoyed what we could for as long as we could.
If this is the end…just remember these are the good times, this team gave us so many great memories, and will give us even more next season. I’m not mad, I’m just sad it’s going to be over…— Pumpkin Spice Svo (@DoughBoiSvo) October 12, 2021
Some thoughts as we approach the end of the White Sox season. Thought the first: go back to late March when we learned that Eloy might be out for the season. Did you see this team winning 93 games? They overcame some HUGE setbacks. That's an accomplishment.— Rob Hart (@RobHartWBBM) October 12, 2021
It has been a pleasure this season, White Sox Twitter.— Joe Resis (@JResis) October 12, 2021
Southside Chicago is built different. pic.twitter.com/6mNElbT5UW— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) October 12, 2021
Thanks for following along with my ridiculousness this season. Keep listening to our off-season podcasts, and I’ll see you all in 2022.