Yesterday, White Sox manager Tony La Russa was jitterbugging his way to the postgame podium to revel in the team’s win.
Well, life comes at you fast, and a lot can change in 24 hours.
Still, going into today’s action, White Sox fans took to Twitter with cautious optimism:
Sure, winning streaks have happened before, but the last time the White Sox saw any kind of consistent success was April 15-16 against the Tampa Bay Rays.
That didn’t deter Trooper Galactus from pregame dreams of offensive glory:
Calling it now: Gavin Sheets puts one where the lady in the silver coat is sitting. pic.twitter.com/6xVuBh7cPf— Trooper Galactus (@TrooperGalactus) April 28, 2022
Things were shaky from the start, and Michael Kopech had trouble finding the handles on it in the first inning.
Find it Michael. Find it.— Matt Zawaski aka (@SouthsideZo) April 28, 2022
Michael does not look moist today.— Sammy Davis Jr. 5000 (@SDJ5K) April 28, 2022
Kopech has gone walk, flyout, double, strikeout, walk in what is so far a 29-pitch first inning, prompting a visit from Ethan Katz.— Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber) April 28, 2022
Yeah, it wasn’t good.
It didn’t take long before Royals left fielder Andrew Benintendi doubled to bring in the first run of the game.
Andrew Benintendi Revenge Game from Rick Hahn trying to trade for him— Bennett Karoll (@TheBennettK) April 28, 2022
It's pretty wild that a 1-0 deficit after half an inning feels like game over for the White Sox rn.— Bobby Mackowiak #NotAllBobs (@OwiakBob) April 28, 2022
Bobby was right to feel apprehensive. The White Sox struggled to make any noise at all against Royals starter Brad Keller.
Brad Keller faced the minimum in his first trip through the White Sox order, completing three scoreless innings in 40 pitches— James Fegan (@JRFegan) April 28, 2022
Brad Keller looks like Max Scherzer against this offense. This is just sad.— Mike (@ChiSoxFanMike) April 28, 2022
Happy afternoon to everyone except Brad Keller.— colleen (@colleensullivan) April 28, 2022
Until the bottom of the sixth inning, when a oft-maligned hero came to our rescue:
THE LEURY LEGEND COMEBACK TOUR STARTS NOW!!!! pic.twitter.com/gqk6VL1aGO— BeefLoaf (@MrDelicious13) April 28, 2022
Leury Legend, we never doubted you— Thierry Ennui (@just_a_worm25) April 28, 2022
Got out of a meeting and checked the score and I refuse to believe that Leury Garcia hit a home run.— Larry, Bathroom Dad (@ihave5broats) April 28, 2022
Leury did something?— carmela soprano (but emo) (@marjraguso) April 28, 2022
And even though the White Sox were able to tie the game 2-2, the lackluster offense continued to draw the ire of fans.
The #WhiteSox offense is just pathetic. It’s cold. It’s a factor for sure. But refusing to work counts is a choice and the approaches have been terrible all season. If it doesn’t change, this team is going nowhere in a hurry.— James Fox (@JamesFox917) April 28, 2022
It'd be super cool if the White Sox would start scoring some runs.— Jason Benefield (@jasonbenefield) April 28, 2022
As Aaron Bummer got himself into a bases-loaded jam and Kansas City threatened to regain the lead, it begged the question:
Is this a joke? Come on— Nothing in Granger But a Hawk (@Chalsa01) April 28, 2022
... and when Bummer threw a pitch past Reese McGuire to put the Royals ahead once again, that question was answered loudly: Yes. Yes, this is a f***ing joke:
lol— Patrick Nolan (@SoxMach_pnoles) April 28, 2022
lol.— Alexis ️⚧️ (@satavvibes) April 28, 2022
(...just not a very good one.)
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha this team is terrible— Corporate Revan .00223 (@Iamsharknado) April 28, 2022
And that was it.
Not even Rainbow Cone is saving the White Sox season right now.— Ashok Selvam (@Shokdiesel) April 28, 2022
And White Sox fans were. not. having. it.
Oh, come on.— Joe Resis (@JResis) April 28, 2022
Sox blow. See y’all at the park tomorrow and if they lose i’ll be extremely unwell.— Ali White (@aliwhitesox) April 28, 2022
And we just want to talk to them.
Now would be a funny time to announce SoxFest 2023.— uosɯoɥʇ uᴉʌǝʞ ↙️ (@kthomson99) April 28, 2022
All I want, all I beg, is that we finally get a Sox fest next year so all of the lies, all of the half truths, all of the promises, etc. Can finally be litigated in public.— Cheap Seats Pod (@cheapbbpodcast) April 28, 2022
I want Hahn to cry. I want Jerry to feel pain.