Final games of the season always feel like the last day of college. Everyone's going through their routines, but at half-speed because of the wistful sadness that builds as the night's activities draw closer to the end.
Hawk started thanking the production crew during the broadcast, and even worked ahead on talking himself into the 2013 season. Bloggers started thanking and saying goodbye to each on Twitter--primarily for being on Twitter--bloggers started thanking beat writers, and in a true show that everyone had gone mad with sentiment, beat writers started thanking bloggers in return.
As for the game, there were lineups equally as bled-out as the previous night's. Robin Ventura's batting order started with Orlando Hudson and Dewayne Wise, featured Dayan Viciedo in the cleanup spot, and Dan Johnson playing 1st base. It's also had Ray Olmedo playing shortstop.
Ray Olmedo playing shortstop. Ray Olmedo. Think of how upsetting that would be if this game had even a hint of meaning.
There was also Gavin Floyd to watch, who boasted a mechanical tweak from Mark Parent that he claims to adore, and has a pending $9.5 million that someone needs to decide to pick up or not. He might as well slip the videotape of this game under Kenrick Hahnilliams' door. It was against a run-down Cleveland Indians lineup, but runners to 2nd in the 1st and 6th was as much success as Gavin allowed all night in seven easy-peasy innings.
He was backed by a five home-run barrage. Paul Konerko smacked his 26th--his only hit in a night where he fell just short of boosting his average to .300. Dayan Viciedo reached base four times, scored four times, and hit his 25th. But they were all topped by Dan Johnson, who launched three booming home runs; two of which came off of lefty starter David Huff.
We all anticipate his six-year contract with great excitement.
White Sox 9, Indians 0
Gavin Floyd - 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 99 pitches - Gavin is, and will always be, a talented pitcher.
Dan Johnson - 3 for 5, 3 HR, 5 RBI - If you had a 1.366 OPS for your projection of Dan Johnson this season, you're a winner today. Hell, we all are.
Dayan Viciedo - 3 for 4, HR, 2B, 4 R, BB, K - A homer off of a righty! A walk! The same game! I'm ready to die now.
Hector Giminez - 3 for 5, RBI - Well, this just kind of delegitimizes everything else.
At around 2:30 central time on Wednesday, Robin Ventura wrote "Dan Johnson" in the fifth slot on the lineup card. After that, all there was left was destruction and carnage.
Things Would Be Different If...
Ozzie Guillen were here. Not sure what he'd do, but it would attract attention.
The only thing not going at half-speed were the bombs off of Dan Johnson's bat, so reading anything off the performances seems dodgy. Dayan Viciedo was dominant and locked-in, Gavin Floyd was sharp, and Johnson was goofily immortal. At the very least, it was a warm and easily enjoyable final act with some fun highlights, and every home run call Hawk could think of. I'll be sure to keep the 'Dan Johnson and Dayan Viciedo go back-to-back' video cued up to get through the more difficult moments of the off-season.
Team Record: 85-77