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Saturday 19th Aug 2017

A strange run of days, culminating with an odd game at the now Overstock.com Coliseum on Friday the 13th starts us off this time, because odd it was.

The White Sox did score four runs off Brandon McCarthy in the second inning thanks to consecutive walks (seven straight balls) to Carlos Quentin and A.J. Pierzynski after Paul Konerko led the frame off with a single.

A force out, double, sacrifice fly, and infield single pushed three runs across, but a wild pick-off attempt at first cost run number four, and that was all the White Sox needed.

McCarthy did let a run score via a wild pitch, but not to be outdone, Philip Humber returned the favor in the seventh, but Cliff Pennington got picked off to end the inning, so the score was 4-3.

But, Coco Crisp nabbed a walk to start the bottom of Oakland's eighth, and stole second, got moved to third, and then, with two outs, and pinch hitter Conor Jackson at the dish, the Oakland center fielder tried to swipe home.

Now, I have never seen a runner try to steal home live, but Coco came pretty close. In fact, had Jackson either, stayed in the box, or swung at the pitch, he might have protected just enough for the Athletics to tie things up.

C'est la vie.

But, two runs on wild pitches, and two innings that ended with batters still in the middle of plate appearances?

Strange.

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Harmon Killebrew, who was undergoing treatment for esophogeal cancer, has stopped his treatments, and is now in hospice for the last days of his life. The former Twins first/third-baseman, clobbered 573 life time homers, won the MVP in 1969 (49 homers, 140 RBI, and 145 walks) and was one of the most feared hitters in the American League during the 60's and 70's.  (I always thought of the Killer as an American League Frank Howard.)
 
I actually did meet Killebrew in the 80's, and he was a congenial man: a gentle giant. So, all I can do is wish him well. It does take a fair amount of courage to choose the path he has, and I cannot say how much I admire Killebrew making that choice and taking that path.
Wish you well and peace, Harmon. As with so many players, thank you so much for all the great memories you provided.

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