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The Ozzman comethNow that I see my fellow UmpBumpers up and about, I decided to get up from my couch, grill me some hot dogs and drink me some Molson Canadian. (They have cool labels in the back of the bottle).

I also watched me some ass-whoopin’ White Sox baseball; they romped the Tribe 11-0, in a game that featured 2 homers from big Jim “I wish he was on my fantasy team now” Thome, against his former team.

“Take that boo-birds” said the Sox TV voice, Ken “The Hawk” Harrelson, by which he really meant, “You ungrateful sons o’ bitches, here’s what you get for not gettin’ me the Standing O.”

The victory comes two days after the Blizzard of Oz went on a muy grosero tirade against his team, following a 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Blue Jays.

In all fairness, I really didn’t agree with Ozzie blowing off steam on the team like that. Yes we got our asses kicked Friday night and lost a tough one Saturday; but it happens. We had just swept the A’s at home, something we hadn’t done since the late 80s when all the current White Sox coaches were in the lineup or in the farm system.

Saturday’s loss was due to a lackluster effort, yes. And, although I thought Ozzie had overreacted (something I need to start getting used to), it paid off. The Sox beat the Jays yesterday and whopped today.

I have a small suspicion that Ozzie went off on the team because Tiger’s manager, Jim “I can’t kick the habit” Leyland did it early in the season. Somehow I think that’s Ozzie’s way of keeping up. Detroit’s up one and a half games in the central standings; they were up three and a half just yesterday, but I’m not sure they’ll keep it up.

And then again, I sound just like those overpaid “baseball analyists” on ESPN, none of whom predicted the Sox would win it all last year.

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