We’ve got a decidedly White Sox crowd on hand here today in a steamy Chicago, very unlike past playoff years when members of Red Sox Nation have invaded Oakland, New York, Anaheim, and St. Louis.
One Red Sox fan looking outside U.S. Cellular Field said that tickets were going for around $600 on the street.
— Paul Konerko put a major scare into Red Sox fans when his bid for a three-run home run just went foul down the left field line in the first inning. Still, Konerko will be a dangerous factor in this series, as he continues to tear up Red Sox pitching. The White Sox first baseman hit .429 against the Red Sox in 2005, including four home runs and seven runs batted in. Coming into today, he was hitting .333 for his career against Red Sox starter Matt Clement, with a pair of homers in nine at-bats.
As it turned out A.J. Pierzynski put that scare in just three batters later, with a bomb to left-center, estimated at 383 feet. 5-0 Sox. White.
— A large contingent of media credentials for today’s game, due to arrive in Chicago at 8 this morning, still had not arrived via DHL at 11, prompting a number of media members scheduled to do live shots in the park at noon, into a panic. The shipment finally showed up around 12:30 local time.
— The way Matt Clement has started this game, you think Tito is thinking twice about not going with 11 pitchers? Clement threw 28 pitches in the first, giving up five runs.