After booting a ground ball by Juan Uribe that might have been an inning-ending double play, Red Sox second baseman Tony Graffanino strolled to the mound, assumingly to apologize to David Wells for the error, which left Wells with runners on first and third with just one out and the White Sox having already cut Boston’s 4-0 lead in half.
We’re not sure how Wells reacted immediately to Graffanino, but he sure wasn’t whistling Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah when Tadahito Iguchi took him deep into the left field bleachers, giving Chicago a 5-4 lead.
Oh, and as you might have assumed by now, the place has livened up a wee bit. In between innings, Wells ran directly into the clubhouse. Graffanino would be due to hit fifth this inning.
— Outside the park before the game, we met Bud Drease, a White Sox fan who lost his Louisiana home in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. A native of the South Side of Chicago, he leaned against a tree with a sign touting as such, that he was a (in his words) “refugee” and looking for a break. Or two tickets.
We spoke with him for a while, wished him luck, and then were off on our way. But from behind, a couple of fans could be heard scoffing at him, that he was using his grief as a means of getting into an event that is the hottest ticket in town.