"It ain't over 'til it's over." -- Yogi Berra on the 1973 National League East pennant race
For a few minutes on Monday, you had the feeling the Chicago White Sox were getting a little bit closer to over. Justin Verlander had done his job for the Detroit Tigers, throwing eight innings and striking out eight in a 6-2 victory over the Royals. Late in their game, the White Sox knew the Tigers' result as they stared at a 4-2 deficit to the Indians. They were also staring at their sixth consecutive defeat, a sixth game where the bats looked feeble, and a tie for first-place in the American League Central.
And maybe that sinking feeling of a team in a free fall.
Then, with apologies to the late, great Clarence Clemons, up stepped The Big Man.