It appears Ozzie Ball was alive and well at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday. The Chicago White Sox's linescore read three runs on two hits and no errors in their 5-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians, something that may be more prevalent for a team that may live or die by the hit and run or stolen base.
First baseman Paul Konerko doesn't believe that is going to be the case.
"There may be a little bit of lack of power and not three or four guys with 30-plus homers, but there are a lot of guys in this lineup who can get hits," Konerko said. "It was a common linescore last year. A lot of tough times with our offense. We never really got it going. We don't have [Albert] Pujols or Ryan Howard, but we have some good players in the lineup."
In the insult to injury department, the White Sox had to deal with no hot water after a three-hour ballgame in 40-degree temperatures. Konerko tried to find the humor in it. "That's the word on the street. It's the big leagues, you've got to love it," Konerko said. "I don't know what's going on. I don't know whose fault it is. I guess we'll just blame it on our clubhouse guy."Konerko was asked if it was similar to what the fictitious Cleveland Indians owner did to her team in the movie "Major League." "Usually you do it to the visiting side, not the home side," Konerko said. "I have to just go down and get into the hot tub and get really hot before I go into the shower."