One of those days

It did not take long for White Sox fans to voice their displeasure with Dewayne Wise.

After striking out in each of his first three at-bats, the White Sox leadoff man failed on two attempts to drop bunts down with Josh Fields on first and nobody out in the bottom of the eighth inning of Tuesday’s Opening Day contest. Fields represented the tying run, at the time.

But after the White Sox rallied for a 4-2 victory over the Royals, courtesy of Jim Thome’s eighth inning blast, Wise chalked up his first Opening Day start as just one of the many less-than-perfect efforts to come over the course of a 162-game season.

“It’s a part of the game that you have to deal with,” Wise said. “You are going to have games like this, and I told Jim (Thome) after we won that’s what teammates are for, to pick you up like that.

“Coming into this game, I wanted to get a couple of knocks to help this team win. It didn’t work out that way, but I have 24 other guys who picked me up.”

Wise also understood the booing, attributing it to fans wanting their players to perform well. Wise knows a couple of hits on Wednesday will turn those jeers into cheers. Chris Getz, who had two hits in his first Opening Day start, stood strongly in Wise’s corner.

“”I played with Dewayne for a full year last year, and I can tell you he is an extremely talented player,” Getz said. “If he can get comfortable and get going, he will help our team out. It’s just one game out of 162 we play.”

4 Comments

We all want our teams to win their first game – but really, booing already? It’s just crazy!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Hi Scott,

I’m an Indians fan and I’d be curious to know what you think about something. What is your opinion on announcers showing an overwhelming bias towards their team while on the air? It’s always frustrated me watching Indians-Sox games because Ken Harrelson and Darrin Jackson (I just looked up their names, so if it’s not them then my bad…) remind me of being in sixth grade with their subtle bashing of the opposing team. I kind of find it unprofessional. If one of their pitchers strikes out a batter it’s the biggest deal in the world (“HE GAWN!”) and if they give up a home run, you’d have to strain your ears to hear them mention it. Unless it’s a bigger name, like Sizemore or Victor Martinez, it’s fairly common they get the player names mixed up or flat out wrong. And they always have some reason, other than having simply been outplayed–that their team lost.

Jason
http://jmays.mlblogs.com

Nobody is calling for Ozzie to bench Alexei or Quentin, and they both took the collar yesterday as well.

Admittedly, the centerfield/leadoff battle has been closely watched and contested since the start of spring training, but you can’t reverse course after a single game. Have to give the guy a reasonable chance to succeed.

http://southsidehitmen.mlblogs.com/

I’ll be honest with you, the whole centerfield issue is undesirable, but Brian Anderson is the best defensive centerfielder we have. If Wise can’t handle the offensive part of the job, which is where he may have the advantage over Anderson, then we’re better off to have Anderson out there. I never want to hear anyone booed, but I feel like Anderson is the better choice.

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