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.”