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MLB #GiveASpit Ballpark Ranking: No. 10 Boston Red Sox

Posted on 05 September 2015 by Nestor Aparicio

Boston – Who doesn’t like Fenway Park? And if there’s one stadium you “have to see,” I suppose this would be it. I’m not jaded in regard to Boston baseball. I’ve seen more games on Yawkey Way than I can even remember and I’m married into a Red Sox family. Everyone loves an annual trip to Kenmore Square on the T and a few beers and Fenway franks. It’s old. It’s uncomfortable but still more civil than it’s twin cousin on the north side of Chicago at Wrigley.

Go see it. It’ll be awesome. But don’t expect it to be comfortable or inexpensive.

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Are you ready for a Fenway Park trip with your Orioles gear via WNST?

Posted on 05 September 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

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Red Sox 7, Orioles 0 (final boxscore)

Posted on 07 June 2012 by WNST Staff

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Red Sox Nation: Best fans in baseball?

Posted on 22 September 2010 by Domenic Vadala

Every fan base in every sport will argue that they’re the best fans in the world. We do it at Camden Yards, and odds are they do it at every other sports venue in America. The Boston Red Sox take this to another level with the whole “Red Sox Nation” movement and so forth. We’re all sick of their fans coming to Camden Yards and acting like it’s their home park. That’s why these past couple of nights at Fenway have struck me so much. Anyone that’s watched the O’s and Red Sox on MASN the past two nights has noticed something that’s not normally seen at the Fens during Red Sox games: red seats.

Gary Thorne even pointed it out on MASN on Monday night. While the games are listed as sellouts because the tickets were already sold, this is a phenomenon known around sports as no-shows. The funniest thing to me is that while the Red Sox are probably destined for an early winter just like the O’s, they’re technically still in contention. That means that some people bought their tickets and decided not to come to the game(s) since they were essentially meaningless. Hmmm…is it possible that Red Sox Nation is truly no better than any other country around MLB or sports? That sounds a lot like Oriole fans not wanting to come out to the yard to see a team out of contention. The only difference s that the Red Sox have already sold the tickets so they still get the gate revenue. However they don’t collect as much concessions money, souvenir sales, etc.

Each time the Orioles have set Camden Yards all-time attendance lows, it’s generally been an early season game early in the week and early in the season where it’s been cold. However that doesn’t stop the media (ie-ESPN) from reporting the fact that the Orioles set an attendance low for an entire day. Does anyone among us think that any national media outlet is going to highlight the Red Sox no-shows? Probably not, especially seeing that the game is listed as a sellout. However anyone that watched Monday’s game heard Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer highlight how chilly it was in New England, and saw people bundled up in the stands. So apparently if you combine cold weather with a team that’s probably not going anywhere, even New Englanders might not necessarily be interested.

I’m not trying to pile on the Red Sox as much as you might think. I’ve seen the O’s at Fenway Park, and it’s one of the most amazing places in sports. Furthermore, to anyone that’s never seen a game there I’ll tell you that the Fenway Faithful are nothing like the pink hatters that come to Oriole Park to root on the Red Sox. Not only was I not taunted for wearing my Oriole cap and pullover (it was mid-April when I went in 2009 so it was cold), but many people came flying up to me to literally welcome me to their ballpark and their city. I might agree that the fans at Fenway Park are some of the best in baseball. My point is that as much as teams like the Orioles are made into laughingstocks about attendance (or lackthereof), not even the mighty Red Sox are above issues in this department.

Admittedly, the Red Sox “attendance problems” are not anything like what we see at Camden Yards. The Orioles at times struggle to put 12k people in the seats during mid-week series’. However, the premise is pretty much the same; most people don’t want to see an uncompetitive team. (I’ve been to at least twenty Oriole games thus far this year, but most casual fans won’t come out to the games unless the team’s in contention.) I take heavy umbrage when hear people say that Baltimore isn’t a very good baseball town, or that the community doesn’t support the team. The fact is that Baltimore is a baseball town, and it’s as good as any other. However the team’s fallen on lean years, which will eventually turn people away (and don’t get me wrong, a column on bandwagon fans is a whole other argument, but that’s for another day).

If the Orioles were to start winning again, I think that people would return stronger than ever. Time loves a hero, and the people of Baltimore will latch onto this team in coming years if the trend of the second half continues into 2011. I even noticed an absence of the normal “die-hard” Red Sox fans at Oriole Park when Boston was in town a few weeks ago. Similarly, when the Yankees weren’t going to the playoffs a few years ago their fans didn’t fill the yard either. (The difference was that hey did sell out continually at home because it was the last season in Yankee Stadium.) So am I trying to say that Boston Red Sox fans aren’t as good as Oriole fans? No, not in the least. But the fact is that they’re no different in that when the team’s not in contention people (casual fans) just might decide to do something else as opposed to going to the ballpark.

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The “productization” of sports

Posted on 16 August 2010 by Domenic Vadala

We hear a term thrown around today with regard to sports that frosts me a bit: on-field product. When I think of a “product,” I think of something that I can buy at my local neighborhood supermarket, such as Crest toothpaste. I’m not sure where you people are from, but in my hometown a sporting event is a game. Crest = product, Orioles = game; capisce? However this is not how sporting events are marketed any longer. Nowadays it’s all about the “gameday experience,” and the “on-field product.” When my Dad used to take me to Memorial Stadium to see the O’s when I was a kid, nobody gave two hoots about the “gameday experience.” Speaking for myself, I could do without all of the swanky luxury suites and so forth. Yeah sure they might be nice and the food might be good, but is that really how sports were meant to be watched? The NFL in December is all about being out in the cold rooting on your team, not sitting on your hands in a suite asking someone to pass the Grey Poupon. By today’s standards, the Memorial Stadium “gameday experience” flat out stunk; but does that mean that things are better today?

I think that society is much more demanding today than it was when I was a kid (in the 1980’s) and prior. In some cases that’s a good thing, however not in this case. If a baseball stadium doesn’t have cushioned seats in the lower bowl between first and third along, it’s outdated. The same holds true for a football stadium that doesn’t have a temperature controled club level with a waitress to bring food to your seat. I went up to Boston last spring to see the O’s play at Fenway Park, which is still very much as it was when it was built in 1912. Sure the seats were a bit uncomfortable and the sight lines weren’t perfect, but it was a great park. The times I saw the Washington Nationals play the Orioles at RFK Stadium were much more enjoyable than what they have now at Nationals Park.

So again, we hear this term on-field product all the time. Basically, if the team stinks the people aren’t going to show up at the games. Again, sports is not a product, it’s a game. That means that you go out to the ballpark/stadium on gameday with your friends, kids, wife, husband, etc and have a good time at the game. Rooting for a winning team is certainly much easier than the alternative, however you shouldn’t let a “poor on-field product” dissuade you from being a fan. Furthermore, we keep hearing that product term…might that be why people are so fickle in their fandom nowadays? If you’ve consistently used Crest toothpaste and it ceases to be effective for you, odds are you’re going to switch PRODUCTS and start to use Colgate or Aquafresh. So if the Orioles lose enough and you deem that the PRODUCT has ceased to be effective, does that mean you’re going to switch your fandom to another PRODUCT? I suppose I’m still cut from the ilk which says that your favorite team in any given sport is very much a part of who you are. That doesn’t mean that I’m a loser because I root for the Orioles, but it does mean that I have an invested stake in the fortunes of that team. The same can be said for any Ravens fan, Yankees, Capitals, Redskins, etc.

We all have stories as to why we root for who we do. I guess what I’m saying is that you shouldn’t let a poor “product” sway you one way or the other. Back to the stadium issue for a moment; these new stadiums are being built to accomodate the more affluent members of our society. With sports’ salaries at an all-time high, owners need to be able to charge ridiculous prices for tickets and concessions. (Plus the ticket and concessions prices have to be high to help to finance and pay for the new state-of-the-art stadiums.) However have you noticed that as a result the atmosphere at games is different now? I’ll freely admitt that I’m a “seat poacher” when I go to games in that I pay for cheaper seats and identify a better area to which to move. I attended a game a few years ago between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets where I pulled this stunt. I stood up to boo a bad call at first base, and the lady in front of me turned around and asked me to be quiet. Furthermore, she looked at my friend and I and decided that we weren’t the type of people that would pay for seats in that section, and she called security. (Again I was poaching the seat, however if nobody’s sitting there why exactly is it a problem?) When you charge big money for tickets, expect that you’re going to be pricing out the blue collar fans that are truly the backbone of any fan base. Most people like that don’t go to games to support the team; they go to be entertained, and if the on-field product isn’t up to snuff they won’t be entertained and they’ll look elsewhere.

I’m not saying that putting a good team on the field is a bad thing, because winning’s the name of the game. However through the 1950’s and 60’s, the Washington Redskins had trouble winning and yet they still sold their games out. Nowadays if you have one lackluster season people start complaining; this is all due to the fact that they’re being conditioned by ticket prices and expensive merchandise to expect a superior product. You can call it whatever you want, but to me it’s a game and win, lose, or draw, you should support your favorite team.

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Orioles Insanity: Watching Pitiful Baseball Is For The Birds

Posted on 28 July 2010 by Jay Trucker

Standing in the lobby area of a horrendously overpriced Yawkey bar at an Orioles – Sox game at Fenway Park last year, I thought I had identified a kindred spirit. He was wearing an old-fashioned cartoon bird hat that immediately stood out from the otherwise thoroughly Bostonian crowd sporting their beloved Bosox red and blue. I made a bee line to his bar stool to share in Oriole miseries and perhaps complain about the lack of Natty Boh on tap. But I would soon discover that this Bird brain was not an Orioles fan at all, just some Massachusetts contrarian who enjoyed wearing the gear of whatever team was in town to face the home team that week. Apparently, he has hats for every team in the AL East and most AL teams in general, and he goes down to the stadium area of Boston at least once per series just to stand out in quiet, accessory-based opposition to the Red Sox. In this way, he’s not a fan of any team at all. He defines himself exclusively through his hatred of the Red Sox; the origins of his ire he left completely unexplained during our brief conversation. In talking to him, it wasn’t even clear to me that Mr. Anti Boston was a fan of the game of baseball at all.

I thought to myself, “Is this guy crazy?”

Then I realized I had paid two hundred dollars for a flight and a hundred for two tickets to sit in the nosebleeds of Fenway’s crumbling, almost comically uncomfortable bleacher section. Worse yet, the Orioles had put pitiful salvage lot belly itcher Adam Eaton on the mound to face then-ace Josh Beckett. The fix was in before I even touched down in New England town. Yet there I was, covered head to toe in bright orange, paying $10 a beer, waiting semi-patiently for first pitch.

Then I thought to myself, “Am I crazy?”

The only thing more embarrassing than watching the Orioles is watching the Orioles out of state. There is a certain familiarity here in the Baltimore region. When two fans wearing O’s gear pass each other on the street, they can nod glumly towards one another, acknowledging the sad bond that they share like a pair strangers at a funeral. But when you’re traveling, watching a team like The Birds is a shameful act. It requires planning of some sort and prioritizing a team that clearly doesn’t prioritize itself. Making awful baseball a priority has got to indicate some sort of mental problem, doesn’t it?

As Ravens training camp opens, it’s time to ask those of you still watching a borderline historically bad baseball team, why you are torturing yourself with terrible baseball?

Is it like watching a train wreck or a car fire, we just can’t look away from the disaster?

Are we so desperate for escapism nearly anything is better than the alternative, real life?

Are we simply intensely loyal, like old Coors Light drinkers who refuse to acknowledge their beer is now just water in a silver can?

Perhaps you are looking for signs of hope on a team whose bright young core now looks like a smoldering pit of dust?

Tonight, the Orioles take on the Blue Jays, who are 11-0 against them on the season. I keep telling myself that the Orioles have to win at least one against the 4th place Jays this year, even if by accident. I’ll be tuned in at 7, lining MASN and Mr. Angelos’ pockets with my viewership, watching the same Luna and Just For Men commercials I’ve been enduring since April. “Your stache is trash!”

Will you be watching, too?

You must be crazy.

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Tonight's Orioles - Red Sox Lineups

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Tonight’s Orioles – Red Sox Lineups

Posted on 24 July 2009 by Chris Bonetti

Tonight at 7:10pm at Fenway Park the Orioles will play the Red Sox in the opener the teams’ three game weekend series in Boston.  The Orioles’ road woes against A.L. East foes has continued as they’ve dropped 14 of 15 this season and dating back to last, 25 of their last 27.  However since the All-Star break both teams have struggled the same; both the O’s and Sox, now 2.5 games back of 1st place, have matching records of 1-5 since the Midsummer Classic in St. Louis.

This evening’s pitching matchup will pit a pair of right-handers with identical 6-4 records against one another.  O’s rookie Brad Bergesen will make his 18th start of the season and look to improve on his 3.51 ERA, while Boston will counter with veteran Brad Penney, who has been up-and-down this season in pitching to an ERA of 5.02.

Here are the starting sides for tonight’s game:

Orioles

Brian Roberts 2B
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Aubrey Huff 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Luke Scott DH
Melvin Mora 3B
Matt Wieters C
Cesar Izturis SS

Red Sox

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
Jason Bay LF
J. D. Drew RF
Mike Lowell 3B
Jason Varitek C
Jed Lowrie SS

Bergesen was solid in his last outing, allowing only two runs over six innings, but took the defeat in the 4-3 Orioles loss to the White Sox in Chicago six days ago (Courtesy:AP)

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Orioles’ July will be pivotal on different levels

Posted on 02 July 2009 by Luke Jones

Any baseball fan will tell you the 162-game schedule is filled with peaks and valleys.  You’re never as good as your highest point—such as a nine-run comeback win—or as terrible as your lowest moment—like a five-run blown lead in the ninth inning.

This year’s World Series champion is bound to undergo at least a five- or six-game losing streak, and even the worst team in the majors—I’m talking to you, Washington—will manage to win five or six games in a row at some point this season.

The difference between the good teams and the not-so-good teams in Major League Baseball is an ability to heighten the peaks while shortening the dark valleys.

The Orioles’ last two games are a perfect example of how exhilarating—and sobering—the game can be in less than 24 hours.  After completing the greatest comeback in franchise history Tuesday night, the club collapsed in the ninth inning on Wednesday, blowing a 5-1 lead in an eventual 6-5 loss in 11 innings.

How will the Orioles respond to these two polarizing contests?  If we look at the club’s body of work this season, the west coast trip—and the month of July—will not be pretty.

From the pleasant 6-3 start that was squashed in a four-game sweep at Fenway Park in April to the late-May sweep of Toronto and the electricity of Matt Wieters’ debut that fizzled into an offensive famine of historic proportions, the Orioles have lacked the consistency to show they are anywhere close to contention.

We’ve seen this club play well at times—creating optimism that it’s on the verge of turning the corner toward respectability—only to fall on its face completely thereafter.

The next month will tell whether the Orioles are capable of playing near-.500 baseball or that another summer swoon toward 90 or more losses is underway.

When looking at the schedule, avoiding the latter will be a daunting task.  Starting with a four-game series against the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels tonight, the Orioles’ next 19 games will come against teams with winning records.  All but three will be on the road where the club has struggled with an 11-23 record.

Brace yourselves; it could get ugly.

The next month will play a huge part in determining manager Dave Trembley’s fate beyond this season.  In his second full season as the skipper, Trembley has come under fire for his—at best—questionable management of the pitching staff and the club’s horrendous baserunning.  Whether Trembley is the man to lead the young talent into the future is in doubt.

A disastrous July could spell the end of Trembley’s stay in Baltimore, but it may not be prudent to fire another manager in the middle of the season, as the organization did with Lee Mazzilli in 2005 and Sam Perlozzo in 2007.

In both cases, the organization ended up retaining the interim manager instead of completing a more thorough search in the offseason when the chances of finding a more qualified candidate are heightened.

In addition to the manager’s future, the next few weeks will likely determine the fate of every pitcher not named Brad Bergesen in the starting rotation.  With Chris Tillman, Troy Patton, and Jake Arrieta waiting in the wings at Triple-A Norfolk, the pressure will be on the current staff to perform against rigorous competition.

Rich Hill (7.08 ERA) and Jason Berken (6.44 ERA) may only receive another start or two to prove themselves before the organization will be forced to look elsewhere for starting pitching.  Neither has shown the ability to put together a string of good starts and have been downright brutal at times.

With Koji Uehara likely out for the next two months, right-hander David Hernandez (4.19 ERA in three starts) will get an extended look against some of the best teams in the American League.  Hernandez has shown a lively arm, but it will need to translate to getting out big league hitters consistently.  With a run of strong starts this month, the 23-year-old could establish himself as a fixture behind Bergesen in the rotation.

Veteran Jeremy Guthrie will be the most intriguing pitcher to watch over the next few weeks as the July 31st trading deadline approaches.  Guthrie has failed to pitch with the same consistency he showed in his first two seasons in Baltimore when he was the club’s best pitcher.  His 5.11 ERA is a product of surrendering 17 home runs and failing to make quality pitches to finish off batters when ahead in the count.

If Guthrie can pitch well over the next few weeks, his value could possibly fetch a young corner infield prospect that the organization sorely needs.

Much like Guthrie, other veterans could be on the move depending on their performance in July.  Impending free agent Aubrey Huff would appeal to a contender looking for a power bat that can play both corner infield positions.  The streaky Ty Wigginton might be attractive to a National League club, but it’s unlikely he’d attract anything of significant value in return.

Regardless of whether the club rebounds from Wednesday’s deflating loss or tailspins into another July collapse, it will probably look quite different a month from now.

The club is focused on developing its young talent, as it should be, but a strong July performance might keep people somewhat interested in the second half.  Fans want to get excited about this team’s future, but the next month will be crucial in holding their attention.

If there’s another July collapse, it will be another crawl to the finish with nobody watching.

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Red Sox-Orioles Facebook News Feed

Posted on 01 July 2009 by Luke Jones

If you’re not familiar with the phenomenon that is Facebook, this won’t be the blog for you.

Anyone keeping an eye on the popular social networking site while watching the Orioles’ miraculous comeback victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night inevitably saw a variety of angry wall messages and statuses (10-1) that gradually transformed into reserved hope (10-6) and, finally, jubilation (Orioles win, 11-10!).

While viewing all of these messages, I imagined what the Facebook news feed would look like describing this wild game and the various people involved.  It might go a little something like this:

* 24,000 Boston fans are attending the event “Red Sox vs. Orioles at Fenway Park South.”

* 7,969 Baltimore fans are attending the event “Getting Drowned Out by Obnoxious ‘Sahx’ Fans in My Home Ballpark.”

* Adam Jones created the group “Outfield Walls Hurt.”

* Orioles fans ended their relationship with Rich Hill.

* Dave Trembley left the group “Give Your Pitcher the Quick Hook.”

* Luke Jones says it’s time to watch old episodes of The Office while keeping an eye on the game.

* John Smoltz’s status:  “I really hate rain delays.”

* Rich Hill’s status:  “I’m doing a rain dance and hoping the game and my stats are washed away!”

* Orioles fans and Felix Pie are now friends.

* Rich Hill updated his status:  “Well, so much for that.  I’m screwed.”

* Tony Randazzo’s status:  “I just don’t feel like calling a good game behind the plate tonight.”
– Jim Palmer: “Well, you better start. Richie Garcia is watching.”

* Orioles fans wrote on Oscar Salazar’s wall:  “Way to go…umm…what’s your name again?”

* Luke Jones is now giving his undivided attention to the Orioles game. 10-6.

* Terry Francona wrote on the Red Sox Bullpen’s Wall:  “Guys, anytime you feel like showing up would be great.”

* Hideki Okajima started the group “Why do the Orioles—that’s right, the ORIOLES!—absolutely own me?”
– Jon Lester: “I’ll give you some pointers.”

* Jim Palmer and 10 other pitchers joined the group “I’m against consistently inconsistent umpiring.”

* Jonathan Papelbon wrote on Nick Markakis’ wall:  “Dude, that’s not how the script is supposed to go!”

* Jonathan Papelbon and Nick Markakis are no longer friends.

* Jonathan Papelbon removed “chest thumping” from his favorite activities.

* Jim Hunter’s status:  “I think I just wet myself!”

* George Sherrill’s status:  “It’s Flat Breezy time.”

* Orioles fans created the group “There’s the Nick Markakis We Know and Love!”

* Terry Francona added “throwing things in my office” to his favorite activities.

* Rich Hill updated his status:  “I wonder if people will have a short memory…”

* 937 Orioles fans attended the event “Greatest Comeback in Orioles History!”

* 11,437 Boston fans attended the event “What the H*ll Just Happened??!!!”

* Dave Trembley posted the note:  “My players just saved my behind again!”

* It’s “complicated” between Orioles fans and the Baltimore Orioles.

* Luke Jones posted the video Orioles Magic.

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Tonight’s New Orioles – White Sox Lineups… Adam Jones, late scratch

Posted on 21 April 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Orioles and Chicago  White Sox will square off tonight at Camden Yards in the opener of their three-game midweek series.  First pitch is scheduled to be thrown at 7:05PM.

The O’s come back home losers of their last five straight, leaving them with an overall record of 6-7, and marking the first time they’ve been under .500 this season. The series ending loss in Texas and a four-game sweep by the Red Sox at Fenway have left them returning to Baltimore truly in critical condition.

During the 6-game road trip, 3B Melvin Mora and utility-man Ryan Freel were sent to the 15-day disabled list and CF Adam Jones missed the last two games with a sore hamstring.

However, the most painful performances have come from the Oriole pitching staff, who have allowed 49 runs during the five game losing skid.

Though it should be noted, fans in Baltimore certainly do have something to look forward to tonight at OPACY.

Brad Bergesen, the organization’s reigning Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year, has been promoted from Triple-A Norfolk and will make his Major League debut as the Orioles starting pitcher tonight.  He is the first to throw in the big leagues this season of the new generation of pitchers including Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz, and Chris Tillman, who the front office hopes will be the saviors of baseball in Baltimore.

Bergesen will start in the place of Alfredo Simon, who looks like he will miss a significant amount of time with an elbow injury.  In a pair of quality starts for the Tides, Bergesen went 1-1 with a solid 2.45 ERA, while last year at Double-A Bowie he went 15-6 with a 3.22 ERA.  The scouting report is that he’ll be more of a finesse-type guy who works quickly and changes speeds effectively to keep opposing hitters off-balance.  Maybe of most importance, this season in Triple-A hitters batting with runners in scoring position against Bergesen have gone just 1 for 15.

The White Sox (7-5) will oppose by sending out the hard throwing veteran right-hander Jose Contreras to the mound.  He has gotten off to a slow start in the ’09 season, going 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA in his first two outings.  In his career Contreras has had mixed results facing the Orioles, last season he was 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA but is just 5-4 with an ERA over 4.60.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups Dave Trembley and Ozzie Guillen handed to the umpires:

Orioles

Brian Roberts – 2B
* Lou Montanez – LF
Nick Markakis – RF
Aubrey Huff – 1B
Ty Wigginton – 3B
Luke Scott – DH
Gregg Zaun – C
* Felix Pie – CF
Cesar Izturis – SS

* There was a change to the Orioles original lineup.  Adam Jones has been scratched after still feeling soreness in his hamstring in batting practice.  Felix Pie will move from Left to Center, staying in the #8 slot.  Newly re-called Lou Montanez will get the start in Left and bat second.

White Sox

Getz – 2B
Fields – 3B
Quentin – LF
Thome – DH
Dye – RF
Konerko – 1B
Pierzynski – C
Ramirez – SS
Anderson – CF

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