Wake up, White Sox.
That means the manager, too.
Upon further review, the Sox left not one but two likely successful replay challenges in the dirt Sunday in a 5-3 loss to the Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field. Why “likely successful”? Because according to my state-of-the-art video equipment — a regular TV — both Cesar Hernandez in the first inning and Tim Anderson in the seventh were safe at first base on out calls the Sox didn’t challenge.
Technology maven that I am, I tweeted photos off my screen to prove it. The evidence was plain as day. Clear as the blue sky. Safe. And safe again.
The inaction from the Sox dugout was baffling.
“You play nine innings, it all comes together,” Tony La Russa said. “But we have a heck of a lot more opportunities to make plays, get hits, than one replay.”
Make that two replays. Half an hour after the game, La Russa hadn’t had a chance to see those plays for himself. He heaped praise on video guy Mike Kashirsky, who connected with coach Jerry Narron via dugout phone on both plays. When it was suggested by a reporter that he might want to see for himself, La Russa said he would and that he was “curious” about it.
Meanwhile, the Sox are in a 10-13 stretch that has invited malaise into the picture. At 68-50 with only 44 games to go, how will the playoff-bound Sox get to the regular-season finish line, in an all-out sprint or tripping all over themselves, like last season? The other American League division leaders — the Astros and Rays — have slightly better records. The second-place teams chasing them — the Red Sox and A’s, respectively — are neck-and-neck with the Sox.
Home-field advantage, anyone? Not for the South Siders unless they wake all the way up — and fast.
Here’s what’s happening:
Cubs at Reds (6:10 p.m., Marquee)
The Cubs have their second 11-game losing streak of the season and are approaching the franchise record of 14 straight “Ls.” It’s still a mathematical long shot that they get there, but let’s not sell these guys short.
A’s at White Sox (7:10 p.m., NBCSCH)
Lefty Dallas Keuchel really hasn’t gotten locked in all season. If he’s going to make a case for a spot in the playoff rotation, it’s time to stop dallying.
Las Vegas Summer League: Bulls vs. Hornets (9 p.m., ESPN2)
If we’ve learned anything from the action in Vegas, it’s that the Bulls don’t have an embarrassment of organizational depth. Although a 59-point effort a few days ago was plenty embarrassing.
Wings at Sky (7 p.m., CBSSN, The U)
The last time they met the under-.500 Wings, in early July, the Sky gave up 100 points in their worst defensive game of the season. Just spitballing here, but maybe don’t do that again.
Little League Softball World Series final (4 p.m., ESPN)
The winners of the Jennie Finch Pool and the Jessica Mendoza Pool square off in Greenville, North Carolina. And another year tragically goes by without these young ladies realizing they’re supposed to be playing with a 16-inch ball and no gloves.
Fire at Inter Miami (6:30 p.m., Ch. 9)
No better time than the first of six straight road matches for the Fire to claim their first road victory since — seriously, fellas? — the 2019 regular-season finale.
A’s at White Sox (1:10 p.m., NBCSCH)
Righty Dylan Cease has been pretty well locked in for much of the season, but is La Russa really going to go with him over the experienced Keuchel in October? Time to step on the gas with both feet, kid.
Patriots at Eagles (6:30 p.m., NFLN)
The Eagles replaced Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson with somebody named Nick Sirianni, which raises a question. Siri, is this guy any good?
Royals at Cubs (1:20 p.m., Marquee)
It’s a last-place team (Royals) against a fourth-place team (Cubs), a thought that might not even occur to fans in attendance if they bring enough beer money.
White Sox at Rays (6:10 p.m., NBCSCH)
Another very good opponent awaits the Sox, this one the surprising leader of the American League East. Although, let’s be honest: Is anything the Rays pull off surprising anymore?
Chiefs at Cardinals (7 p.m., ESPN)
Watch Patrick Mahomes run around and make magic happen, bring dreams to life and blow our minds for, what, a couple of series? Once again, the Chiefs are the favorites to win it all.
Bills at Bears (noon, Fox-32)
Yada yada, and then Justin Fields enters the ballgame. His first preseason outing was promising. If he raises the bar, every fan with giardiniera in his mustache is going to want to see him on the field in Week 1.
Jets at Packers (3:25 p.m., NFLN)
Let’s have a look at Zach Wilson, the second QB taken — after No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence — in the draft. Good thing nobody told the Jets about Fields until it was too late.
White Sox at Rays (12:10 p.m., NBCSCH)
A weekend in his hometown should be nice for La Russa, especially if the Sox have a little success. Not that they have to stop at “a little.”
Angels at Indians (6:10 p.m., ESPN)
Speaking of hometowns, the Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is just an hour down the road from Hazleton, where Halos manager Joe Maddon — remember him? — came of age.
49ers at Chargers (6:30 p.m., NFLN)
Let’s have a look at Trey Lance, the third QB taken in the draft. Good thing nobody told the 49ers about Fields until … oh, never mind.