Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fans Wanted Bo, but Lamont Said No in the Ninth

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fans Wanted Bo, but Lamont Said No in the Ninth

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Missed opportunities or futility? Take your pick. The Chicago White Sox fans chose to boo when they didn't see Bo.

They booed first baseman Dan Pasqua most of the game, and they booed manager Gene Lamont in the ninth inning when they chanted for Bo Jackson to pinch-hit. Lamont chose to stay with Joey Cora, who popped up weakly for the final out as Toronto beat the White Sox 3-1 in Game 2 of the American League playoffs.

"The fans' booing had nothing to do with it," Lamont said. "Joey had a better chance to get on base, and I wanted to get to Frank (Thomas).

"Discouraged? Frustrated is a better word."

Jackson, benched because Thomas hasn't been able to play first and is being used as a designated hitter with Pasqua at first, appeared disgruntled.

Asked if he should have batted in the ninth, when a home run would have tied it, Jackson said: "Don't tell me, tell the manager. Nothing surprises me anymore. No, life is too short to be upset about something like that."

Show Carlton The Door, Man: Carlton Fisk, who broke Bob Boone's major-league record for games caught back in June and then was released by the White Sox, showed up outside the clubhouse Tuesday night. Fisk had declined offers of playoff tickets. He tried to get in to see trainer Herm Schneider, but Schneider wasn't there. Fisk finally was asked to leave by David Schaefer, who is director of park operations.

"He has no tickets and no credentials," Schaeffer told the Chicago Tribune. "The American League has, in effect, taken over the this park for the series, and I just can't let Carlton stay around."

"Sorry. This is sorry," Fisk said as he walked off.

Pass It On: Pssst, the White Sox are in the playoffs.

The White Sox were low on the list of conversation openers in Chicago on Wednesday as Michael Jordan's retirement shifted the American League Championship Series to the second story in the second city. It probably won't escalate today, with the Sox down 0-2 and appearing to have retired along with Jordan. …

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