It looks like Tim Anderson will have to settle for personal achievements this season.
After overcoming a 4-run deficit Sunday night to force a Game 4, the Chicago White Sox gave their fans an ending more disappointing than the Sopranos Series Finale, getting wacked 10-1 by the Houston Astros.
We're getting Astros vs Alex Cora in the ALCS 🤮
I'm rooting for Dusty Baker and Dusty alone. pic.twitter.com/IA809yCBId
— Hutton Jackson (@HuttonJackson) October 12, 2021
The blowout loss was a harsh finish to a season which saw the Sox claim a division crown alongside Anderson’s emergence as a true superstar and franchise cornerstone.
Tim Anderson Remains The Spark
But like the White Sox have said all season; as Tim goes, they go.
Unfortunately, Anderson went 0-for-4 on Tuesday, and the White Sox were unable to recapture the same comeback magic they found Sunday night.
To the best fans in baseball – THANK YOU!
We felt your energy and passion all season long. We can’t wait to see you back at Guaranteed Rate Field in 2022. pic.twitter.com/3ok9wjtXHL
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) October 12, 2021
The White Sox jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but the Astros once again battled back to take a 5-1 lead and would never trail again.
Houston overpowered the White Sox in every facet of the game, including at manager. Dusty Baker sonned his former rival Tony LaRussa all series, countering every move LaRussa had with a better of his own.
Both men have said the rivalry is behind them, but a beating like this seems personal.
As for Anderson, there is still plenty to be proud of this season. The White Sox won their first division championship in 13 years and appeared in the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in team history.
TA7 Stepped It Up
Now TA7 will always be known as a hitter, but another aspect of his game that has drastically improved is his defense.
In 2019, the last full MLB season, Anderson had 26 errors and a .951 fielding percentage.
This season TA cut his errors down to 10, while raising his fielding percentage to .971.
Great season from the White Sox, Tim Anderson will be back. pic.twitter.com/pbbmjIjHDc
— Aidan Doc🧸 (@AidanDoc_) October 12, 2021
Next Season Can’t Come Soon Enough
The White Sox came into this season with World Series aspirations and are leaving it with a rude awakening.
This team is young, exciting and full of talent. But when it comes to dethroning the heavyweights, there is still more to be done.