Barely a week ago the White Sox had a three-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central, but the South Siders have hit the skids and that somewhat commanding lead has quickly evaporated into a tie atop the standings, much to the surprising glee of several Chicago players.

“I was standing there looking at that three-game lead last week and I was like ‘Damn, that sure is a big three-game lead. How can we get ourselves out of this one so I can get on with my vacation?'” said pitcher Jake Peavy after his Sox dropped another game. “I have a long list of things I’d like to accomplish after the regular season and not one of them involves me being on the South Side of Chicago.”

Peavy wasn’t alone. Even his manager was ecstatic the White Sox AL Central lead has disappeared so quickly.

“It’s been a while since I played a full 162-games of baseball and man, that’s a lot of games,” said the White Sox rookie skipper. “To me, it’s kind of like what’s the point of making the playoffs when we’ll probably just get devoured by the very first team we face?”

Added Ventura: “I’m mean seriously. We can’t even beat the god-damned Royals. Plus no one comes down here to our games. You know how depressing playing a playoff game in front of 6,000 people would be?”

For their part, White Sox fans seemed indifferent at their team’s latest late-season meltdown.

“World Series champs in 2005 baby!” said Sox fan Stan Malowicki of Beverly. “Cubs suck!”