CHICAGO – It’s the closest thing to competition in Major League Baseball since the COVID-19 pandemic suspended the season on March 12th. At least during this particular event, White Sox fans have had someone to root for the entire time.
Lucas Giolito qualified for the eight-player playoff in the MLB The Show league that featured a competitor from each team. The White Sox pitcher then proceeded to win playoff games against the Orioles’ Dwight Smith Jr. and the Cubs’ Ian Happ to advance to Sunday’s championship.
Unfortunately, that’s where Giolito’s great run came just short of a title.
Rays pitcher Blake Snell was strong in the best-of-five tournament that featured three-inning games, sweeping Giolito to win the championship. That included a 6-0 loss in the third and ultimately final contest, which was set at a virtual Guaranteed Rate Field.
Yet there wasn’t a terrible amount of disappointment, with Giolito and the White Sox expressing gratitude for the fun run in the tournament.