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Yes, Yankees are quite a thing

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  • New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter waves to the crowd after being presented with gifts from the White Sox Sunday's game at U.S. Cellular Field. Jeter then went out and got 4 hits in the Yankees' 7-1 victory.

      New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter waves to the crowd after being presented with gifts from the White Sox Sunday's game at U.S. Cellular Field. Jeter then went out and got 4 hits in the Yankees' 7-1 victory.
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By Chris Rongey
Special to the Daily Herald

Despite arguably the most disappointing loss of the season Saturday, the atmosphere of the four-game series against the New York Yankees was as good as we've seen this season on the South Side.

A sold-out crowd Sunday after a near-capacity stadium Saturday, not just to watch the Sox play but also to see Derek Jeter's last regular-season games in Chicago.

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And with that, an obvious revelation: The Yankees are an impressive operation. I know you know they're a pretty big deal with 27 championships and 40 pennants, but it's the off-field stuff that really makes that clear.

As soon as the gates open before the game, a flood of fans sprint -- "sprint" is not an exaggeration -- to get close enough to the Yankees' dugout to maybe acquire an autograph. Forty different traveling media members were there to cover them (the Cleveland Indians, on the other hand, will bring fewer than five).

The club rolls with its own security team and, as far as I know, it's the only organization that does that. It has to be what it's like to follow Manchester United.

On consecutive years, they've had a future Hall of Famer make a farewell tour, and rightfully so, each opponent they've visited has honored them.

The Sox and their fans paid Jeter deserved tributes throughout the weekend. Players such as Jeter and Mariano Rivera are good for baseball.

Whether you like them or not -- and I can understand why you wouldn't -- the Yankees are a spectacle, and I don't necessarily mean that in a bad way.

Now, on to the most often-asked questions I've heard this past week:

What can the White Sox do with the closer position?

Honestly, there isn't much they can do.

The two preseason favorites for closer, Nate Jones and Matt Lindstrom, are on the disabled list for extended time. Immediately, the team is forced to make do with what they have, and what they have aren't necessarily ideal options for that spot in the bullpen.

Belisario recently ended a stretch of a month in which he didn't allow an earned run and is the best current option. I think Daniel Webb eventually will get his opportunity, maybe even later this year, depending on the circumstances. But he might not yet be quite ready to take on that role.

Yes, Saturday's game hurt, but I can't see a guy losing his place after blowing just one save since he got the job. Let's allow it to breathe a bit.

Trade for pitching?

It's possible the Sox acquire some pitching help before the trading deadline, but I think it's unlikely they get any real quality without sacrificing too much young talent. For that reason alone, I figure they'll have to survive with what they have until they get healthy.

Trade Alexei Ramirez?

My guess is the Sox would have to be awed by an offer for Ramirez in order to trade him, considering they have control of him through 2016.

They won't just give away a good shortstop with a reasonable contract. In a perfect world, Ramirez would hold that place until someone such as prospect Tim Anderson is ready to take it over.

• Chris Rongey is the host of the White Sox pregame and postgame shows on WSCR 670-AM The Score. Follow him on Twitter@ChrisRongey and at

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