Manager Billy Martin of the Yankees was gone; he'd given a clubhouse speech before the game in Chicago yesterday, then was ejected in the fifth inning. Manager Tony LaRussa of the White Sox was gone; he'd been ejected in the 11th inning.
Don Baylor of the Yankees finally sent the Chicago fans home with a wind-blown grand slam in the 11th inning that clinched New York's victory over the White Sox, 12-6.
"What I liked most about it was when the fans got up and left their seats," Baylor said. "It put the Sox out of business."
Baylor's homer put the game out of reach, but it was Andre Robertson who scored the tie-breaking run on a disputed play; LaRussa was ejected for disputing the call.
Martin started the busy day with a speech.
Since Thursday, when AL President Lee MacPhail ruled against the Yankees in the George Brett pine-tar incident, the Yankees had lost two straight to the White Sox; they'd scored three runs.
"Billy told us we can come back and win again if we are aggressive," Baylor said.
Martin didn't stop there.
"I have to talk to them and tell them Lee MacPhail made the worst decision in the history of baseball," Martin told reporters before the meeting.
"The team is dead, dead, not swinging the bats. "I have to get them playing baseball again."
Martin then suggested: "Maybe Lee should take another look at it and say, 'Maybe I made a mistake.' Let's have Brett hit again using a clean bat.
"Yes, I can live with Brett hitting again," said Martin. "Only this time I want him to use a legal bat."
Martin and catcher Rick Cerone were ejected after Greg Luzinski scored on a close play.