For the White Sox, Rowand's slam was just another kick in the ribs in their latest debacle, an 8-4 loss to the Phillies.
Rowand was a member of those teams, and his slam served as a reminder of the Sox's glory days as well as how far they have fallen since he was dealt in November 2005 for slugger Jim Thome.
"There is none of that," the Sox fan favorite said of revenge. "You guys all know [Sox general manager] Kenny Williams, and I know Kenny and how much he wants to win. When he traded for Thome, he was trying to better the team. He called me and felt bad, and it was an emotional phone call. I told him 'I don't blame you. I know you're trying to make the team better.'
"I never had any animosity or ill will toward the organization. It's one of those things that comes to be, and you have to deal with it. It was great to hit it and help us win a ballgame, but it was definitely special against those guys."
Williams might have to consider making more short-term moves after the latest struggles of the pitching staff. Although the status of rookie left-hander John Danks is secure, he threw 103 pitches and had to be pulled after 4 2/3 innings. Danks has allowed an average of 14.25 base runners and 3.93 walks per nine innings this season. He has walked 14 in his last four starts.
His inability to pitch deep taxed a bullpen that was without the services of Nick Masset (who threw 45 pitches Tuesday), Dewon Day (sore lower back) and Bret Prinz, whom manager Ozzie Guillen said couldn't get loose in the bullpen after throwing 16 pitches Tuesday.
Bobby Jenks was the only right-hander left after Ryan Bukvich relieved Danks, but Guillen wanted to save Jenks for later.
"I was kind of naked," Guillen said.
It caught up with the Sox in the seventh when Rowand hit his slam off left-hander Matt Thornton, who was working in his second inning and now has allowed eight runs over his last seven outings in which hitters are batting .393 against him.
Rowand's slam followed a walk to Rod Barajas, who had struck out three times before drawing the two-out pass with the Sox trailing 4-3.
"The bullpen had a good series, minus me," Thornton said. "Tell them to stay away from me right now."
Before the latest late-inning disaster, there were some positive signs. The offense scored in each of the first three innings, with Josh Fields hitting an RBI single in the second and robbing Pat Burrell of a game-tying hit in the fifth, and Alex Cintron collecting three hits and scoring twice. Left-hander Boone Logan struck out the side in the eighth.
Nevertheless, the Sox have too many holes in a dam that seems ready to burst.
"Rowand, [Chase] Utley, [Ryan] Howard, Burrell, [Wes] Helms," A.J. Pierzynski said in listing the most recent villains. "It doesn't matter.
"We have to win. It doesn't matter who in our division is winning or losing. It doesn't matter if we don't win games. We have to find a way to get it going, get to where we need to be and not worry about everyone else."