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It’s a beautiful thing, not knowing exactly what to expect, and then getting the absolute most unexpected outcome. Did I think that the White Sox would start 2-0? Maybe. But what I was more than anything was anxious, from not knowing exactly who would show up. The team that looked great (on paper) and poor under the Cactus League sun. I was hopeful for a decent showing, a tough win followed by maybe a letdown after…but I certainly wouldn’t have predicted what I have witnessed, which has basically been a bunch of gorillas with bats in their hands, absolutely pummelling Indians pitching from the word “go”.
After the Sox erupted for that 8-spot in the Opening Day game, I have to admit, I was literally giggling…aloud. I knew it would eventually end, this offensive onslaught, but I was enjoying it nontheless with each additional base knock, and the parade of runners crossing home plate. (Note: somebody better spell Jeff Cox at 3rd if this is going to keep up, or he’ll soon need the same surgery Peavy had to re-attach his lat with all of the windmill action the poor guy has been forced to employ so far in this young season…)
Let’s enjoy it while it lasts folks, because you know it won’t….it can’t….can it? Maybe a few games longer? Pretty please? Regardless of tomorrow’s outcome in the last game of the Opening series in Cleveland, these guys did what most people thought they couldn’t do (based on recent history, and cursed with a manager that can never seem to get the troops prepared for battle in April)…they came to play early.
Maybe we should rethink that slogan at the top? How about this one…
2011 Chicago White Sox: Offensive Juggernaut
This just in (and maybe it arrived weeks or even months ago, but I’ve been too busy to notice it earlier): The douchebags have clearly taken over on the White Sox site. Sad, really. There is a total of about 10 guys (maybe) that even bother to post there anymore. When gogoSox is one of the more positive posters these days, you know that the whole thing is just doomed. It’s really a shell of what it used to be, when a good baseball debate was just a few lengthy posts away, and the tensions ran high because people actually defended their opinions, and the riff-raff was policed, and ran out quickly….Now? It’s a cesspool of miscreant imposters, and trolls of the highest order. And I was the one who used to be blamed for “loyal Sox fans” not wanting to post, for fear of being attacked by little old me? That’s funny. I do believe that I am going to have to invest my time in a much more rewarding way while in pursuit of my White Sox passion this season…
There WAS a gem posted not too long ago though, that I hadn’t yet acknowledged. I felt it would have only taken away from the truth had I dared to side with it on that stank venue…but here, the truth can and shall be recognized:
“I am at a complete loss as to the reasons for finding Ozzie so despicable. Since 2004 the White Sox have had one losing season, have been to the playoffs twice, and won a World Series. How many managers have that on their resume.
True, he is outspoken, and at times says truly inane or ignorant things, but the fact remains he is upfront, honest, and always willing to face the media, good or bad.
And the most telling of all indicators in the abilities, or lack therof, in any manager, sports or otherwise, is the willingness of the team to put out 100% for that manager. Believe me, players don’t play if they do not like the manager. That has never been the case here.
Does anyone think the likes of PK, AJ, Buerhle or Thome would want to stay in Chicago if they thought Ozzie was a negative influence. And while not bringing thome back may have backfired (not all agree on THAT) it seems that Ozzie was upfront with Thome and that is all anyone can ask.
I grow weary of the numbskulls and naysayers who have nothing but criticism, but do not put forth solutions or constructive ideas.
Pitching changes, batting coaches, whatever, there are so many out there who think they know the game better than Ozzie or others who actually do it as a profession. All we can do is watch, enjoy, put in our humble opinions, then enjoy the game. The incessant sniping on the 2nd most successful manager in Sox history is petty, ignorant and tiresome.
Calling Ozzie out means you are also calling out Williams, Reinsdor, most of the national media and the players, all who believe in Ozzie.”
–posted by Slantman
Nice job Slant. Again, had I responded, the message would have likely been diluted since I am after all, the lowly “defender of the franchise”…like somehow that is something that should be frowned upon????
First Base: Paul Konerko (As a FA, he will need to agree to a new contract this off-season). If he isn’t retained, look for a variety of different scenarios to play out, ranging from filling this hole with “in house” players (Mark Teahen, Dayan Viciedo, a return of Mark Kotsay), OR a new FA player (see: interest in Adrian Gonzalez (via trade with SD), Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder, or Carlos Pena)
Second Base: Gordon Beckham (looks like a lock to begin his second full season)
Shortstop: Alexei Ramirez (looks like a lock to begin his third full season at this position)
Third Base: A bit of a mystery today, with Mark Teahen under contrat and seemingly without a position, not sure if he figures in this picture. Omar Vizquel has made his position very clear on wanting to return for another season, after making an unexpected “splash” in value to this team last season. Rookie Brent Morel has briefly shown his potential at the hot corner, with mild success with the bat, and even more with the glove. My hunch is for a platoon between Morel & Vizquel.
Left Field: Juan Pierre (looks to be a lock for his second season as the full-time LF)
Center Field: Alex Rios (looks to be a lock for his second season as the full-time CF)
Right Field: It is unknown to this point IF Andruw Jones will be asked to return to split time in the OF, or additionally in the DH role. Look for he to be an option as either the starting RF if Carlos Quentin is traded, or the 4th OF if CQ is retained to share duties between OF & DH. Also, see: Mark Teahen as the “man without a position” to drift in and out of this picture as a “super sub”/utility man.
Catcher: BIG question mark here, as AJ Pierzynski will soon also become a Free Agent. It is not clear on if AJP will be retained, or whether the club will move forward with a youth experiment of Tyler Flowers. Ramon Castro has a club option to be exercised, which (in either case of Flowers or AJP getting “the nod”) should see him return in a back-up to Pierzynski/ or platoon role with Flowers. Also possible that the club goes a different direction entirely with another FA available in the market, but at this point, unlikely.
Designated Hitter: I shudder to even speculate on this one, with so many possibilities that exist. Full-time? Merry-go-round? Who knows. Let’s just throw out some names…Carlos Quentin? Andruw Jones? Paul Konerko (yes, this is possible, and exciting…) or pick a name from the “big bat list”…
Starting Pitching: Jake Peavy (under contract, but returning from major surgery), Mark Buehrle (under contract, and a lock for one of the spots #1-5), John Danks (under control, and hopefully agreeable to a longer-term deal, but another 1-year deal through Arb is also a large possibility…should be a lock for one of the #1-5), Gavin Floyd (under contract, and today part of the rotation plans, unless dealt in a trade for another piece of the puzzle…should be one of the #1-5, again today that is), Edwin Jackson (under contract, and expected to be a part of the rotation next season #1-5), Chris Sale (expected to be given an opportunity to crack the rotation, after pitching out of the bullpen effectively last season…he is the wildcard in this equation, and possibly the safety net in the event that Peavy cannot return to full health/effectiveness during ST, but at minimum, a valuable arm out of the ‘pen again in 2011), Freddy Garcia (likely will be considered to return as a Free Agent after a very successful 2010 campaign…also may hinge on Peavy’s return, and the future planned use of Chris Sale), Tony Pena (performed admirably as an emergency starter, and his future use is yet also unknown as far as whether he will return via club option, and if will be used out the bullpen as an innings eater in middle relief, or perhaps traded?)
Next time I “rub one out”, I will focus on the Bullpen, and of course…The Bench.