Clarification

Thursday, September 15, 2005, 10:17 pm

To Clarify

To see the Playoff Odds report, go to baseballprospectus.com, then to statistics, and then to playoff odds report under "team."

I believe entering today, we had about an 80 percent chance of winning the division and 18 of being the wild card for a 98 percent chance of making the playoffs.  The information is updated each day.

Tickets

I read your various comments about the on sale.  I promise to check on your complaints and get back to you all with some type of information, probably early next week.

What I do know is that demand was very high.  Tickets were gone within 27 minutes and several thousand were on sale for each of the three games.

Part of the thinking with on-line/phones only was that this gave everyone an equal opportunity to acquire tickets.  Plus, with a weekday on-sale date, we felt it was asking a great deal of our fans to miss work, travel down to the ballpark and then wait in line to perhaps be disappointed.  If there was some issue with TM phones or on-line, I will do my best to determine and let you know.

I can promise you — because I was in that particular meeting — that we tried to structure this to make it best for our fans, not scalpers.

The Season

I do think this year has been interesting in this way … we were the best team in the American League over the first third (maybe plus) of the year … Oakland was over the middle third … and Cleveland now is certainly playing great baseball.

We all are frustrated in the team not having any momentum right now.  Things will change over the next 17 games.  Hopefully, back in our favor, but none of us really know how.  Only the guys in uniform can do something about it.  The rest of us are stuck with the passion, anger, joy, sleepless nights, punches in the stomach, ulcers, stress … and hopefully, in the end, champagne.

At least we all know from the very strong emotions that we are alive …

18 Comments

I tried to get tickets for game two. first of all I wasnt able to read the last letter in the word they gave me so I wasted time getting it wrong and then when i got it right i had 4 tickets in box 352. Went to check out and ticketmaster had an internal error and it brought me back to the home page. When I went back to it everything was all sold out. So I was not a very happy person this morning. Then to see that tickets were going for 400 bucks on e-bay made me even more upset. Any idea if they are going to be releasing any more tickets?

I have to say that what happened today is exactly what happened when U2 tickets went on sale. It is not a White Sox problem, it is a Ticketmaster problem. And the problem with that, is that there is no other way to sell tickets.

As I said before, in 93, when we won the division, the night after we clinched, they announced a phone sale of additional tickets. When the announcement was made, they say they were doing it because they knew only real fans would be watching that night. I was able to get tickets for every game that year. There has to be some way to reward those who genuinely love the team. I just hope you guys can think of how to do that.

I have to say that you are right, Scott, with every word you said. Me too i am sure that our Sox will go back to their old ways of winning the hard way. I have to say something to all the fans out there, “THE GAME LOOKS EASY WHEN WATCHING IT ON TV, BUT IT IS NOT AS EASY WHEN U R TRYING TO PLAY IT ON THE FIELD. I AM A BASEBALL PLAYER AND I AM SAYING THIS FROM EXPERIENCE. IT IS NOT AS EASY AS THEY MAKE IT LOOK”. tHAT IS WHY I AM NOT ANGRY AT OUR GUYS. THEY PLAYED IN A COLD RAINY WEATHER BOTH DAYS IN TEXAS SO THINGS CHANGED FOR THEM I THINK AND THAT IS WHY WE HAD SO MANY ERRORS, I BELIEVE IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE WET GRASS AND YOU KNOW… THANX ALL AND I HOPE U WILL ENJOY THE SOX WINNING THEIR COMING GAMES… THE TRUE SOX FAN, MANAR ALBAROUDI….

The Sox are playing like a bunch of little leagers that were promised a pizza party after the game. I was at the last two games in KC and there was no hustle. Ozzie needs to inspire the team! They need to realize they don’t have anything yet.

“WIN OR DIE TRYING?”
Scott, we’re gonna need a few more bodybags.

It comes down to this Sox. You are no longer that team that turned skeptics into believers. You are no longer that team with a double digit lead. You are no longer the team that exemplified pitching and defense but who the **** cares? You’re our team and we need you! The entire season is reduced to this; what you prove yourselves to be the next 2 1/2 weeks. Forget the first 4 months. That’s over and done with. This is your season! Go up to Minnesota and kick the **** out of ‘em!

Scott, I wonder if anyone has noticed this yet. In today’s Sun Times, the Sox quarter page ad shows us playing 4 games next week vs the Indians and 3 vs. the Twins. This is reversed, of course.
Guess everyone is slumping.

i called this a month ago and you all said i didnt know what i was talking about. I wonder if i can take the odds of the sox not making the playoffs? il be a rich man. by the way- fire ozzie he is a terrible manager.

i called this a month ago and you all said i didnt know what i was talking about. I wonder if i can take the odds of the sox not making the playoffs? il be a rich man. by the way- fire ozzie he is a terrible manager.

Instead of bashing our players/Ozzie, why don’t we give them the support they need to really catch fire. Bad games happen- get over it….come back the next day ready to play. Its crunch time- get ready for an exciting next couple of weeks!

And Scott you put it best…at least at the end of the day, we are alive.

When it’s all said and done, nothing written here will impact anything that goes down on the field. It’s up to every man on the team to take accountability and turn this around. What once seemed like a certainty is now a crisis. I feel like I’ve been set-up to recieve the world’s cruelest joke and am just waiting for the punch-line. How else do you explain the last two months? It’s like every single Sox fan is a glutton for punishment. Like the stars and the cosmos are aligned to perpetuate one of the most collosal collapses ever concieved. I don’t know how else something this cruel could come to fruition. The sad thing is I’m still holding on to this vestige of hope that we can right the ship. Why? I have no idea. I guess that’s what makes us clinically insane.

While we’re on the subject of insane, can someone please tell that deranged Cubs fan to stop masquerading as an Indian fan. We all know no such mythical beast exists. They went extinct with the unicorns, leprechauns and Albert Belle. Unless you count tumbleweed, there were no fans in the Jake before that team caught fire, and as far as I can see there are no fans now. Enjoy your hot streak buddy. Every dog has it’s day (see Baltimore).

To the residents of White Sox nation….Did you really think that this was going to be a cakewalk all the way from April thru the end of October?…This is the time of year that separates the teams that care from the teams that are just playing out the string(Hello,Clark and Addison). I feel mthat the Sox still care and are trying to overcome all of the obstacles thrown in their path by the other AL teams, the media and, as we unfortunately saw Thursday in Kansas City,themselves. By the way, just a historical note…23 years ago to the day tomorrow,the first post season position since 1959 was clinched against the Seattle Mariners at old Comiskey…(what a nice birthday present that was for your obediant servant)I would just settle for the second win in the series with the Twinkies at the Hump Dump, so that the positives can start flowing again and the breathing and pulse of White Sox nation can return to normal… Let’s hope that the boys can teach the tough Mr Santana to change his evil ways….

They told me there was not going to be any math involved in these postings…For those of you who can remember,1983 was 22 years ago, not 23…I apologize for my math error.

you got alota nerve you punk-***. where were you when we swept you out the gate? big man come and kick a man when he’s down. we started your second half with a sweep and we’ll finish your lousy season with a sweep. hopefully it’s in the ALCS. congrats on passing the Twinks and Cubs as my new most hated franchise.

you got alota nerve you punk-***. where were you when we swept you out the gate? big man come along and kick a man when he’s down. we started your second half with a sweep and we’ll finish your lousy season with a sweep. hopefully it’s in the ALCS. congrats on passing the Twinks and Cubs as my new most hated franchise. use your own website. or maybe you don’t have one because you and the entire city of Cleveland are a bunch of degenerates who can’t read, write or type. your city is Detroit’s sewer and you are the rat from which a pestilent form of communicable disease spawned known as fair-weather fanitis. i hope you perish and i will ride your riga mortised corpse down lake erie or whatever body of water is nearby your sewer of a city.

Yeah, that Indian fan wasn’t anywhere to be found when we won the first game of the season, the first season series, the second season series, the third season series, and swept them in 4 at The Joke to win each and every series we’ve played them this season. He is the essential definition of a fair weather fan.

Hey guys plz stop talking like that,, we all love the Sox but remember it is a game, and it is nothing to be angry about, if this idiot indian fan said something, it is just because he knows that they not gonna get a **** out of us. they always lose to us and they will on the last series of the seaso.. sox fans don’t worry we will be alright and i have to tell u guys plz be side to side with the team and stop blaming this and that. we are almost there and our Sox need our support, so lets give it to them,, hopefully they will do well this weekend and they will get back on track,,, we all love the WHITE SOX and we should always do because we play the real baseball, and we don’t just play to win ,, we should glad that we all those great players out there,, plz give the guys your respect and then u will see that they will do better,,,for example, look at the cubs even though they are in the 4 place but they still have their fans , ,every game gets 37000 fans , so plz do not give up ,, we should support the team and we will beat any team we face,,, WHITE SOX ROCK,,,MANAR

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