Solar Plexus

Monday, September 18, 2006, 1:08 pm

Last Weekend

Was like a swift punch to the solar plexus.  I am still trying to catch my breath.

Our backs are certainly against the wall and we have no one to blame.  We need to start winning games … tonight.


So, this morning, in an attempt to get the juices flowing and motivate myself, I went onto a few websites looking for quotes about overcoming adversity.

Here are some of the best (in my humble opinion.  Feel free to post any you like):

"A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."

— Anonymous

"Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit."

— Napoleon Hill

"Out of difficulties grow miracles."

— Jean De La Bruyere

"The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune."


"Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records."

— William A. Ward

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

— Winston Churchill

"When it gets dark enough, you can see the stars."

— Lee Salk

"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant."

— Horace

"You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you."

— Walt Disney

"You become a champion by fighting one more round.  When things are tough, you fight one more round."

— James J. Corbett

"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."

— Thomas Paine


I’ve been struck with the fact that Scott as well as others that I have had the pleaseure of meeting or talking to in the Sox organization feel things as much as the fans do.

In a way I appreciate that very much. I like knowing that the folks in the front office have the same passion towards the club as the average fan on the street does.

It tells me that it’s not just a ‘paycheck’ for folks like Scott, Roland Hemond, Bob Grim and Brooks Boyar.

They feel our pain in the words of a former politician because they go through it themselves.

Like I said I appreciate the emotion and the caring. It’s unfortunate that they and the fans seem to be taking this harder then the players themselves.

Mark Liptak

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”

–Helen Keller

Chin up everyone. It’s still possible (although maybe not quite as probable). This weekend was rough, but it’s Monday and they’re back at home. Let’s hope they use this last homestand to turn things around.


“The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn’t hear the referee.” — H.E. Jansen

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” — FDR

See you in a couple of hours. Go Sox!

On a different tact I’m surprised no one has commented on this. The tentative 2007 White Sox schedule has been released and it’s ‘unusual’ to say the least.

I don’t know what other schedules may be like but now for the first time the unbalanced slate’s have a chance to really dictate who gets to the post season and who doesn’t.

Now that for some strange and bizarre reason interleague play means MULTIPLE divisions possibly without rhyme or reason… what if one team gets nothing but stiff’s and garbage clubs?

This makes no sense to me but then that’s Proud To be Your Bud Selig isn’t it?

10 with the Yankees?, two trips to Oakland?

Who decides this stuff and what is the method that they use? Throwing darts at a board???

Mark Liptak

Thanks for the heads up on the tentative ’07 schedule, Mark.

Can this be correct? Are we really poised for interleague play AT Pittsburgh for 2 years in a row? A little more diversity in opponents, please.

Thanks for the heads up on the tentative ’07 schedule, Mark.

Can this be correct? Are we really poised for interleague play AT Pittsburgh for 2 years in a row? A little more diversity in opponents, please.

Where did you get the 07 schedule??

“I’ve heard there are troubles of more than one kind,
Some come from in front, some come from behind,

but I’ve brought a big bat, I’m all ready you see,

And now my troubles are going to have troubles with me.”

–Dr. Seuss

Quite appropriate if you ask me.

go sox…

Hot Corner:

The Chicago Tribune web site has a story with the tentative listing.

Mark Liptak

A rough weekend indeed, especially for a die-hard Sox fan who lives in the Bay Area! What is it about Oakland? Why can I almost *never* see my beloved team win here? I’ve lived here for 23 years, and it wasn’t always this way.

The highlights of my weekend were meeting Maria and Pat, as well as some other great Sox fans, and our flashes of brilliant defense and offense.

This weekend was disappointing on so many levels – Zito didn’t pitch his best game, and was eminently beatable, we had so many missed opportunities. Mainly, I’m disappointed in Ozzie’s management of the games. I know his position is that the hitters just have to come through, and the team has to score more runs. But that isn’t happening, so he needs to manage as if they will score 3 runs (because they usually do).

When the bases are loaded, and a pitcher can’t find the strike zone with a map and a compass, that pitcher needs to be removed, promptly, in the middle of the batter’s at-bat, *before* he walks a run in, or is forced to serve up a cookie. I’ve seen the managers of the division leaders do just that, in the past couple of weeks.

At this point, given the sorry state of our bullpen, here is what “all hands on deck” should mean: if you didn’t pitch yesterday or the day before, you may pitch today. And yes, I’m talking about “starters.” At this time in the season, it’s pointless to distinguish between “starters,” “relievers,” and “closers.” Ozzie needs to manage so as to keep the opposing team to less than 3 runs. I know that’s unorthodox, unprecedented, and maybe unrealistic. But that’s got to be the focus. If the Sox want to play in the post season, they have to play every game, starting today, as if it’s game 7 of the World Series. Otherwise, there will be no World Series in Chicago this year.

My words of encouragement: It ain’t over till it’s over.

So let’s keep on keeping’ on, and get into the postseason and show the world what we can do!

Go Sox!

Garcia and now McCarthy. Philly should have swapped us centerfielders, so at least we get Rowand back. Nothing but prospects for these guys. 6 starters down to 4? I hope Kenny has a big ace up his sleeve, or this is some of the worst trades when your trying to win a DIVISION at least that I have seen in awhile. What gives?

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