September 2008

We Win It

Party on the South Side!

 

See you tomorrow in Tampa Bay.

Tiebreaker

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tonight’s Lineup

OC, SS; Wise, LF; Dye, RF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Griff, CF; Ramirez, 2B; AJ, C; Uribe, 3B.  Danks pitching.

This is It

I think tonight’s crowd is going to be vocal and passionate.  Because of the way tickets were sold on such short notice for tonight’s contest, fans who are here are going to be devout White Sox fans, and I think they’ll let the Twins hear it.

During the World Series in 2005 you could literally sense all the fans at home watching and rooting for the Sox.  I hope it’s the same tonight.  Think of the millions of Sox fans watching, cheering and rooting in front of their televisions at home, on the computer or watching in a bar or restaurant.

Wear black.  Show your pride.

Brinky Boy

Sad to learn this afternoon that Ed Brinkman, former shortstop, White Sox coach and scout, passed away today in his native Cincinnati.  Brinky was part of three Sox division champions: 1983, 1993 and 2000.  He won a Gold Glove, finished in the Top 10 in MVP voting, was an All-Star and served the White Sox from 1983 through 2000.

Many of his friends will miss him.

Help us out tonight, Brinky.

Florida

As Ozzie said today before the game …

“Tomorrow, I will be in Florida.  I hope central Florida.  If not, then Miami.”

I hope I am in central Florida come tomorrow.

Go Sox!

Go Sox Fans!

Makeup Monday

Monday, September 29, 2008

Today’s Lineup

OC, SS; Wise, LF; Dye, RF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Griffey, CF; Ramirez, 2B; AJ, C; Uribe, 3B.  Floyd pitching.

Long Road

On Friday morning, we were talking about having to win five straight to make the playoffs because of our struggles in Minneapolis.  Now, it is Monday morning, we posted a victory yesterday and we now need to win two more games to reach the postseason.  Five seemed tough.  Two will be tough but certainly seem much more realistic than five.  We need to show up today at 1 pm and take care of business and Freddy Garcia.

There is a History There

White Sox hitters vs. Freddy Garcia

PK, .385-4-6; AJ, .308-1-2; Dye, .237-1-5; Griffey, .200-0-0; Thome, .200-0-2; OC, .167-0-0; Uribe, .167-0-0.

Since the Gavin Floyd for Freddy Garcia trade on 12/6/06, Floyd has gone 17-13 with a 4.26 ERA in 48 games (42 starts) or the Sox.

King

Konerko has homered in three straight games and is hitting .397 (35-63) with nine home runs and 17 RBI in his last 20 games at USCF … he is hitting .315 with 12 home runs, 26 RBI, a .424 OBP and .654 slugging pct since 8/5, raising his BA from .212 to .243.

 

Down to the Wire

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Today’s Lineup

OC, SS; Wise, LF; Dye, RF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Griffey, CF; Ramirez, 2B; AJ, C; Uribe, 3B.  Buehrle pitching.

Why do I think we are going to be playing three more games to decide a champion?

September Saturdays

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tonight’s Lineup

OC, SS; BA, CF; Dye, RF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Ramirez, 2B; AJ, C; Swish, LF; Uribe, 3B.  Vazquez pitching.

Prior to tonight’s game, Ozzie said Buehrle would pitch tomorrow and Floyd on Monday in the 1:05 p.m. game.

 

Friday Night Fights

Friday, September 26, 2008

Tonight’s Lineup

OC, SS; BA, CF; Dye, RF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Ramirez, 2B; AJ, C; Swish, LF; Uribe, 3B.  Danks pitching.

Crunch Time

Friday, September 26, 2008

Thoughts

My sixth-grade son’s Humanities teacher takes an interesting approach to vocabulary.  He has the kids pull together a list of new words each week from their own reading.  As a class, the kids then vote for the “best” to be on that week’s vocabulary test.

One of this week’s words:

PLOTZ

Which I learned means:  to fall apart or down from a strong emotion, such as frustration or annoyance.

I told my kid he is living with a dad-sized example of plotz this week in case he needs a sentence on today’s test.

I just had this image after last night’s game of millions of Sox fans sharing plotz as they flipped off televisions, radios and computers all across the country.

As we all know, sleep has been tough and no food seems to taste good. 

And we certainly have done this to ourselves, put ourselves in this situation.

We need to win the next four games, or go 3-1 if the Twins lose one to the Royals.  Will it be tough?  You bet.  Is it doable?  Yes it is.

That would get us to a Tuesday winner-take-all playoff game with Minnesota for the Division title.

It has to start again tonight when we take the field.  Think how the scenario could change if we win tonight and the Twins lose the first game of their series.

We’ve made things much, much tougher, but it isn’t over yet.

 

 

 

 

Big Game Time

Thursday, September 25, 2008, 9:40 am

So we came into this series against the Twins in Minnesota with a chance to end the race with two victories.  We haven’t gotten that done.  But a victory tonight — really any one victory in the series given our lead entering Tuesday — moves us back into a pretty good spot.  As painful as the last two nights have been — for a variety of reasons — we just need to take tonight.  It might not be Game 7, but it seems to be pretty close.  If we hope to play into October again, there will be more of these.

And we have the right guy on the mound in Gavin Floyd.  Early in the year, you might have doubted that comment, but look at his results, the team’s performance in his starts and the key, key games he has posted for us down the stretch.

We certainly all would have rather it not come to tonight, but it has, so let’s win this and then take care of business over the weekend.

Will any of us have any nerves left when this is all said and done?  It’s one of the great things about September baseball, unless you’re living it, in which case, it is a killer.

But we are all living that together, aren’t we.

Go Sox!

Here We Go

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tonight’s Lineup

OC, SS; AJ, C; JD, RF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Griff, CF; Alexei, 2B; Wise, LF; Uribe, 3B.  Vazquez pitching.

Down the Stretch

2 1/2 games up with six (maybe seven) to play.  We all would have taken this position on April 1.  Let’s win tonight, close this out over the next six days, enjoy a small party and then prepare to move on.

I spoke to Tom Quaid at 3:30 and he already had his scoresheets ready for the game.

PK

After a difficult start to his season, anyone notice PK’s production since the end of July?

July 30, 2008-Present: .316/.434/.607 with 9 HR, 20 RBI in 36G/145PA

Birthday Wishes

Thanks to everyone for the emails, posts and calls wishing me a happy birthday.  The very best present will be a victory tonight.

My spouse and I are trying to find a nice restaurant where I can still watch the game (she realizes a poor first three innings means a crummy dinner).

Reader Feedback

This late last week from Lip:

“Considering everything that happened in 2007…and for that matter considering everything that has happened this season, this deserves to be noted and commented on.

With these wins, the White Sox have guaranteed themselves a “winning” season in 2008.

That means even if they don’t win another game from here on out, they will have made an eleven game improvement over 2007.

Further the White Sox stayed relevant in the market, especially in the wake of what the Cubs have accomplished so far this season. That was very important for the long term health of this franchise.

Everyone…from the front office, to the coaches, to the players, deserves congratulations for this accomplishment.

Of course we hope this is just the start of the accomplishments

Historically this is the 7th “winning” season this decade, to go along with 00, 01, 03, 04, 05 and 06.

That means this is the most successful decade, under these specific parameters, since the 1960’s and the end of the “golden age” of White Sox baseball. That decade saw the Sox have eight “winning” seasons from 1960 through 1967 inclusive. (On top of the nine winning seasons in the 1950’s – from 1951 through 1959 inclusive. 17 straight winning seasons, the 3rd most in MLB history.)

Lip”

And this from Jennifer:

Hey Scott,
 
Wanted to send you a link to my latest Sox Video – maybe it will get the boys to start thinking!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZVWSGtI7GE
 
How about a new post – the page is taking too long to load!
 
Go White Sox!
Jennifer K

Crunch Time

Friday, September 19, 2008

September

It was the best of times.  It was the worst of times.  (To poorly copy Dickens).

My stress level is very high … but of course there’s no need to tell Sox fans that.

We are 1.5 games ahead with nine (maybe 10) to play.  On April 1, we all would have taken those odds.  According to Baseball Prospectus, we wake up today with a 78 percent chance to win our division, down 10 percent from yesterday due to the Twins win/Sox loss, but up six percent from one week ago.

Handy Reminder

In 2005, our lead was 1.5 games from 9/22-24 before winning six of the last eight.

Yankee Stadium

I was in NYC for the first three games of our series (explaining the lack of posts given my schedule of meetings at MLB and MLBAM and the facility that is Yankee Stadium).  There is just so much history in that building.

Ozzie and I sat watching a special on Mickey Mantle before one of the games.  You think about Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle and the famous non-baseball moments that took place at home plate.

“There’s something special about winning a World Series at Yankee Stadium,” Ozzie told the media one day, noting it did not diminish what we accomplished in 2005 but pointing out the difference in celebrating on that field in that setting in 2003 with our celebration in Houston in 05.

Quentin

We’ll see how Carlos Quentin feels after swinging the bat today in KC.  Let’s remain cautiously optimistic …

 

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