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Friday, May 28, 2010

Good Luck Hawks

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Nice outing by sweaty Freddie. Last three wins for him, twinks, tiggers and rays.
Hey ozzie, did you see how Joey played it in the 9th tonight. Drama queen bobby was left sitting and Joey let Matt do it. Smart.

Freddy has been a godsend this year to the Sox. Forget about the blowout loss Sunday that ruined his ERA (the most worthless and overused stat in baseball), he has been a very good pitcher and, with a little support, will do his best to keep the Sox’s heads above water.

Nice to see Beckham get a big hit in the late innings. Maybe things will start to turn a little for him. He appears to have kept a good attitude through all the struggles so that is a good sign.

C’mon let’s get Danks some run support tonight fellas! Some real close losses lately. We need to pull one out tonight!

Some guy’s been going around on the mlb boards saying they need to petition major league baseball to get rid of joe west. Thought that was funny…

Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day.

Since 2002 I?ve been very lucky to have had the chance to speak with some individuals deeply connected with the White Sox franchise, from former players to field managers, members of the current front office to broadcasters as well as many members of the mainstream Chicago media.

Each one has had a story to tell.

That doesn?t mean though that every individual I?ve tried to interview has been available or willing to do so and I also haven?t been able to make a sizable dent in my ?wish list.? That?s a group of individuals so steeped in the White Sox tradition and legacy that I?d give almost anything to have the chance to talk about their days on the South Side.

Some of that list includes people like Dick Allen, Carlton Fisk, Tony LaRussa, Luis Aparicio, ?Jungle Jim? Rivera, Jerry Reinsdorf and others.

One name however that I now have been able to take off the list is former manager Jeff Torborg. Although he was only on the South Side for three seasons, his impact was enormous. Add to it the fact that the franchise got a new stadium at the same time only increased his significance. He was in large part the reason for the White Sox success from 1990 through 1994.

Torborg left under ?unusual? circumstances, speculated by many over the past 20 years. In this interview with White Sox Interactive, Jeff frankly and clearly explains why he was made to feel he had to leave?but that?s not all he discusses. Among the issues that came up:

*A deal turned down by Larry Himes that could have changed the destiny of two franchises, the White Sox and the Yankees.

*His ?premonition? that the Yankees Andy Hawkins would no hit the Sox, yet lose the game.

*A phone call from Jerry Reinsdorf at the trade deadline of the 1990 season which history says may have contributed to the firing of Himes that September.

*A candid assessment of what the White Sox of the early 1990?s lacked.

*How comments from announcers and front office people may have contributed to his decision to leave the organization.

*How he talked coach Ozzie Guillen out of quitting the Marlins and ending his post playing baseball career.

*Describing, as the only man in baseball history can say, what it was like to catch Sandy Koufax (perfect game) and Nolan Ryan (no hitter) in their primes.

It was truly a wonderful experience talking with Jeff, one of the most enjoyable interviews I?ve ever done. Here is the link to the interview:

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/r…ory=11&id=3964

I sincerely hope you will enjoy reading his recollections.

Mark Liptak

Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day.

Since 2002 I?ve been very lucky to have had the chance to speak with some individuals deeply connected with the White Sox franchise, from former players to field managers, members of the current front office to broadcasters as well as many members of the mainstream Chicago media.

Each one has had a story to tell.

That doesn?t mean though that every individual I?ve tried to interview has been available or willing to do so and I also haven?t been able to make a sizable dent in my ?wish list.? That?s a group of individuals so steeped in the White Sox tradition and legacy that I?d give almost anything to have the chance to talk about their days on the South Side.

Some of that list includes people like Dick Allen, Carlton Fisk, Tony LaRussa, Luis Aparicio, ?Jungle Jim? Rivera, Jerry Reinsdorf and others.

One name however that I now have been able to take off the list is former manager Jeff Torborg. Although he was only on the South Side for three seasons, his impact was enormous. Add to it the fact that the franchise got a new stadium at the same time only increased his significance. He was in large part the reason for the White Sox success from 1990 through 1994.

Torborg left under ?unusual? circumstances, speculated by many over the past 20 years. In this interview with White Sox Interactive, Jeff frankly and clearly explains why he was made to feel he had to leave?but that?s not all he discusses. Among the issues that came up:

*A deal turned down by Larry Himes that could have changed the destiny of two franchises, the White Sox and the Yankees.

*His ?premonition? that the Yankees Andy Hawkins would no hit the Sox, yet lose the game.

*A phone call from Jerry Reinsdorf at the trade deadline of the 1990 season which history says may have contributed to the firing of Himes that September.

*A candid assessment of what the White Sox of the early 1990?s lacked.

*How comments from announcers and front office people may have contributed to his decision to leave the organization.

*How he talked coach Ozzie Guillen out of quitting the Marlins and ending his post playing baseball career.

*Describing, as the only man in baseball history can say, what it was like to catch Sandy Koufax (perfect game) and Nolan Ryan (no hitter) in their primes.

It was truly a wonderful experience talking with Jeff, one of the most enjoyable interviews I?ve ever done. Here is the link to the interview:

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/r…ory=11&id=3964

I sincerely hope you will enjoy reading his recollections.

Mark Liptak

I apologize for my comment double-posting.

Mark Liptak

I understand there may be a problem with the above link I posted. Please try this one:

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/rwas/index.php?category=11&id=3964

This should work.

Mark Liptak

If the White Sox trade awat AJ Pierzynski there are going to be some pretty upset Sox fans. AJ Is really awesome and we love him on the South Side. why you get rid of someone else?
Flowers isn’t even close to the catcher AJ is!

Mark, I’ve enjoyed reading your one-on-one interviews and this one with Torborg was among the best you have done.

Jeff truly is a class guy and was a real pleasure to work with when he managed the club.

I do believe he is a straight shooter but I think he may have exaggerated just a little on how close the Sox were to actually getting Bernie Williams. He tried to pry Bernie away from NY as soon as he arrived in Chicago and never gave up. The Yanks had no one they trusted to replace Bernie in their CF plans so they were asking a lot for him, and I am certain it was more than Eric King and Steve Lyons. And I got that info from others in the Sox brass.

But Jeff did a great job with the Sox. His biggest sin — he wasn’t Schueler’s hire.

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