Archive for January 2012

Ghosts of SoxFests past

The spin that came out of this year’s SoxFest sounds a little weird, but it’s nothing compared to how the rationale coming out the SoxFests of previous years sounds now.  Click the title to read at Southside Showdown   Follow White Sox Observer on Twitter @ JRFegan and on Facebook

Plunken' Em

Plunken' Em
Mark Parent was talking pretty tough on Sunday, and no tough-guy, hard-nosed bench coach persona is really complete without some pledge of loyalty to the team, seasoned with a bit of implied violence.  Or at least, that’s what all the bench coach handbooks say. So while it was notable that Parent made a pledge of... Read more »

SoxFest ends; time to parse out actual hope from hope for hope's sake

SoxFest ends; time to parse out actual hope from hope for hope's sake
SoxFest is such a gushing wellspring of optimism and good feelings that it’s difficult to pick on what alleged comeback-story-in-the-making to focus on.  Everyone is excited for a new start, which is good, because otherwise that would mean that some player or coach is dreading the beginning of the season.  Every mention of the coming... Read more »
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SoxFest unveils confident talking team that's really standing pat

SoxFest unveils confident talking team that's really standing pat
“Why not us?” would seem to be the motto of the opening day of SoxFest, which is shaping up to be every bit the positivist lovefest that, you know, a pre-season promotional event designed to drum up enthusiasm for the upcoming season should be. Kenny Williams received a smattering of boos when he was introduced,... Read more »

Ventura meets the press, rings in new era of open-ended coach-speak

Ventura meets the press, rings in new era of open-ended coach-speak
With SoxFest coming up this weekend, new manager Robin Ventura is hitting all the press stops to drum up enthusiasm for the new season.  It’s nothing but a heart-pounding thrill-ride of understated professionalism. While Ozzie occasionally inspired the instinct to wince and hope he would work his way through every interview without a risque statement,... Read more »

Welcome distractions from Prince Fielder

Welcome distractions from Prince Fielder
Prince Fielders had 128 weighted runs created in 2011.  Adam Dunn + Alex Rios + Gordon Beckham had 125.  I would like a distraction from Prince Fielder, please. Yoenis Cespedes and that other finesse lefty guy Yoenis Cespedes is a distraction, and is even the opposite of Fielder in many ways.  There’s no worry of... Read more »
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Death at the hands of large men

Death at the hands of large men
The Detroit Tigers signed Prince Fielder. Is there any other way to start into discussing this?  The Detroit Tigers signed Prince Fielder to a 9-year (with no opt out), $214 million contract, seemingly in response to losing DH Victor Martinez (who’s signed through 2014) for the season to a knee injury.  Good gravy. The best... Read more »

Reinsdorf tries clear out the fuss so everyone can focus on non-roster invites

Reinsdorf tries clear out the fuss so everyone can focus on non-roster invites
There had been some word of trouble on the horizon.  Specifically… @OzzieGuillen I will kill peoples fellings no mercy i turn the page but they no let me a long then get ready going to be bad 20 Jan via Twitter for iPad In response to that, Jerry Reinsdorf–probably the very best man for the job of... Read more »

The last great Juan Pierre game

The bizarre report of the Tigers being interested in Juan Pierre to fill the gap created by the Victor Martinez injury inspired me to look at his last shining moment in a White Sox uniform.  Click the title to read the post at Southside Showdown.   Follow White Sox Observer on Twitter @ JRFegan and on Facebook
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AL Central Rumblings & Bumblings!

AL Central Rumblings & Bumblings!
Adam Dunn gets regular size Potbelly’s sandwiches now, and Ozzie Guillen is going to remove some people’s nerve endings. There.  That’s the White Sox news for the week. But the White Sox–contrary to appearance–do not operate in a bizarre baseball vacuum by themselves.  They exist in the AL Central, where the amount of money they... Read more »