Archive for April 2012

White Sox Week That Was - 4/23-4/29: Great beginning and ending to a terrible, terrible story

White Sox Week That Was - 4/23-4/29: Great beginning and ending to a terrible, terrible story
This week, sandwiched in between two dominant pitching performances by Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd, was a brutal five game losing streak that saw the Sox dragged back to the rest of the AL Central (we get to say that!) and get shutout twice. Those shutouts also featured dominant pitching performances from Jake Peavy and Gavin... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Dominant Floyd, actual runs, ends losing streak

Instant Rationalization - Dominant Floyd, actual runs, ends losing streak
When broached with the topic of crummy hitting ruining an encouraging start to the season, manager Robin Ventura offered the following words of encouragement: “There’s not a lot you can do, this is who we are,” Ventura said. Perhaps Ventura’s words aren’t so much encouraging as they are reflective of the fact that he has little... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Losing streak hits five; which is all the hitting there was

Instant Rationalization - Losing streak hits five; which is all the hitting there was
Why are we so preoccupied with runs?  The emphasis put on production in human society is overwhelming.  It’s an endless quest for more, more, more.  Isn’t growth–in and of itself–unsustainable?  All resources are ultimately finite.  It’s a really a damn shame that more teams haven’t embraced conservation like the White Sox have. I’m looking at... Read more »
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Catching up - Saturday White Sox news and notes

Catching up - Saturday White Sox news and notes
To account for a day spent away from the internet, let’s try to play catch-up on recent events So much for an extra day for Jesse Crain’s oblique. He was added to the 15-day disabled list Friday, which is more like adding him to the 8-day disabled list because he’s been inactive for the last... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - White Sox play a hell of a five innings against the Red Sox...game goes on for additional four innings

Instant Rationalization - White Sox play a hell of a five innings against the Red Sox...game goes on for additional four innings
The foremost issue to address about Friday night’s game is that it was cold.  Bitterly, bitterly cold.  Frigid. John Danks was wearing short sleeves, and it only stands the reason that he was cold and nothing that happened in the 6th inning was his fault. “The Red Sox had to play in it too. That’s... Read more »

To the Simple Google Search, and Beyond!

To the Simple Google Search, and Beyond!
Earlier this week I was settling in to some weekly White Sox prospect news by the venerable Larry of South Side Sox when I read this: Since there still really isn’t all that much to discuss, I’ll fill some space by commenting on a 2000+ word screed about the Charlotte Knights and stadium subsidies. These are the sorts... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - Red Sox bludgeon America's Sweetheart, White Sox

Instant Rationalization - Red Sox bludgeon America's Sweetheart, White Sox
It was wondered whether the combination of moving forward from the cathartic punch of a perfect game, spending the week dealing with frenzied press coverage and the birth of his child, and transitioning from facing a crappy offense in a brilliant pitcher’s park to facing a good offense in a band box might have some... Read more »

Jesse Crain's oblique is inconvenient

Jesse Crain's oblique is inconvenient
After a right oblique strain in Spring Training dragged him out of what was apparently a very wide open closer race, Jesse Crain is having trouble with the same muscle, but on his left side this time.  He’s been out since Friday, which has led to the current stretched situation where Nate Jones finds himself... Read more »

Congrats, Paul Konerko

Congrats, Paul Konerko
Paul Konerko launched the 400th home run of his career Wednesday, it came in dramatic fashion to tie the game in the 9th. and moved him into sole possession of 48th place all-time.  Clearly he’s better than Andres Galarraga now.  Arguing that he’s now better than Al Kaline…that’d probably take some more creativity. Konerko celebrated the feat... Read more »
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Death by bunt

Death by bunt
Wednesday afternoon in a 14-inning loss to the A’s, Robin Ventura called for six different sacrifice bunts.  Perhaps one of them went well.  Care to relive it? Bunt #1 – Top of the 6th, runner on 2nd, 0 out, Alexei Ramirez up. Ventura has a lighting fast runner on 2nd in De Aza, and the... Read more »