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Inevitably I'll realize I forgot something, and will have to come back

As someone who graduated with a degree in history, I can only hope that hundreds of years from now, the glut of baseball blog eulogies that I am about to contribute to will provide part-time classification work to some like-minded student. For that lucky student toiling for their professor of  Self-Indulgence in the Nascent Days... Read more »

Great improvements and disappointments of the 2012 White Sox

Great improvements and disappointments of the 2012 White Sox
There have been some attempts to sum up the surprises, both good and bad, for the White Sox this past season, and generally I feel they could use some context. Everything needs buckets of buckets of context; it’s just a matter of how much we can stand. Mark Gonzales of the Tribune highlighted a fun... Read more »

Good times in the White Sox 2nd half

Good times in the White Sox 2nd half
At the end of the White Sox surprising and undeniably successful 1st half, I decided to drag out some of the happy memories by compiling them into one big link-off to be enjoyed and digested repeatedly. There wasn’t as much material to work with in the 2nd half. All the same; before all the hard... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - A baseball game was played in Cleveland until it ended

No offense to the 10,015 Cleveland fans who carved up their Tuesday schedule to wedge a trip to the ballpark into it, but it wasn’t the most purposeful baseball game that was played in Progressive Field on this night. The White Sox lineup–absent Paul Konerko, Alex Rios (probably on break for the rest of the... Read more »

A bad time for reality to set in

A bad time for reality to set in
Some of the raw horror of the White Sox five-game losing streak has been blunted by Detroit forsaking a chance to take a division lead, and getting swept out of a doubleheader by the Twins.  It’s hard to figure out how the Sox will ever win another game at this rate, but maybe they won’t... Read more »

A year of good fortune

A year of good fortune
It’s well-worn narrative ground that the 2012 White Sox playoff candidacy is a product of almost everything going right.  Bounce-backs from Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Jake Peavy, a career year from A.J. Pierzynski, surprise competence from Jose Quintana, surprise dominance from Chris Sale, etc., etc. But Dewayne Wise has to be the best example of... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - Der Twain can only hurt you if your heart isn't pure

Instant Rationalization - Der Twain can only hurt you if your heart isn't pure
Thousands of years ago, before the dawn of man as we knew him, the White Sox were leading the Twins 3-0 after the 1st inning. Scott Diamond had been the Twins most consistent starter all season, but spent the first frame falling behind hitters, and getting rapped down the foul lines for three runs on... Read more »

Self-parody

Self-parody
Old habits and horror movie villains both die hard.  This weekend was a stern reminder of both adages, as the White Sox suffered yet another late-season humiliation at the hands of their top divisional competition. In 2010, they entered a crucial mid-August series in Minnesota three games back of the Twins and in the middle... Read more »

The White Sox have a bench? The White Sox have a bench!

The White Sox have a bench?  The White Sox have a bench!
The White Sox scored the decisive runs on Sunday just like you’d expect–Jordan Danks walked and was knocked in by a Tyler Flowers homer. That’s sarcasm, of course.  A little joke for everyone who knows that the White Sox bench spent the first four months of the season being terrible.  Not problematically terrible, since they’re just... Read more »
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Pre-game Ouch Update - Everyone spent Saturday night in an ice tub

Pre-game Ouch Update - Everyone spent Saturday night in an ice tub
It’s mid-August, and everyone’s banged-up. The White Sox are old, and that doesn’t help, but most of the regulars have played over 100 games (A.J.’s stuck on 99, but everyone agrees that catching full-time is essentially self-mutilation).  Playing in Saturday night’s slop-fest probably didn’t help anyone. Improbably, Paul Konerko is fine after spending the minimum... Read more »