Posts in category "White Sox culture"

White Sox, not White Socks, or whatever

WSO Co-writer Chris Lamberti and I are friends on the internet, so we had an internet conversation during after Game 1 of the NLCS.  At the time, Pierzynski was messing with my goal for the playoffs–for them to slip by without the White Sox suffering any further nationally televised embarrassment.  He had brought up Lance Lynn’s... Read more »

Success without playoffs?

Success without playoffs?
When Paul Konerko made his (in)famous admission at the start of this year’s SoxFest that given the position of the franchise, a season that saw forward progress but no playoff birth could be a success, it provoked a lot of reactions. Gee, what a depressing thing to say at SoxFest. That’s probably really accurate. Oy,... Read more »

Remembering “Pork Chop” Whitehead

Remembering “Pork Chop” Whitehead
Here’s something completely different from Chris, to spare you the autopsy this team’s collapse deserves for a few hours… On Wednesday evening, “Porkchop” Whitehead was the subject of a trivial scoreboard graphic at U.S. Cellular Field, serving to distract White Sox fans from a brutal display of baseball.  The player’s ridiculous nickname prompted the commissioning of... Read more »
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Not the biggest performance of Adam Dunn's life, but more than close enough

Not the biggest performance of Adam Dunn's life, but more than close enough
“We just have to take a step back and relax,” Dunn said. “We have to realize we are in first place and in a really, really good position.” That was Adam Dunn, the veteran of absolutely zero MLB playoff wars, before Monday night’s crucial showdown with the Cleveland Indians.  Dunn would cooly go on to... Read more »

1964: A Pennant Race!

1964: A Pennant Race!
Search for Yankees biographies and autobiographies on Amazon, you’ll find 246 books; do the same search for the White Sox, you’ll find 14.  History is written by the victors, or the writers commissioned to prevent the victors from sounding like bumbling idiots.  So tales of Yankees triumphs are part of the documented record, while White... Read more »

Questions about the authority

Questions about the authority
I only got to see the last two innings of Thursday’s game live, but I understand that baserunning blunders that prevented the Sox from blowing things open, more ineffectiveness versus Jeremy Guthrie, and the chasm in the number of opportunities between Chicago and Kansas City made the 9th inning a culmination of a night of... Read more »
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Your anxiety has little precedent

Your anxiety has little precedent
Full disclosure: I was born in 1987, which limits the reach of my memory. However, my earliest, and still strongest memory of the pain of a late-season collapse is Mark Langston of the California Angels sitting in the dugout with his head in his hands.  He had just been pulled after a disastrous four-run 7th... Read more »

The slide

The slide
“I just told him that might be the play of the year.” – Gordon Beckham There’s something incredibly neat about the crucial play of the White Sox biggest win of the year being a hard slide by Alex Rios to break-up a double play.  It was a big moment in a huge game against a... Read more »

Photo-analysis: The White Sox hit the road

Photo-analysis: The White Sox hit the road
Click here for larger image. I initially viewed this photo removed of context, and I feel as though that moment provided the most genuine and rewarding reaction.  The full story is fine, heart-warming, even.  However, the initial shock, confusion, and yes, awe is irreplaceable.  I mean, this is how these men are dressed in preparation to... Read more »
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Morning notes: The Mariner menace looms

Morning notes: The Mariner menace looms
The White Sox were swept by the Royals, and responded by sweeping the Yankees.  With that, my general avoidance of individual game previews is validated.  The Sox are more likely to beat good teams than they are to beat bad teams, and more likely to beat bad pitchers than they are to beat good pitchers.... Read more »