Get ready for the exact same White Sox broadcast team

There had been a steady trickle of fuel for speculation that Steve Stone was on his way out of the White Sox television broadcast booth of recent. The enormous physical gulf between Stone and Hawk Harrelson in the broadcast booth throughout the year. A Chicago Magazine profile that called attention to the pair’s lack of friendly... Read more »

Your Monday update on easily anticipated White Sox news

Your Monday update on easily anticipated White Sox news
Since suddenly transforming into a team that couldn’t drive in runners and coughing up the division, the White Sox have been very light on the surprises. Rick Hahn made his much-rumored about ascent to the GM seat immediately after the close of the season, initiating a waiting game to find things out about Hahn’s style,... Read more »

Changing the dialogue about attendance

Kenny Williams talked a good game about attendance this week, citing the need to improve the product on the field, and market it better to fans.  However, he has a long history of building the attendance shaming narrative to overcome.  Click the title to read my piece on Southside Showdown.
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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 »

Farewell to 2012, thanks for your support, and good luck with whatever is happening next

Farewell to 2012, thanks for your support, and good luck with whatever is happening next
White Sox baseball is gone.  That means our daily retreat, a three hour docudrama filled with subplots, tidy conclusions to every episode, and compelling season-long plot arcs, is gone.  Television is going to be a lot worse now. That’s what I’ll miss the most.  Shifting my mindset from playoff rosters to speculating on a firesale,... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Thanks for the memories/dingers

Final games of the season always feel like the last day of college.  Everyone’s going through their routines, but at half-speed because of the wistful sadness that builds as the night’s activities draw closer to the end. Hawk started thanking the production crew during the broadcast, and even worked ahead on talking himself into the... Read more »
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Morning notes: Sweeping up the mess

Morning notes: Sweeping up the mess
Everyone has been making their random selection of “tough losses that really killed the Sox”.  In honor of the series currently being played on the North side of town between two 100-loss teams, I would offer that dropping four games combined against the Cubs and Astros (all at home) really killed the Sox, since they currently trail... Read more »

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 »

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 »
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Delayed Rationalization - Oh oh oh, so NOW you want to drive in runners in scoring position

Delayed Rationalization - Oh oh oh, so NOW you want to drive in runners in scoring position
I put no measure of belief in the idea that any professional sports team can troll, or actively twist a knife in their own fanbase.  But there’s something just a little too perfect about the White Sox busting out a titanic offensive effort replete with timely hitting, and production outside the home run ball just in... Read more »