Posts tagged "nick swisher"

Instant Rationalization - Youk's revenge

Instant Rationalization - Youk's revenge
Surely, at some point during the approximately 735 games the Red Sox played against the Yankees during Kevin Youkilis’ tenure in Boston, something was done to inspire his undying hatred toward the pinstripes.   The Yankees have a naturally infuriating way about them.  But it probably came during some turgid, four-hour long marathon between the... Read more »

Much Better Moments in White Sox History - Gavin Floyd announces his presence with authority

Much Better Moments in White Sox History - Gavin Floyd announces his presence with authority
In the shiny new Baseball Prospectus’ Annual for 2012, Gavin Floyd’s player comment starts out with “Blessed with the best stuff on the staff”, which is a fun little reminder since he spent most of 2011 refining his hard slider into more of a cutter, trading whiffs for control.  The comment went on to say... Read more »

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
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Orlando Cabrera is gone because you didn't love him enough

Orlando Cabrera is gone because you didn't love him enough
This off-season didn’t feature the most imposing crop of free agent shortstops. Rafael Furcal played only 87 games last season and posted an 81 wRC+, and landed a 2-year deal worth $14 million from the Cardinals…who were mostly praised for the signing.  And yet even in these waters, no one bit on 37 year-old Orlando... Read more »

Why the White Sox probably won’t be particularly competitive in 2012

I accepted an invitation to start writing once a week at Southside Showdown, and started things out by telling my new audience that the 2012 team would probably be pretty bad.  Not definitely, not almost definitely, just probably.  Hooray for first impressions! You have to click the title for the link, so you can be whisked off to a different,... Read more »

Much better moments in White Sox History - The Blackout Game

Much better moments in White Sox History - The Blackout Game
Perhaps I’m a bit of a sap, but all this talk of rebuilding and possibly competent attempts to be competitive are kind of, well, sad.  Ripe for uproarious mockery for sure, but still kind of sad.  In an effort to pep things up, and being the proud owner a robust iTunes gift card, I’d though... Read more »
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Selling low on Gordon Beckham

Selling low on Gordon Beckham
By now you’ve probably heard Gordon Beckham’s name bandied about in trade rumors pertaining to the White Sox rebuilding effort. It’s notable because it’s not everyday you hear “Trade the 25 year-old cost-controlled 2nd basemen!” during a rebuilding effort, and because it wasn’t that long ago that Beckham was capable of acting as the centerpiece... Read more »

Santos trade signals beginning of new, fairly grisly rebuilding period

Santos trade signals beginning of new, fairly grisly rebuilding period
Deep Blue Sea is a pretty awful movie.  Murderous CGI sharks given super-brains for stupid reason does not make very good Oscar-bait. However, it does contain of the more memorable “This just got real” moments in film, when one of the murderous CGI sharks with a super-brain rips Samuel L. Jackson in half right after... Read more »

Disrespecting a veteran

Disrespecting a veteran
Omar Vizquel hasn’t played a whole lot, and if I had to hazard a guess, I would say it’s because he’s been terrible. His .245/.282/.294 line would be rough enough, but he’s paired it with the fielding range of a 44 year-old in a season where the threshold has been a bit more than ‘play... Read more »
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White Sox All-Star game candidates, and other fictional creatures

White Sox All-Star game candidates, and other fictional creatures
And he won’t need someone to get a career-derailing concussion this time to get back! // Michael Buckner, Getty Images The All-Star Game can be kind of silly.  The fans vote for the starters, and that inevitably results in a great deal of the team being determined via popularity contest, and anyone who’s been to... Read more »