Tag: Chicago Cubs

Instant Rationalization - No Paulie, no cry

Instant Rationalization - No Paulie, no cry
Without the heart of their offense in the lineup due to injury, and red-hot but still green Dayan Viciedo subbing as the clean-up hitter, the White Sox would need to find some other sources of power, or string their hits together to be successful Saturday night. Instead, they did both.  Viciedo and Pierzynski went yard... Read more »

Retaliation without the headache

Retaliation without the headache
When Paul Konerko fell to the ground clutching his bloodied face after being struck with a Jeff Samardzija splitter, it triggered a number of emotional responses, not all of which were extinguished by the pitcher’s apparent concern for the well-being of the White Sox captain. One of the long-cited benefits of National League play was... Read more »

Morning notes: Crosstown series looms

Morning notes: Crosstown series looms
The crosstown series starts this Friday.  It’s still sponsored by BP, which is one year closer to being a fact they don’t have to de-emphasize out of embarrassment. Both the Cubs and Sox have losing records and rather mundane future outlooks, so the running narrative is that the rivalry is unimportant and lifeless now.  That... Read more »
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Morning notes: Too many DH's

Move over, Gordon Beckham, Dayan Viciedo is now the possibly rejuvenated hitter trying to earn his way up the batting order. Wednesday night’s losing effort witnessed Viciedo post his third straight multi-hit game, and launch his fifth home run of the year.  Better yet, Dayan’s deposit of a 93 mph Jerome Williams fastball into the... Read more »

White Sox Week That Was: 5/7-5/13 - Up and down, black and white

White Sox Week That Was: 5/7-5/13 - Up and down, black and white
I can’t find the exact quote, but a player made a comment during SoxFest about the most frustrating part of last season being the inability of the team to sustain a stretch of good play.  After all, he longest winning streak of the 2011 season was five. While the Sox have plenty of time to... Read more »

White Sox around the world

White Sox around the world
If I really wanted to, I think I could squeeze a third post out about Kosuke Fukudome signing on to be the 5th outfielder, but it’s probably not the best thing for anyone involved or in the surrounding area.  Additionally, the video for the classic White Sox game I was going to write a retrospective... Read more »
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Fukudome is here, to fill a small role to moderate satisfaction

Fukudome is here, to fill a small role to moderate satisfaction
I have a rather strong distaste for Kosuke Fukudome.  I’m going to have it get over it before approaching this mild, small signing of a reserve outfielder in any kind of rational way, but I can’t start until this all gets out. The distaste grew entirely last year, and previously I was very much on... Read more »

Must every market be skewed against the White Sox liking?

Must every market be skewed against the White Sox liking?
The new, markedly prohibitive spending limits on international free agents go into effect on July 2nd.  From that point on, all teams will be restricted to spending $2.9 million for the whole year on foreign amateurs under the age of 23.  The limit will rise incrementally year-to-year. For teams that have invested heavily in the... 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 »
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Off-season Equinox

Off-season Equinox
I’m declaring this the off-season equinox, because it’s roughly an equal period of time since the Winter Meetings and pitchers and catchers reporting.   I’m also declaring it the equinox because it’s snazzier than saying “I’ve got nothing besides a smattering of notes”, and makes it sounds like me not having enough time to do... Read more »