Venting

I have had more than enough of when I share my feeling son the trades and all that I am an idiot and have no clue.

*Chris Sale trade – sure I was upset about it but I do understand it. We got some great prospects and I know that the stable was empty. I loved watching Chris pitch, now its just in different colors. My sister Judy is happy as she is a Boston fan. It will be interesting to see how he is received and all. I know that he and Kenny Williams butted heads over a lot of issues. I hope that Chris can finally get the Cy Young that he has been missing.

*Adam Eaton – I loved his energy and this excitement, along with that riffle of an arm it will be missed in right field. He always gives 110% and you could see that rubbed off on the rest of the outfield. I can see a golden glove in his future

*Jose Quintana – I would really love to see him stay and become our ace. Q has pitched in Chris’s  Shadow and I want to see him get his time in the sun. There is still talk about a trade in the work and only time will tell.

I get really tired of all the negative and when minor trades and things pop up everyone starts complaining, it is not good enough. Everyone is convinced that we will lost 100 games, and my question is how would you know that? The season has not even started. You really think they boys are going to go out and lose on purpose?

We have a healthy team and it will be exciting to see what happens in the spring.

I watch the ball games over breakfast here in Australia, I would be at the park if at all possible. I would live there if I could.

I am smart and I do get what is going on but I also have my feelings in all of this.

#2017WhiteSox

 

Merry Christmas

What a year it has been, to be honest I am happy to see this year come to a close

Who knows what 2017 will bring but it shall be an interesting one.

I just want to take a couple of minutes to say “Thanks” for you taking the time to read my work and to hangout during the games. Have a great holiday season.

I am taking a break over the holidays but will be back in 2017.

Thanks again for your support

Winter Meeting Post Thoughts

**this is MY opinion**

Well, by now you know the news of the White Sox. Chris Sale and Adam Eaton both have new homes next season and we have 7 new pitchers.

There is still talk of more possible trades and all which should make everyone happy. Yes, I know it’s a part of the business but it is a hard one. A few years ago, I watched as my favorite player, Jake Peavy was traded to Boston. I cried for 2 days, knew it was going to happen but it was not any easier. I got up to watch him pitch for the last time in White Sox colors. He chose the 80’s throwback. It was hard but things eventually became OK.

Now there is more talk of trading players who (in my opinion) are pieces that we need for a successful season. Yes, we resigned Brett Lawrie and Avi Garcia. Both Brett and Tyler Saladino were shut down due to injuries late in the season but they are strong players who I think can contribute a lot. so, there was so silliness but the boys were having fun but getting the job done. What’s wrong with that if it creates the spark needed to fight back and win?

Let’s talk about the pitching for a couple – Since our ace has been traded we have no one to lead our pitching attack. Jose Quintana should fill that role provided he is not traded also then we to look to last year and Miguel Gonzalez, (who at times was brilliant) Then there was James Shield, every 4th or 5th day was pretty much a loss. Now, remember a few years back when JOhn Danks had the same issues and they pulled him for good. You should’ve heard all the screaming then, well now its the same case but a different pitcher so where’s all the screaming now? I don’t watch a pitcher out there who can’t win games. I know James tries as hard as he can but something is not working, let’s get it fixed while at the ranch or whatever in spring training before the boys get home to The Cell ( Comiskey). Zack Putnam and Jake Petricka were both on the disabled list for all last season, how can you expect them to be ready to throw back at their normal pace and all. Nate Jones was out for roughly 18 months and last season he was back throwing to where he was before he got hurt. I can’t wait to see him this season.

My other question is this, everyone says it will be a crap season but HOW do you know that will actually be the case? We have a new manager in Rick Renteria, players gone and new players joining. It could be the case of things falling into place for a great year. I just checked the injury list and it is clear.  Will be great to see Charlie Tilson get a real crack in center field, With Adam Eaton gone, Right field is now open for someone to earn a regular spot.

I would still like to see us pick up an experienced catcher at some point. Omar Narvaez was a really surprising find in my book.

Everyone wants the house cleaned,  to start again but how many of you will actually go to Comiskey, for games and all, or will you just sit at home complaining once again and refuse to go until the team gets better?

There was good stuff last season but everyone seems to forget that, how many times we fought back and won in the bottom of the 9th or extra innings. Did you forget that we turned 3 triple plays last season and 1 of those the combination was so unreal the Sox own that world record.

I understand it all, it’s just business but the negative gets a little too much when all I see on every article is TRADE HIM TOO.

I want to win just as much as the next guy but. . . .

 

Chris Sale has Changed his Sox from White to RED

Well, I must admit deep down I was hoping this deal would not happen but it has, Chris Sale is on his way to Boston

Here are the particulars of the deal as I understand it – In return the White Sox received:

Yoan Moncada – #1 ranked prospect in baseball

Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz – both Right Handed pitchers

Luis Alexander Basabe – outfielder

The Red Sox will pay all of Moncada’s contract that is left. The figure I am seeing is around 31 to 32 million dollars.

 

The rebuild is starting, and you should hear the screaming on my facebook page. I am still hearing rumors of possible trades with David Robertson and Nate Jones in the mix but that would trade BOTH of our closers.

More soon

 

 

Winter Meetings and Other Stuff

Avi Garcia and Brett Lawrie have both agreed to terms for a 1 year deal for each.

Winter Meetings have started and should be interesting.

Right Handed Pitcher Blake Smith was not offered a contract so he will be a free agent, taking our roster to 38.

The Chris Sale deal – deal with the fact he is NOT going anywhere. WHY, simple fact is the Sox will NOT GET WHAT THEY DESERVE! Plain and simple. You  want to go and trade your Ace, you get an ace in return. There is no one out there to head up our pitching staff in that spot. Get over it kids.

I have been hearing alot about last season and the jersey’s issue BUT do you know why it happened. According to Chris there so very uncomfortable, Chris was supposed to pitch on the night. Would you pitch in a uniform that was uncomfortable and not allow you to be the best you can be?

More news as it comes in from Winter Meetings.

Off Season News and Venting

OK, enough of the Scrubs and all of that. I don’t care any more. Yes they finally won but enough already, I have far more important things to do then to be abused by nasty fans because I didn’t get on the band wagon nor did I cheer for them. I was polite to my Scrubs mates and wished them congrats. I have seen enough post to last a lifetime and heard way too many  stories of mates of mine being abused because they did not support the other team in Chicago.

To share a little background with you, Yes I am from Ohio, I was born in Columbus. I knew that the White Sox existed and kind of followed as I was growing up and when I moved to Australia. My editor’s brother who was a massive die-hard Sox Fan was diagnosed with Cancer. A group of us started following the Sox in support of him. I got interested in the background of the Sox and all, and started reading anything I could get my hands on. My editor’s brother passed away but I stayed on and now have this blog which started as a challenge to myself but is going strong in its 4th season. I was born in Columbus and work in Chicago, and can’t wait to visit the boys at Comisky.

There is another question to be solved, what do you call it now. With the new name change, that is the discussion now. U.S Cellular does not exist any more, this past season I called home “The Cell”. So here is my question, can I still call it The Cell or is just Sox Park good enough?

Ok, Player news – Matt Albers contract was bought out, so he is no longer with the Sox, Daniel Webb has been let go (he is still listed on our injury report) , J.B Shuck is back in Charlotte, Jake Petricka, Matt Davidson and Zack Putnam are all back on the main roster.

More news when it’s available

New Coaching Staff

Joe McEwing was named the new bench coach moving from 3rd base. I loved his excitement there especially when he waved the boys around 3rd to home.

Nick Capra will be taking over at 3rd.

Curt Hasler will be the head of the bullpen.

Daryl Boston will stay at first, Don Cooper looking after pitching, Mark Salas returns as the bullpen catcher, Greg Sparks as the assistant hitting coach and Todd Steverson returns as the hitting.

**Personal

When this news came out you could hear fans complaining already. This won’t work , we will be last again. My question was “How do you know it wont work?”

Only time will tell, let’s see what Winter Meetings bring.

 

 

The Final Time to Open the Office.

20160520_091808The final game of the season, by now we all know the final score and it was not a great outing for Chris.

If I could have been anywhere today it would have been in Chicago at the park to have the final game experience. I have listened to people complain all year about why bother going. Go for all of us who can’t go, share with us your favorite seat, what do you like to eat at the park. There are a lot of Sox fans here in Australia who would love to be able to go. We get up at all hours of the night here to be able to watch and try and be a part of things.

I choose to look at things a little different, I see the positives. Sure I am frustrated and wished it had been a better season but there are pieces that did work and with the right foundation we can be in the mix next year.

*Injuries — boy did they bite us and hard. It seems like center field was cursed for a long time. Losing Austin Jackson, and Charlie Tilson both to season ending injuries was really tough, both are on the road to recovery and I hope we get to see them next year. Zack Duke and Jake Petricka with their injuries really took a lot of stability out of the bull pen.

*Adam Eaton – WOW, what an amazing season in right, Baserunners learned and early that if your gong to challenge him , most likely he will throw  you out. Congrats on being a Dad.

*Brett Lawrie – I miss your excitement and silliness. Your energy  was missed and I hope that you will be back next year, you had some amazing plays and I just sat here at my desk and shook my head as wondered how did you do it.

*J.B Shuck, Tyler Saladino, Carlos Sanchez – Thank You for stepping up in a moments notice, you all have grown as players and I really hope we get to see you again next season.

*Chris Sale, Miguel Gonzalez, Jose Quintana, Nate Jones, David Robertson – This group of gentleman to me is our core of the pitching staff. Sure there have been those crappy moments but there has also been moments of brilliance and I hope you stay together.

*Hawk , Steve and Jason — Thanks for all the call of the game, learning a bit with Sox math. I have even developed a few of my own Hawkisms for fun. Not sure if Hawk will go another season. If you decide not to have another year with us Hawk then “THANKS” for the fun and the knowledge you have  shared with us.

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Chris Sale is off to the showers leaving Juan Minaya the keys to the office, Jacob Turner on way to the office for the final outing for him this season. Chris Beck found the office keys under the rosin bag. Chris just turned off the office lights in the visitors half of the 9th, Chris has the door closed (2 outs) Chris just locked the door with that strike out. ( 3 outs)

Final Record 78 and 84

 

**THANK YOU to all of you who have taken the time to leave comments, feed back and all. Thanks to my Daughter Kendria who has come on board over at   https://weaversfootballblog.wordpress.com/    for helping to cover games so I could have a bit of a life at times.

A Year with the Chicago White Sox is taking a break but will be back with winter news as needed

Have a safe winter and see you

April 3, 2017  for White Sox Baseball

 

 

 

 

 

Carlos Rodon for the Final Time in the Office for 2016

Someone pick up some milk with to have with the Twinkies

Carlos Rodon will open the office for his final time in 2016. He has had a good year, some outings were full-blown disasters but some were amazing.

Tyler Saladino had an MRI which showed a herniated L5 in his back. He is being taken care of now before being let go for the off-season.

For those who can’t see the boys are wearing white pants and black jerseys.

Tim Anderson with a stand up triple to open the pond, Melky with a double and Timmy home for a 1 to 0 Sox lead, Justin Morneau with a single moving Melky to 3rd. Wild pitch, Melky home for a 2 to 0 lead and Justin to 2nd.

Carlos is tearing it up with 5 strikeouts in a row.

7 strike outs to open the game tonight.

Adam Eaton walks on the pond to open the home half of the 3rd, Timmy goes “YARD” for a 4 to 0 lead. Melky with a double and Jose Abreu with a double to bring him home for a 5 to 0 lead

Omar Narvaez with his 1st Major league homer for a 6 to 0 lead. Spanky on 1st after force at 2nd. On a dropped pop up Spanky slams the gas, heading for home and a 7 to 0 Sox lead. Jose walks.

10 Strike outs for Carlos, top of 5th

Error on Todd, 2 runners safe and no outs in the top of the 6th, Carlos with a wild pitch and the Twinkies are on the board, 7 to 1, Twinkies with another one for a 7 to 2 Sox lead. Carlos has a loaded pond. 88 pitches to his point, 7 to 3 on the Sac Fly for Minnesota

Spanky with a single to open the pond in the 6th, Timmy with a single, Jose moves Timmy and Spanky 90 feet to 2nd and 3rd.

Carlos flipped Chris Beck the office keys on the way to the shower.

Here comes nasty Nate Jones to get the office keys from Robin.

Top of 9th and Tommy Kahnle in to close the office, lights out and door closed, Tommy just locked the door and this game is ova

**Final Score

White Sox — 7 and Twins — 3

 

 

 

 

Rays and Sox — Jose Quintana for the last time

Game 4 in the series and it is the last outing for Jose Quintana for the season. It has been a real pleasure to watch him work. Thank you Jose for a great season.

Chris Sale will pitch on Sunday. Tyler Saladino has been shut down for the season(MRI on the back). Miguel allowed 3 hits and walked no one last night, was 2 outs shy of going a full game for only the second time in his career.

Jose with a 1,2,3 inning, the first of many tonight I hope.

Adam Eaton with a single to open the pond. Spanky is safe at 2nd but he was called out and it is being challenged.

Jose gave up the dreaded leadoff walk to open the 2nd. Rays single gets the runner (leadoff walk) home and it’s 1 to 0 Rays lead.

Jason Morneau with a single to left through the shift.

Todd Frazier with the double kill to close the inning.

Jose Q gives up a home run for a 2 to 0 Rays lead.

Alex Avila on the pond with a walk.

Tim Anderson with a stand up triple, with 1 out in the bottom of the 6th. Melky ground to 2nd but Timmy scores and it’s a 2 to 1 Rays lead.

Juan Minaya got the keys as Jose headed to the showers.

Rays add another run for a 3 to 1 lead, Juan hit a Rays batter, Dan Jennings with the pond loaded, one home for a 4 to 1 Rays lead, add another for a 5 to 1 Rays lead.

Carlos Sanchez with a 2 run homer cutting the lead to 5 to 3 Rays. Leury Garcia with a surprise double, its raining.

Back from the rain delay, 35 minutes.

Tommy Kahnle in the office – He got the keys just as the rain delay started.

Bottom of 9th and Justin on with a single, Jason Coats in to run for Justin. Lights out with Todd striking out (1 out), Jason safe at 2nd, Alex  on that strike out shut the door, (2 outs) Carlos was not able to smack that ball out of the park, Rays lock the door,

Final Score

White Sox — 3 and Rays — 5