This man is just like the playoffs, no White Sox! GM Kenny Williams wasn’t shy about going out there and spending his bosses money. Picking up ace starter Jake Peavy, has yet to pitch for the Pale Hose, in exchange for lefthanded pitchers Clayton Richard & Aaron Poreda and righties Dexter Carter & Adam Russell. Then Williams spent more money on a waiver claim from the Toronto Blue Jays, outfielder Alex Rios.
But then a funny thing happened on the way to the playoffs, we started losing, and it snowballed out of control. After the first portion of a tough roadtrip, in which the Sox lost six of seven to Boston & New York, I’m declaring the season OVER! Especially seeing Chicago now takes its sorry act on the road to their own personal place of horrors, the Metrodome. I know the experts are saying, we need to sweep in order to have a chance, I know better.
We have not played well for a variety of reasons, surely there have been some good times, the highlight being Mark Buehrle’s Perfecto. But things have gone South in a hurry, and not in a Southside kind of a good way. All season long we never had a 4th or 5th starter we could depend on, tough to win conceding 40% of your games. Alexei Ramirez has not looked good at SS, he was very good at secondbase, why did we move him? Carlos Quentin is still not healthy, somehow he’ll always manage to be hurt, face the facts. A.J. Pierzynski couldn’t throw me out attempting to steal, he doesn’t have an arm, and has driven in only 37 runs, while hitting .313, that’s tough to do, maybe not with the slowsters batting ahead of him. We talked about improving team speed, but didn’t. Why can’t our pitchers hold on baserunners and why can’t our hitters bunt? We’d really be introuble, like we’re not now, if we didn’t hit home runs. Mark Buehrle, Paul Konerko, & Jermaine Dye have all stopped contributing, what’s it going to be like when Jermaine isn’t playing for us next year? No different from this year, he stopped playing some time ago. Batting Jim Thome, who walks, ahead of Paul Konerko, who hits into doubleplays, not a good idea. Our fundamentals are terrible, whose fault is that, Jay Mariotti’s? The bullpen has gone up in flames like a California wildfire. Brent Lillibridge is a minor leaguer. We went into the season without a leadoff hitter, luckily we plucked Scott Podsednik off the garbage pile, where would we be without him? Also Gordon Beckham has done well at thirdbase, despite the fact he never played it in the minors or in the Arizona Fall League, at least not on a regular basis, and why not? Did we really believe as Hawk kept spouting, that Josh Fields reminded him of Harmon Killebrew, maybe when he swung & missed. We could blame it on Rios for not providing the spark we really needed when we got him or we could simply look into the mirror and see we just aren’t that good.
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