Monthly Archives: August 2009

Shout of the Day 08/31

Boy, Watching the White Sox is really tough. Same old same old same old. They can’t even hit the ball to the outfield. Send em all home!

Addendum! Ozzie just went completely mad! Took out Thornton after two straight K’s and now the Twins are rounding the bases!

Sho(u)t of the day 8/29

How can a team go so bad? Another pitiful hitting performance, another pitiful pitching performance. This team has quit on Ozzie. Ozzie has been incompetent in handling pitchers and always has the wrong players coming up in the lineup. It is time to hold somebody responsible for this mess. I think it has to Ozzie. This team has been dead all year. I even declared them dead in one of my June blog posts. Time for Ozzie to go.

Sho(u)t for Sunday 8/30

On a day that saw the passing of the Chicago baseball season, I see hope. Jay Cutler looks like the real deal and the game I saw Sunday nught loked like professional football, and I can go to the bar with my Bears shirts again. In past years I was ashamed to say I was a Bears fan and sat in the back booth watching the tiny tv instead of the big screen. It looks like those days are past. I hope this is a start of something big, at least playoff football this year

Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen lashes out after 10-0 loss to Yankees

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Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen lashes out after 10-0 loss to Yankees — chicagotribune.com

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Here is Ozzie in his own words……..

Ozzie’s last stand?

This one’s on you OZZIE

Real double-edged sword :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: White Sox

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Ozzie overlooks his wreckage

Ozzie overlooks his wreckage

The White Sox did it again. Ozzie’s lineup left runner after runner after runner in scoring position. I would normally just consider it bad luck or just a part of the game, but it has now gone well past coincidence. The same replay happens over and over and over. The problem is the three lumberers coming up at the wrong time every time. Due to their track record, some last year and a lot this year the trio of Dye, Konerko and Thome just aren’t getting the job done. They need to be benched, traded or be put at the bottom of the lineup or at least be separated from each other. I am tired of seeing their strkeouts, double plays, or worse, going station to station with the crucial run in the game. They cannot score from second on any hit. Konerko, as good a fielder as he has been over the years, is now getting cramps in the field as well. He allowed Jose Contreras to make a fool of himself and the team yesterday by not taking charge and fielding the grounder that turned the game into a rout when we still had the lead. Jermaine Dye is starting to make crucial mistakes in the field as well. Any way, they don’t belong in the key parts of our lineup and should now be platoon players, as we have competent backups.

The pitching, though, is Ozzie’s real Achilles heal. All last year and now all this year, time after time after time, every time Ozzie makes a pitching move, something always seems to go wrong. He and the press are great at blaming then relievers in question at the time, but nobody seems to say anythng about Ozzie’s bad timing over and over again. He does this repeatedly, always with bad results. The starter pitch count nears 100 and out comes the reliever who has trouble controlling the game. Last night Freddie Garcia retired nine batters in a row and was breezing along, when he gives up a double.

He was on a roll, let him win the game!

He was on a roll, let him win the game!

Out springs Ozzie to put in a replacement, and oops, there goes the game. Please Ozzie, it happens too often. It is now a trend. When you get that urge to take out a pitcher, take a deep breath, go get some sunflower seeds and let  the game take its course. It may turn out wrong, but what you are doing is costing games too many times. If it is obvious, like in the third inning Monday, please take out the pitcher to save him and the team from the embarrassment Jose Contreras turned that fiasco into. Stop managing two or three games ahead. Your bullpen does not need babying, If they continually fail, find some minor league hotshot to pitch those middle innings. Whatever, please manage a team that needs help by using the hot player and stop thinking so much. Let the game play out.

I am a very frustrated White Sox fan that lives and dies with the Sox and want to see some professionalism. I am not seeing it right now. A part of managing any organization is getting the best out of those under you and taking responsibility for recurring failures. It is time to step up Ozzie. Either change, or be relieved.

Even Ozzie recognizes the problems, going by his quotes after Tuesday’s Game:

”That killed us,” Guillen said. ”If you watched us all year long, we’re really bad with men on third base and less than two outs, maybe the worst team in baseball right now. If someone is worse than us, that’s a record. That continues to bite us. Good teams score the guy from third base, and we’re not doing that right now. We haven’t done that all year long, period.”

What happened next? The obvious. Fresh off getting out of a bases-loaded jam to end the seventh, Scott Linebrink served up a one-out home run to Jason Bay that gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead. By the time the eighth was over, it was 6-3.

”I just told [Ramon] Castro, ‘When I call someone from the bullpen, make sure you leave the pitcher there and you come out — our backup catcher,”’ Guillen said. ”I called [Octavio] Dotel [on Monday], and he got his ass kicked. I called Linebrink, he got his ass kicked. No matter what I do, I call the wrong guy. I guess it’s my fault for calling the wrong guy.”

Again.

Beckham Talks White Sox Baseball – ESPN VIDEO

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This is a great interview with the kind of players the White Sox now have. I hope you all take 5 minutes to listen to what he has to say. Impressive does not say enough.

What happened sportswriters?

RosenBlog: Beer-tosser almost as embarrassing as the Cubs

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Cubs causing long faces

Cubs causing long faces

I have not commented on the Cubs because before the season started I said I won’t. If you go into my past blogs, you will see I called out the sportswriters for anointing the Cubs automatic division winners without a pitch being thrown. I now challenge them to own up and say at least that the Cubs have issues. What upset me was on all the talk shows and especially on Chicago Tribune Live before the season, every guest writer on that show and most on the SCORE or AM1000 were declaring the White Sox having many issues, while the Cubs had few and they were automatic winners of the Central Division of the NL. I also remember them saying that St. Louis has no chance in a weak division. They wailed over the White Sox issues, which I acknowledge there was, but the White Sox were able to address most issues and continue to address them. Now the writers are calling for benching of Soriano, shaking up an already shook up lineup and now, calling out the fans. When things go wrong, Cub fans blame the fans. It may be time for Cub fans, especially the ones who declare themselves to be in the press, to chill out. I think the Cubs will still win their division, but my feeling is that their manager is panicking and he also seems to be a little senile in his reasoning when he tries to explain himself. Cub fans should stop drinking and carousing in the stands and start cheering for their team. Tossing their spare drinks in a drunken rage helps no one. C’mon Cub fans. Bring your team home.