Category Archives: White Sox

Shout of the Day 9/3

The White Sox finally won a game in a fashion resembling major league baseball. A shutout by a rookie, 12 hits and no implosions by Ozzie or the bullpen. Now if only this could become a trend. But we won’t play the Cubs every game.

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Sho(u)t of the Day 9/2

Well the White Sox finally had their second come from behind victory of the season and some of the sportwriters are whining that Kenny Williams is a) a traitor, b) desperate and impulsive, or the latest now, c) given up on his team.  These are the same Cub fan writers who harped on the Sox’s issues preseason and told us of their shortcomings all year. They are now reveling in kicking Ken Williams around since they are still smarting from his earlier moves that have not worked out yet. Let’s be honest. The older, slow, plodders are holding back future progress and were gonna be sent off this offseason or next anyway. It’s not what they got for Thome or Contreras but who they now can bring up and get experience in September, to hopefully replace them and others in the future. The current team should have been better, and they gave us all some heartache. But let us hope that the Danks brothers, Floyd, Hudson, Mitchell, Getz, Nix, Ramirez, Viciedo, Flowers, Beckham and other youngsters are as good as they appear to be. Add Peavy to the mix along with some bullpen additions, there is a lot to hope for in the next five years, That is what Kenny sees and I applaud him for it.

Sho(u)t of the Day 9/1

Well the White Sox needed no “White Flag Trade” to prove again they have quit on us. Paul Konerko can talk a good game but his “leadership” stinks. Jermaine Dye is in a funk over Rios and should be elsewhere, not in this lineup they way he is hitting. Becham, Rios, and Getz are pressing trying to save the team, but the  veterans (all except AJ) have gone on vacation. We ought to shut down Carlos Quentin until his foot allows power to get those fly balls  out. Bring up the Danks’s, Flowers’s and Mitchell’s of the minors and play ’em. They can’t hit any worse. Bring up some pitchers and let them blow games instead of Linebrink, Pena (a waste), newly lost Bobby Jenks. If they are injured they need to sit, Ozzie is a VERY poor manager that way. Part of managing is playin the hot hand and using the players at 100% health. They may surprise you.

The Cubs also joined the blow the game, blow the season syndrome the Sox perfected, wrapping up a gift to the Astros, of all teams. More mis managing…… where does it end?

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.

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.