SENIOR CITIZEN SOX:
1st off LOL @ my title for this segment, but it is very true. Kenny Williams has brought a LOT of age on board with the additions of Omar Visquel & Andruw Jones. To tell you thee honest truth I don’t know what type of Cocaine Kenny was smoking with the Visquel signing, it makes NO sense cuz he is WAAYYYYY too old to make a impact on this ball club.
Now the Andruw Jone signing is interesting, I say this because yes he is a little older BUT I feel he can make a contribution to this team as a DH, not a HUGE difference but I think a big enough difference to help the team out. I cant lie that I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t pick up Hideki Matsui but I think we will be good enough at that position especially since the DH position is gonna be flopped between multiple players this season.
WHITE SOX REAL TALK APPROVED ACQUISITIONS:
Mr.Williams also brought in Juan Pierre& JJ Putz to the team, two moves that I LOVE. A lot of people were bitching and moaning about this Juan Pierre move but I don’t see why. Last year did he not only steal a lot of bases and hit for a .314 average but he CARRIED THE DODGERS WHILE MANNY WAS SUSPENDED!!! WHY WOULDNT YOU WANT HIM???? I mean granted Pods did do a great job last season but do you really think he was gon do that again???? cuz if he was believe me he wouldnt have went to KC lol Juan is consistent people, he will be a great addition to this ball club just watch. Now JJ will also be solid in my opinion and anytime you have the opportunity to get rid of Octavio Dotel, you should take it lol
BEST ROTATION IN AL????
Hey Detroit Im sorry for your loss……NOT LMAO!! That move added with the the loss of Polanco single handedly made the Detroit Tigers a non contender. The only competition is now the Twins, and I’m not really worried bout them ******** without a dome. But before I sign off I wanna address a little situation that might be brewing…..
BYE BYE JD!!!
Now on to the news of the day that I wished didn’t happen & that is the Sox buying out JD’s contract & making him a free agent. I knew this was gonna happen months ago but I was hoping that it wouldn’t. By buying JD out he has 2 options, either signing with another team or signing a new deal with the Sox that would be worth less money. The second option is likely not gonna happen, I understand that JD is getting older & had a horrible second half of the season but I still think there is a place for him here. He could go back in forth from DH & right field but i think Kenny is not gonna let that happen. I would like to thank JD for being a class act & for being one of the main reasons we won the World Series. He was & still is my favorite baseball player & I hope he makes Kenny regret this move wherever he goes(just not against us lol)
PODS FINAL FAREWELL????
The one move that was overshadowed was the re-signing of Mark Kotsay. I feel that was good move due to the fact that he his a great utility player.
As I look at the White Sox roster the main question marks are the outfield, DH & bullpen. Lets start with the outfield, who is gonna play CF & RF??? is Alex Rios gonna play CF or RF?? will they bring somebody in to play RF OR CF??? maybe Johnny Damon?
Now the 3B position is solidified with the acquisition of Mark Teahen & pretty much kills the chances of Kenny goin after Chone Figgins. What about the DH position??? Kenny says that decision probably won’t be made til much later in the offseason, I personally think we should bring JD back for DH(get over it man, he’s not coming back) lol but it looks like Kenny might be leaning towards bringing back Big Jim(something that i am AGAINST) leave the Thome era in the past & move on. Also other people are saying that he’s leaning towards bringing this guy in:
TO CLOSE OR NOT TO CLOSE???
My last message goes as follows: DANKS SIGN THEM DAMN PAPERS!!!!! Last year Johnny Danks turned down a $55 MILLION CONTRACT!!!! I need him to get good money before Spring Training so this isnt a distraction all season, we don’t nee that.
So things are moving quickly in Soxville only time will tell what other moves are made but I will stay on top of it right here at White Sox Real Talk…until next time…PEACE!!
Now before you laugh keep in mind that I’m trying to keep it positive lol There actually were a couple highlights this season, one being early in the season when JD & Paulie hit their 300th Homers back to back at Comerica Park in Detroit.Also the rise of Gordon Beckham was something that was very pleasant to watch & something that I predicted in my Spring Training reports(you think im lying then go back & read it in the archive) Those were all good but the biggest highlight happened in July when Mark Buerhle became perfect
You gotta give Kenny Williams credit despite all the garbage baseball that was played he still brought in big names Jake Peavy & Alex Rios & filling in a gap we needed in center field & in the starting rotation.
Next year in my opinion we will have one of the top 2 rotations in the AL. Just think of it, Peavy, Buerhle, Danks & Floyd & with Freddy as #5. And as bad as Alex Rios has been since he got here you gotta keep in mind that he has had a down year period & I feel with a full spring training with us he will be back to All-Star form.
LEAVING OR STAYING???
I personally believe that we are witnessing the end of an era on the southside & might be watching the last of Scotty Pods & sadly my favorite baseball player Jermaine Dye in a White Sox uniform. You gotta give props to Pods for coming back & having the impact that he did on this team & becoming a huge candidate for comeback player of the year. He had a “Renaissance Year” but I do feel that the Sox won’t bring him back, can you really depend on him another year or was this just a flash in the pan?? Jermaine Dye has not been the same man that he was the 1st half of this season & all his Sox career, he has been batting like .190 with only 4 RBI since the all-star break & ever since Rios came over i feel like he’s turned his back on this team. I hope I’m wrong but I think Kenny will not be bringing them back.
Until next time PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Jake Peavy is still day to day with his elbow injury & Kenny says as long as we are still in the race that he will try to comeback this season. I wouldn’t get our hopes up tho….
Until next time yall this White Sox Real Talk…PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!
Now when we first got this guy I can’t lie that I wasn’t too happy because I was a huge Aaron Rowand fan but I knew he could help us, and boy did he. He always had a clutch homer, I remember his 500th home run against the Angels back in 2007. It was memorable because it was also a walk-off & it was one of the few highlights in a very bad season. But who can forget this……………………..
Man who can forget Jose Contreras’s performance in the 2nd half of the 2005 season…LIGHTS OUT. He was simply phenomenal in the postseason going undefeated in all his starts. What was so so weird about Jose’s time here was he could be sooooo lights out one start & soooo horrible the next. Despite his horrible year with us this year you gotta respect how he came back from that injury last year.
AT A CROSSROAD:
Right now we are at a crossroad, down 5 games in the division, playing the worst we have played all season & the schedule getting shorter & shorter as the days pass. We can either say “Hey we can’t play much worse than this & just start having fun & play baseball” Not paying attention to the scoreboards cuz it really doesn’t matter what Detroit or Minnesota is doing cuz if we don’t win games we not going anywhere regardless. Ozzie agreed with me as you can see how frustrated he is with his postgame comments:
I’m embarrassed, and everybody in that room should be embarrassed,” Guillen said. “If they’re not embarrassed, they got the wrong job or they’re stealing money from baseball.
“I feel like I’m stealing money from Jerry, and that’s a shame. When you have more errors than hits, you better look yourself in the mirror and second-guess yourself. I’m second-guessing myself right now, making the wrong lineup every day. I watched Little League this morning … they were playing better than we did. At least it was more fun. This is not major-league baseball, sorry.” If they don’t feel the way I feel right now, they’re full of [expletive],” Guillen continued. “There’s no doubt in my mind we’re better than this. But you get to a point where it is what it is. And my hope is getting less and less. It’s a long mountain, and the mountain is getting higher and higher every night. And if we’re going to climb to the top, maybe they need a cable car to get up there. But they’re not going to walk up there.
“I’m not a loser or a negative guy, but I’m real realistic. That’s my problem in the past when I’m so realistic and people get mad at me and they don’t like the way I do stuff or the way I talk. Well, if you don’t want me to talk that way, [expletive] play better. I couldn’t have said it any better than our manager lol Now part of me wants to think that if we return home down 1-5 games in the division & Peavy coming back that we could win the division. But then the other part is telling me that this season is over, I can just look at the looks in these guys face’s & they just look like mentally they already on vacation. Jermaine Dye is batting .193 with 3 RBI SINCE ALL-STAR BREAK!!!, & Alex Rios is quickly becoming our version of Milton Bradley, too much money & no production. All that matters now is winning games, but if the ship is gonna sink, I’m gonna sink with it as a loyal fan. Until Next time yall PEACE!!!!!!!!!!
(I feel this lil guys pain lol)
That’s when trouble hit as he allowed 2 hits then walked a third & loaded the bases with no outs. The Indians put up a 4 spot in that inning highlighted by a 2 RBI single by Jamie Carroll which gave them the lead and they would not look back. Tony Pena then came in looking to keep it a 1 run lead but unlike his previous outings this week things didn’t go so well. He gave up another one then in the 7th struggling Scott Linebrink gave up a homer to Jamie Carroll to make it a 6-3 Tribe lead.
WEST COAST RIDING:
Now the reason I have this pic up is because everytime I think of the West Coast I always think of two of my favorite artists Tupac & Snoop lol but anyway the Sox get ready to head back on the road & try to right the ship with 3 games against a Mariners team who is fighting for a wild card spot(they are 5.5 games out) & also to Oakland(another place where we traditionally never played well) to play the Pathetics lol. Here is the pitching preview for the Mariners series.
Gavin Floyd(9-6 3.91 ERA)
Lucas French(2-2 3.93 ERA)
Sidenotes:Gavin will look to win his 10th game of the season and continue his 8 game streak of quality starts but he is 1-2 with a 7.15 ERA(4 total starts) lifetime against the Seattle Mariners. On the other side Lucas French will make his Mariner debut after getting traded by the Tigers.
John Danks(9-8 4.23 ERA)
Doug Fishter(0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sidenotes: Johnny Danks will look to bounce back from his effort on Thursday where he gave up 6 runs in 7 innings.
Mark Buerhle(11-6 3.89 ERA)
Felix Hernandez(12-4 2.84 ERA)
Sidenotes: Buerhls will look to FINALLY get back on the winning side of things as he hasn’t looked the same since the 5th inning in Minnesota two weeks ago, while on the other side Seattle’s King Felix will continue his great season and try to get his 13th win of the season.
-With Jose Contreras struggling again & fat boy Colon missing again former WS hero Freddy Garcia might be coming to the rescue. While Ozzie said that he doubt’s that he will but that Freddy has been pitching great. The Sox won’t need the a 5th starter until the 18th at home against the Royals so we have some time before we find out.
-Still no news on the Alex Rios rumor but we will know for a fact on Tuesday whether on not the Sox claimed him.
-And last but certainly not least Jake Peavy had another successful bullpen session yesterday & will make his 1st minor league rehab start on Thursday and some people are saying that he could be starting as early as Aug.23rd, I hope so Hurry up Jake we REALLY need you buddy!! Until next time yall this White Sox Real Talk signing off PEACE!!!!!!!!!!