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Mike DePilla follows the White Sox on their quest for truth, justice and another championship


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White Sox Fan in the White House


Yes, it's true: America made history last night.

For the first time ever, the President of the United States of America will possess one quality that sets him apart from the rest; that shows his true commitment to excellence; that proves the strength of his character; that displays the wisdom and dignity of a great leader.

All the rumors you've heard are true: President Elect of the United States of America Barack Obama is a die hard White Sox fan.

He's thrown out the first pitch of an ALCS game at the Cell, greeted the World Series-champion Sox at the White House...more


Vazquez, Sox Drop Game One in Tampa


I expected the Sox to lose Thursday afternoon in Tampa. So why am I angry?

Every team loses once in a while. But there is just something about the collection of guys on this Sox team that causes them to look terrible when they lose. Blood-boilingly terrible. How-can-they-live-with-themselves terrible. It's not a case of playing a hard-fought game and coming out on the losing end. It's a maddening failure to so much as force the other team to work for their victory.
 
AJ likes to tell opponents to "wear it." I wish he'd tell them to "earn it."

Today's game had all...more


Sox Playoff Roster: The Fine Print


The White Sox announced their playoff roster today, with very few surprises. The pitching situations were all handled well. The team justifiably gave up on mid-August acquisition Horacio Ramirez, who posted some of the worst statistics for any relief pitcher in major league history during his couple of months in Chicago. Fellow lefty Clayton Richard will handle all LOOGY duties not taken by Matt Thornton. (Memo to Ramirez and Boone Logan: Have a good one. You gone.)

Mike Macdougal, more than likely, will never don a Sox uniform again as well. He complained in April when he was sent to the...more


Sox Season Comes Down To This


Twenty-four hours from now you'll know who's going to the playoffs from the AL Central. Until then, five questions that arose from the Twins two straight victories over the Sox in the Dome.

1. Why was Dewayne Wise leading off? Based on his recent play, Wise deserves to be in the line up just about every day, especially when you consider the lack of alternatives. But lead off? Orlando Cabrera, who's been an odd fit for the spot all season, is batting .353 with a .409 OBP this month, out-producing every regular on the team. Why was last night, the 157th game of the...more


Leaky Pen Becoming a Disaster for the Sox


In the wake of record setting rainfall in the Chicago area, the following areas were declared disaster areas: all roads near the Des Plaines River, DuPage County and the White Sox bullpen.
 
Indeed, for most of the weekend the Sox were up Ike's creek without a paddle.

When, after two days of delayed action, baseball finally resumed Sunday afternoon, the Sox swept a doubleheader from the Tigers--the first a Sox team has won two on the same day since 2001--to regain a 1.5 game lead on the Twins. But it wasn't easy.

To keep with the flooding theme, both the Sox...more

Probably Shouldn't Have Cancelled Batting Practice


When Monday's rain out forced the Sox to play two on Tuesday, the team decided to cancel batting practice to save some time.

Looks like the Sox could have used that BP after all.

Horrendous execution, limp bats, inefficient pitching and injuries all took their toll as the Sox lost two games to the Blue Jays Monday, trimming their lead in the AL Central to one measly game over the Twins.

Making matters worse, Paul Konerko, one of the few Sox hitters that has been performing well at the plate, sprained a ligament in his right knee that will force...more


Red-Hot Blue Jays To Test White Sox


While everyone is worrying about the Sox pitching this week (rightfully so--today's doubleheader means we'll probably see Lance Broadway start on Saturday), I'll suggest that the hitting will be just as a big of a concern against the dangerous Toronto Blue Jays.

Though their bats are often as lifeless as Coldplay's X&Y album, the Blue Jays pitching staff leads the American League with a 3.53 ERA this season and has allowed the second-fewest homers, a bad sign for a Sox team that is as dependant on the long ball as Dusty Baker is on toothpicks.

By the way, stat of...more


Minor Movers


Jason Bourgeois, the versatile infielder/outfielder who dominated spring training this year Pablo Ozuna-style, finally got the call he's been waiting for all season. For the first time in his career, he's a major leaguer. To make room on the roster, the Sox DFA'd pitcher Charlie Haeger.

He probably would have been promoted earlier if he didn't hit like Oney Guillen for the first month of 2008 at Triple-A Charlotte. In 22 games, he hit .180 in April before catching fire and finishing the season with a respectable .286 average.

Bourgeois joins Chris Getz and Jerry Owens as a 2008...more


For Sox, All's Well That Ends Well


Two impressive comebacks and a 450-foot walk off homerun vaulted the Sox to a 2.5 game lead in the AL Central with 21 games to go.

Things to take away from tonight's thrilling, 15-inning victory over the Angels:

1. Unlike some previous models, this Sox team is resilient. Twice tonight the Sox faced deficits I thought were darn close to completely insurmountable: down three runs to John Lackey, and down one in the 9th to Francisco Rodriguez.

Both times the Sox calmly mounted impressive rallies to come back and tie the game. In seasons past, the Sox might have packed...more


A Good Day for the Sox


What a great day for baseball in the city of Chicago. First, the White Sox opened their lead in the AL Central to 2 full games--the largest it's been in a month--by defeating the Orioles in a laugher and watching the suddenly mortal Twins drop their second in a row to the lowly Mariners.

Then for the cherry on top: Jay Mariotti, the face of shoddy journalism and irrational hater of all things Sox, quit his post at the Sun Times.

No need to give any attention or credibility to the least relevant writer in Chicago. So...more


Deadine Day Brings No Relief


The most surprising news from Deadline Day on the Sox front was that they did not acquire a relief pitcher to bolster their bullpen. The second most surprising news is that they picked up Ken Griffey, Jr.

I was so sure Ken Williams was going to trade for a quality, late-inning reliever this afternoon, I would have bet the farm. After Nick Masset went to the Reds, I thought it became even more of a certainty.

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Sox Set to Acquire Griffey


The White Sox are trying to relive the magic of 2005, and nothing is more 2005 than a trade deadline trade rumor involving Ken Griffey, Jr. This time, however, it looks like the future Hall of Famer is finally coming to Chicago.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com, the Reds have agreed to deal Griffey to the Sox to play a new position, "DH-2", just invented this morning to make room for one of the...more


On Fire or Melting Down?


Considering how poorly they pitched, played defense and ran the bases, the Sox probably should have been swept by the Tigers this past weekend in Detroit. Instead, they miraculously won two out of three based solely on the sheer offensive force of Carlos Quentin, Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome who are all, like a drowsy Joe Quimby facing Sideshow Bob at a televised Springfield Mayoral Debate, on fire.

(Except in this case the flames...more


What's Up With Swish?


When the Sox acquired outfielder Nick Swisher from Oakland for the organization's number one, two and three prospects, the expectations were set pretty high that he would become a cornerstone in Chicago.

One line of thinking was that GM Ken Williams paid a high price because a.) Swisher was signed to a long term, inexpensive contract, b.) he would put up monster power numbers in the Cell compared to spacious McAfee Coliseum and c.)...more


9th Inning Woes? “Save” Linebrink For the 8th


Closer Bobby Jenks is officially headed to the DL, and hopefully set-up man Scott Linebrink will quietly head back to the 8th inning.

With Jenks unofficially on the shelf for the past week, the Sox have turned to Linebrink as a temporary stopper. But after being scored upon in his last four outings, it's clear to everyone that Linebrink, a beast as a set up guy, is just not cut out for closing.

I doubt anyone needs...more


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