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   1. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: September 08, 2005 at 03:41 PM (#1604718)
Until then, I hope the White Sox can pull off the sweep today. The schedule gets tougher after today - the Angels, Twins, and Indians are all hungry for wins - so the Sox need to make hay while they can.
   2. VG Posted: September 08, 2005 at 09:08 PM (#1605671)
I'm concerned that we'll see I-don't-give-two-shits Freddy tonight.
   3. Urban Faber Posted: September 08, 2005 at 09:22 PM (#1605710)
Indians play the Twins and A's for their next six after today's makeup game against Detroit.

The Sox are fine.
   4. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 08, 2005 at 09:33 PM (#1605734)
I personally hope to see Hey-I-can-no-hit-these-mofos Freddy, myself.
   5. CWS Keith plans to [omitted] at [omitted] Posted: September 08, 2005 at 09:38 PM (#1605750)
Indians down 2-0 in the fifth against the Tigers. Hopefully Detroit's pitching can keep 'em scoreless for a night.

I'll be at the game tonight. Dollar dogs and half-price night for students, doesn't get much better then that.

Of course, Freddy is pitching, too. I hope that First Inning Freddy™ doesn't show up, though...
   6. VG Posted: September 08, 2005 at 09:43 PM (#1605764)
Hey-I-can-no-hit-these-mofos Freddy

I have a bye week for the first round of my fantasy league's playoffs, so you're right, García will probably throw a no-hitter and strike out 15.
   7. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: September 08, 2005 at 09:44 PM (#1605769)
You jinxed the Tiggers, Keith.

The Indians have an unlikely hero today in Aaron Boone, who started a key double-play to get the Tribe out of a bases-loaded, nobody out jam and just hit a two-run homer to tie things.
   8. Don Guillote (The Cheat) Posted: September 08, 2005 at 09:55 PM (#1605804)
Casey F. Blake
   9. Don Guillote (The Cheat) Posted: September 08, 2005 at 10:03 PM (#1605833)
Coco F. Crisp

The Tigers are bad.
   10. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: September 08, 2005 at 10:07 PM (#1605842)
And to think, before the season started, many people, here and elsewhere, were saying that the Tigers were a better team than the White Sox.
   11. Urban Faber Posted: September 08, 2005 at 10:09 PM (#1605847)
I think the Indians are going to be the WC.
   12. Don Guillote (The Cheat) Posted: September 08, 2005 at 10:15 PM (#1605874)
I think the Indians are going to be the WC.

It's very likely that a lineup consisting of Timo, Ozuna, Blum, Anderson, & Gload help them to that title in the final weekend.
   13. Urban Faber Posted: September 08, 2005 at 10:19 PM (#1605892)
It’s very likely that a lineup consisting of Timo, Ozuna, Blum

Why would Ozzie be playing his regulars?

Anderson, & Gload help them to that title in the final weekend.

Plus the Red Sox and Yankees play each other. If one has the division clinched I doubt they'll take it easy on the other.
   14. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: September 08, 2005 at 11:23 PM (#1606061)
Since the Tigers lost today, a Sox win would clinch at least a third-place finish.

I like to keep mini-goals in mind.
   15. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:26 AM (#1606246)
Belated lineups:

No.  KANSAS CITY                CHICAGO
1    Aaron Guiel, CF            Scott Podsednik, LF
2    Terrence Long, LF          The Emperor™, 2B
3    Sleeping Dog, DH           Jurassic, DH
4    Professional Hitter, 1B    Paul Konerko, 1B
5    Emil Brown, RF             Aaron Rowand, CF
6    Mark Teahen, 3B            Marlon™!, RF
7    Angel Berroa, SS           Wan Your eBay, SS
8    John Buck, C               The Widge™, C
9    Super Joe, 2B              Secret Weapon™, 3B
   16. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:29 AM (#1606262)
I believe I forgot to close the strong tag.
   17. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:30 AM (#1606266)
If any other team gets this many leadoff hitters on as KC has done to us this series, we're not gonna be in good shape.
   18. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:31 AM (#1606273)
C'mon, Your eBay! Grrrr.
   19. Don Guillote (The Cheat) Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:34 AM (#1606283)
Yeah, we've allowed the Royals far too many chances the last few days.

Of course, the Sox have had their fair share of opportunities too. They're 0-for-their last 10 w/ RISP.
   20. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:36 AM (#1606288)
Nice job, Freddy.

I keep wanting to call J.P. Howell C. Thomas Howell.
   21. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:37 AM (#1606294)
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   22. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:38 AM (#1606296)
Is it still over-bold? Looks okay on Firefox, but my laptop monitor throws me off a little.
   23. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:38 AM (#1606297)
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   24. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:39 AM (#1606299)
Yeah, it's ###### up. I can deal with it.
   25. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:39 AM (#1606300)
I used a [/close] tag before my post at #16.
   26. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:41 AM (#1606307)
, I mean.
   27. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:41 AM (#1606311)
   28. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:43 AM (#1606317)
</b> Seems like we hit Howell hard that last inning. At least it sounded that way.
   29. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:44 AM (#1606322)
Still?
   30. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:46 AM (#1606327)
I give up.

The White Sox need to be more ... bold against Howell.

Secret Weapon™ hit that ball hard. Thanks for missing it, AM 1000.
   31. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:47 AM (#1606329)
Wow. They did miss that.

I must be delayed by 45 seconds right now.
   32. Urban Faber Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:51 AM (#1606336)
So Konerko has been the entire offense since the second inning on Tuesday?
   33. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:54 AM (#1606343)
Another inning, another leadoff man on.
   34. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:55 AM (#1606345)
We've seen a lot of from-the-stretch Freddy tonight.
   35. Urban Faber Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:56 AM (#1606348)
I love Frank, but he couldn't have turned that DP.
   36. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:57 AM (#1606353)
That was good-job-on-the-stretch Freddy.

That was a very nice double play all the way around.
   37. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 12:58 AM (#1606363)
Intergalactic beer refs = still not funny.
   38. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:00 AM (#1606367)
I was trying to say hello to Hank Konerko, because that seems to work, but I couldn't type it out in time.

Take a couple of pitches, guys.
   39. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:02 AM (#1606374)
J.P. Howell is throwing a no-hitter so far, which would probably make him the most obscure pitcher in recent history to throw one.

Bud Smith gives him a run for his money, but a J.P. Howell no-hitter would probably reign supreme.

Just think about a J.P. Howell no-hitter for a minute. Wouldn't that be weird? It certainly doesn't sound right.

And by "it," I mean a J.P. Howell no-hitter.
   40. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:05 AM (#1606384)
Hooray! Leadoff hitter's out.
   41. Urban Faber Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:05 AM (#1606386)
I believe the last time the Sox were no-hit was also by the Royals, Mr. Saberhagen. Congratulations to J.P. Howell.

The '83 Sox were no-hit in September also.
   42. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:06 AM (#1606391)
Uh oh. I don't like Iguchi flexing that right hand.
   43. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:07 AM (#1606397)
What happened to Iguchi? Roomer™ seemed pretty laid back about it.
   44. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:10 AM (#1606411)
Iguchi leaped to catch the errant throw and he remained kneeling on the ground for a moment or two after the play. When he got up, he was flexing his right hand. But little Gucci is tough.
   45. Urban Faber Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:12 AM (#1606413)
The Royals are forced to play Terrence Long, I suppose. Sad.
   46. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:12 AM (#1606414)
Nice work, Freddy. Glad that Sweeney will be leading off and not batting in that inning.
   47. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:14 AM (#1606421)
I guess it was either play Long or pitch Dennis Tankersley. A real (not Butch) Hobson's choice.
   48. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:18 AM (#1606432)
Roomer™ trying a little too hard to jinx Howell.
   49. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:20 AM (#1606436)
I guess the effort was worthwhile.

Nobody beats the Widge™ (more than twice)!!
   50. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:20 AM (#1606440)
A postgame show can't beat the Widge™!
   51. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:24 AM (#1606452)
Nice job, Pods. What does that give him, about 22 RBI now?

Yes, it does. 22 RBI this year.

Thank you, Ross.
   52. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:25 AM (#1606455)
Attaboy, Scotty!
   53. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:26 AM (#1606458)
Howell's losing it. He can't find the zone now.

All because of the Widge™!
   54. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:26 AM (#1606461)
I guess he's won the "Will Garland have more wins than Podsednik does RBI?" question.
   55. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:27 AM (#1606463)
That was awesome!
   56. Urban Faber Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:27 AM (#1606464)
Boy, Hawk will be talking about that play until Pods is unconditionally released in May of 2007.
   57. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:28 AM (#1606465)
Oh. My. God.

That...is a Weapon™.
   58. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:30 AM (#1606470)
I remember the Orioles pulling a play like that on Britt Burns. I think I was about eight years old. The runner on first left a little early, drawing the attention of Burns and then a throw. The runner from third took off as the first baseman chased after the runner from first. Runner beat the throw home. Something like that. Like I said, I was about 8.

I think it was the eighth inning of a tie game at Memorial Stadium. Orioles closed it out in the ninth.
   59. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:30 AM (#1606471)
Can somebody recap that play so I can picture it better? It started buffering midway through Roomer's description.
   60. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:32 AM (#1606477)
Pods drew a throw from Howell. SW™ took off for the plate on the first movement toward first. Even though Stairs went home with the ball immediately, SW™ was easily in there for a run.

Red, that's RDF and sadly true at the same time.

Matt Stairs, professional hitter. At least he didn't lead the inning off.
   61. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:33 AM (#1606480)
Thanks, Vince.

Smartball!
   62. Urban Faber Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:34 AM (#1606482)
Vince, I remember watching that game. Pitcher was Guy Hoffman (but it only works against a lefty. My memory of it is that Murray all but walked home as Hoffman stared at the runner on first.
   63. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:35 AM (#1606486)
Angel ####### Berroa!?!?

Freddy, what the hell was that floater?
   64. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:36 AM (#1606487)
####.
   65. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:40 AM (#1606499)
That's great, Red, thanks. I should have known that my memory was pretty faulty.

Look at the pitching lines in that game:

PITCHING
White Sox      IP     H   R  ER  W   K  HR
Kravec         10     3   1   1   3   4   0
Hoffman        1.2    1   1   1   1   1   0
Totals         11.2   4   2   2   4   5   0

Baltimore Orioles     IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
Flanagan W(16-7)      12     5   1   1   1  12   1


Wow. The loss made Hoffman 0-3, but I took that out of his pitching line to get it to line up.
   66. Urban Faber Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:42 AM (#1606506)
And the lone Sox run was a Jim Morrison home run leading off the game.

I wish I could forget Guy Hoffman too ... a downstate guy (Ottawa?). And I think he was the Royals' pitching coach for a while.
   67. Eraser-X is emphatically dominating teh site!!! Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:42 AM (#1606509)
C'mon Aaron, show that second-half 2004 MVP-form to us!
   68. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:44 AM (#1606514)
Geez, he's just getting abused on the pitch down and away.
   69. Eraser-X is emphatically dominating teh site!!! Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:45 AM (#1606517)
What does the "P" stand for in "J.P. Howell"? "Cy Young"?
   70. Urban Faber Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:45 AM (#1606518)
Wonder if Flanagan threw 120 pitches in 12 innings. With one walk and five hits, he might have gotten there.

C'mon Sox, we can't lose to these guys at home.
   71. Eraser-X is emphatically dominating teh site!!! Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:47 AM (#1606524)
Alright, let's see some patience from My Ebay.
   72. Urban Faber Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:53 AM (#1606536)
I guess we are going to lose to these guys at home.
   73. Bull Pain Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:53 AM (#1606537)
Not wanting their big league counterparts to have all of the fun, Birmingham got no-hit in their 1st game of the Southern League playoffs tonight versus Jacksonville. Chad Billingsley went 7 with 3 walks, Jonathon Broxton the last 2.
   74. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:55 AM (#1606540)
Aaron, replace your divot.
   75. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:57 AM (#1606545)
"Alright, Nancy!"
   76. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 01:59 AM (#1606549)
Sisco System.
   77. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:02 AM (#1606555)
Nice, Widger.

Rooney: "Someone has got to pay."
   78. Urban Faber Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:02 AM (#1606556)
Use a pinch runner here? Is AJ unavailable? They have the other guy, Casanova.
   79. Urban Faber Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:03 AM (#1606559)
For a team that likes to talk about bunting ... they have a lot of guys who can't bunt.
   80. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:04 AM (#1606561)
Sisco is not a pitcher I particularly like to see a bunt against. He's sometimes a little wild, making it hard to get the bunt down and opening the possibility of a walk.

TGAH™!
   81. Urban Faber Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:06 AM (#1606568)
See, they should have run for him.

I'm available for bench coaching duties. The greatest job there is.
   82. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:07 AM (#1606574)
The greatest job there is.

I'm sure Harold Baines would agree, if you could ever get him to talk.
   83. Urban Faber Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:08 AM (#1606577)
Think we'll see Borchard at any point?
   84. Eraser-X is emphatically dominating teh site!!! Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:10 AM (#1606582)
After we have a ten run eighth we can bring him in to strike out so we can all head home.
   85. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:12 AM (#1606587)
Who is this Neal Cotts fella? Did they just call him up?
   86. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:14 AM (#1606592)
Way to make us look bad, Neal.
   87. Urban Faber Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:16 AM (#1606602)
Well, he's a bit rusty. It's OK if Guillen gets over his infatuation with lefties. He's starting to turn into Bevington.
   88. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:19 AM (#1606615)
That's more like it, Neal.

Here comes OLR. Cliffy or Viz? It's Viz.

Bevington -- that's cold, Red.
   89. Urban Faber Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:21 AM (#1606620)
I'm mad at Guillen. And here he goes again. Wasn't Cotts pitching whole innings earlier in the season, regardless of L/R?
   90. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:25 AM (#1606634)
Yeah, I'm not happy with Guillen's use of Cotts either.
   91. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:30 AM (#1606652)
Jurassic looked terrible on that swing.
   92. Urban Faber Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:34 AM (#1606664)
Indians now ahead in the wild card - so the Yankee and West runner-up losses will start deducting from the Sox number to clinch a playoff spot.
   93. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:34 AM (#1606665)
Konerko Ks.

I don't like Rowand's chances.
   94. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:36 AM (#1606669)
Rowand grounds out, a victory of sorts.

Comcast has technical difficulties.
   95. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:38 AM (#1606676)
Widger has a slight strain of his lower right hamstring, Rooney reports.
   96. Don Guillote (The Cheat) Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:39 AM (#1606677)
The only thing pitiful than the White Sox performance at the plate the last two days is Comcasts coverage of it.
   97. Don Guillote (The Cheat) Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:40 AM (#1606678)
*^more
   98. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:41 AM (#1606680)
Picture back.
   99. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:44 AM (#1606682)
Even when his results are good, it's painful to watch Viz.
   100. VG Posted: September 09, 2005 at 02:45 AM (#1606683)
Viz made a good play on that, Konerko's throw was a little behind him. Konerko showed more range than I expect, too.
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