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  • History!

    History!


    Let it be written. Let it be known. On September 23rd, 2021 at approximately 4:00 PM local time in Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox won the American League Central Division title and ensured themselves a playoff spot for the second consecutive year. This marks the first time in their history the Sox have managed to make the playoffs two years in a row. It's been a LONG time coming but for those of us who witnessed today it was worth the wait.

    It hasn't been an easy slog, though the division title has been a foregone conclusion for several weeks now. Cleveland traded Cesar Hernandez to the Sox at the trade deadline pretty much surrendering and admitting they weren't going to catch our Boyz this year. However the Sox promptly took that surrender and sat on it, playing .500 ball over the remainder of the year while fighting niggling injuries and roller coaster offensive output while trying their best to walk the fine line between resting players and locking up the division. Mission accomplished at last. Well at least in part. There's still another week+ to go and then come the playoffs themselves. Right now that's a big mountain, but at least the team appears to be finally getting healthy with only Ryan Tepera currently still unavailable from the expected playoff roster.

    The game itself was never in doubt. Tim Anderson led things off with a solo shot and then tacked on another 3-run blast in the second after both Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez added solo shots of their own. By the time the smoke had cleared the Sox were up 7-0 after 1.5. The offense didn't add anymore, but the pitching was solid and Tony LaRussa wasn't playing games. He yanked starting pitcher, Reynaldo Lopez in the 4th when he started struggling with control and gave up his second solo shot to close the lead to 5. The Sox brought in Garret Crochet who gave up a single but then got a double play grounder to end the inning. After that, it was bring in the late inning...
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  • Ruminations on White Sox Elevation and Cubs Stagnation

    Ruminations on White Sox Elevation and Cubs Stagnation

    O, what a tangled web we weave,
    When first we practice to deceive!


    Sir Walter Scott penned those lines more than two hundred years ago. If I hadn’t learned that already, I would’ve thought he was writing about Tom Ricketts and his courtiers in the office tower looming over Clark Street. You know the place: 125,000 square feet of corporate glitz at Waveland and Clark on the former site of a coal yard. And it faces the $200 million hotel across the street that was previously a McDonald’s parking lot.

    Add to that the new commercial building on Addison that replaced a string of locally owned storefronts. And don’t forget the acquisition of most of those three-flats behind the outfield that serve now as party rooms. If Chuck E. Cheese adopted a baseball theme, you’d have the model for “Wrigleyville.” Quotation marks are appropriate because there’s no neighborhood by that name – it’s more like Brigadoon or Camelot: not a place, but a state of mind.

    All this avarice brought to mind those lines from Scott’s poem. The Cubs aren’t a ballclub as much as they are an ATM for the owners. The team pulled off a World Series win, boasted of a dynasty, and when the team’s fortunes waned the owners focused on their other fortunes. Instead of putting money on the field, they’re fielding money in a sportsbook building while cutting the team payroll in a series of disemboweling trades.

    I have to admit it’s fun to watch air leak out of the Cubs’ hubris balloon. We’re Sox fans and we lived through several years of a rebuild, which to Rick Hahn’s credit he never tried to deny, unlike Jed Hoyer’s double-talk about it being different now. Yeah, it’s different, all right.

    As I write this, the White Sox are decisively winning the interleague series against the Cubs. Steve Greenberg wrote in the Sun-Times, “There are ships passing in the night, and then there are the Sox and Cubs. One team an ocean liner steaming for the deep...
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    Last edited by tebman; 08-08-2021, 08:19 PM.

  • Lipman 1
    started a topic On the day...

    On the day...

    1958- He came so close to perfection. White Sox lefthander Billy Pierce fired four one-hitters in his brilliant career, but he never came closer to baseball...
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  • *OFFICIAL* 6/13/21 Sweeping Clean the Kitty Litter Box SOX 4 DET 1 Postgamer

    The Sox improve to 41-24 overall.

    The Sox record in games when they do not hit a home run improves to 7-18.

    EDIT: I reviewed...
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    Last edited by Frater Perdurabo; 06-13-2021, 05:48 PM.

  • *OFFICIAL* 6-10-21 Hit Homers; Win Game SOX 5 TOR 2 Postgamer

    Grandal and Engel hit the big flies.

    Keuchel and bullpen handle the Jays.
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  • Dumpjerry
    started a topic Sox 2021 Game thread #5

    Sox 2021 Game thread #5

    Carry on.
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  • *Official* 6/9 Eighth Wasn't Great Postgamer

    Obviously, potentially losing Madrigal for a while is the bigger story, but the way the whole team came undone in that eighth inning was frustrating beyond...
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  • Frater Perdurabo
    started a topic Sox Degrees Podcast

    Sox Degrees Podcast

    The inaugural episode of the Sox Degrees Podcast, with Jason Benetti and Len Kasper, dropped today. They interviewed Rick Hahn. However one feels about...
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  • *Official* Kan't Win If You Kan't Make Kontact Postgamer

    The offense had a bad day. Giolito deserved a better fate. Take the series tomorrow afternoon.
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  • At what point does Yermin Mercedes get sent to Charlotte

    I drove all the way from the northwest side to Bridgeport to eat a Yerminator burger back in April, but apart from that one home run Mercedes has not...
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  • voodoochile
    started a topic Sox 2021 Game Thread #4

    Sox 2021 Game Thread #4

    TA gets the day off with Mendick at SS. Collins is catching.

    https://twitter.com/whitesox/status/...544137/photo/1
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  • Frater Perdurabo
    started a topic Potential Trade Targets

    Potential Trade Targets

    Back in Spring Training, who would have guessed the starting rotation would be the strength of the team? The rotation ought not to be wasted, so it’s...
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  • HomeFish
    started a topic The statistics like the White Sox

    The statistics like the White Sox

    White Sox #1 in the MLB power rankings
    https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-power-r...s-after-week-6

    White Sox #1 in the Fangraphs power rankings...
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  • *OFFICIAL* 4-29 DH Game 1 Rodon Rides Again SOX DET 1 Postgamer

    I think Rodon might be the real deal.
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  • voodoochile
    started a topic Article on Several Sox pitchers

    Article on Several Sox pitchers

    Article on Kopech, Cease, the bullpen and Keuchel regarding their progress this season. As expected Heuer, Hendricks and Bummer were not available yesterday....
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