They don’t call Jim Thome Mr Incredible for nothing! What a game! What a trio of games! I feel emotionally drained already and the playoffs are only starting. I love the photo below of Alexi Ramirez taken the moment he realises he has just hit a grand slam in the game against the Tigers. It will go down as a baseball classic, and might even win a Pulitzer Prize. This team believes now. They have momentum. Anything can happen.
Charlie holds up a sign we made for last night’s Arizona Diamondbacks game at Chase Field. Despite holding it up between innings througout the entire game, for some strange reason the cameramen decided not to show it on the giant screen in center field. Hmmm, and we thought we were being nice by saying thanks!?
Watching the soap opera that is Mark Buehrle’s contract negotiations with the White Sox is like riding a rollercoaster. Up one day, then a sharp drop the next. This morning we’re at the bottom of the sharp drop, and hoping the ride goes up again before it ends. A no-trade clause appears to be a deal-breaker, with Buehrle wanting it and the Sox management not wanting to give it. This seems totally ridiculous. Buehrle wants to stay, and by finally (apparently) offering him a long-term contract (which the Sox never do with pitchers), it would appear they want him to stay. So what’s the problem, Kenny? He wants to stay, you want him to stay. He doesn’t want to be traded, you don’t want to trade him (if you did, he’d be gone by now). So do the right thing and give him what he wants. Mark Buerhle will be the cornerstone of the Sox rotation for the next four years. His likes are not easy to find, or replace. Just do it, dammit!
- There can’t be a pitcher who deserved to throw a no-hitter more than Mark Buehrle, who’s been the heart and soul of the White Sox rotation for years. Good thing they got him some runs Wednesday night. He’s pitched so many games without any support from the hitters. So well done, Mark. Let’s hope Ken Williams gets your name on a new contract.
The disappointment of the White Sox failing to make the playoffs was eased at least a bit by two former Sox stars getting their chance at the big prize. The Big Hurt had a great year, but failed miserably when it really mattered. But Magglio Ordonez lived up to our expectations and then some. We’ll be cheering for Mags and the Tigers to sweep whichever of the inferior league’s teams end up in the World Series.
As for the Sox, no point in asking what went wrong. What went wrong were the Tigers (and to a much lesser extent, the Twins). The Sox won 90 games. Only four teams in the Majors won more (only one in the National League). Unfortunately, two of them were in the AL Central. So no big changes needed next year. But we do see Juan Pierre in the outfield (replacing Scott Podsednik) and Barry Zito joining the pitching staff (with Juan Vasquez moving to the bullpen). How many days until spring training starts?