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About ottawa_sox

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    September Call Up
  • Birthday 09/22/1951

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    Ottawa Ontario Canada

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  • Favorite Sox Minor League Affiliate
    Birmingham Barons (AA)
  • What do you like about Soxtalk?
    I have done a lot of lurking between WSI and Soxtalk. I am not sure why, but I feel more at home here. I think the overall mood is not as pessimistic and a little more mature here. I feel like I can relate a little better with some of the older posters. I have never actually met a Chisox fan in person, so I find the information valuable here. I have been a fan since 1960 (missed it by that much). I caught a foul ball in a game in Toronto. I had an old Comisky Park seat shipped to my home in Ottawa. If they ever won, I think I might split in two. Needless to say, I am passionate about them. It is nice to see similar passion, even if only in an electronic sense.
  • Favorite Sox player
    Mark Buerle
  • Favorite Sox minor leaguer
    C'mon Sweeney
  • Favorite Sox moment
    See above. (1) Catching a shanked foul off the bat of 'Wimpy' on a pitch from Roy Lee Jackson. (2) Receiving an old Comisky Park seat.
  • Favorite Former Sox Player
    Tie. Robin Ventura and Pete Ward.

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    I once shared a bottle of champagne with my favourite childhood athlete - Stan Mikita. He was in the backseat of a taxi with Brad Park. I was in the front seat with Rod Gilbert. I was the driver. He passed the champagne to me after I had recounted him getting checked over the boards in the Montreal Forum many years before. He disappeared when he went over the boards into the penalty box. The camera remained focused on the spot. He popped up and the serenaded the howling Canadiens fans like a conductor, before jumping back onto the ice. Around 58 years ago. Indelibly etched.
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    Sox in on Marcell Ozuna? I mean, maybe. Or not.

    I realised I had misread your statement after I posted. The third largest city eh. Shows you what I know. And I'm from there. I'll try anything but geography, Alex!
  3. ottawa_sox

    Sox in on Marcell Ozuna? I mean, maybe. Or not.

    Toronto's population is actually listed as ~ 200,000 more than Chicago's. Surprised me.
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    JDM staying in Boston

    And then there was the Arod fiasco. Where a Sox last minute, embarrassing, smarmy, back door attempt to speak directly to Arod was summarily rejected by Boras.
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    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    I've always found the cultural bias towards Cubs baseball in the city of Chicago and beyond a little bewildering. Mostly because it comes across as an immovable, static situation. But nowadays, more than ever, cultures are receptive to innovation. In the Sox case, they might try winning. And clearly one year won't do the trick. Why should it? It's annoying to think that aldermen and a lack of neighbourhood re-investment affect the brand nationally. Excuse my naivete but a true visionary could approach these problems too.
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    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    I was 8 in '59. Through rose coloured childhood glasses it certainly was frustrating, mainly because they pulled it off in '59. And they had a true home field advantage. Long, wet infield grass, great starting ground ball pitchers, incentivized by 20 ground ball out suits (at least for 1/2 year until they were awarded too many). Expansive outfield manned by speedy outfielders. And could those Sox ever bunt (oh for the goodle days!!!!). No such thing as blowouts. They were built to win close games. I still tend to have unrealistic expectations, each year, come day 1. Child indoctrination will do that.
  7. Aside from focus/command issues, I think he has to offer more consistent deception in the vertical plane. One of his best starts, possibly his last good one, he showed a nice 12/6 slider that seemed to greatly help keeping everyone off his fastball. He needs to further develop a third pitch. Get more comfortable with the changeup. Throw a few thousand of them this off season. A splitter with his arsenal could be fantastic. But I don't think that rabbit is being pulled out of the hat anytime soon as his hands don't look big enough to me.
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    The 40 Man Roster Puzzle

    Beautiful. My laugh for the day.
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    The juiced ball

    Perhaps hitters incorporated uppercut swings to advantage of the juiced ball. Ball first, followed by strikeouts and home runs. Also, I think, the same sensibilities drive fewer hitters to choke up on 2 strikes.
  10. How in God's name is that play not reviewable.
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    2020 RF options

    While trying to put a wicked offensive team, it seems nobody, including Kenny, thinks of Moncada as the right fielder. This would be the resulting upshot of acquiring Rendon. Now, commence eye-rolling. But Jerry has the money. Maybe he is a little embarrassed about last off-season. That to me, would take care of the starting 8. You'd think that given Moncada's speed, arm and athleticism, he would have a pretty high defensive ceiling. You would expect tracking problems to begin with, that would undoubtedly diminish over time. As far as it affecting his hitting, I think he has arrived.
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    ChiSox @ BoSox, 6/26, 12:05 CT

    It wasn't a lack of hustle, it was a brain cramp. Hopefully the resultant embarrassment will be his learning tool.
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    ChiSox @ BoSox, 6/26, 12:05 CT

    I would say that Jon Jay has more focus than ReyLo
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    ChiSox @ BoSox, 6/25, 6:10 CT, NSCH

    This made me laugh. I guess I needed a release as well.
  15. It was a safety squeeze, not a suicide.