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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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    Update: Machado met with Sox

    That '59 season is what made me a life-long Sox fan. My father was extremely hyped over the evil empire not winning and his enthusiasm branded me for life. I stayed home from school and got to see Mazeroski stick it to the Yanks the next year. Luckily a note for my school absence wasn't an issue.
  2. I think Lyman Bostock tried to give some money back because he was playing poorly. I think management said 'no', so he gave some of his salary to charity. In a sad case of reverse karma, he was murdered not too much later.
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    No doubt money is the big factor, but it would be nice to offer a home that one doesn't associate with the ubiquitous label of non-winner.
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    I hope this proves true. But as our ineptitude becomes more concrete, you would think the pressure to not sign here would increase as the amount of money needed to entice a highly sought after player moves towards an untenable position.
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    The suggestion at the beginning of the season was that they would have lots of money available to make an offer to the appropriate free agent(s). I believe Hahn said as much. The implication was that they would be able to fill in areas of need for the big push. To me, this does not imply that you would have to wait until 1 given year to add a player(s). If after this year the assessment is that, for instance, there is no suitable 3rd baseman in the pipeline for say the next 2 or 3 years, then adding a Machado a year early might make sense. Where does the line "blow it all up, for free agents" or the insult of swapping pinstripes for Yankee pinstripes fit into this idea. My guess is I have been a Sox fan longer than you have been on this planet.
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    What difference making free agent from this coming offseason, other than a confirmed masochist, would choose this team. That's my biggest concern with what we are witnessing.
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    Our Sox vs their Sawx game #2

    He still had lots of time. Martinez was not even in the picture when the ball sailed by.
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    Our Sox vs their Sawx game #2

    If he was 8 feet tall, Abreu would still not have made the out at first. And Moncada should have been aware of who was running. He had plenty of time to make a better throw.
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    5/27 Games

    QUOTE (fathom @ May 27, 2017 -> 09:39 PM) More importantly, Delmonico played LF Nice
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    5/27 Games

    Cody Asche played third tonight.
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    Tim Anderson Called up...Rollins DFA'd

    QUOTE (Lillian @ Jun 10, 2016 -> 12:00 PM) I don't understand the front office's thinking here. They certainly have gone to extremes here. First they want the veteran leadership, so they bring in a guy who is clearly "washed up". Then they reverse course and bring up a kid who they admit is a little raw, and still learning. I wan't crazy about the Rollins acquisition and even less in agreement with this one. It's too soon to be calling up Anderson. He is not a "savior" for what ails this team, and they are risking damaging his confidence. If he becomes a really great player, it will very likely be in a couple of years. In the meantime, he should be getting much more experience in AAA. His skill set is not what this team needs. He has no plate patience, which means that his OBP is not likely to be anywhere near .300 in the Big Leagues. He is not an elite defensive SS, as I have stressed in prior posts. He isn't even a left handed bat, and certainly not a power hitter. So what exactly does he bring to the table, that suggests that he needs to be rushed to the Majors, in order to help right this "sinking ship"? Even though the reasoning for this call-up seems to a driven by Rollins's ineptitude, coupled with a need to shake things up, the front office must think (hope?) that he will continue to show an impressive ability to adjust. He might have already convinced them that he has the mindset to overcome failure. Quickly.
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    Is Avi Putting It Together?

    QUOTE (mmmmmbeeer @ May 6, 2016 -> 02:37 PM) Well, he's talking to himself a lot more at the dish....he seems to have some sort of strategy or thought process he's trying to follow and is taking his time to make sure he's doing what he needs to do. He was hammering the ball last night. Also, it seems the air humping is working for him. I can't help but think he's acting like he's about to f*** the baseball to get a mental edge. Reminds me of Jesus ....... your avatar.
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    MLBTradeRumors Offseason Outlook

    QUOTE (Lip Man 1 @ Oct 17, 2015 -> 12:41 AM) In 2003 they had a two game lead over the Twins with I think 15 to go. Lost the last two games at home of the Twins series and were swept away the following week. They had the horses in 2003 and pissed it away. Again the had a three game lead in 2012 with I think 17 to go and completely fell apart and handed the division to Detroit. They had enough to win it to in 2012 and pissed it away. Ditto for blowing golden chances in 2006 by falling apart in the second half and 2010 when they had a lead in August, every relief pitcher seemingly went on the DL and they fell apart. The only consistent thing about the Sox the past 15 years has been poor second halves which has cost them dearly. How would this franchise look today, how would more importantly the perception of the franchise look if they got into the playoffs in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012? Alas we'll never know because the Sox keep blowing good chances. I'll repeat something I said earlier someplace, 'blind' loyalty towards anything...a religion, a baseball team, a government I don't care what it is, is dangerous in my opinion. Mark Religion and government I get .... baseball team, not so much. Unless you have another problem, like gambling.
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    White Sox Futility Under Williams/Hahn/Ventura

    QUOTE (LittleHurt05 @ Aug 29, 2015 -> 02:35 PM) I'm really surprised by the size of the Melky Cabrera apologist society. He didn't strike me as the type of player so many would make excuses for. I'd just as soon have Melky at the plate with the game on the line, as anyone not named Abreu on this team. And his TV persona is easy to like. He seems to have fun, while giving maximum effort. Now, someone like Rios, with is smug, lackadaisical "I don't give a s***" attitude - there was someone to dislike. No excuses there. I wanted to make excuses for Gillespie - his pained, 'fear of failure' look was grating, but it made me give him a grace period. Like I was hoping his confidence or his power or a sports psychologist would show up
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    Nate Jones throwing

    QUOTE (ptatc @ Jul 11, 2015 -> 04:32 PM) The picture worries me a bit. His hand is to full elevation before his foot hits the ground. This means the arm will start to accelerate without lower body support. The beginning of the acceleration is all arm. Not usually a good way to protect the arm. I wonder if the back issue is keeping him from complete rotation? It doesn't look like that from the picture though. Perhaps this photo captures the beginning of the extended 'pose' he has previously featured. His foot may land yet before he begins his acceleration process.