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The Sir

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    Texas

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  • What do you like about Soxtalk?
    It's the best place for White Sox baseball. Period.
  • Favorite Sox minor leaguer
    Nick Madrigal
  • Favorite Sox moment
    2005...what else could it be?
  • Favorite Former Sox Player
    Frank Thomas

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  1. The Sir

    MLB umpire Eric Cooper dead at 52

    Back in the day, Joe Crede hit a home run but Eric Cooper called it foul. Clearly fair. I kept Cooper on my umpiring shitlist ever since. Anyways, RIP. Prayers for family and friends.
  2. The Sir

    Madrigal Wins Gold Glove

    Maybe I'm old school, but I still follow the lineup construction that was the norm when I was a kid in the 1990s. Leadoff: Your speedster. If he has power, that's a bonus, but if he has tons of power, bat him somewhere else. This guy gets on base and steals more. Scott Podsednik of 2005, Luis Castillo and Juan Pierre, but probably best of all, Ray Durham. .360+ OBP from 1998-2000 = perfect. Some people like this Acuna/Robert idea. Why would you guarantee that an incredible power hitter comes up with nobody on as many as 162 times in a season? Bat them lower. 2-hole: Best OBP guy. Probably hits left handed, can bunt, pull off hit-and-runs, perhaps some speed but not absolutely necessary. Ideal would be 2000 Jason Kendall or Yoan Moncada. Between this guy and your leadoff guy, the point is to have your three-hole up with RISP as often as possible. 3-hole: This is your best overall hitter. Frank Thomas of the 1990s. Ken Griffey. Ted Williams. Roid-raging Barry Bonds. This "3rd worst hitter" idea is nuts. You want your best hitters to get on base and then let them be driven in by...Yolmer Sanchez? 4-hole: Your best raw power hitter. Adam Dunn, pre-White Sox. Prince Fielder, or better yet, his dad. Average might not be great, but he'll hit a ton of bombs. 5-hole: Your second best raw power hitter. 6-9: Everybody else, in order of decreasing ability. Ninth batter can be your second best leadoff hitter. So if you have Scotty Pods and Ray Durham, let Ray lead off and Pods hit ninth. On shitty teams like ours, this section IS indeed a free inning because we have so much garbage. On a good team like the Astros, it's not because you've still got hitters like Gurriel, Chirinos, and Reddick coming to bat. Ideally, I think our 2021 lineup looks like this: Madrigal Moncada Robert Jimenez Vaughn Abreu Anderson Collins Walker
  3. The Sir

    NLCS- Nationals/Cardinals

    Elimination games in the NL this year have arrived at some quick conclusions. Seven runs in the first, now the Cards understand how the Braves felt.
  4. The Sir

    Braves and Dodgers Out

    Multiple World Series victories? No way. But I expect that by 2025, this whole “the White Sox have never gone to the playoffs twice in a row” thing will be history.
  5. The Sir

    NLDS- Cardinals/Braves

    I can’t imagine getting amped for a game five in your own house and the whole damn thing (including your season) is over before you even get to hit. That’s rough.
  6. The Sir

    ALDS- Twins/Yankees

    Yeah, since 2012, the breakdown of WS participants looks like this: AL East- two appearances by one franchise (two victories) AL Central- four appearances by three different franchises (one victory) AL West- one appearance by one franchise (one victory) NL East- one appearance by one franchise (no victories) NL Central- two appearances by two different franchises (one victory) NL West- four appearances by two different franchises (two victories) With the exception of the Twins being a garbage team in the playoffs, which I am totally OK with, the AL Central performs just fine in the playoffs.
  7. The Sir

    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    Very cool. Those are the best experiences with this game.
  8. The Sir

    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    Guilty. I don’t give a wit about the NFL at all today, but there was a game in the 1990s where the Bears had 1st and goal at the Broncos’ one yard line or so in the last possession of the game. We sucked, they were great, so it looked like an upset was coming. Nope- the Broncos stood us up through four downs and “we” lost 17-12. I cried my eyes out. My dad whooped my ass.
  9. The Sir

    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    Yep. I always thought it was weird that my dad was a Yankees fan (he grew up in upstate NY) but didn’t really care about them one way or another. He taught me a lot about baseball and he supported my budding love of the White Sox when I was growing up but Yankee games didn’t dominate the TV and he showed no real emotion about them. I think the ‘94 strike kinda wiped him out, and I don’t think I’ll be as chilled about as he is, but I definitely understand now how fandom changes from boyhood into manhood. Honestly, I think one of the most beautiful aspects about the game for me these days is how it ties my whole life together. I’ve had a whacky life and I’ve been all over the world, but for all the differences, the Sox have always been there. Whether it was living in Chicago and secretly listening to them on my portable radio after bedtime, or living in Spain and having stateside relatives send me game tapes, or being in a faraway state at college using this newfangled Facebook thing to gather fellow Sox fans for the World Series (unsuccessfully, I might add), or fiddling with the radio at an airfield in southern Afghanistan so I could listen to Chris Sale dominate some poor bastards, the Sox have always been there tying it together. So I think that’s a cool impact on my own life, and I’m grateful for it.
  10. The Sir

    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    Some people take this to a fever pitch level. I love the White Sox and I’ll watch them or at least check the box scores every day during every season for the rest of my life. I’ll buy merchandise and on rare occasions travel to Chicago to go to games in person. But I’m not that ten year old who cries at losses anymore. Maybe it’s the recent mediocrity or maybe it’s just all the worries of being an adult, but my fandom has changed. My wife, my kids, my money, those are much bigger things for me now. If I could have guaranteed success in all of those categories but never see another winning White Sox season, I’d take that deal in a heartbeat. Hell, I’d happily take the White Sox never winning a single game again if that was my reward. Love the team but my priorities are very clear.
  11. The Sir

    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    Can you lay out objective criteria as to how he is supposed to do that?
  12. The Sir

    ALDS- Twins/Yankees

    http://twinsdaily.com/topic/35173-front-page-twins-alds-game-2-recap-nothing-works-twins-lose-12th-straight-to-yankees/# This thread is full of schadenfreude laughs. I especially like the one that says “This is confirmed. Yankee Stadium smells like the armpit of the older brother who never let you win.”
  13. The Sir

    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    Oh this is dumb. A lot of things get discussed on this website- White Sox baseball, all baseball, our jobs, our relationships, and in days of yore, even politics. The typical White Sox fan experience? I will always love this team but I’ve been in the state of Illinois for all of ten days in the last twenty years. You guys talk about your hatred of the Cubs and it couldn’t matter less to me because I don’t even know any Cubs fans. Should I run around and screech at people for daring to talk about something that doesn’t interest me? If the guy wants to mention reliable info that our team’s owner is a good guy, then I’m interested. If you so totally do not care, then you are welcome at any point to...you know...stop caring.
  14. The Sir

    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    I was pretty ambivalent about Keppinger (but didn’t think he would totally flunk out of baseball) but man, I was excited about Melky. I still remember being in a great mood that morning at church because I had just read the news. I don’t blame JR for him being so blah.
  15. The Sir

    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    And what Sox fan is unfamiliar with Lee Elia? C’mon now.
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