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Dealing with another loss

Posted by Bruce on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 20:30
Manager Lou Piniella says it's not the best timing, but he and the Cubs have excused third baseman Aramis Ramirez for the first three games of this series against the Giants to tend to a family matter back home in the Dominican Republic. With that, Lou will put Mark DeRosa at third base for the games Ramirez is out. Matt Murton starts in left field tonight. Expect to see Daryle Ward out there later in the series. Lineup Fukudome, RF Theriot, SS Lee, 1B Soto, C DeRosa, 3B Edmonds, CF Murton, LF Cedeno, 2B Lilly, P

The Blagojevich U-Haul relocation question of the day

Posted by JP on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 16:13

On Friday, Gov. Rod Blagojevich traveled to Harrisburg way down in Saline County to announce he's moving more than 100 state traffic safety division employees there from Springfield. That's a few hours away from the Capitol and, perhaps not surprisingly, few of the employees plan to uproot and move if this ever comes to fruition.

The governor said he's moving the jobs there because Saline County's unemployment rate is among the state's worst and he's trying to help.

With that sentiment in mind, if you were supreme ruler/governor, what state agency or department would you move where for maximum economic impact?

Bombs away for Sox' offense

Posted by scotgreg on Sun, 06/29/2008 - 22:56
Can we give all the small-ball talk a rest now? When it comes to the White Sox, it's not going to happen. This is a team built to play in the launching pad known as U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox hit 3 more home runs in Sunday night's win over the Cubs, and they've hit 18 homers in their last seven home games. Overall, the White Sox lead the American League with 109 HR. Yes, it would be nice if the Sox had a prototypical leadoff hitter, and a little more speed throughout the lineup. But hey, you can't have everything. As long as hitters like Jim Thome, Jermaine Dye, Carlos Quentin, Paul Konerko and Joe Crede are in the lineup. just get some guys on base and wait for the bomb.

Lou's mind games

Posted by Bruce on Sun, 06/29/2008 - 13:47
Got to like the way Lou handled things yesterday, both in game and after the game _ on several fronts. When he went out to the mound to have a "nice chat" with Sean Gallagher, Lou gave him what for, to be sure. With the Cubs' bullpen overworked and short-handed, Lou needed Gallagher to give the team a few innings. Lou also had words of technical advice: bury the slider. Gallagher did so and changed the eye levels of the White Sox hitters. As a result, he was able to gut through 6 innings. After the game, Lou praised Gallagher to the hilt, saying he was proud of the "young man." The Cubs lost the battle, but maybe Lou gained a pitcher in the long run.

"It is miraculous."

Posted by Sean Stangland on Sat, 06/28/2008 - 23:42

You know that scene in "Amadeus" where Salieri is looking over the manuscripts of Mozart's music, and Salieri is devastated by the genius he is looking at?

That's more or less how I felt while watching "WALL•E."

How did the tale of a lonely robot bring tears to my eyes? How is it both a searing indictment of, and a love letter to, the human race? How did Disney release a movie that seems to be against everything an enormous media conglomerate stands for? How did the director of "Finding Nemo" top himself?

You'll find out when you see it.

Ramirez doing it all for Sox

Posted by scotgreg on Sat, 06/28/2008 - 17:54
White Sox general manager Kenny Williams intensely dislikes the media coming around and pumping up his players, especially the younger ones. That's why Williams initially bristled when asked about Alexei Ramirez possibly winning American League Rookie of the Year honors this season. "I'd rather you didn't...,'' Williams started saying. "Ah, what the (heck), go ahead. He can't speak or read English anyways.'' On the baseball field, Ramirez keeps showing there's very little he can't do. It took the 26-year-old Cuban defector a little time to get going, but Ramirez is rapidly becoming the Sox' best all-around player. Yes, he looks like he needs a few dozen doughnuts, but the rail-thin Ramirez can hit for surprising power. He can also run, throw and play three positions.

Injury intrigue and Eyre to DL

Posted by Bruce on Sat, 06/28/2008 - 14:23
The Cubs put lefty Scott Eyre on the DL this morning and recalled righty reliever Jose Ascanio from Iowa. Eyre's strained left groin won't let him pitch this weekend, and the Cubs are short of pitching to begin with. Ascanio is just getting back into the swing of things after missing a couple weeks at Iowa because of a death in the family.

There's more to season than Sox-Cubs

Posted by scotgreg on Fri, 06/27/2008 - 19:57
Yes, it was a big win for the White Sox on Friday. After losing six straight to the rival Cubs, the Sox finally turned it around and posted a convincing win over their cross-town rivals. Considering the Cubs are starting Sean Gallagher today and Sean Marshall on Sunday, a payback sweep seems well within reach for the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Hey, this is a great series between two solid teams, but the questions are really becoming repetitious after the Sox and Cubs played for the fourth time in eight days Friday.

That's going to leave a mark

Posted by Bruce on Fri, 06/27/2008 - 16:24
Wow, third inning and Ryan Dempster is already out of there. Nick Swisher's grand slam chased him after 2 and a third. Sox up 8-zip. Things looked bleak from the beginning when the Cubs fielded an outfield of Eric Patterson in left, Jim Edmonds in center and Daryle Ward in right. Patterson already has made an error. No wonder Lou was in a foul mood before the game. He looked like he wanted to talk to no one. Maybe he saw it coming. With Fukudome's calf still bothering him and Reed Johnson on the DL, the outfield picture isn't going to get prettier any time soon.

This oughta be interesting

Posted by Bruce on Fri, 06/27/2008 - 14:47
Here's Lou's lineup today against the Sox: Fukudome, DH Patterson, LF Lee, 1B Ramirez, 3B Ward, RF Edmonds, CF Soto, C Fontenot, 2B Cedeno, SS Dempster is pitching.