Chicago's Inside Pitch

Sox catching some breaks

Posted by scotgreg on Sat, 09/27/2008 - 18:47
There are no curses to curse on the South Side. If anything, it looks like the White Sox have harnessed some weird kind of karma. How else can you explain the Twins losing their second straight game to the Royals on Saturday at the Metrodome? Bizarre. And even if the White Sox lose to the Indians Saturday night (the score is 1-1 in the fourth inning), they don't have to worry about Cliff Lee on Sunday. Lee, who leads the American League in wins (22) and ERA (2.54), was scratched from his start with a stiff neck. Instead, the Sox get to face Bryan Bullington, who is 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA in 2 appearances for Cleveland. The White Sox sure are getting breaks. It’s up to them to exploit them.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Samardzija in; Gaudin out

Posted by Bruce on Sat, 09/27/2008 - 14:57
Lou told us today that Jeff Samardzija has made the roster for the NLDS. With the Cubs keeping only 11 pitchers, including lefties Neal Cotts and Sean Marshall in the pen, the odd-man out is Chad Gaudin, who was ineffective Friday night and who doesn't seem to have confidence in his breaking ball. Of course things could change for the second round, if the Cubs advance. Lou says he'll have word today on the final position-player spots, even if the Cubs don't have to announce it until later in the week. They'll work out Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Lou says Big Z will start Sunday's season finale and pitch 1 or 2 innings. He joked that he might have to hit him fourth in the lineup to get him an AB. Today's lineup: Fukudome, RF Cedeno, SS Hoffpauir, 1B Ward, LF

Suburban Political Recount

Hey look, it's the governor

Posted by JP on Sat, 09/27/2008 - 14:18
Sitting down to eat a late lunch, flippin' channels and there's Gov. Blagojevich. He's appearing on WGN on a panel of Tribune sportswriters and a couple former Cub players assigned the task of compiling the best all-Chicago baseball team of all time. Upon his introduction, the governor said it's great to be with all the sportswriters. "It's the only part of the newspaper I read."

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Wanted: Complete games for Sox

Posted by scotgreg on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 23:19
You thought the White Sox’ bullpen was bad last year? Didn’t think it could get any worse than Ryan Bukvich, Andrew Sisco, David Aardsma, Dewon Day, Nick Masset and Mike Myers? Maybe you missed Friday night’s game against the Indians. D.J. Carrasco, Mike MacDougal, Ehren Wasserman and Horacio Ramirez made last year’s shaky crew look like all-stars while melting down in a game the Sox desperately needed. Hopefully, GM Kenny Williams was looking in all of their eyes Friday, and he’ll act accordingly. Mining bullpen talent is the greatest challenge for any GM. For the second year in a row, Williams has failed miserably in his search for relief pitchers, and it’s probably going to cost the White Sox a playoff berth.

Bear Essentials

What's up with Harris?

Posted by Bob LeGere on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 19:59
Tommie Harris isn't helping the Bears in his present condition, whatever that is. It's difficult to tell, since the Bears have a policy of shrouding even the tiniest injury in secrecy. Harris has rarely practiced at full speed since the season opener, and he has made little impact in any of the first three games. He says he's healthy enough to practice, but he's played like someone who either has a legitimate injury or is struggling to overcome the mental aspect of knee surgery. So why not shut him down for a week or two? Give his surgical left knee a chance to get well and maybe, when he returns, the Bears will have some semblance of the disruptive force who was voted to the past three Pro Bowls.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Lou makes his point

Posted by Bruce on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 18:49
As you've probably read here, Lou set the rest of his rotation for the NLDS. Following Ryan Dempster will be Big Z, Rich Harden and Ted Lilly. It's interesting to note, as Vin Scully might say, that Lou announced Dempster yesterday and saved news of the rest of the rotation for today. To me, he was saying that Dempster is the ace of this staff and that he's earned the nod for Game 1 of the playoffs, which open next Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

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Sarah Palin Disney Trailer

Posted by Cj on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 09:38

First, Matt Damon created this video.

From YouTube Member: AssociatedPress
Actor Matt Damon speaks out on the Republicans' choice of hockey-mom Sarah Palin for VP. Damon compares her rise to a 'really bad Disney movie' and says it's crazy that this woman could become Pres.

Be the first person to see the trailer to Sarah Palin's bad Disney move! :)

From CollegeHumor:
Sarah Palin Disney Trailer
An Alaskan hockey mom becomes Vice President in the wackiest family comedy of the year! Sound familiar?

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Sorting out the NBA off-season

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 01:01
All around the NBA, ball racks will be rolled onto practice courts beginning Monday. As far as the summer goes, the league didn't generate much buzz beyond the Bulls' upset victory in the draft lottery. Then again, calm was probably a good thing, since we all needed time to let the patriotic fervor die down after watching the “Redeem Team” squeak past Pau Gasol and a bunch of borderline NBA players from Spain to claim the Olympic gold medal. Or maybe you didn't stay up until 3 a.m. to watch the game live. Trust me, it was inspiring. So here's a rundown of the NBA off-season activity. Maybe I'm a tough grader, but I found only two teams that took a significant step forward: The winners

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Sound of silence

Posted by scotgreg on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 00:02
As expected, it was pretty quiet in the White Sox' clubhouse following Thursday night's 7-6 loss to the Twins in 10 innings. With the exception of one inning, the Sox' bats were silent as well. It's been a crazy season, but it looks like it's coming to an end unless the White Sox rebound and sweep the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field this weekend. Staying with the crazy theme, maybe the Twins lose one to the Royals at the Metrodome. We'll see how it plays out.

Suburban Political Recount

Inside McPartlin's departure from the tollway

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Thu, 09/25/2008 - 20:03
Tollway board member Ronald Materick of Oak Brook left the tollway without much public fanfare more than a year ago. Materick was an outspoken board member, which is of course an oxymoron. Sure some tollway board members will criticize off the record or make measured statements against something blatantly questionable, like those massive Gov. Rod Blagojevich signs across the tollway. But Materick would actually go through the tollway's laundry list of contracts every month and when he saw something that didn't smell right to him, he would say it - right there in the board meeting in front of the press.