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Friday, April 01, 2005
Billy, Carmen, and Bryan

***Former White Sox closer Billy Koch, was released a couple of weeks ago, from the Toronto Blue Jays after just 4 innings pitched. For some reason, the Jays offered him a $950,000 deal, even though most thought he could be had for just a minor league deal and an invite to camp. This is important because the major league deal is guaranteed, and thus Billy can sit at home and collect a nice check. That's apparently exactly what he plans to do.
"To be released after four outings? What's four outings in the spring? Nothing," Koch said. "They can pay my gas money for my car, they can pay to fill up my 240-gallon tank for my 30-foot Pursuit, they can gas up my jet boat and our three jet skis."
There is some debate as to whether the Jays have to pay Koch the entire contract or not because he was released so early in spring training.(see post #6) Either way, I never liked Billy -- mostly because Keith Foulke was easily my favorite Sox player at the time of the infamous trade -- and I can laugh at the Jays for even bothering to sign the guy now that he's been released.

***Carmen DeFalco paired with Hawk a couple of times in the past week to call the White Sox spring training games for Comcast Sports Net. I thought he did a pretty fine job. He showed good knowledge of both the Sox and their opponents (Oakland and Colorado) including the minor leaguers. He's a young guy, and should eventually get a chance in the booth one day, as long as he's given an equal shot and not passed over for lesser talents who bring "experience"(read: former/washed-up major league players and managers). Which brings me to my next topic...

***Apparently this was announced today on Mac, Jurko, and Harry, but I wasn't listening -- which is unusual -- I had to read it at a pretty cool blog that I just discovered (The Chicago Media Monitor). Bryan Dolgin is the new White Sox Pre/Post host on ESPN 1000. This comes as a surprise to me, as I figured DeFalco was first in line for the job. He's shared Pre & Post duties for the Bulls games, so it's not like it would have been a big jump. I just thought he was the obvious choice, being an unabashed White Sox fan.

As for Dolgin, he was the radio voice of the Joliet Jackhammers last season. I'll reserve judgment on the decision until I actually hear Dolgin a few times. Until then, you can check out his bio over at the Jackhammers site. He lists being a parking attendant at Comiskey when he was 16 as his first job, so maybe we do have a real Sox fan behind the mike. I'm gonna miss Dave Wills' voice though.