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Wednesday, April 27, 2005
House of Horrors

So this is what it feels like to be a Cubs fan? Living in Chicago, I get to watch my fair share of Cubs games, obviously. They've always seemed to have a penchant for being able to lose even the most winable games. That's exactly what the Sox did tonight. Lose a winable game, and in about the ugliest fashion you can lose a game too.

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3-17 in their last 20 games in Oakland. Tonight's game was an illustration why. They invent new ways to lose games out there. There's absolutely no explanation for it. The Sox suck in Oakland. That's just the way it is. I'd rather see 10 games at the Yankees or Red Sox than 3 at the A's. As Pedro would say, "The A's are the White Sox Daddy."

Rather than ranting about Jermaine Dye's terrible defense, or Willie Harris' costly "error", (There was a blind man scoring the game last night, and Durazo was credited with a hit.) I'm just going to touch on the one thing that really bothered me. The rest, as they say, is water under the bridge... for now. If we play like crap for the 4th time in 5 days tomorrow I'll have a whole lot to say tomorrow.

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SAT Question

2004 White Sox : Walking in the winning run :: 2005 White Sox : ____________________

A) Ozzieball
B) Pitching and Defense
C) WTF!?! That kid is chasing another ball in LF?!
D) Balking in the tying run

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In two games, Sox batters have been hit by 4 pitches. AJ Pierzynski is obviously gimpy, even though they say he's fine. We know better because he hasn't played in three days. How did he find his way onto the pine? HBP. Jurassic took one off the fat part of his ass. He then proceeded to mouth off to anyone within earshot, which seemed to wake the A's up. Pablo Ozuna left Tuesday's game; HBP, the second in two days. Juan Uribe left Tuesday's game; not HBP, but it appeared that he tweaked his groin avoiding being hit by a pitch. Joe Crede was a late scratch from Tuesday's line-up; Guess what? He was hit by a pitch the game before. Tadahito Iguchi got taken out turning a double play in the third. He never looked comfortable after that, failing to turn at least one, if not, two double plays afterwards. (I'm not sure. My memory's a little bit hazy after watching that "game.") It's time for somebody to be taken down, and taken down hard.

Ozzie talks big, but last year when the going got tough, there was no retaliation. (Supposedly this, not the grooved first pitch grand slams, is what got Thriller his pink slip.) How many guys have to come up lame before we see some action Ozzie? You're all bark. No bite.

Edit: Just to avoid further confusion. I should have noted my displeasure with the players also. I was talking via AIM during the game and I believe my comment in the 7th when Mark Buehrle came back out was something like "Show some balls Buehlre, Bean him." Then when Buehrle had been run and runners sat on second and third with no outs, I called for Damaso to do the same. I "yelled" at Marte even more than Buehrle, because in his situation, putting a man on was actually beneficial, bringing the double play back in order.