Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Buehrle Bile File Says, "He STILL Loves Us!" Game 130 Recap

Sox Win 6-1!!!!

He still loves us, he really really loves us! I knew the love affair wasn't over yet. I knew last night's drunk-dialing rendezvous would mean something to our old man, Mark!

*Sniff, Sniff*

We begged and pleaded and left not really knowing what Mark would do today.(Could Mark be the stopper he once was?)

*Sniff, Sniff*

We waited patiently with bated breath, and after giving up a run in the 1st inning, we weren't sure if last night meant anything to Mark or not (heartbreaking 8-7 loss and 1.5 back in the WC race).

*Sniff, Sniff*

But he showed us. Even without his personal catcher catching him (AJ started today), Mark came thru. (So did AJ with a 2 run HR.)

*Sniff, Sniff*

He showed he knows how to forgive a mistake. (He actually pitched over a Ross Gload throwing error.)

*Sniff, Sniff*

He proved he could stay out of the big arguement. (He stopped the Twinkies at 1 run in the 1st inning.)

*Sniff, Sniff*

He used his charm, confidence and independence to sweep us off our feet. (7.1 innings, 9 hits only plated 1 run, 6 K's)

*Sniff, Sniff*

And he left us so happy to sob in the embrace of his friends. ( Sox HR's: Uribe, Crede, AJ)

*Sniff, Sniff*

Well, Mark, if all it takes is a drunk-dial from the Biler at 3AM for you to pitch well, you can be sure to expect a call next Saturday. Sleep well, my sweet.

Just remember one thing, Mark. Hell hath no fury like the wrath of a White Sox fan scorned. If you thought the Ligue's were crazy, just try pitching shitty again. Sharon Stone's ice-pick would be Disney World compared to me.

(I, the Biler, reserve the right to be as harsh or as ebullient to Mark Buehrle as I please. He's my pitching stud, and nobody else can have him.)

Awards Time -------------------------------------------------

Bad Ozzie Move of the Game: (I predicate this call by telling you to hold your boos until you read later on in the post.) He started Scott Pods-crap-nik, whose play of late has in no way earned him any playing time.

Good Ozzie Moves of the Game:
  1. Starting AJ...Mark quipped in his postgame comments that AJ said -- tongue firmly planted in cheek -- he didn't want to "mess him up."
  2. Starting BA in CF is always a good move, and he was 2-4 today.
  3. Using Mike MacDougal 1.2 innings. He was solid if not spectacular.
Play of the Game: With 1 run in and 2 runners on, Torii Hunter, as hot at the plate as can be, grounded into a FC to end the 1st inning. Keping the deficit at 1 was huge for the psyche of the team. The Sox knew they were gonna score on Silva; the question was how many would they need? Mark answered that in the 1st.

Big Ups of the Game: MacDougal, and yes, Scotty Pods. He was 3-4 w/ a bunt single, 1 run, 2 SB, 1 BB and, mother of god!, an outfield assist at second on Luis Castillo. (This is a double-edged sword, though. While it was nice to see Pods produce, Ozzie will now have an excuse for continuing to start him in LF. One good game does not a season make.)

And my White Sox Player of the Game is......


Mark Buehrle (2)

Sox Record: 76-54...and 0.5 games back in the WC. It's gonna be a long ending to this season.


Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

I'm starting to like this embedded image thing. It's like toys for boys.

8/27/2006 5:05 PM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

haha, I laughed when I saw the heaven sent picture.

8/27/2006 5:18 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Kelley said...

Starting Pods today was good. If you're gonna get out of a slump, the best way to do it is against a crappy pitcher. Silva is the first one of those we've played in awhile. I firmly believe we're gonna need Scott to play well if we're going to do anything from here on out.

And like it or not, Ozzie sticks by his players. I happen to like it, particularly when you're talking about veterans. The ethos he's established served us well last year, and it could serve us well again this year.

Why is it that Kenny seems to get the credit when players produce, but Ozzie gets the blame when they don't?

8/27/2006 5:54 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...


Good point about starting Pods. If there ever was a day to start him, today woulda been the day. IIRC, prior to the game, Comcast had some stats involving Sox hitters vs Silva and Pods had a pretty good line...(Just looked it up and prior to today he was 6-14, 2 2B, 3B, 3RBI, only 2Ks...not too shabby.)

As far as Ozzie sticking with his guys, it can only go so far. If there is an obvious hole (Mack playing CF, Pods sucktastic ways of late, the starters not making it thru 5) then you have to make a change. Imperative to this game is the ability to make adjustments, ans ozzie hasn't been so quick to change things based on performance. He has his own method of madness that's hard to understand.

8/27/2006 6:04 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

2 very good "Chemistry" acheivements in todays game.

1st, no doubt, Buerhle is the mainstay since 2001 on this staff and to see him throw this kind of game and stop our bad streak is worth mucho Mojo to the team.

2nd, Likewise Pods getting on base and stealing IN THE 1ST INNING !! is how we attacked teams last year and put pressure on their pitchers right away = Mojo for us.

We came back into our "correct character" today as a team. This is the way our team really is !

My personal confidence factor went way up and I can hope the teams did too. AJ looked more animated than I've seen him in awhile.

Let's F-ing Go Now !!!!!!!!!!

8/27/2006 6:32 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

By the way Jeeves and Nord, way to keep the verbage flowing ....and Jeeves, thank you very much for linking Hawk's call of Dye's HR from Sat night - that was precious !!

I may be in the minority, but I love the Hawk and he WAS very passionate on that call - just how I felt listening to it in my car and FREAKIN OUT!!!!

8/27/2006 6:56 PM  
Blogger Criminal Appeal said...

Who would have thought Buehrle and Podsednik, the two most frequent subjects of disdain amongst Sox fans right now, would tag team for a key win? Actually, it shouldn't be all that shocking. The difference between last year and this year was the great pitching we got last season. The Sox are still scoring a ton of runs (2nd in MLB), they're just giving up plenty too (15th in runs allowed). Maybe they can finally return to a winning formula.
Two other thoughts: (1) I don't care about the stolen bases, but I love seeing the lead-off hitter get on-base finally; and (2) listening to Harrelson hawkerventilate can be fun for that one big moment, but it does get old over the course of a full game.
Oh, and Comiscular was louder after Dye's homerun than I've ever heard it, including during the Series last year. That was a big release for a lot of frustrated people. Too bad about the 11th, but still a great moment.

8/28/2006 10:40 AM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Hey Jeeves...
I updated Boston's record in the WC siderbar and the All-time Home Run Leaders sidebar since Frank yanked one last night.

8/29/2006 5:17 AM  

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