Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Buehrle Bile File Says, "Well, Hell, Here We Come." Game 150 Recap


If you've ever seen the movie Sneakers, you might remember when Ben Kingsley's character, Kosmo, says to Robert Redford's character, Martin Bishop, "Pain."

Kosmo did time in jail for a crime that both he and Bishop committed. Kosmo got caught; Bishop didn't

White Sox fans are in pain. We are the World Series Champs, and we won't be in the playoffs.


Once again, a former hometown hero killed the home team's chances. In consecutive series, Frank Thomas and Magglio Ordonez have flattened the balloon of hope that floated over the Sox season.


And Mark Buehrle killed us all. I was driving to my softball game in Alsip, listening to Farmio and Singleton -- a decent diversion from the monotony that is DJ and Hawk -- when Craig Monroe did what many other hitters have done to Mark Buehrle: he hit a first inning homerun.

And I never looked back.

I'm placing the blame for this whole season on the starting pitching, especially Mark Buehrle. His bile-tastic form has ruined any hope Sox fans had of a repeat. And we deserve better.

We have come out in groves. We packed the Cell in numbers not seen in decades; we even overtook the North-siders in attendance. We showed our appreciation for last year's triumph.

And Mark Buehrle let us down. He's the only starter with a losing record. He's at the top of the list for league leaders in HR's given up. His BA against looks like Ted Williams' career numbers. And he might be out the dooor next year.

Good Riddence. I am the Biler and I just don't care anymore.

Thanks alot, Mark.

Awards Time------------------------------------------------------
Bad Ozzie Move of the Game: As I stated before, any Buehrle start would be bad. Yet, his possible replacement, Brandon McCarthy, sucked too. I hope Ozzie has learned something from this year. I hope he sees that sticking with your guys, no matter what they did in the past, isn't always the best approach.

Good Ozzie Move of the Game: Giving Josh Fields a chance to swing the bat turned out pretty good. Pablo starting in LF wasn't bad.

Play of the Game: Forget the inconsequential triple play. The game was over when Monroe hit his HR in the first inning.

Big Ups of the Game to: Thome, for finally reaching 40 HRs.

And, Yes, I have a White Sox Player of the Game...

Josh Fields (1) How many people can say they hit a HR in their first major league at bat? Not many. But if he never sees they field again, he's one up on Doc Graham.

Sox Record: 84-66...and the hope is just about gone.


Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

also, I didn't update the sidebars

9/19/2006 7:29 AM  
Blogger Criminal Appeal said...

The starting pitching is the right place to put the blame. In today's Sun-Times, however, Jay Mariotti put the blame on Ozzie's "feud" with Mariotti. The size of Mariotti's ego never fails to amaze.

9/19/2006 11:23 AM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

I agree it's been starting pitching and want to include the pen as well...they've taken turns in the bad performance department.

Maybe premature with season not over yet, but who should stay..who needs to go..? Not sure any of them are "untouchables"- maybe just the 3 hard throwers out of the pen and Garland...?? The rest - expendable for the right deal...??

9/19/2006 1:06 PM  
Blogger Criminal Appeal said...

I'd keep Vazquez at this point. I worry he'd be undervalued on the market. If they can get value for any of the others, I'd grab it. I'd also be willing to deal Crede for a top line starter. The Angels supposedly love Crede. Think the Sox could turn Crede into Lackey if you throw a couple more bodies into the deal to balance it?

9/19/2006 3:35 PM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

Carlos Lee and Miguel Olivo are the only other Sox players to homer in their first at bat.
Hopefully Fields ends up more like Lee than Olivo, unless of course we trade him.

9/19/2006 3:38 PM  

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