Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The White Sox Season That Was: Spring Training

Time to whip this pony into action, as ChiSox Blog welcomes you to the season that was: 2006.

This first installment : Spring Training 2006.

Your host: The Biler! Yes, that's right. The Biler is back in full effect for the season that was 2006!

It's March 2006 and the Champs are enjoying a leisurely time in the dry air of Tucsan. But trouble is a brewing! Ozzie Guillen and AJ Pierzinski are involved in a fracas with some dude, and SI is all over Tucsan-Electric Park getting the scoop on this story! What the heck do Ozzie and AJ think they're doing, distracting this team from bunting and fielding drills? Don't they know that sacrifices will come at a premium this season? Don't they know that the laze fare attitutde would come back to bite them in the ass later on during the season? WTF?

But also enjoying time in Tucsan are new White Sox Jim Thome and Javy Vazquez . What Kenny Williams hath wraught no man shall tear assunder! Gone are clubhouse cancer Frank "The Big Hurt" Thomas, center field hero Aaron Rowand and playoff impresario Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez. And despite the trouble a-brewing hi-jinx, the atmosphere is loose and upbeat despite certain troubles in the field. A foreshadowing maybe?

Toward the end of spring training things are somewhat falling into place. Not surprisingly Pods is gimpy with a hamstring problem, Coop is once again working his magic with reclamation project Matt Thornton (who I, the Biler, contend is the best pick up of the season), and Jim Thome is as en fuego as all Sox fans hoped he would be.

But let's take spring training at face value or rather no value at all. Remember this: Kansas City led the Cactus League with 17-10 record whereas the Sox were dead last at 10-19. (Maybe a little more foreshadowing?)

I, the Biler, was completely optomistic at this point and the idea of some bile-tastic writing wasn't even a spark in my eye. Mark Buehrle was, at this point, still to be counted on, he of a WS win and save! But maybe that hurt his 2006. We shall see as we progress along.

And now the debut of the Biler's White Sox Chances-o-meter! It's a cute little device with a nod in the direction of one Shawon Dunston who was as underachieving a player as you'll ever meet. And since the White Sox also underachieved in 2006, I thought the comparison was apropos.


Blogger Jeeves said...

haha... I really like the Chances-o-Meter.

It seems only like yesterday that a second straight World Series was destined for us.

11/01/2006 5:38 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

I'm curious as to what happened to my meter. It's blank where I posted it and when I click on the pic it says 404 Not Found.

Hmmmmmmmmm. Halloween trick?

11/02/2006 5:28 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

It's there on mine big guy....Comm- Ed messing with yer meters ?

I'll be at the Golden Dome on Sat....I'll light a candle for Jeeves

11/02/2006 10:00 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Very cool, Dickie! I'll be at the Bulls home opener tonight...rented a stretch Escalade with a group of friends. I love not drinking and driving.

11/03/2006 5:26 AM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

You Gangsta Rapper!!

11/03/2006 12:52 PM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

geez...rolling in style!

I've got some stuff coming up tomor..i've been rather lax with the posting, but I'll catch up tomorrow.

11/03/2006 11:39 PM  

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