Found April 04, 2012 on
Midwest Sports Fans:
Baseball begins in the States tonight with one game in Miami, then opens in a handful of other cities tomorrow, and then comes to a handful more on Friday*, before the first full slate of games on Saturday.
* – including in Arlington at Rangers Ballpark for White Sox-Rangers…I’ll be there!
While some people may be lamenting this ridiculously unnecessary and lame staggered Opening Week schedule, I’m just accepting it for what it is and focus on more important thoughts…thoughts like this:
Hawk Harrelson is back!
In this picture, Hawk looks like an aging cross between Dracula and Sloth from Goonies.
I realize that for some of you Hawk Harrelson is a name that inspires dread, eye rolling, and unbridled rancor. Fine. To each their own.
For all his faults as an announcer, including his annoying propensity to harp too much on the umpiring when things are going poorly, I still wouldn’t trade Hawk for anyone on White Sox broadcasts.
He’s our Hawk, and I like my baseball announcers t...
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BELLY UP, POUND 'EM DOWN
Here's how the Miami Marlins skipper keeps it simple as it relates to what he does to wind down after a ballgame: "I go to the hotel bar, get drunk, sleep."
Earlier tonight, KVB and I hosted the latest episode of White Sox Off Day with guest Tom Fornelli from South Side Asylum.
We discussed a number of Spring Training topics with Tom, then Kevin and I gave our predictions for the 2012 White Sox.
Among the topics we discussed with Tom:
Thoughts on potential bounceback seasons for Adam Dunn and Alex Rios, plus today’s report that Dunn...
With another baseball season just around the corner, it's time for one of our favorite things in all the world: Season Previews. Five years ago, they began as a semi-serious analysis and ended up as half-assed haiku. We're just gonna go with what we know. Moving right along with our preview of the American League Central, get a load of the 2012 Chicago White Sox.
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Ron Swanson and Darryl Philbin may not hail from Chicago, but the actors that play them do. Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman and The Office's Craig Robinson both grew up near the Windy City, but take opposite sides on the Cubs-White Sox rivalry. In a new commercial from New Era -- which played on the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry last year with John Krasinksi and Alec Baldwin...
Last preseason held very high hopes for the Chicago White Sox. In 2011, most publications ranked them in the top 10, often top 5 in MLB power rankings entering the year. This year, you’ll see them in the high 20s across the board in pretty much all publications. The offseason saw the departure of long time ace of the staff Mark Buerhle and face of the franchise Ozzie Guillen....
Tonight, KVB and I will be hosting the second episode of White Sox Off Day, the final episode before the 2012 season begins and we get on our normal schedule.
Our guest this evening will be Tom Fornelli of South Side Asylum, and we will discuss a smorgasbord of White Sox topics with Spring Training coming to a close.
Among the topics:
The final composition of the 25-man roster...
The day is almost here.
On April 6th, the Chicago White Sox tee off against the Texas Rangers and fans can finally put the woes of the 2011 season behind them. Even though former manager Ozzie Guillen and beloved ace Mark Buehrle are now basking in the sun of Miami, there is much to to be hopeful about. We can expect to see Robin Ventura’s youthful energy in the clubhouse and possibly...
Chris Sale had another solid outing in his transition from the bullpen to the rotation and the Chicago White Sox beat the Houston Astros 5-1 in an exhibition game on Tuesday night.
Sale (2-1) struck out six in four innings and was charged with one run and three hits. The left-hander gave up one run and struck out seven in six innings in his last start.
The 23-year-old Sale, who...
White Sox fans are having a hard time recognizing their team as we approach opening day.
Spring Training has not only brought new demands for the Jerry Reinsdorf’s club, but new faces as well. Whether that is a good or bad thing is yet to be determined, even though many experts predict the latter.
Ousted is former manager Ozzie Guillen, who is now leading a resurgent Miami...
The White Sox have a roster stocked with veterans (some of them famously overpaid). Yet I just counted and, at the ripe old age of 30, I am now older than 16 of 25 players on the roster. This was a bit jarring.
This simple act, more than perhaps any other since I turned 30 last July, just put my age into perspective for me.
I was inspired to do this after viewing this post at Reddit...
Get ready for the 2012 Chicago White Sox season with a look inside how things are done in the front office. For those of you who have ever wondered how the Sox or any MLB team for that matter gets built, we bring you the insight of Dan Fabian, White Sox Director of Baseball Operations.
He was gracious enough to join us on conference call.
Transcript provided by South Side Sox