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The Eye Test
September is the time you want to be playing your best ball to get you ready for the big time games that lay ahead.
September is not the time to look like you’re just learning the game and trying to work out the kinks and rough spots.
Not being in a pennant race is hurting the White Sox. They are playing without energy and just punching the clock right now (and maybe punching a few other things in the dugout).
Does this team think that they can just throw a switch and turn it on when the big games start? Maybe they can. But there’s little evidence for that in the way they’ve been playing for weeks now.
Wasn’t this the team we were all waiting for? The team we were promised?
And if so, when do they start playing like it?
Sox Nation is waiting. And wondering.
What's The Meaning
"as Ethan Katz (probably) said to Lance Lynn in a nihilistic aside, ‘Life is meaningless.’"
The only thing that is meaningless is… ‘meaningless’ itself. We decide what to give meaning to in Life. That’s the beauty of it. Nobody can do this for us. Only we can do it for ourselves.
Like, Sox vs. The North Side Ball Club Inc. We decide which team – if any — gives our life ‘meaning’. OK, maybe our lives have meaning outside of baseball. But do we really want to test that theory too much?
As long as the Sox play on the South Side of Chicago, our lives will always have meaning. Anything else in Life is a bonus.
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The Madison Street Divide
The South Side-North Side competition will always be special.
Chicago used to have a North and a South side football team. Sadly, the South Side team left years ago and left us with the North Side team now playing on the Lakefront.
For a short time, Chicago had a North (well, Middle) side hockey team and a South Side team. Again, sadly, the South Side team disappeared.
The Bulls used to play on the South Side and then moved to the Middle Ground.
The Sox are fully and totally and gloriously fully South Side.
The South Side is special, even now with all the modern problems of today. While the great industries have fled and so many neighborhoods seem to be in trouble, what always makes the South Side special is its people. And many of them are Sox fans.
Thankfully, by some miracles along the way, the Sox have remained on the South Side. And when they play those North Siders… there are scores to be settled and not just on the baseball side of things.
The North Side is the favored side of Chicago for the Downtown Skyscraper Crowd as any Sox fan knows well. South Siders get tired of always having to play from behind to get attention and ‘nice things’.
The North Side and South Side in many ways are like two different cities. So when the Sox win over the North Siders, it’s more like winning over an out-of-town team than playing against your ‘brother’.
Thank you White Sox both for the great history you have given to the South Side and for representing a great people and place in the World.
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New Sox Motivation
The Sox seem to need some kind of incentive to play these days. So here’s an idea. PLAY for PAY. Deduct one percent of a player’s salary for each strike out. Maybe that will create more balls in play. No big theatrical demonstrations until you’ve done something truly noteworthy. Sorry, a single doesn’t count… nor a double. Deduct another one percent for any theatrical demonstration for singles and doubles. Pay pitchers to actually get batters out and not just show up at the ball park. Deduct one percent of salary for every loss and blown save and blown ‘hold’. Just playing ball doesn’t seem to get the top level of professionalism out of these guys. Time to find something they care about… like their pay check. C’mon guys. Sox Nation expects more of you.
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Do It Now
Pitchers need some kind of head and eye protection. It’s a miracle that what we saw last night doesn’t happen more often.
It’s hard to believe, but for a long time hockey goalies had NO head or face protection. Seems like that was the Dark Ages today. They got the protection and we all got used to seeing it on goalies. And it has saved countless injuries.
Now, it’s baseball’s turn. Let’s not wait until the ultimate tragedy happens before something is done.
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Hendriks needs to control his ‘energy’ better. What does that mean?
He’s too ‘hyper’ on the mound. He’s too keyed-up. Yes, we want him locked in and concentrating. But his over-the-top mannerisms and uncontrolled energy is causing him and the Sox problems.
You want energy but it must be CONTROLLED energy… purposeful energy… productive energy. Think Michael Jordan. He did not waste energy on theatrics until and unless the JOB WAS DONE.
Hendriks needs someone to calm him and down and better his focus. Yes, he has some mechanical issues as any player will need to tweek. But he needs to re-evaluate how he his using and expending his energy.
Tone down the yelling at yourself. Tone down the facial contortions. Tone down the wild arm swinging when something goes right… or wrong. Save your celebrating for AFTER getting the whole job done. Direct your energy better and find your groove again.
Mr. Miyagi would say to you Liam… "FOCUS!"