Sox-wise and Otherwise…Merry Christmas to All!

My Weekly Offseason Musings About the White Sox and More…

We Sox fans don’t expect much trade and free agent action between today and Christmas, but Kenny Williams always surprises so we probably shouldn’t be so sure. While we’re waiting for his next move, whether it’s before or after Christmas, here’s a few things to ponder:

One Man’s Garbage is Another Man’s Gold                                     

The Yankees’ acquisition of Javier Vazquez brought the number to three of Ozzie Guillen castoffs that are on the roster of the World Champs. Javy joins Damaso Marte and Nick Swisher who have gone from Oz’s doghouse to The Bronx.

BA on the Move Again

Once the heir apparent to Aaron Rowand in centerfield, Brian Anderson certainly hasn’t panned out the way many expected. After a failed few years with the Sox, BA was jettisoned this past season to the Red Sox for Mark Kotsay. Now he’s off to Kansas City where he just signed a one-year $700,000 contract in an effort to salvage his career.

Top Pitching Rotations? Don’t Forget About the White Sox

OK, the Yankees have C.C.Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes and now Vazquez.  And the Red Sox counter with Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, the newly-aquired John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz.

New York and Boston are all abuzz with excitement over their respective rotations–and, of course, those folks are ignoring the White Sox who have the best rotation in the AL Central. A starting rotation, by the way, that could eventually rank favorably with the more publicized staffs in the A.L. East.

I, for one, am really looking forward to watching Sox starters Jake Peavy, Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Gavin Floyd and Freddy Garcia in action next year.

Top Sox Moments Redux

In my last post, I went on record with my Top Sox Moments of the Decade. It was pretty excruciating to decide only 10, but because the 2005 postseason was the best time in my baseball life I went with seven moments from that year’s ALDS, ALCS and World Series. Hated to ignore the rest of the decade, but a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do.

I wanted to include one moment from the ’05 postseason, but felt it would be too personal for a list like this. But count it as my No.1 Sox moment of the decade–and of all-time.

The moment I’m referring to was being at Game 1 of the World Series with my 82-year-old Dad (please see the photo opposite my blog). Like so many other fathers and sons we went to countless White Sox games together at both Comiskey and the Cell and here I was with him, finally watching the South Siders play in the World Series. You see, he got two tickets for Game 1 in 1959, but couldn’t go because he had to work. I went instead with my older cousin. I had been hoping since then that the opportunity would arise that he and I could go to a Sox World Series game together.

I’ll never forget what my Dad said when the Sox finally reached the promised land when Bobby Jenks retired Orlando Palmiero on that great play by Juan Uribe.

“All those games, all those years, we finally did it.”

Amen.

2 Comments

Kenny Williams is indeed full of surprises. On a road trip to Baltimore, as I waited with my family for the will call window to open, I was about to take a picture of my wife and son, when coming from the parking lot, he walks towards me and offers to take a picture of the three of us. Who was I to refuse?! He autographed a program I purchased outside the park (you know the unOfficial one). Of course I recognized him right away. My whole reason for being there was having a relative on the ChiSox. I introduced him as Mr. Williams to my wife…etc…my point is he insisted, call him Kenny. His father was Mr. Williams he told me. With that I said, “Yes Sir Mr. Williams”, told him about my relation to a member of the team and thanked him kindly. I have that autograph, the front pages of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago-Sun Times 2005 WS edition, pictures of the ALDS vs. Boston and ticket stubs from that series, the ticket stubs from the world series and two more autographs, in a collage hanging on my wall….right up there with my Mets stuff.

That story about your dad really hits home for me this Christmas as my dad passed away on the 6th of November. (I wrote a blog post about him after he passed away…..MY TURN TO BLOG). He was the reason that I am so passionate about the White Sox. Although we didn’t make it to the World Series in 2005, I am glad that he was able to see his White Sox win it all before he passed away. I cherish those times I got to go see a ballgame with my dad. Now it’s my turn to create memories with my two little girls. Merry Christmas!

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