Damn that Ozzie Guillen. Put guys in position to succeed. Make the right moves with the bullpen. Manipulate a lineup full of young guys, or guys having horrible seasons, and he blew it again. Yep, time to fire the guy.
I am talking about today, against Detroit. For all those calling for his head on a platter, maybe they should look at what happened today, and realize that’s been going on all year, and for most of last year as well. But it’s time to clean out everyone: Ozzie, Ken Williams, the coaches, cameraman, and scoreboard operator Jeff, Tad in productions, Layna in community relations. Get rid of them all. I am being facetious, of course.
I am sure Tony La Russa, Billy Beane, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Rudy Jaramillo will make Adam Dunn hit leftys better. No question, Greg Walker is a hack. The same guy that works tirelessly with every hitter has lost it. With a new hitting coach, Gordon Beckham will challenge Ted Williams as the greatest hitter in history.
Blow out Ken Williams. Here is a guy that lives and breathes Sox baseball. Unlike a lot of teams that are perennially rebuilding, Williams goes for it every year. Never, in my 8 years have I seen the White Sox retool, or in other words, tell the fans that although the team will suck for awhile, the future looks bright. That’s a bunch of BS. Teams that play to win, win. Teams that play for the future, usually struggle for a long time. The Pirates being the head of the class, now with their 19th winless season. The KC Royals aren’t far behind.
I got riled up after watching today’s fiasco. However, this isn’t the fault of any one of the coaches, or front office personnel. Sergio Santos blew it, twice! He knows it, I know it, you know it. Tough seasons don’t go down very easily for an organization that plays to win every year.
I guess I am a guy that favors familiarity, over turnover. Get rid of Ozzie, and the Sox managerial position will become a revolving door, you watch. Even if La Russa came back to the Sox, how many years can you expect out of him?
It’s been 6 years since the Sox brought a title to the South side. Since than, the Sox record is 498-475. (I assumed the Sox finished this season with an 80-82 record). Tommy Lasorda once went 6 years between playoff appearances. His record was 499-473. Lasorda spent almost 21 season at the Dodgers skipper.
Before you get on your high Lasarda horses, telling me that Lasorda took the Dodgers to 3 World Series between 1977-1981, let me remind you of something. Lasorda inherited a team that already had Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Ron Cey, Bill Russell, Dusty Baker, Reggie Smith, Don Sutton, Burt Hooten, Tommy John, Rick Sutcliffe, and Mike Marshall, et al, in place. 1981 was a strike shortened season.
When Ozzie took over, his pitching staff was headlined by Buehrle, an injured Freddy Garcia, and a young Jon Garland. He was also saddled with Billy, I like to be an idiot, Koch, Jon Adkins, and Dan Wright. The offense was dynamic. Led by Paul Konerko, Frank Thomas, Carlos Lee, Jose Valentin, Joe Crede and Aaron Rowland. A year later, most of that offensive core, and those 3 starters, led the Sox to a title. Ozzie inherited some offensive studs, but the pitching staff was a patch work of over the hill veterans, or not ready for prime time guys. I spent almost 2 months in that locker room back in 2004, and I promise you the first 2 were lean, mostly when it came to the pitching staff. Remember Chad Bentz, Jeff Bajenaru, Corwin Malone, and Felix Diaz? Yeah, thought so.
I believe the Sox are on the right track. Yes, there need to be a tweaking of the roster, and maybe some shuffling of the off field personnel, but the manager and the coaches should be left alone. Believe me, my job is a lot easier when the team wins, or at least comes close.
One more note: Since Ozzie assumed the reigns of the Sox, the crosstown Cubs have employed 3 managers, Dusty Baker, Lou Pinella and Mike Quade. How many title’s have they won?
7 years, Cubs finished: 3,4,6,1,1,2,5. Sox: 2,1,3,4,1,3,2. Doesn’t include 2011 season.
Too early to tell, but Dylan Axelrod looked good in his first Major League start. He would’ve won if Santos didn’t implode. I don’t get too excited, because a lot of guys do well when the other team doesn’t know what he throws. I remember Lance Broadway pitched well against Kansas City in his first start. Where is he now? Was in Vegas, dated a girl I know. As far as a Major League stadium, haven’t seen him in a while.
Does it really matter what the Sox did offensively? They lost 6-5 in 10 innings to the Tigers, who have won 12 straight game. That includes 6 straight over the Sox, who are now 2 games under .500.
Kansas City, here they come. They, I mean the Sox. 4 in the BBQ capital of the world, followed by 4 in Cleveland. Why did they take out the flats in Cleveland? Another one of life’s mysteries.
Can the Sox reach 80 wins? Who knows.
Got it! Here’s an idea. Sox fire Guillen, who goes on to manage the Cubs. The Sox turn around and hire Ryne Sandberg. Think of how much fun that would be.