I hate the flu! I wonder, are there people out there who like it?
Any of you guys get out and check out Miller beer guy himself, Windell Middlebrooks, on Tuesday? If you did, you found out what I already know. Middlebrooks is a great guy! I met him in Las Vegas as part of the Miller High Life campaign honoring America’s military a couple months back. He took his act to the Cell on 9/11, taking part in the Miller High Life’s “Welcome Veterans Back to the High Life.
In conjunction with the White Sox’s National Day of Remembrance ceremonies, Middlebrooks was joined by 500 Chicago-area veterans and their families. They all got to get on the field (I’m jealous), drink some high life’s (more jealous) and watch an exciting game (extremely jealous).
Middlebrooks is/was great to everyone he meets, and believe me, he is not against sucking down some delicious Miller High Life’s. Like I said, my sickness precluded me from the game, but I can guarantee you his spirit and personality made the day even more special than it already was. And not just for the Vets, but the players and fans too!
Here’s my best guess. Adam Dunn won’t play until the last few games of the year. An oblique strain is fine if you are a couch potato, but not so good for a ballplayer. I remember a few years ago, Milwaukee’s Rickie Weeks missed almost 2 months with this injury. He actually didn’t recover until the off-season. Dunn will make it back, but I wonder how effective he’ll be when he does return.
When I was a kid I loved the Tigers because of late Mark Fidrych. Not so much now though as they keep beating the Sox.
Sox caught a break with Thursday’s rainout. Justin Verlander hasn’t lost a September game to the Sox in over 4 years, sporting a 6-0 record with an minuscule 1.76 ERA. The game will be made up on Monday, but Verlander will miss the start.
Sox still own a 1 game lead in the Central, but the schedule favors the Tigers. Excluding one series against the A’s, the Tigers get the Indians, Twins, & Royals. On the other hand, the Sox get the Angels, Rays, Royals & Twins. That is gonna be a tough road to hoe for the Sox.
All the pressure will be on the players to perform, but all eyes will be on Manager Robin Ventura. Guaranteed, he makes one move that doesn’t work out, and the “He’s never managed before” garbage will rear its ugly head.
With a record of 76-66, the Sox have 20 games left. Sox need to win at least 13 of them to be in the hunt. That series at the Angels will be huge, as will the Tigers-A’s contests. The South Siders are 20-9 against Western opponents, while the Tigers are 11-19. The suckee thing is..when the Tigers are entertaining the A’s, the Sox will be in Kansas City. If the A’s pitching continues to throw lights out ball, that could be pivotal 3 game swing. That is, if the Sox can find some way to hit Royal pitching, while slowing down their hitters. Which so far hasn’t worked.
Hard to believe, but the Central winner may not even win 90 games.
Throw every statistic out the window. With 20 games left, it’s about desire, mixed in with a little luck.