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WSI News - March 2002

News Watch

Garland's win boosts confidence

3/31... Garland's huge outing over the Giants ends the 2002 Exhibition Seaon on a high note and other Sox notes!

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White Sox position-by-position breakdown

3/31...2002 season preview

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Valentin Diary: First half is key

3/31...Valentin talks about breaking camp, winter ball and the first half.

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WSI Spotlight

OUR 2002 White Sox!

As Sox Fans look anxiously forward to another Sox championship campaign, WSI's George Bova reminds all of us why we support this team and what makes our allegiance worthwhile. A call to arms for all Sox Fans!

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Sox win in Pac Bell debut

3/31...Jon Garland allowed one run and three hits over five innings with five strikeouts.

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Rauch on team despite rough spring

3/31...Rauch on team despite rough spring

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Sox' offense strong; solid pitching will be the key

3/31...Over the next six months, maybe seven, the White Sox' performance on the field will provide answers.

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His head's in the game

3/31...Manuel's not sleeping, he's thinking...

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Manuel: Sox have survival kit

3/31...Jerry Manuel doesn't worry about the apparent loss of clubhouse leadership.

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Sox ready for 2002 season

3/30... The Sox know they have to get pumped up to take on the Mariners Opening Day, and other Sox notes!

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Thomas accepts new phase of career

3/30... Sox slugger is learning to accept that he is no longer "the man" in the Sox's potent lineup.

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Sox Interviews

Flashing Back with Ron Rapoport

The Sun-Times columnist discusses Sox history, Sox management, and his perspective on Sox Fans with WSI's Mark Liptak. It's another WSI EXCLUSIVE!

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WSI Wiz

April 1 at Seattle

WSI's Pre-Game Report for Monday, April 1 at Seattle.

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Inside Jerry's Head

March 31st edition of Jerry's Head

3/31...WSI brings you the real thoughts of Sox manager Jerry Manuel.

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Sox split series with Brewers

3/30...Sox starter Jon Rauch just didn't have it today.

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Manuel not concerned with pitching woes

3/30... Manager Jerry Manuel doesn't think anyone should be worried about the Sox's spring and other Sox notes!

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Durham adjusting to second spot in lineup

3/30...Ray getting comfortable in the two-hole

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Encouraging results for Sox in Milwaukee

3/30...If there is such a thing as an encouraging loss, the White Sox experienced it Friday night.

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Sox not complaining about strange schedule

3/30...After spending six long weeks in Tucson, Ariz., the White Sox would prefer grabbing a few winks before opening the season in Seattle.

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Big bats, young arms for ChiSox

3/29...White Sox head into season with high hopes

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'Big Hurt' back in business

3/29...Thomas back and ready to make an impact

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Sox lose in Miller Park 4-3

3/29...Dan Wright pitched 4 innings allowing 1 run on 5 hits.

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Contreras, Williams on the bubble

3/29... Pitching coach Nardi Contreras's and GM Kenny Williams's jobs may be in jeopardy.

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WSI Spotlight

Lies, Damned Lies, and Bud

Storm clouds darken baseball's labor negotiation skies. WSI's Dave Schmitt shares his thoughts as opening day draws near under threat of future trouble. Well Sox Fans, there's always fishing!

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Inside Jerry's Head

March 30th edition of Jerry's Head

3/30...WSI brings you the real thoughts of Sox manager Jerry Manuel.

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Frank Thomas is back and he's happy

3/29...Frank Thomas is healthy this year and he's having fun again.

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SportsTicker preview of the 2002 Sox

3/29...Yet another preview of the 2002 Sox.

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Spring wrap up

3/29... The Sox can hit, but can they pitch? We'll know soon enough.

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Parque to AAA, Wunsch on DL

3/28... Jim Parque is heading to Charlotte, while Kelly Wunsch lands on the DL.

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WSI Spotlight

The Elusive Point C

Over eleven years after the Sox front office embarked, in earnest, for the elusive South Side baseball championship, the ship still has not arrived at the elusive "Point C". WSI's Hal Vickery recounts the history and concludes it's the fans' fault. Now where have we heard that before?

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Inside Jerry's Head

March 29th edition of Jerry's Head

3/29...WSI translates what Sox manager Jerry Manuel is saying.

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News Watch

Sox score 22 in rout over Cubs

3/28...Todd Ritchie went 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits

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AP Previews the 2002 Sox

3/28...The Associated Press previews the Sox.

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Marte adds depth to White Sox' bullpen

3/28...Like their rivals to the north, the White Sox made a trade Wednesday in an attempt to upgrade their struggling bullpen.

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Inside Jerry's Head

March 28th edition of Jerry's Head

3/28...Jerry's mailbag is overflowing with questions to the Sox skipper!

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Best of Sox Clubhouse

Party like it's 1959!

It's been over 40 years, but MY5THBENCH wants to reach for the championship glory again!

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Sox Fans Sound Off!

Teahouse of the 2-run Homer

Is attendance really a problem for Sox Fans? CHERYL POWELL has a unique perspective!

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WSI Spotlight

A plan to Save our Sox!

Having detailed years of feeble ownership and front office mismanagement, WSI's Dan Helpingstine returns with practical advice to save our Pale Hose from themselves!

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Buehrle, Sox looking forward to new season

3/27... Sox ace Mark Buehrle, as well as the entire team, is ready to leave Tucson behind for the 2002 season.

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Sox acquire Marte from Pirates

3/27...Sox make a trade, Parque and Howry make progress

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Bauman: ChiSox banking on young guns

3/27...Can the young guys carry the sox?

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Parque allows 4 runs in 5 innings

3/27...Only 4 hits for our Pale Hose.

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Mr. Versatility II?

3/27... Tony Graffanino making run to share Josh Paul's nickname and other Sox notes!

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Sox trade Guerrier to Pittsburgh

3/27...The Pirates and the Sox swap pitchers once again.

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Bad start last year behind Clayton

3/27...Forget about that sub .100 average, Chicago!

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Bauman: White Sox to benefit from Manuel's calm

3/27...Is JM the light at the end of tunnel?

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Notebook: Graffanino's ready for anything

3/27...Mr. Versatility, low confidence, and Howry gone???

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2002 Sox Preview

3/26... Tribune reporter Paul Sullivan's breakdown of the 2002 White Sox roster.

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WSI Spotlight

Pitching to fret about?

Spring training is winding down, and the big story from Tucson is the Sox pitching trouble. WSI's Hal Vickery has been down this path before supporting our Pale Hose. Is it too early to fret?

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White Sox home opener set for April 12

3/26...Festivities set for home opener.

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Rockies edge Sox 10-9

3/26...Sandy Alomar was 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 rbi's.

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Hard-hitting Crede sent to Triple-A

3/26...White Sox third baseman Joe Crede, hitting .380 this spring, was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday.

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Sox must address defensive problems

3/26... The Sox have ignored their Achille's heel, defense, for far too long.

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Sox release Brian Simmons

3/25... Aaron Rowand and Willie Harris are left to fight for spot on Sox roster and other Sox notes!

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WSI Spotlight

It's Time--to face facts!

How far are the Sox from competing seriously for a Chicago baseball championship? WSI's Dan Helpingstine wonders if the franchise itself isn't in trouble.

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Living on the bubble

3/25...Final week of spring camp can be nerve-wracking for some

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Sox trim roster to 28

3/25...Crede down..Simmons gone

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Picking up where he left off

3/25...Clayton hopes to continue last year's second-half success

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Clayton hit streak ends, Rauch pitches well

3/25...A moment of silence for Royce Clayton's hitting steak please. Thank you, Sox lose 9-3.

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Thomas forsees labor problems

3/25... Sox slugger Frank Thomas worries baseball is headed towards more labor problems and other Sox notes!

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Experts still predict Sox to win Central

3/25... Despite the forgettable Spring the Sox are having, many still view them as the team to beat in the A.L. Central.

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White Sox option Crede, Ginter to Triple-A, Biddle placed on DL

3/25...Matt Ginter and Joe Crede, head on back to Charlotte.

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Pitching, not velocity, Howry's focus now

3/25...Bob Howry doesn't have his good fastball right now, so he has to be a smarter pitcher.

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Longshot Rauch earns fifth spot in rotation

3/24...Jon Rauch can thank Jim Parque for this great opportunity.

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Big guy to get his chance in the big leagues

3/24...Jon Rauch finally has his shot to pitch in the big leagues.

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Williams getting known as risk-taker

3/24... Sox GM Kenny Williams is becoming well-known in the baseball world as a risk-taker.

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No extension for Durham so far

3/24... Ray will have to earn an extension with Sox and other Sox notes!

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Magglio is AL's unknown superstar

3/24... Despite putting up monster numbers, Magglio Ordonez thinks he will remain unnoticed until Sox start winning.

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Wells, Lowe, and Fogg prospering in Pittsburgh

3/24... While the Sox's pitchers are struggling, Kip Wells, Sean Lowe, and Josh Fogg have found a home with the Pirates.

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WSI Spotlight

Accountability to Sox Fans!

As we embark on yet another campaign to win the elusive Chicago baseball championship, WSI's Hal Vickery asks, "Is anyone accountable to Sox Fans?"

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WSI Wiz

Pre-Game Report debuts March 31

WSI's Pre-Game Report debuts March 31, featuring The Wiz!

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Inside Jerry's Head

Jerry's Head debuts March 28

Jerry's Head debuts March 28!

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News Watch

Clayton extends hit streak, Sox lose again

3/24...Ray Durham was 3-for-3 with an RBI and 2 steals.

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Sox' silent assassin

3/24...Magglio's actions speak louder than words

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Bad-start string ends with Ritchie

3/24...It had been nearly a week since the last solid start by a Sox pitcher

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WSI Spotlight

Return of Rocky?

The pitching staff is nearly complete. Could the return of Rocky Biddle's sideburns bring Sox Fans to stop their fretting? WSI's Dave Schmitt gets ready for 2002 season action!

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Pitching improves, Sox win 10-6

3/23...Royce Clayton extended his hitting streak to 17 games.

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White Sox tickets on sale now

3/23...Single game tickets go on sale

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Valentin Diary: Potent lineup

3/23..."We are the team that pretty much has everything." Jose Valentin

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Starting rotation still up in the air

3/23...The suspects have been rounded up but the lineup has yet to be displayed

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Sox' pitching staff not too impressive

3/22...Young arms not exactly wowing this spring

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WSI Spotlight

Roster Crunch!

Spring training enters its final week and the Sox roster is taking shape. How accurate is WSI's Andrew Ritchie? He nailed Jerry Manuel's starting rotation. What else?

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Best of Sox Clubhouse

Reinsdorf = Nixon?

Reinsdorf = Nixon? After yet more complaints by the Sox GM about alleged media negativity, Procol Harum sees some parallels.

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Sox Fans Sound Off!

In a Perfect World

A perfect world, for Sox Fan Soxheads!

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Valentin and Thomas homer, but Sox lose yet again

3/22...Mark Buehrle didn't have his "A" game today.

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WSI Spotlight

Pitching Follies!

Is it ever too early for a Sox Fan to start worrying? The pitching has been a disaster this spring and WSI's Mark Liptak is one fretting Sox Fan!

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Foulke frustrated with subpar Spring

3/21... Sox closer Keith Foulke says team needs to get ready for regular season.

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Konerko not satisfied with hot spring

3/21...Paul says .500 average still needs work

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Johnson likely starter in opener

3/21...Johnson will get the start Opening Day in Seattle

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Calling a good game

3/21...Alomar discusses the importance of calling a game

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Notebook: Johnson's catching on

3/20...Johnson, lineups, thin air, and the odd man out?

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Pitching hit hard once again

3/20...Only 11 runs allowed today, baby!

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No middle-of-the-road spring stats for Sox

3/20...Sox hitting and pitching like no other team

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Lost opportunity for Sox' Rauch

3/20...Another less-than-encouraging outing from a potential starter

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Notebook: Rauch down but not out

3/19...Rauch Stumbles, Parque Vents, Magglio hurts, Rocky plays catch-up

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Howry pitches himself out of job

3/19...Continued struggles puts Glover in setup role

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Notebook: Howry's struggles continue

3/19...Howry out, Tucson Blues, and big league hopes

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Sox lose another high scoring game

3/19...Jon Rauch takes the loss.

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Hart expects Twins to struggle.

3/18...Ex-Indian GM John Hart expects White Sox and Indians to contend for crown, but Twins will stumble.

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Sox lose Slugfest to Arizona

3/18...As has been the case most of this year the Sox offense reported to work, while the pitching once again did not.

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Sox' lineup: Seeing is believing

3/18...Contributors from top to bottom

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Parque's fastball still needs more speed

3/18...Hits 84 in latest outing

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WSI Spotlight

Sox Six-Pack!

Pitching woes, defensive miscues, Sox marketing gaffes--and that's just the half of it! Share a six-pack of spring trouble with WSI's Mark Liptak.

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Sox red-hot offense gives team optimism

3/17... Paul Konerko speaks out on why he thinks the White Sox own the best team average this spring.

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Pitching Troubles Concerning Team?

3/17...The White Sox have the highest team ERA this spring, is that cause for concern?

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White Sox working to end baserunning blunders

3/17...Bad baserunning a thing of the past??

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Parque likely out of rotation

3/17...Manuel sets order on Thursday

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Sox bats silent in 3-0 loss to Cubs

3/17...Antonio Osuna had 4 strike outs in 2 1/3 innings.

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Lofton Adds Speed to Sox

3/16...New lead-off man Kenny Lofton's aggressiveness is being welcomed with open arms by the Sox.

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Pitching rebounds, Sox pound A's 11-5

3/16...Gary Glover allowed 2 unearned runs in 5 innings of work.

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WSI Spotlight

Roster Trouble?

Joe Borchard is gone, and so is Mario Valenzuela. Julio Ramirez cleaned out his locker. WSI's Dave Schmitt wonders aloud if the Sox aren't heading towards roster trouble?

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Angels hammer Sox 12-5

3/15...Sox pitching was brutal yet again, allowing 12 runs on 13 hits.

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WSI Spotlight

Optimism for 2002

Hal Vickery's ears were ringing from all the Sox Fan chatter raised by his ten doubts about the 2002 team. Hal's back with another list of ten reasons, this time to be an optimist about 2002! Sox Fans, who loves ya?

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Best of Sox Clubhouse

Sarcasm about Idiot Cubs fans

What would a Sox ballplayer think if he ever read what Sox Fans write at WSI? Here's what voodoochile had to say!

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Sox rally but fall short.

3/14...After the Sox scored 7 runs in the 8th to tie the game, Matt Ginter allows a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 8th.

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Seattle jumps all over Bob Howry while beating the Sox 11-4

03/13... Bob Howry is in midseason form.

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Thomas hits first spring homer; Sox lose 5-4

3/13...Todd Ritchie pittches six innings allowing one run.

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Sox bats pound out 16 hits; defeat Rockies 9-5

03/12... Keith Foulke gets his 2nd win of the spring.

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Seattle takes advantage of three Sox errors and wins 7-5

03/11... Kenny Lofton hit his first spring homer, while Aaron Rowand also went yard.

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WSI Spotlight

Sox Jeopardy!

Imagine the famous game show with the Sox owner, Sox GM, and an average Sox Fan as contestants. "Where the answer is always a question" seems strangely real life to WSI's Mark Liptak!

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Borchard out 4-6 weeks!

3/11...Borchard survives cuts, but sidelined 4-6 weeks.

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WSI Spotlight

Todd Ritchie: shooting clay

Clay shooting targets, Kung Fu fighting, and plenty more is on Dave Schmitt's mind. Here's one more Sox Fan's opinion from WSI!

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A tenth inning homer by Eric Chavez sinks the Sox

03/10...Royce Clayton and Willie Harris each hit a home run.

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Sox split squad pounds Arizona

03/09...World Seires Champion Curt Schilling was hit hard allowing 8 runs.

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WSI Spotlight

Some 2002 Predictions

How much optimism can you muster for the 2002 Sox? Here are a few from fellow Sox Fans to swap notes with!

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Rauch impressive in 9-5 win

03/09...The toy cannon Ray Durham hit his first spring homer

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Willie Harris hits a game winning 3 run homer to defeat the Cubs

03/08...Todd Ritchie was knocked around once again.

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Liefer hits a 3 run homer, but the game ends in a 10-10 tie

03/07...Joe Borchard went 2-for-5 and catching prospect Miguel Olivo hit an inside the park homer run.

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Sox Interviews

Flashing Back with Vance Law!

The everyday thirdbasemen of the 1983 division champion White Sox shares his memories of the "Winning Ugly" era on Chicago's South Side with WSI's Mark Liptak. Another WSI Exclusive!

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Best of Sox Clubhouse

Sarcasm about Idiot Cubs fans

When it comes to silliness, nobody can match a Cubs fan. Lisa of the WSI message board offers this sarcastic retort!

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News Watch

Barcelo hit hard, Sox lose 11-7

03/06...No errors today, but the Sox pitching staff has been used as a punching bag as of late.

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Sox Fans Sound Off!

Trade Clayton Now!!!

Trade Clayton Now!!! by Sox Fan Mark Guziec

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WSI Spotlight

Doubts about 2002

The hopes of spring may be breaking out everywhere in Sox fandom, but Hal Vickery has a few doubts to temper his optimism. How many of his ten doubts do you share?

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Sox split-squad destroyed by Arizona 16-5

03/05...Six Sox errors doomed any chance of a victory.

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Sox split-squad hammers Cubs, 20-6

03/05...Sandy Alomar of all people hit a triple, that should tell you how bad it was for the North Siders.

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WSI Spotlight

April 3... Ninth Inning Disaster!

Keith Foulke blows a three run lead in the ninth inning, and the Sox fall hard in Seattle, 7-6.

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Parque returns, but the Sox lose again

03/04...Jim Parque pitched two strong innings, but the Sox lose to San Diego 14-9.

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Sox win their first spring game

03/03...Frank Thomas made his spring debut on Sunday, driving in two runs in a 7-5 win over Arizona.

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WSI Spotlight

What happens to Crede?

Sox prospect-for-life Joe Crede's path to The Show seems hopelessly blocked. WSI's Andrew Ritchie runs the numbers!

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Sox lose to Arizona again

03/02...Mark Buehrle made his spring debut pitching 3 innings, allowing 2 unearned runs. Yep, the Sox defense is in midseason form.

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Best of Sox Clubhouse

His HOF career continues

WSI's #1 Chris Singleton fan is proud to announce the ex-Sox hall of fame career continues in Baltimore!

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Sox lose Spring Opener 13-6

03/01...The Sox lefties didn't bring their "A" game, but Paul Konkero, Magglio Ordonez, and Jose Valentin did.

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WSI Spotlight

Shortstop Battle!

Every season is the right season for Sox Fans to squabble over Royce Clayton and Jose Valentin. This and more from WSI's Dave Schmitt!

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