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Senor Sock's 11 Good Things About the '07 Sox

by Senor Sock

To say the 2007 White Sox season has been a painful disappointment is a massive understatement. It has been pure torture. Just two seasons after bringing home Chicago’s only World Series championship since 1917, the Sox are unexpectedly back in the basement and for the most part, have been more excruciating to watch than Rosie O’Donnell dancing in a thong.

Almost as sad have been all the unending columns week after week on flyingsock.com lamenting everything about this dreary season. So I thought it was time for me, Senor Sock to cheer up the faithful and point out some of the good things about the 2007 season. I came up with eleven. An odd number yes, but its been an odd season.

Sox Fan, and Hollywood celebrity, Senor Sock!

11. No need to spend money on overpriced post-season souvenirs. My 2005 Sox World Championship watch still works fine and I can easily get another season of wear out of my division champs/league champs/world champs underwear, t-shirts, caps and bird bath.

10. Be glad Kenny merely extended Jose’s contract three years instead of five. The way he pitched this season, I kept waiting for Jose Contreras to pull off a rubber mask one day to reveal he was really Jamie Navarro in disguise. That of course has not happened…yet.

9. Big Frank belted his 500th home run and then some. He’s had to fight injury after injury, and despite the odds against him, this longtime Sox hero has managed to rebuild himself into an offensive force. He isn’t a great player anymore, but he is still a good one. Yes, it would have been great to see him hit #500 in a Sox uniform, but at least he didn’t do it against us. I wish him all the best.

8. No “pennant insurance”. For some reason Kenny Williams elected not to trade any more minor league pitching talent to reacquire Carl Everett, Roberto or Sandy Alomar. Old habits are hard to break. Getting Sandy Alomar was becoming as predictable as Lindsey Lohan getting busted.

7. Ehren Wasserman. Sox management has always drooled over hard throwers like Ken Frailing, Ken Patterson, David Aardsma, Steve Shrenk, Aaron Myette, Carlos Castillo, etc. etc., despite their inability to get anyone out. It’s nice when the occasional junkballer like Wassermann (or in the past Chad Bradford, Greg Hibbard, Donn Pall) gets a chance and actually shows he can gets some outs by changing speeds and actually pitching. No he’s not the be all and end all but Wasserman should be someone who can help get the ball to Jenks in 2008.

6. Bobby Jenks streak. Remember in spring training how everybody was worried Bobby’s velocity was down and how he might be the weak link in a bullpen of flamethrowers? Instead, he seemed to be the ONLY one who we could rely on, at one point retiring 41 straight batters, tying a major league record set by Jim Barr that no one knew existed.

If Fred and Barney can make time with Ann Margrock, why not a sock?

5. Next year’s draft choice. If you’re gonna finish out of the money again, you may as well finish WAY out of the money and get the #1, #2 or #3 pick in the draft instead of the #17th. A guy picked that high could help us sooner than later. He could even be another Robin Yount and never play a day in the minors! Let’s just hope Kenny doesn’t draft the 21st century’s answer to Danny Goodwin…or “Bee-Bee” Richards.

4. The arrival of Josh Fields. Hey, the kid can hit! As of this writing he has 18 homers. He doesn’t throw the leather around like Crede, but its nice to have one of our minor leaguers beat the “Borchard Curse” and actually hit in a Sox uniform, instead of waiting until we trade him to Arizona (Chris Young) or he ends up in Atlanta (Willie Harris). He gives us options for 2008 and beyond. If Brian Anderson could hit like Fields, think how much happier we all would be.

3. Trading Rob Mackowiak. Don’t misunderstand. I like Mackowiak. He was a gamer who did what they asked him to do. But watching Rob play out of position in centerfield for the Sox is an experience more terrifying than any horror movie you can name.

2. Mark Buehrle’s no-hitter. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Wilson Alvarez when he threw his in 1991. We hardly knew him. When Joe Cowley threw his no-hitter against the Angels in 1986, everyone tried to ignore it. Ditto for the 1976 combined no-hitter of Francisco Barrios and “Blue Moon” Odom. These last two even seemed embarrassing, especially since Cowley kept walking people and never again won another major league game. But Buehrle’s no-hitter all Sox fans could take pride in. The cherry on the top was getting Mark resigned for the next four years. Yes!

1. But the number one, absolute best thing about the 2007 season is…it’s almost over.

Go Bears!


Editor's Note: An idol in his native Argentina, Senor Sock became the toast of the entertainment world while a regular on E! Entertainment Television's Emmy-award winning "Talk Soup". He has been romantically linked to many of the world's most beautiful women, including Suzanne Somers, Monica Bellucci, Donna D'Errico, Halle Berry and Peri Gelpin. He has his own website at http://www.fortunecity.com/athena/women/254/index.htm and is of course, a lifelong White Sox fan.

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