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Panic on the South Side!

Well Sox fans, after going one and two in the first series of the season, there is already fans looking to plant the Panic Seeds, to just call it a disaster in the making and give up. May I remind you all that there is one hundred and fifty nine games left to play, and that there is no need to panic, I repeat NO need to panic. Was the bullpen performance uglier than a mud fence? Yes it was. Did the high dollar closer get rocked for a loss in game three? Yes he did. That is still not a sufficient reason to panic, not in light of the fact that all three games had a quality start from the starting pitcher, granted Wright was not exactly the second coming of Christy Matthewson, but he did get the job done, and provided a glimpse at what his potential is. You can also take cheer from the fact that Carlos Lee actually looked like a left fielder, and used his glove for something other than a head adornment, and did it in an impressive manner. Paul Konerko showed that his spring training numbers were not a fluke, and that he is ready to become a serious threat with a bat in his hands, a warning to AL pitchers league wide. There is plenty to take from that series, what you choose to take from it is up to you. And in case you havenít noticed, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays are 3 and 0, think they will be that good all year?†

Praise for the new leadoff man

Kenny Lofton is doing exactly what he was brought here to do, be a true lead-off hitter. After watching him† taking pitches and battling at the plate, forcing pitchers to throw ten to twelve pitches at him, you wonder why we didnít complain about Ray Durham, the Toy Cannon, more in the last few seasons. With the production that Tim Hummel had in the spring, and Willie Harris for that matter, I am starting to think that Ray Durham will be dealt† at the All Star break, as he is in a contract year and probably wonít be re-signed anyway (ala Robin Ventura). You would think that Ray would be striving to play his best this season, as he controls his market value right now, but so far he is still up there swinging for the warning track, as he did in spring training. Now I may not be the sharpest tooth on the dog, but even I know that a second baseman that bats for average is more valuable than one that bats .220 and flies out on a consistent basis.†

The Battle over Body Armor!

Why is it Iím not surprised that the new MLB rule on body armor was violated, without penalty, on opening day when Barry Bonds stepped to the plate in the same acrylic monstrosity he wore last season on his right arm. When asked Bob Watson, baseballís new dean of discipline, responded that Barry has medical clearance to wear it, basically it means that every player that wants to can get a clearance from their team doctor and wear whatever they choose. Why the powers that be in baseball continue to make fools of themselves by publicly announcing rules changes, and then doing nothing to enforce them is beyond me, you think they would have learned their lesson with the failed attempt to make the umpires call the correct strike zone. Yes I know that wasnít a rule change, but it may of well been, the true strike zone was lost years ago, where it went is unknown.†

Bud, have the editors of Forbes Magazine ever perjured themselves on Capitol Hill?

Forbes magazine has created a set of numbers that are directly opposite of the set of numbers that Budís accountants created for his perjury appearance on Capitol Hill, for no other reason than to stir up a little controversy. The timing of this is exquisite, seeing that Bud is going to testify before Shyam Das, the official arbitrator, on the MLBPAís grievance over Budís ill conceived contraction plan. Budís response to the article is hysterical to say the least,Ē We told them that those numbers are incorrectĒ. Gimme a break Bud, has it yet to reach you that no one believes a word you say, that most of the fans want to see you removed from the commissioners office, and that no one could have possibly damaged the game in the last ten years more than you. I would love to see the national media put a spotlight on his every move for the next six months, it might have him to busy quenching fires to conceive anymore stupid ideas. Better yet, get him to the point that he is compelled to resign.†

Thatís it for now Sox fans, Iíll be around next week.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DAVER

Dave Schmitt is a life-long resident of the Joliet area, with the exception of two years spent being the only Sox fan in the hell hole known as Baytown Texas, where the trucks are large and the alligators are hungry.† Plumber by trade, hunter by choice, and fisherman 'cause you canít hunt year round.† Married With Children, and four dogs that are confirmed Sox fans.† The kids have less sense.† You can send email to Daver at

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