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Beating the Tribe's drum!

Well Sox fans, I donít know about you but taking six out of seven from the Wahoos to start the season makes me feel happier than a boar in a mudbath. Wasnít it just a month ago that everyone was worried to death about a repeat of last seasonís terrible start? Wasnít everyone complaining about giving up too much for a certain Todd Ritchie, who has turned out to be The Wahoo Killer? Yes, I know the season is only a month old, but I have seen far more positives than I have negatives, Kenny Lofton has shown us what a leadoff hitter is supposed to do, Garland and Wright have not been Cy Young candidates, but they have shown that they have the potential to pitch at this level on a consistent basis, and Buerhle and Ritchie have provided a solid 1-2 at the top of the rotation. Hell even Carlos Lee is showing that he does know that the thing on his left hand is not a head adornment, and shows his hard work and commitment to improving his defense over the off-season, it is perhaps the only thing that Gary Pettis has improved. One of the big negatives I have noticed so far this season is that the bad baserunning from last year has actually gotten worse this year, a trend that definitely has to stop for the offense to continue to be as lethal as it has been.†

Kenny's Signings

Kenny Williams signed Jose Canseco, AKA Magilla Gorilla, to a minor league contract to play for the Charlotte Knights, which makes me think that a trade is imminent, with Aaron Rowand, Jeff Leifer, and Carlos Lee being the suspected trade bait. I can see this happening for a starting pitcher, and Canseco will be there to put on the roster as the bat off the bench, Kenny Williams has shown that he is not afraid to pull the trigger on a deal to make this team better, and he is putting all the pieces together to make it happen. If this what it takes to get another proven starter I am all for it, John Rauch has shown some flashes, but for the most part he looks overwhelmed on the mound right now. The signing of Canseco also sends a message to the players that Kenny is willing to do things to help a player, even if it is something as simple as giving a player a place to play that keeps his name in circulation. For the record I am not a fan of Canseco, but I would accept him on the roster in exchange for a starting pitcher.†

Sticking up for Comiskey!

There has been a lot of talk that mention the negatives of Comiskey Park, and the lack of attendance because of it. I disagree. Yes, Comiskey Park has a steep upper deck, but it is no different than the one at Camden Yards, or at the Park Formerly Known as Enron Field, for that matter the Ballpark in Arlington has the same angle to the upper deck. The problem with Comiskey Park is that no one wants to admit that it is a great place to take a family for a game. The players clinic for the kids near gate three is worth the price of a ticket in itself, it is the first place my son heads to before the game starts, which is why we always show up early. Add that to the tailgating that is already available, and you have the makings for a great day at the ballpark, instead of dwelling on the perceived negatives of the Park, I think more should be done to exemplify the positives, this is a ballpark that features 35,000 good seats without any obstructed site lines, and a great place to take your kids to the ballpark. The fact that I will never consider it as Comiskey Park may have something to do with this, I helped build this ballpark, I was there until four A.M. the night before opening day, and I never considered it as Comiskey Park the entire time I was there. Comiskey Park died to a wrecking ball, never to return, Bill Veeck Field sits south of 35th st..†

Thatís it for now folks, I am in the middle of moving, but as usual, I had to toss in my two cents.†

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 daver@whitesoxinteractive.com.

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