Message Boards  

 WSI Photo Gallery  

Post of the Week  




  2013 White Sox  

 Season Schedule  


2005 Championship


WSI Extras  

 WSI Interviews

  Audio Memories

  2002 Disaster!

2001 Season Fun!

2000 Champions!

Fun & Games

History & Glory

Sox Greats
Sox Quotables
Sox Fight Songs
Old Comiskey Park


WSI News - WSI Spotlight

Dr. Chaos &
General Disarray!

A few random thoughts as the "second-half" of the Sox season begins...

ē† After the debacle of allowing the Tigers to win their first road series of the year against the Sox,††our beloved GM and manager shall hereafter be named in this column as Dr. Chaos and General Disarray.† Fans of the animated TV series South Park will understand.† For the rest of you, just take a look at the way this club is run, and youíll have a pretty good idea of where Iím coming from.†

ē† Baseball lost its greatest surviving star last week with the passing of Ted Williams.† Iím fortunate to have seen Williams play in† the last few years of his career and can safely say that he is the greatest hitter Iíve ever seen.† Baseball has taken some major hits the past few weeks with the passing of Jack Buck, Darryl Kile and now Teddy Ballgame.

ē† Then there is the looming strike.† People Iíve come in contact with have asked repeatedly if the players and owners can be so stupid as to allow this to happen after the disastrous strike in 1994-95.† The answer, unfortunately, is a resounding, ďYes!Ē†

The players really have no choice at this point.† MLBís owners are dead set on instituting some form of salary cap and/or revenue sharing this time around.† The players are afraid that since they are playing this year with no collective bargaining agreement, just an extension of the one that expired last year, that the owners will unilaterally institute these actions without their consent once the World Series is over.

What the owners wonít admit is that they are entirely responsible for whatever financial difficulty MLB is in (and until the general public gets to see their books, it is debatable whether the owners are in any financial difficulty at all) by their own irresponsible actions.† A few owners have driven their own payrolls through the roof by the signing of free agents at outrageously high salaries (see Rodriguez, Alex).† George Steinbrennerís payroll is reportedly well over $130 million.†

The problem is that the owners really donít want the players to have any input on how the wealth is redistributed.† Some of them are still intent on breaking the MLBPA, an event that has about as much probability of occurring as my hitting .400 for the White Sox next year as a replacement player.†

The players, on the other hand, donít want to give up anything that theyíve won over the course of the last thirty years or so.† They donít like the idea of any kind of salary cap.† What they donít seem to realize is that with all that money going to the few superstars of the game (and the Yankees and Diamondbacks rosters), thereís that much less of the pie available to the vast majority of them.†

Add to that the fact that the Commissioner is none other than Bud Light, and I foresee the possibility of an August walking extending beyond the 2003 season.† I donít know if this will kill the game of baseball itself, but it would be a disaster for Major League Baseball.† It reminds me of all of those countries in Europe that just let things drift until World War I broke out.† Itís a scary thought.

ē† I attended Joanne Weirís wake and funeral last week.† To give you an idea of the respect Joanne had, the attendees at her wake included Roland Hemond of the White Sox, former Sox pitcher and chairman of Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities Billy Pierce, and Dave Wills of ESPN-1000 who was also a pall bearer.†

Mary Kay knew her sister well.† Joanne was buried wearing her black Sox jersey and Windy City Sox Fans pin.† I couldnít imagine anything else.† Finally, the recessional as she was carried from the church was what we all knew she would have wanted:† ďTake Me Out to the Ball Game.Ē† Some of us who had our emotions under control until that point lost it as soon as we recognized the tune.† Rest in peace, Joanne.

Editor's Note: Hal Vickery has been a White Sox fan since 1955 when he was five years old. For much of that time he also had a secondary rooting interest in the Cubs, which he has shown the good sense to abandon. When not cheering for or writing about the Sox, Hal teachers chemistry and physics at North Boone High School, in Poplar Grove, IL. Hal commutes there daily from Joliet, where he lives with his wife Lee, and their dog, Buster T. Beagle. Hal's opinions are not necessarily those of North Boone High School, his wife, or Buster T. Beagle. You can write Hal at

More features from Hal Vickery here!

Have a Thought about
Dr. Chaos & Gen. Disarray?

You Can Put it on the Board -- Yes!


1 to 1 of 1

Search For:
Search in:
And in:
Any Words All Words

News Categories

Totally biased Sox news from White Sox Interactive!

EXCLUSIVE Sox features from WSI.

Full Sox coverage featuring the unique WSI slant!

The Totally Biased Game Recap, another WSI EXCLUSIVE!

YOUR chance to be featured at White Sox Interactive!

The funniest and most-noteworthy posts from the Sox Clubhouse message board.

The internet's largest FREE Sox news database, sorted by month.

The internet's largest FREE Sox news database, sorted by day.

WSI Spotlight

72 Sox Celebration Recap

72 Sox Where Are They Now

Ears and Appendices

Sox & the A-word

Part 2: Sox and the Media

Sox and the Media

A Second City Trophy

In Defense of Sox Hitting

Sox Quest

On the Brink

WSI News System Page Views: 30,607,115