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Stop the Presses!
by Hal Vickery

Randomness reigns again this week.

Could there have been a bigger story than the one published Friday and Saturday in the Daily Southtown.  In case you’ve missed it, nothing is new.  Apparently Frank Thomas is interested in making more money.  Now there’s a surprise! 

And now for an even bigger shock:  Kenny Williams doesn’t want to give it to him!  Stop the presses!  This is NEWS!  Perhaps this story will be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.   

Meanwhile, how much time has passed while no one has done any investigating as to why another player from another Chicago team had $20,000 in a bag that was stolen from a hotel lobby a couple years ago. 

I guess it’s just a whole lot easier to do the annual “Frank is unhappy with his contract” story than to actually try to do any real reporting. 

And people wonder why reporters are among the least respected professions among the population…. 


After a couple of weeks of Ozzieball, the reports are generally good.  Yes, there are still baserunning blunders.  No one ever said these guys were smart base runners.  But Ozzie is having them do a lot more on the basepaths than Gen. Disarray ever dreamed of. 

The hit and run has become a regular part of the Sox offense.  There is no more standing around waiting for the three-run blast that never comes. 

The best part of the Sox new offensive strategy is that on several occasions, the Sox running has suckered opponents into making mistakes that led to runs. 


One game that we may all look back at as a turning point in this young season was the game against Kansas City Wednesday afternoon.  Closer Billy Koch blew a 9-6 lead and went down to a 10-9 deficit, but the Sox came back with their own two-run rally capped by a single by Joe Crede with the bases loaded and nobody out to break a 10-10 tie. 

The most telling comment about the game was reported by WMVP’s Bruce Levine who reported that a “veteran Sox player” returning from the shower said, “That’s the kind of game we would have lost last year.” 

Maybe the commercials the Sox are airing are right.   

“What’s changed?”   


At least the style of play and the players attitudes have certainly changed. 


Last week we commented on the Chicago Cubune’s publishing of four pictures of The Cell’s renovations, noting that two of them showed obstructed views from the new seats.  We requested that anyone with pictures of obstructed views from the Ivy Covered Burial Ground send them to us.

One person responded with a classic view of Wrigley Field taken from his seats behind home plate shown below: 


The donor of this photo wishes to remain anonymous.  We can tell you this much, however.  He swears that these were comp seats obtained through the Cubs front office.   

I noticed a couple of things immediately.  First of all, these are lower deck seats.  The Cubune shots were from what are now the highest reaches of the upper deck.  Second, if these were comp seats given to “friends” of the club, imagine the comps that their enemies might get!   

These are the types of dirty little secrets the Cubs hype machine chooses to ignore. 

I just hope there weren’t any right handed batters in that game. 

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

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