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Sox Gift List
by Hal Vickery

Some gifts I’d like to give for the holidays….

• To Kenny Williams: A renewal subscription for his magic wand. Every time he waves it, the Sox just get stronger.

• To Jerry Reinsdorf: Another World Series trophy for 2006 to use as bookends with the one he won in 2005.

• To Brooks Boyer: A sold-out season.

• To Scott Reifert: Another chance to write blogs through October.

• To Paul Konerko: Another 40/100 season.

• To Jim Thome: Good health and statistics to complement Paulie’s.

• To Brian Anderson: A Rookie-of-the-Year season.

• To Scott Podsednik: Healthy hamstrings and groin muscles for a 70-steal season.

• To Mark Buehrle: 20 wins and a Cy Young award.

• To Jon Garland: The good sense to sign a long-term deal with the Sox to avoid both a trade and arbitration.

• To A.J. Piersynski: As much hustle in 2006 as he displayed in 2005.

• To Jose Contreras: A full season to match his second half of 2005.

• To Bobby Jenks: A special dispensation from the “sophomore jinx.”

• To Tadahito Iguchi: A chance to display all his abilities.

• To Juan Uribe: Patience at the plate every at bat.

• To Cliff Politte and Neal Cotts: Another supply of unhittable baseballs to replace their 2005 supply.

• To Javier Vazquez: A year’s scholarship to the Don Cooper Pitching School.

• To Freddy Garcia: A year’s supply of facial anti-perspirant.

• To Dustin Hermanson: A year without back pain.

• To Brandon McCarthy: The chance to emerge as a future star.

• To Joe Crede: A full season of offense and defense to match his 2005 post-season.

• To Jermain Dye: Another productive, injury-free season.

• To Pablo Ozuna: More opportunities to decimate opponents with his speed.

• To Chris Widger: Another productive season as the number-two catcher.

• To Rob Mackowiak: A visit from the Welcome Wagon and a get-out-of-Pittsburgh free card.

• To all the players: Another World Series ring.

• To all the readers of this column: A happy holiday season and the opportunity to purchase the 2006 World Series video featuring the 2006 World Champion Chicago White Sox.

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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