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Inter-league Farce
by Hal Vickery

Did I choose the wrong week to take off! Every time I turned on ESPN from our hotel room in Goshen, IN there was more about Ozzie: Ozzie insulting homosexuals; Ozzie being fined and suspended for retaliation against the Cardinals; Dave Duncan calling Ozzie a liar because a writer reported that Ozzie had said he’d called Duncan about his son being hit when he’d only approached him about it on the field the next day; Ozzie saying he wouldn’t take sensitivity training until he took English lessons; Ozzie retracting his “***” comment regarding homosexuals but reiterating that Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti is “still a ****ing piece of ****.” I might have missed something there.

It was a dream come true…for Guy Bacci. I just had to sit on the sidelines and watch. Great timing, Ozzie!

But the Sox have moved on, and so must I. Nothing is worse than beating a dead horse, especially if that horse’s name is Mariotti. He is the one columnist in Chicago who deserves to be ignored, especially after his comments about fearing for his safety because he was once threatened there.

For those of you who are unaware of that incident it occurred in 1996 or 1997, and the player involved was Tony Phillips. Somebody somewhere should have a tape of that encounter. I remember hearing it at the time, most likely on WSCR. It was almost as entertaining as Les Grobstein’s recording of the Lee Elia rant.

But enough of past history. There is too much else to discuss.

Item 1: While the sportswriters were concentrating on Guillen, the Sox were concentrating on a nine game winning streak. Detroit has been phenomenal, playing at a record equal to the 2005 Sox, but the Sox have kept up with them and still are only 1.5 games behind and ready to strike. So while the writers were talking all about how Ozzie could be in deep trouble for shooting off his mouth, the Sox just kept winning, which is the most important thing.

Ozzie a distraction? Not to these guys. Their only recent goal has been to run roughshod over the NL Central before turning their sights back to the American League.

Item 2: The time has come to end the farce that is interleague play. For one thing, I’m tired of watching pitchers bat, even Jon Garland. And here’s a comment for WSCR’s Hub Arkush who last week criticized American League ball for its lack of strategy. Hub, the double switch isn’t exactly quantum physics.

I think the American League has shown during interleague play this year that they are perfectly capable of handling this kind of strategy.

Item 3: For those of you who don’t frequent the message boards here, I’d like to invite you to the first-ever WSI-Fest. It will be held on Monday August 14 at The Cell.

WSI-Fest is a Patio Party for WSI members, users, readers, family, friends, and hangers-on. It starts at 5:35 when the gates open. The food is unlimited as are the drinks (soft and otherwise). The food is provided by the famous Bertucci brothers: hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, Cajun chicken, and barbequed ribs, potato salad, macaroni, salad, pasta salad, and coleslaw.

After pigging out, you can head upstairs to watch the Sox take on the Kansas City Royals in what should prove to be a battle of the Titans…or something….

Tickets for WSI-Fest are $44.00, including the patio party and your seat for the game. If you already have seats for the game, you may purchase just patio tickets for $30.00. Orders may be mailed in or faxed to the Sox by July 14. You may print out the order form by clicking this link:

Item 4: The Windy City Sox Fans are holding their second luncheon of the year this Friday, July 7, at the Old Eagle Banquet Hall of the Polo Café, 3322 S. Morgan in Chicago, about a mile west of The Cell. The guest this month will be Sox centerfielder Brian Anderson.

The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be an autograph session, a buffet luncheon, and an interview session hosted by WSCR’s Chris “The Ranger” Rongey.

Admission is $35.00 for WCSF members, $45.00 for non-members, and $25.00 for kids age 10 and under. Non-members can receive the member rate by joining the club at the door.

The Windy City Sox Fans are a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. All proceeds from events benefit Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities and Children’s Memorial Hospital.

Reservations for the event are required. To make reservations or obtain more information, phone the Windy City Sox Fans at (708) 424-8520.

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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