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ramblermgr9599
10-06-2008, 07:38 PM
thanks for an enjoyable season guys.

whitesox901
10-06-2008, 07:39 PM
Hope to be there April 6th against the Royals!

Scottiehaswheels
10-06-2008, 07:40 PM
Ugh... That long?

LITTLE NELL
10-06-2008, 07:41 PM
At least I should get some good nights of sleep.

BleacherBandit
10-06-2008, 07:42 PM
It's going to be a long, long winter. If you're only emotionally invested in one team like I am, winter will be really long. However, I am proud of my White Sox, and will heartly cheer against either the Red Sox, Angels or Rays.

southside rocks
10-06-2008, 07:44 PM
I enjoyed this season tremendously. The Sox were 13-2 in games that I attended and the weather was usually beautiful. I saw some good baseball. There were a lot of frustrating moments, but on the whole, White Sox baseball in 2008 was so good. I miss it already.

tebman
10-06-2008, 07:46 PM
Thanks! The thread title answered my question from the other thread. :D:

Now I can set up that countdown calendar. KW and his brain trust are not going to sit still this offseason and the Sox are going to be a force next year.

Whitesoxfan23
10-06-2008, 07:47 PM
I'm proud of the White Sox. They had a great season. I will definitely be rooting against the Rays. Balfour's and Pena's actions, were enough to make me do that.

Scottiehaswheels
10-06-2008, 07:49 PM
We'll draft 8th next year but probably lose a couple picks to signing free agents I'm guessing..... I think we'll probably go after Casey Blake on a 2-3 year deal and try to draft a couple good 3B prospects to back that up later. I can't wait til February to see what we bring to AZ. Should be interesting to say the least.

T-Bag
10-06-2008, 08:02 PM
It's going to be a long, long winter. If you're only emotionally invested in one team like I am, winter will be really long. However, I am proud of my White Sox, and will heartly cheer against either the Red Sox, Angels or Rays.

Really, why? I always want the AL to win.

Rohan
10-06-2008, 08:03 PM
Really, why? I always want the AL to win.

Yeah.... As fans of an American League team... We should root for the American League to win... No question.

Whitesoxfan23
10-06-2008, 08:05 PM
I don't know about you guys, but I really want the Angels or Dodgers to win. I've always had alot of respect for the Angels, and like the way they play the game. Let's go Angels!

btrain929
10-06-2008, 08:08 PM
We'll draft 8th next year but probably lose a couple picks to signing free agents I'm guessing..... I think we'll probably go after Casey Blake on a 2-3 year deal and try to draft a couple good 3B prospects to back that up later. I can't wait til February to see what we bring to AZ. Should be interesting to say the least.

No, we drafted 8th this year. Next year, we'll draft in the 20's.

Scottiehaswheels
10-06-2008, 08:11 PM
No, we drafted 8th this year. Next year, we'll draft in the 20's.Ah you're right.. we had 8th best record in the regular season... I'm not quite 100% right now... :(:

BleacherBandit
10-06-2008, 08:13 PM
Really, why? I always want the AL to win.

Boston has Paplebon.
Angels have K-Rod.
Rays have Matt Garza.

End of story. I'm not rooting for either one of those ****heads.


Go Dodgers or Phillies, I don't hate anybody on those teams. I guess that once Manny was off of the Red Sox, I don't really mind him anymore.

Vienna
10-06-2008, 08:15 PM
I'm curious to see what happens to club in the off-season. I'm happy they won the division, but was hoping for a lot more, based on some of the sparks.

Thanks to WSI for providing this service.

Best,
Matt

October26
10-06-2008, 08:17 PM
Today's loss was disappointing, but it does not diminish what a fun team and fun season 2008 was. I am proud of our White Sox bringing home the 2008 Central Division Title. This team had alot of heart and fought until the bitter end.

We fell short this year, but as long as we have Kenny Williams as our GM I know he will not stay put. I'll be checking in on WSI all winter long for the hot stove league discussion!

Pear-Zin-Ski
10-06-2008, 08:19 PM
Someone brought up Casey Blake...I meant to ask you all your opinion on acquiring him...I've always hated him becasue I think he is a great player who has had our number...but I think he could do a lot for us....

hsnterprize
10-06-2008, 08:38 PM
As sad as tonight's loss was, like other posters have said...this does not diminish this great season. Our Sox overcame everything from injuries to media distractions...and yet, they still win their division, and give the Tampa Bay Rays a run for their money.

And that's not an excuse. Sure...they could've done this or that better, but the fact they finished 1st in the American League Central Division when so many "experts" predicted the Tigers and Indians would compete for the crown is a huge achievement.

Good job, boys. Thanks for a great season. Best wishes to our Sox in 2009.

Chicago is definitely PROUD of you.

MCHSoxFan
10-06-2008, 08:41 PM
Boston has Paplebon.
Angels have K-Rod.
Rays have Matt Garza.

End of story. I'm not rooting for either one of those ****heads.


Go Dodgers or Phillies, I don't hate anybody on those teams. I guess that once Manny was off of the Red Sox, I don't really mind him anymore.

EXACTLY! I am an ALL AL person but when it comes to these teams...NO. Plus, I want LA (Dodgers) to win cause of Joe Torre (NY). Yeah, I don't really mind Manny now either. Maybe cause no Papi with him?

Rounding_Third
10-06-2008, 08:46 PM
Thank you, White Sox!

The 2nd half obstacles kept kept piling up and a lesser team would have crumbled a long time ago. You battled & rebounded your way through a very memorable and satisfying season.

I'm proud to be a Sox fan tonight!

itsnotrequired
10-06-2008, 08:47 PM
do i have to write a game recap tonight? cuz i'd rather eat a bag of hair.

LongLiveFisk
10-06-2008, 08:50 PM
No Crede and no Quentin and the Sox still managed to get to the playoffs and make things interesting. I was proud of that.

Thanks, guys, and I'm really looking forward to next season! :gulp:

infohawk
10-06-2008, 08:52 PM
I have to admit that I don't have a deep sense of disappointment.

I am so proud that this team scraped and fought for their playoff spot, culminating in a much overdue victory over the Twins in a big game. This team wasn't expected to do much, and they had every excuse to mail it in after that ignominious sweep by the Twins in the Metrodome during the last week of the season. Based on seasons in the recent past, I thought they were finished after surrendering first place to the Twins. Instead, they fought to the bitter end and came out with the Central Division Championship.

I salute the 2008 Chicago White Sox and look forward to the 2009 season.

nccwsfan
10-06-2008, 08:54 PM
It was a fun summer that exceeded most expectations. We didn't reach the ultimate goal, but 2008 will be looked upon favorably. I'm very proud of the way this team played and I'm looking forward to the changes that will make the 2009 team that much better.

Let's get em' next year!

Rounding_Third
10-06-2008, 09:02 PM
Someone brought up Casey Blake...I meant to ask you all your opinion on acquiring him...I've always hated him becasue I think he is a great player who has had our number...but I think he could do a lot for us....

I like the guy a lot but I wonder if he just brings more of the same of what we have too much already - good power and rbi's but another base clogger.

Lip Man 1
10-06-2008, 09:07 PM
It's always hard to say goodbye to a season but considering the limitations of the club and what was expected of them back in March, it was a very good year.

I hope the organization has a very productive off season. Changes need to be made, weaknesses eliminated in some areas, I look for a lot of work by Kenny and his staff to try to get what the club needs.

Lip

Cuck the Fubs
10-06-2008, 09:09 PM
I'm very pleased with and proud of the White Sox for rebounding from an utterly horrendous 2007.

This team is moving back in the right direction, and just needs some minor tweaking to get back to the big dance.

Make it happen Kenny!

On a side note, I'm also very proud of the White Sox fans....all the way to the end of the final ALDS the crowd was very into it and cheering the Sox on!

Rdy2PlayBall
10-06-2008, 09:09 PM
Now all we got are the Bears and Blackhawks. :(: I'm really gana miss the almost everyday baseball action! :whiner:

I was there, everyone was dead half the time... still cool to be at the last game though. :cool:

1908<2005
10-06-2008, 09:10 PM
All of Chicago (white sox and cub fans) can finally come together in peace for 182 days and cheer on the Bulls, Blackhawks, and Bears. Unless you are a Packer fan :angry::angry::angry::angry::angry:

BoysMom3
10-06-2008, 09:23 PM
do i have to write a game recap tonight? cuz i'd rather eat a bag of hair.

Inr, that was really gross, and that really made me laugh, LOL!

I am super proud to be a White Sox fan right now too. Of course I'm disappointed we lost tonight, but I am pleased with our season. I would have been really unhappy if we lost first place to the Twins, and I would not have liked a sweep in the play-offs. Neither of these happened, and wasn't baseball SO much more fun as a White Sox fan this year than last year?!!!

EddieStickney
10-06-2008, 09:24 PM
Thank You White Sox! (clap... clap... clap clap clap) Thank You White Sox!!

cards press box
10-06-2008, 09:26 PM
From 2007 to 2008, the White Sox improved by 17 wins. John Danks and Gavin Floyd made great strides. The Sox added two future stars in Carlos Quentin and Alexei Ramirez. In his start at Yankee Stadium and in his appearances in the Tampa series, Clayton Richard showed excellent potential. The bullpen made tremendous strides from 2007. Nick Swisher had somewhat of an offseason, due in part to the transition from Oakland to Chicago. I expect Swisher to provide depth at 1B, LF and RF next year.

Yes, the Sox have moves to make, likely at 3B, 2B or SS and CF. One poster suggested Casey Blake for 3B. Let me throw out this question: do the Sox explore a deal for Garrett Atkins of Colorado. Atkins is arbitration eligible and the Rockies have Ian Stewart behind him. We fans have the offseason for hot stove talk and this discussion is probably for another night.

I appreciate the great heart that the Sox showed down the stretch. I enjoyed this season very much and look forward to next year. Can't wait for spring training!

cards press box
10-06-2008, 09:27 PM
I am super proud to be a White Sox fan right now too. Of course I'm disappointed we lost tonight, but I am pleased with our season. I would have been really unhappy if we lost first place to the Twins, and I would not have liked a sweep in the play-offs. Neither of these happened, and wasn't baseball SO much more fun as a White Sox fan this year than last year?!!!

I could not agree more.

ChiSoxGirl
10-06-2008, 09:35 PM
What can I say? This season was a surprise, a blessing, frustrating, and somewhat of a success all wrapped into one.

I went to many amazing games this year- Opening Day when Crede came through in the clutch in the 7th (I think), Brian Anderson's walk-off base hit in late April, the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend when TCQ walked it off against the Angels, and of course the original "Blackout" last Tuesday for the Tie-Breaker. And not only that, I converted a guy into a pretty big Sox fan this year- he even bought a "You Can Put It On the Boaaarrrrrd... YES!" t-shirt outside the ballpark and wears it all around Florida. We've got another one on board with us!

Frustrating as this team may have been this season, they spent 151 days in first place- a HUGE accomplishment for a team that was picked to finish third behind the Tigers and Indians. Yeah, they made us want to pull our hair out at times, but they gave us some fantastic memories that will stick with us for years to come. What a turn-around from the nightmare that was 2007! Look at the positives to come out of 2008- John Danks, Gavin Floyd, TCQ, Alexei Ramirez, etc. So many unknowns just eight months ago more than proved themselves and their credibility to me.

With all that said, though I didn't get to go to any ALDS games, I'm OK with that and am OK with them not getting past the Rays. Let's be honest- we knew the Sox were flawed and that the offense could show up or be comatose at any given moment; today it was comatose.

I am so glad that my last memory of Sox Park this season was the original Blackout against the damn Twins. That game provided me with memories and moments that will not only last a lifetime, but that rank right up there with the three playoff games I went to in 2005. For me, the tie-breaker was my playoff game. Eliminating the Twins was so gratifying and anything that happened after that was just gravy.

I'm going to miss baseball like none other and have no idea how I'm going to get through the cold, dark, dreary winter without it. I know... I'll watch the videos I took at the original Blackout. :wink: Seriously though, I thank the Sox for a fun season and no matter what happens in the off-season, I look forward to more great moments and memories in 2009.

Rounding_Third
10-06-2008, 09:38 PM
When they put the 2008 video together, they simply should call it "Stones".

DumpJerry
10-06-2008, 09:38 PM
Boston has Paplebon.
Angels have K-Rod.
Rays have Matt Garza.

End of story. I'm not rooting for either one of those ****heads.


Go Dodgers or Phillies, I don't hate anybody on those teams. I guess that once Manny was off of the Red Sox, I don't really mind him anymore.
Look, every team has at least one guy we can point at and say "he's a total jerk! His team deserves to die!", but we won't do that.

The truth is, as long as the Tigers are not in the World Series, the AL will win it. This is something we should cheer for because next year when we face the defending WS champs 6-10 times, every time we win it will feel GREAT!


2008 White Sox: thanks for a great season. You have completely made us forget last year which I always said was an outlier. You exceeded most of the pre-season expectations and we're disappointed today because your play this year only raised our expectations as the year wore on. Next year will be even more fun, this was a great springboard!

Cuck the Fubs
10-06-2008, 09:41 PM
Look, every team has at least one guy we can point at and say "he's a total jerk! His team deserves to die!", but we won't do that.


And to everyone who roots against us, we have public enemy # 1 in AJ! :D:

SoxFan1979
10-06-2008, 09:44 PM
We have a lot to look forward to next year. We made it as far as we could this year and that's cool with me.

Next Year Carlos Q and Alexei R will lead this team. And the pitching will soar!!! SOX In 2009 :bandance::bandance::bandance:

BoysMom3
10-06-2008, 10:28 PM
I will miss My Beloved like crazy this winter, but I won't be missing those lame Viva Viagra commercials, ok? How fun is it to have those come on while with extended family members? Not at all. The commercials are on so often that I can't get the Viva, Viva, Viagra! song out of my mind for several hours later! :redface:

And the heart they showed to make it to the playoffs - that will keep me smiling for a very long time.

WhiteSox5187
10-06-2008, 10:34 PM
We improved by 17 games from '07 to '08. I say we do the same for '09!

Jerome
10-06-2008, 10:39 PM
Good season, they were either in first or playoff contention for the whole year, which is really all I ask for as a fan. Because a team playing games that don't mean anything just sucks, and the Sox certainly didn't have many of those this year.

I'm disappointed because I remember the brief window this had where the starting pitching was dominant, the bullpen was reliable, and the offense was starting to click. The Rays did look beatable at times this series (game 2 in Tampa :angry:) and I think that if our two All Stars and Jose were healthy, this team would be almost as good as any in the AL.

The Dude
10-06-2008, 11:43 PM
do i have to write a game recap tonight? cuz i'd rather eat a bag of hair.

as long as it is barber hair

doublem23
10-07-2008, 12:09 AM
That should be enough time for this ulcer to heal.

chisoxfanatic
10-07-2008, 12:12 AM
I will miss My Beloved like crazy this winter, but I won't be missing those lame Viva Viagra commercials, ok? How fun is it to have those come on while with extended family members? Not at all. The commercials are on so often that I can't get the Viva, Viva, Viagra! song out of my mind for several hours later!
Whenever I hear that commercial, I immediately picture myself at Comiskey during the post game festivities on Elvis Night. :tongue:
That should be enough time for this ulcer to heal.
Hey, doub, are you still considering going to one of those games against Cleveland "THIS" weekend? :wink::wink:

gowhitesox
10-07-2008, 12:13 AM
Thanks White Sox for a great season, and a division title.

PushinWeight
10-07-2008, 12:45 AM
Considering we did what we did without Contreras, Crede, and most importantly Quentin I am impressed with what the White Sox to end this season. Not to mention losing Jenks and Linebrink for good parts of the season.

Now it is time to build on the momentum of this 2008 season, and tweak it so that our 2009 team is a legit title contender. This is the best I have ever felt about a non-W.S. winning end to a season. I truly think next season the Sox can take the division title back and have a greater hand to play with in the playoffs (hopefully a healthy Quentin).

As for the rest of the post season this year, I would be happy to see any team win it except for the Red Sox. Sure the Rays beat us (and yes, Balfour is a complete ***hole), but they should have. They were playing a beat up White Sox team that still gave them a battle. I would not mind seeing them win the title or at least beating the Red Sox out for the AL penant.

BoysMom3
10-07-2008, 11:15 AM
Ack, I feel more sad today than I did last night because I couldn't watch the second half of the game. I had a softball game of my own and kept up with the score by texts from my husband. I saw some pics today of sad fans at the game and Alexei looking all dejected in the dugout - so depressing!

Anyway, I'm still very, very pleased with how our season went and already can't wait for next year.

A funny little story from yesterday - a lot of the women in my class at the gym are big baseball fans. We all know who goes with which team. So yesterday this lady, who I don't even know (she seemed to know me - I'm horrible about forgetting people who I've met) came up to me and said she was going to try to watch my team's game last night. She wanted to know what time it started. I was like - 4:00. She was like - 4:00???? That can't be. I said - I'm pretty sure, maybe I'm wrong, I can check online. Then she said - everyone will be at work, how can people make the game? I was thinking - it happens all the time, you just miss out. Then she mentioned somebody on my softball team, and I was like - OH! My team. :redface::redface::redface: Heh, I thought she meant she was going to watch my White Sox play. :redneck

DaveFeelsRight
10-07-2008, 11:58 AM
can't wait for next year. the winter is so boring after football and baseball ends. hopefully i'll be there when the new division banner gets put up on opening day

PeoriaSoxFan
10-07-2008, 02:45 PM
I had this realization last night as well. Six months until Sox baseball is very depressing to me. I am a Bears fan, but not nearly as passionate about them as the Sox. Plus, I am a Bulls fan, but they haven't given us much to be excited about. Hopefully, there will be some good Sox news to read about this winter.

GoGoCrede
10-07-2008, 04:08 PM
The hardest thing for me is not that we lost - I knew Tampa would be tough to beat. The hardest thing is no baseball now. No more planning my homework around game times, or watching game threads, or searching through newspapers for cool articles to hang on the wall. It's hard to accept that it's over for another year. I will watch the playoffs and the world series just to get my baseball fix.

downstairs
10-07-2008, 04:26 PM
Congrats to Tampa. Congrats too, of course, to the White Sox- who won the division when everyone (so-called experts, fans, even myself) thought they were a .500 team at best.

Now lets build on this- something we've NEVER done after going to the postseason.

EuroSox35
10-07-2008, 08:57 PM
So is this the postgame thread?

Was anyone else disappointed when Richard was pulled? Thornton ended up throwing more pitches then him

After Game 3 AJ and Danks were talking about how the clubhouse seemed like some game in June (with playing cards and watching football before the game). I see the good quality about being relaxed, but at the same time, I think this team seemed pretty content with the win against Minnesota. I don't know, it didn't even feel like the playoffs :shrug:

I also didn't feel that mad or heartbroken. Is it 05? Is it that there was a big chance of completely missing out after that series in Minn and those 2 games vs Cleveland? I don't know, just felt weird imo...

ChiSoxGirl
10-07-2008, 09:02 PM
I think I spent the last 24 hours or so in a fog, just reminiscing about the season and still living off the amazing energy of the original Blackout. The fact that the season is over really hit me hard tonight. I put the radio on and on both 670 and 1000, all I could find was football talk. Oh, sweet White Sox, where art thou? :whiner: I'm not ready for you to go into hibernation yet.

Medford Bobby
10-07-2008, 09:54 PM
I think I spent the last 24 hours or so in a fog, just reminiscing about the season and still living off the amazing energy of the original Blackout. The fact that the season is over really hit me hard tonight. I put the radio on and on both 670 and 1000, all I could find was football talk. Oh, sweet White Sox, where art thou? :whiner: I'm not ready for you to go into hibernation yet.

Yea, it's like the up and down emotions was too much too handle after a while and that adrenaline rush of the last two weeks was almost addictive.
I tape a bunch of good games this year so I may enjoy some of 2008 again....:rolleyes:

chisoxfanatic
10-07-2008, 10:00 PM
I think I spent the last 24 hours or so in a fog, just reminiscing about the season and still living off the amazing energy of the original Blackout. The fact that the season is over really hit me hard tonight. I put the radio on and on both 670 and 1000, all I could find was football talk. Oh, sweet White Sox, where art thou? :whiner: I'm not ready for you to go into hibernation yet.
Tonight before going to bed, I think I'll pop in the World Series DVD just to "put this season to rest" as nicely as possible.

It might help you out if you followed the Hawks and Bears over the offseason, actually. I know it is helpful for me being able to have teams to follow at all times of the year. Seasons do overlap; but, that only makes things even more fun! Apparently they're going to be having a White Sox Night at the UC during the Blackhawks season! That could be cool for you to go to!

ChiSoxGirl
10-07-2008, 10:00 PM
Yea, it's like the up and down emotions was too much too handle after a while and that adrenaline rush of the last two weeks was almost addictive.
I tape a bunch of good games this year so I may enjoy some of 2008 again....:rolleyes:

Absolutely! Over the last week, I felt like I did in 2005, and it all started with the original Blackout for me. Man, it was SUCH an amazing ride this year!!!!!!:smile: I wish I would've been smart enough (and had cable) to tape some of the epic games. I guess I just have to rely on my own videos that I took on Fan Appreciation Day and at the tie-breaker.

sox1970
10-07-2008, 10:03 PM
Absolutely! Over the last week, I felt like I did in 2005, and it all started with the original Blackout for me. Man, it was SUCH an amazing ride this year!!!!!!:smile: I wish I would've been smart enough (and had cable) to tape some of the epic games. I guess I just have to rely on my own videos that I took on Fan Appreciation Day and at the tie-breaker.

I bookmarked this:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200810013577636&c_id=cws

I'll probably watch it more than a few times this winter.

ChiSoxGirl
10-07-2008, 10:04 PM
Tonight before going to bed, I think I'll pop in the World Series DVD just to "put this season to rest" as nicely as possible.

It might help you out if you followed the Hawks and Bears over the offseason, actually. I know it is helpful for me being able to have teams to follow at all times of the year. Seasons do overlap; but, that only makes things even more fun! Apparently they're going to be having a White Sox Night at the UC during the Blackhawks season! That could be cool for you to go to!

Neither of those teams hold near as much of my interest as baseball. No matter how hard I try to get into the Bears or Bulls, it just doesn't happen. I'm passionate about one team and one sport- White Sox baseball. To me, everything else is just :shrug:.

ChiSoxGirl
10-07-2008, 10:10 PM
I bookmarked this:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200810013577636&c_id=cws

I'll probably watch it more than a few times this winter.

Thanks- I bookmarked it, too. And all those clips underneath the main one are awesome, too! This should provide some entertainment throughout the cold, dreary winter. :smile:

GoGoCrede
10-07-2008, 10:15 PM
I think I spent the last 24 hours or so in a fog, just reminiscing about the season and still living off the amazing energy of the original Blackout. The fact that the season is over really hit me hard tonight. I put the radio on and on both 670 and 1000, all I could find was football talk. Oh, sweet White Sox, where art thou? :whiner: I'm not ready for you to go into hibernation yet.

Agreed 100%. I have been watching Sox clips from earlier this season all day as a way of saying farewell. I'll get my baseball fix by watching the playoffs, but part of the fun is watching the Sox, the players you've seen grow and develop all season long.

Watching clips online isn't as fun when you know how each game ends. I am going to miss heading down to the Cell, eating a hot dog, and cheering on my team. Next season I'll be studying abroad for the spring. Thank god for WSI and MLB.tv!

I follow the Bears, but it's only once a week. I love having my baseball fix every day.