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Chrisaway
01-19-2009, 11:27 AM
http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090119&content_id=3749406&vkey=hotstove2008&fext=.jsp

Fare thee well Tadahito. Look how much better his stats were with the Sox.

Thome25
01-19-2009, 11:31 AM
Thanks GOOCH!!....It'll be a shame not seeing him in MLB in some way shape or form. Does anyone know why he had such a huge dropoff from 2005-06 and why it happened so fast?

It seemed like he was going to be pretty good for us for a while......then suddenly, POOF! his abilities declined.

SoxGirl4Life
01-19-2009, 05:13 PM
Good luck Gooch! and thanks!

whitesox901
01-19-2009, 05:15 PM
Thank you Tad!

LITTLE NELL
01-19-2009, 05:23 PM
Thanks GOOCH!!....It'll be a shame not seeing him in MLB in some way shape or form. Does anyone know why he had such a huge dropoff from 2005-06 and why it happened so fast?

It seemed like he was going to be pretty good for us for a while......then suddenly, POOF! his abilities declined.
Just about the whole team went poof in 07 and it actually started in the 2nd half of 06.
Injuries to Pods hurt a lot as he and Gooch set the table for the 05 and 06 offense.
Personally I think we gave up on Tad a little too soon.

PatK
01-20-2009, 11:55 AM
Just about the whole team went poof in 07 and it actually started in the 2nd half of 06.
Injuries to Pods hurt a lot as him and Gooch set the table for the 05 and 06 offense.
Personally I think we gave up on Tad a little too soon.

Me too.

esbrechtel
01-20-2009, 12:28 PM
Trading Iguchi was definately a knee jerk reaction...just look at the return we got for him....

oeo
01-20-2009, 12:56 PM
Two rings in four years? Not a bad deal.

longtimesoxguy
01-20-2009, 01:04 PM
Thanks for everything Tad. Outstanding season and feel free to stop by the southside anytime. You will forever be welcome!!!

Tragg
01-20-2009, 01:10 PM
Statistically, Iguchi was very good in 2006 as well. IN 2007, he was moved to 8th in the batting order to make room for Ozzie's .400 hitter; and even with no protection, he had a .340 OBP.
He played well for us.

Mr.1Dog
01-20-2009, 01:10 PM
http://blogs.phillynews.com/inquirer/zozone/iguchi2.JPGMost disgusting play ever.

Sargeant79
01-20-2009, 01:17 PM
Trading Iguchi was definately a knee jerk reaction...just look at the return we got for him....

Do we really need to go through this again?

He was a free agent at the end of the season and was not in their plans for 2008. At the time, the team wanted to see what they would get out of Danny Richar. It was a move that was made purely to save a little bit of cash and get a look at a second base prospect in a lost season and was absolutely the correct move given the circumstances at the time.

That said, good luck Gooch. You did some great things while you were here.

Jim Shorts
01-20-2009, 01:34 PM
http://blogs.phillynews.com/inquirer/zozone/iguchi2.JPGMost disgusting play ever.

Loved that play. Great shot.


Thanks, Tad. I enjoyed watching you play during your years on the Southside.

God Speed.

chisox12
01-20-2009, 02:09 PM
http://blogs.phillynews.com/inquirer/zozone/iguchi2.JPGMost disgusting play ever.


That play was ridiculous.

I always liked Tadahito. Hope he does well in Japan as I'm sure he will.

35th&Shields
01-20-2009, 03:15 PM
If I was Iguchi I'd also be glad to be going him. He came to the US, showed he could play here and excel, picked up two WS rings, and goes home a little bit richer and more experienced. I wish him the best. He was great.

Rohan
01-21-2009, 11:12 PM
Anyone know where I can watch a clip of tad's gravity defying play?

soxfandoug
01-21-2009, 11:34 PM
http://whitesoxpride.mlblogs.com/archives/2006/04/sox_win.html

Click "See it again to believe it" to watch the play.

skobabe8
01-22-2009, 01:16 AM
Maybe its just me, but I think this was the most gravity defying play Tadahito ever made:

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_EDlS7Kqb-nw/RRACzXAsABI/AAAAAAAABlM/CBrHkcPQ8oM/iguchi2.jpg

WHILEPITCH
01-22-2009, 02:42 AM
I had no idea he caught on with the Phillies at the end of last year! Wow, i would have rooted for them had i known.

VenturaFan23
01-22-2009, 07:03 AM
Other two great memories of him are:

Grand slam right after the Graffanino play against the Red Sox in ALDS. "OH NOOOOOO!"

Grand slam right after the AJ/Barrett fight.

Man he was clutch at the right times! Thanks Tad. You'll always be one of my favorite Sox players of all time!

oeo
01-22-2009, 08:18 AM
Statistically, Iguchi was very good in 2006 as well. IN 2007, he was moved to 8th in the batting order to make room for Ozzie's .400 hitter; and even with no protection, he had a .340 OBP.
He played well for us.

You mean all 22 AB's there? He stayed, for the most part, in the #2 spot.

If you're going to make these kind of statements, at least make sure they're right.

MHOUSE
01-22-2009, 01:52 PM
Thanks Gooch! It was fun while it lasted. I will always remember his granny off of Wells in the 05 ALDS, that was the point at which I started letting myself believe they could go all the way. Class act all around and one of my favorite Sox.

j/w, was he on the Phillies postseason roster? I remember that he caught on with them last year, but I don't recall him playing in October at all and I saw all of the Phillies' games.....

FedEx227
01-22-2009, 01:53 PM
I'm pretty sure he was let off their playoff roster.

Edit: Yeah, he was left off.
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=mlb&id=3635051

chisoxfanatic
01-22-2009, 02:01 PM
Other two great memories of him are:

Grand slam right after the Graffanino play against the Red Sox in ALDS. "OH NOOOOOO!"

Grand slam right after the AJ/Barrett fight.

Man he was clutch at the right times! Thanks Tad. You'll always be one of my favorite Sox players of all time!
That was a 3-run jack, wasn't it?

He always played hard, never complained, and was always positive in the clubhouse. I thank Shingo for befriending him in his earliest stages here.

doublem23
01-22-2009, 02:02 PM
That was a 3-run jack, wasn't it?

It was.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA200510050.shtml