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Viva Magglio
07-11-2002, 09:28 AM
Terry compared the White Sox article, which implied that it's all over, versus the Cubs article, which implied that they're still in it, and said the Cubune is full of crap. Boers pointed out the obvious.

DrCrawdad
07-11-2002, 10:11 AM
Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Cubune:

“The season is not over yet. Not even for a team that's 35-51, ranks fifth in the National League Central and is 121/2 games behind first-place St. Louis...For the Cubs to come even remotely close to contention, they will need a renaissance from a lineup that has produced just 4.1 runs per game.”

Paul Sullivan, Chicago Cubune:

"But as they begin the second half of the season in Detroit on Thursday night, trailing Minnesota by 71/2 games, the Sox are staggering on the ropes with no visible signs of a pulse."

MIKE KILEY, Chicago Sun-Times:

“It's long past believing the Cubs can win the National League Central.”

Chisox353014
07-11-2002, 10:23 AM
From what I've seen, Kiley is the only member of the Chicago media who usually takes a realistic look at the Flubbies. When they're bad (which is always) he'll say they're bad, and he's not as prone to blue rock-induced visions of Flub grandeur.

cheeses_h_rice
07-11-2002, 10:32 AM
I could envision the following scenario:

Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune:

"With 10 games left in the season and the White Sox 0.5 games behind the rock-solid Twins, and the Sox having to face the Murderer's Row of Tampa Bay (4 games), Detroit (3), and Kansas City (3), it is probably wishful thinking to talk about the Sox overtaking the Twins to eke out a Central Division crown. Kenny Williams should be focusing his efforts on offseason rebuilding."

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune:

"As the Cubs turn the corner on the final stretch run of the season, down just 25-1/2 games behind the easily catchable St. Louis Cardinals (and 4 other teams) with 28 games remaining, Wrigleyville remains optimistic that the team lives up to its potential and can rattle off the 28 straight necessary to claim their rightful Division crown. In fact, with The Best 3-4-5 in Baseball, Jesus Prior, Kid K, and the Ghost of Bobby Hill at 2nd base, Vegas oddsmakers have put the odds of the Cubs winning the division at a solid 1:4."

PANFIRECRACKER
07-11-2002, 10:55 AM
Originally posted by cheeses_h_rice
I could envision the following scenario:

Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune:

"With 10 games left in the season and the White Sox 0.5 games behind the rock-solid Twins, and the Sox having to face the Murderer's Row of Tampa Bay (4 games), Detroit (3), and Kansas City (3), it is probably wishful thinking to talk about the Sox overtaking the Twins to eke out a Central Division crown. Kenny Williams should be focusing his efforts on offseason rebuilding."

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune:

"As the Cubs turn the corner on the final stretch run of the season, down just 25-1/2 games behind the easily catchable St. Louis Cardinals (and 4 other teams) with 28 games remaining, Wrigleyville remains optimistic that the team lives up to its potential and can rattle off the 28 straight necessary to claim their rightful Division crown. In fact, with The Best 3-4-5 in Baseball, Jesus Prior, Kid K, and the Ghost of Bobby Hill at 2nd base, Vegas oddsmakers have put the odds of the Cubs winning the division at a solid 1:4."

LMAO. Even funnier when one considers how close to the truth it is.

DrCrawdad
07-11-2002, 11:16 AM
IF the White Sox were to win the World Series...

The White Sox won't resign Konerko. Despite promises from Reinsdorf that Konerko will be signed, he won't...

Bridgeport community rises in protest of the excessive noise from Comiskey yesterday. Bridgeport residents are angered over the disturbingly loud cheers of Sox fans yesterday during Game 7 of the World Series when the Sox rallied in the bottom of the ninth to finally win against a lousy opponent...

cheeses_h_rice
07-11-2002, 11:19 AM
Originally posted by DrCrawdad
IF the White Sox were to win the World Series...

The White Sox won't resign Konerko. Despite promises from Reinsdorf that Konerko will be signed, he won't...

Bridgeport community rises in protest of the excessive noise from Comiskey yesterday. Bridgeport residents are angered over the disturbingly loud cheers of Sox fans yesterday during Game 7 of the World Series when the Sox rallied in the bottom of the ninth to finally win against a lousy opponent...

Jay Mariotti's column:

"The sickening display of Smut Sox fans running amok in the stands of the Concrete Mausoleum on 35th and streaming out into the ghetto to get liquored up and committing carnal acts of debauchery has sullied Chicago's reputation as a Class A city. Truly a dark day in the history of Chicago sports."

nut_stock
07-11-2002, 11:55 AM
Originally posted by cheeses_h_rice


Jay Mariotti's column:

"The sickening display of Smut Sox fans running amok in the stands of the Concrete Mausoleum on 35th and streaming out into the ghetto to get liquored up and committing carnal acts of debauchery has sullied Chicago's reputation as a Class A city. Truly a dark day in the history of Chicago sports."

"Meanwhile, the city's hero, Sammy Sosa will give up his valuable time to make an appearance at a local charity softball event, that includes a 5 minute autograph session."

RKMeibalane
07-11-2002, 01:00 PM
THOMAS IS A BIG HURT... TO THE GAME OF BASEBALL

BY JAY MARIOTTI - Sun Times Columnist

October 1, 2002

As the Chicago White Sox gear up for post-season play, one cannot help but marvel at the amazing turnaround of the city's "other" baseball team. The Sox, trailing the Minnesota Twins by seven-and-a-half games on July 11, won two thirds of their second-half games to narrowly win the AL Central by two games. Perhaps even more amazing is the turnaround of Sox slugger, Frank Thomas.

Thomas finished the first half of the 2002 season hitting just .239. He was roasted by both local and national media, both for his mediocre performance on the field, and his poor attitude in the clubhouse. First baseman Paul Konerko became so fed up with Thomas' antics that he spoke several times about the behavior of the Major League veteran.

However, once the smoke from the first-half fireworks cleared, Thomas emerged from his season-long hibernation and started hitting again. By the time August 1 rolled around, Thomas had raised his average above .270, and yet he showed no signs of slowing down. Frank's perforance continued to improve as he tore the rest of the AL to shreds in August, hitting .379 with 10 homeruns and 28 runs batted in. The Big Hurt was back, or so everyone thought.

In mid-September, I payed a visit to the Sox clubhouse in the hopes of speaking to recently-fired pitching coach, Nardi Contreras. I eventually found Nardi and talked with him for about five minutes. I then turned to leave when I happened upon Thomas, whom I saw throwing a used syringe in a nearby trash can. Perhaps Rick Reilly should have spent his time harrasing Thomas instead of Sammy Sosa. After all, we all know who Chicago's only real baseball player is, don't we, Frank?