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Jurr
08-01-2003, 09:51 AM
Lest we forget, KC just finished making Seattle look very ordinary a week or so ago. Seattle's slumping big time, and morale is low due to the "non addition" factor. Even if the Sox lose one or two in this series, it's not that big a deal for one reason, that being the veteran presence of this team.
During the beginning of the Alomar-Everett era, there was a lot of feeling out going on....a lot of time needed for the guys to fit into the system, for them to get comfortable with the players enough to have a voice. Now, we've seen them become a big part of what's going on with the White Sox.
These men bring a presence (combined with Sandy Alomar especially) that has been lacking on this ball club. Yes, we know that Frank Thomas, Paul Konerko, and Jose Valentin are veterans and supposed leaders, but they haven't been to the big show yet. They don't really have that fortitude of experience that a team needs in the stretch run.
The Alomar boys have done the whole world series bit. Robbie actually won one in Toronto. They know how to get this thing done. Everett has been part of some big rivalries against the Yankees when he was a Bostonian, and it has helped build him into a fiery guy that isn't afraid to call out a teammate.
These men have built a lot of intensity, focus, and spirit into this ball club. It's great to see. Yes, the additions of Everett and Alomar may not have been comparable to adding Alex Rodriguez and Ichiro to the team- these guys may have slipped a little past their prime. But the veteran presence of these players have helped this team, like the Neo character in the Matrix movie, realize that they may be "The One". The Sox haven't realized their potential for whatever reason. But now, just by adding some fundamentally sound winners, they feel like they can kick anyone's ass. Go Sox.

gosox41
08-01-2003, 12:02 PM
Originally posted by Jurr
Lest we forget, KC just finished making Seattle look very ordinary a week or so ago. Seattle's slumping big time, and morale is low due to the "non addition" factor. Even if the Sox lose one or two in this series, it's not that big a deal for one reason, that being the veteran presence of this team.
During the beginning of the Alomar-Everett era, there was a lot of feeling out going on....a lot of time needed for the guys to fit into the system, for them to get comfortable with the players enough to have a voice. Now, we've seen them become a big part of what's going on with the White Sox.
These men bring a presence (combined with Sandy Alomar especially) that has been lacking on this ball club. Yes, we know that Frank Thomas, Paul Konerko, and Jose Valentin are veterans and supposed leaders, but they haven't been to the big show yet. They don't really have that fortitude of experience that a team needs in the stretch run.
The Alomar boys have done the whole world series bit. Robbie actually won one in Toronto. They know how to get this thing done. Everett has been part of some big rivalries against the Yankees when he was a Bostonian, and it has helped build him into a fiery guy that isn't afraid to call out a teammate.
These men have built a lot of intensity, focus, and spirit into this ball club. It's great to see. Yes, the additions of Everett and Alomar may not have been comparable to adding Alex Rodriguez and Ichiro to the team- these guys may have slipped a little past their prime. But the veteran presence of these players have helped this team, like the Neo character in the Matrix movie, realize that they may be "The One". The Sox haven't realized their potential for whatever reason. But now, just by adding some fundamentally sound winners, they feel like they can kick anyone's ass. Go Sox.

Seattle has a 3 game winning streak. They are also a veteran team who know what it takes to get it done and play tough at home. The fact the Sox have this mental block about west coast trips further bugs me. It's time to get over it and play. I remeber hearing the same grumbling from the Mariners last season about not adding anyone. I believe they still won 90+ games in the toughest division in baseball so it couldn't have effected their outlook that much.

The Sox can't take the Mariners lightly no matte what's going on internally. They need to dial it up and set a tone.

Bob

Paulwny
08-01-2003, 12:30 PM
By acquiring Alomar and Everett the brass was telling the players and fans, "no fire sale, we can win this".
The players' attitude toward managements commitment to the team may have changed.

MisterB
08-01-2003, 12:43 PM
Originally posted by gosox41
Seattle has a 3 game winning streak.

Yeah, but they were playing Detroit. :D: