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TomBradley72
06-20-2005, 04:23 PM
The guys at the end of the bench sometimes become some or our favorites (for absolutely no logical reason). For example....Tim Nordbrook on the Southside Hitmen in 1977 became a favorite of mine. We used to joke about Dave Stegman being one of our favorites on the 1983 White Sox. So....any guys at the end of the bench...that for no logical reason...became one of your favorites?

buehrle4cy05
06-20-2005, 04:32 PM
Pablo Ozuna. I know he's here now, but I just love the way he plays.

Chrisaway
06-20-2005, 04:37 PM
Not sure if he was considered the "25th" man but I'll put in a vote for Craig "The Lil Hurt" Grebeck.

SomebodyToldMe
06-20-2005, 04:38 PM
I was a HUGE fan of Tony G. when he was here. Does he qualify as a 25th Man?

Brian26
06-20-2005, 04:46 PM
Norberto F'N Martin.

soxfan43
06-20-2005, 04:48 PM
I loved Tony G. But my favorite was probably the great jeff liefer

kingpin_rcs
06-20-2005, 04:59 PM
I loved Warren "The Deacon" Newson. I always get a chuckle when I think about Joey Cora going on and on (in a tounge in cheek kind of way) about how "we know we can always count on 'The Deacon'" during the after game celebration when the Sox clinched the division in 1993.

Banix12
06-20-2005, 05:00 PM
It's gotta be the little hurt Craig Grebeck, he just about did everything you asked of him in the early nineties. And I was at the game where he went back to back with Ozzie off of nolan ryan. First major league homer for Grebeck if I recall.

Buehrle_Man56
06-20-2005, 05:01 PM
I like Ozuna alot.:yup:

swanson24
06-20-2005, 06:09 PM
I don't know if this counts because he is a backup catcher but I appreciate what Chris Widger has done for the 2005 team.

Lip Man 1
06-20-2005, 06:14 PM
Clint 'Scrap Iron' Courtney
Al Weis
Rich Morales

Ahh....so many memories
Lip

chisoxfan64
06-20-2005, 06:20 PM
Hank Allen. (Dick`s brother).

doublem23
06-20-2005, 06:25 PM
Craig Wilson and his .470 (IIRC) BA in something like 50 or 51 plate appearances in 1998.

Can't forget Jeff Abbott, either. That home run off the Twins in May '00 sent us to the play-offs.

JimH
06-20-2005, 06:35 PM
Hank Allen. (Dick`s brother).

Perfect definition of a White Sox 25th man. He was on the team in 1973 I believe, mostly as a favor to his brother, and it allowed Hank to qualify for a ML pension. Hank was a utilityman for the Washington Senators in the 60's and barely played while with the White Sox, although if memory serves he played a few innings at catcher, 3B, 1B, OF ... and wasn't very good at any of them!

As a joke my cousin and I wrote in to White Sox PR to ask if there was an Official Hank Allen Fan Club, and if so how could we join. We got a nice note back saying we could start one if we wanted, along with Hank's autograph on White Sox stationery.

chisoxfan64
06-20-2005, 06:38 PM
Perfect definition of a White Sox 25th man. He was on the team in 1973 I believe, mostly as a favor to his brother, and it allowed Hank to qualify for a ML pension. Hank was a utilityman for the Washington Senators in the 60's and barely played while with the White Sox, although if memory serves he played a few innings at catcher, 3B, 1B, OF ... and wasn't very good at any of them!

As a joke my cousin and I wrote in to White Sox PR to ask if there was an Official Hank Allen Fan Club, and if so how could we join. We got a nice note back saying we could start one if we wanted, along with Hank's autograph on White Sox stationery.

Yup, 72 & 73. I was 8 then and I don`t know why, but he just became one of my favorites. I guess it probably had something to do with him being Dick`s brother. I remember seeing him in the catchers gear and thought he looked cool.

SOXSINCE'70
06-20-2005, 06:43 PM
Esteban Beltre or Hank Allen.:D:

Malgar 12
06-20-2005, 07:14 PM
Nobody has a special spot in their heart for Steve Lyons besides me?:D: Anybody who pulled down thier pants at first base and could play all nine positions can't be all bad

hold2dibber
06-20-2005, 07:22 PM
The guys at the end of the bench sometimes become some or our favorites (for absolutely no logical reason). For example....Tim Nordbrook on the Southside Hitmen in 1977 became a favorite of mine. We used to joke about Dave Stegman being one of our favorites on the 1983 White Sox. So....any guys at the end of the bench...that for no logical reason...became one of your favorites?

Was there really a guynamed Tim Nordbrook on that team? I remember Wayne Nordhagen and Bill Nahorodny (sp?) being on that team - was there yet another guy with a weird last name starting with 'N'?

Palehose13
06-20-2005, 08:10 PM
Nobody has a special spot in their heart for Steve Lyons besides me?:D: Anybody who pulled down thier pants at first base and could play all nine positions can't be all bad

I do. My cousin played ball with him in college, so I got to meet him numerous times. I have a ton of Steve Lyons autographs. :cool:

TomBradley72
06-20-2005, 08:46 PM
Was there really a guynamed Tim Nordbrook on that team? I remember Wayne Nordhagen and Bill Nahorodny (sp?) being on that team - was there yet another guy with a weird last name starting with 'N'?

There was....I remember a banner that read: "Play Nordy Before He Turns Forty"...Royle Stillman was another benchwarming favorite.

BigEdWalsh
06-21-2005, 12:38 AM
Sammy Esposito.
:)

skobabe8
06-21-2005, 12:46 AM
I wasnt surprised in the least during spring training when Kenny opted to hang onto Pablo instead of Wilson Valdez. Pablo just brought something intangible to the games he was in. Not too mention he was hitting everything. I could understand if Valdez would have made the team based on his history, but Ozuna really caught my eye.


:worship: :ozuna:

doublem23
06-21-2005, 12:48 AM
I have a ton of Steve Lyons autographs. :cool:

Then you probably have the largest collection of worthless Sox memrobilia in the world. :thumbsup:

:)

Palehose13
06-21-2005, 12:49 AM
Then you probably have the largest collection of worthless Sox memrobilia in the world. :thumbsup:

:)

:hawk
"dadgum right!"

Stroker Ace
06-21-2005, 12:49 AM
Pablo Ozuna. I know he's here now, but I just love the way he plays.Me too after tonight's game.

Banix12
06-21-2005, 12:56 AM
Then you probably have the largest collection of worthless Sox memrobilia in the world. :thumbsup:

:)

I don't have the largest by any means but I have a Carlos Martinez autograph which is definitely worthless.

Chrisaway
06-21-2005, 01:17 AM
Then you probably have the largest collection of worthless Sox memrobilia in the world. :thumbsup:

:)

I have a jersey autographed by Joe Borchard and Willie Harris.

NealCotts4Life
06-21-2005, 01:24 AM
Chris Widger, I got his autograph and he told me why he wears sunglasses when he bats in day games. He gets headaches from the sun! It was way too cool.

FredManrique
06-21-2005, 03:05 AM
Though he was briefly a starter, I'm going with the forgotten man in the Harold Baines trade...

you guessed it, none other than Fred Manrique.

Other candidates: Liu Rodriguez, Noberto Martin, and Bob Zupcic. Dave Gallagher was about a 25th man with us, but had a good career elsewhere.

Worst 25th man: Julio Ramirez.

doublem23
06-21-2005, 03:08 AM
Worst 25th man: Julio Ramirez.

Problem was he ****in' started.

Madvora
06-21-2005, 08:09 AM
- Mike Huff
- Joe "Do It All" Hall
- Shawn "Mickey" Abner
- Craig Grebeck
- Tony Graffinino