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downstairs
06-22-2005, 10:47 PM
Well, I've always said I'll believe this division should be ours when we're 10 games up. Not saying I doubted it the entire season... but we're finally officially there!


10!

lths06
06-22-2005, 10:49 PM
:hawk (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/misc.php?do=getsmilies&wysiwyg=1&forumid=5#)

"Mercy!"

FloridaSox
06-22-2005, 10:50 PM
and on June 22. Who would have thought we would be up so much so soon?

downstairs
06-22-2005, 10:51 PM
Now lets hope the Sox don't get lazy if they have this lead in, say, August... clinch it, then back into the playoffs like they've been known to do!

MrRoboto83
06-22-2005, 10:58 PM
This team really seems focused in, I think they are taking every game serious.

soxjim
06-22-2005, 11:04 PM
Go for the jugular and don't look back.

mccoydp
06-22-2005, 11:13 PM
:hawk

"I Loooove 10!"

soxwon
06-22-2005, 11:24 PM
Now lets hope the Sox don't get lazy if they have this lead in, say, August... clinch it, then back into the playoffs like they've been known to do!

i figured out by all stars we will be 32 games over .500 but only 9-1/2 in front.
i hope im really wrong on the games in front.

ilsox7
06-22-2005, 11:34 PM
i figured out by all stars we will be 32 games over .500 but only 9-1/2 in front.
i hope im really wrong on the games in front.

You can see the future?

IA_soxfan
06-22-2005, 11:57 PM
i figured out by all stars we will be 32 games over .500 but only 9-1/2 in front.
i hope im really wrong on the games in front.

You have a problem with them being 32 games over .500 with a 9.5 game divisional lead? What do you expect them to do, go 162-0?

soxfanreggie
06-23-2005, 12:08 AM
I predicted them to win the division and the Twins to win the wildcard...I didn't think we'd be up this much. We cannot afford to let up though. I would like to see the lead up to 15 games by the All-Star break...wishful thinking maybe, but that could pretty much secure us the division or the wildcard. Just keep building...the more we win, the more we can rest our players for the playoffs. It would be nice to bring up some triple-a guys to cover a few starts or not be afraid to throw viz/shingo some more innings should they be struggling. we could also take some gambles in games and work on lineups.

tebman
06-23-2005, 12:17 AM
Ten is such a powerful number, don't you think?

The Twinkies should think so too. :cool:

Unregistered
06-23-2005, 12:18 AM
i figured out by all stars we will be 32 games over .500 but only 9-1/2 in front.
i hope im really wrong on the games in front.:cleo
"You're nuts."

chisox06
06-23-2005, 12:24 AM
IIRC the Sox have gained about 5 games on the Twins over the past week, if you can gain em that quickly, you can lose em that quickly. Not being pessimistic here, 10 games is pretty incredible for this time of the year, but the last thing we need is the sox going into "relax" mode and start going through the motions. The mentality of the club is the only thing that worries me, but you know Oz will try his hardest not to let that happen.

TDog
06-23-2005, 01:23 AM
Gardenhire was asked by the media about the head-to-head games against the Sox late in the season, and he answered that the Twinks wouldn't be able to make up the lead that way. Take 4 of 6 and you only pick up 2 games. Having a big lead is nice. I would love to be out at the ballpark celebrating it.

Of course, I wouldn't feel safe with any lead. I saw a 7 1/2 game lead disappear in about two weeks in 1977. But maintaining a double digit lead would make me feel comfortable.

IowaSox1971
06-23-2005, 03:12 AM
It's still early. I remember that the 1977 Cubs started out 47-22 and finished 81-81. You never know what can happen, so this team can't afford to relax.

Nellie_Fox
06-23-2005, 03:49 AM
It's still early. I remember that the 1977 Cubs started out 47-22 and finished 81-81. You never know what can happen, so this team can't afford to relax.Yeah, but that was the Cubs, fercrisesake.

ClaudelSleptHere
06-23-2005, 04:46 AM
i figured out by all stars we will be 32 games over .500 but only 9-1/2 in front.
i hope im really wrong on the games in front.


Have you figured out who is winning the World Series? Wait, don't tell me. I want to see how this plays out.

BaseballTonyght
06-23-2005, 09:04 AM
:worship:10!



:)

Hitmen77
06-23-2005, 09:07 AM
does anyone remember how much the Sox led the division by in June 2000? Was it greater than our current 10 game lead? I remember that we swept NY and Bos. on the road and came home to a huge lead in late June.

Terry21fg
06-23-2005, 09:49 AM
My roommate is a Twins fan, and my bride-to-be is a cubs fan and I live in Milwaukee. With that said, yesterday may have been the best day to be a White Sox fan: Sox won, Cubs lose to the Brewers and the Twins are 10 back. My roommate locked himself in his room and didn't come out all night...and the best part is that I haven't said anything about the Twins or Sox since the Sox swept that 2 game series.

I guess fear of losing the division has finally set in for him.

ode to veeck
06-23-2005, 10:04 AM
Sox fans who have lived through our close calls and misfires ('67, recent fade on the Twinks, etc.) are ready to report they are filled with a reserved and very cautious optimism. Been a great season to date, for sure.

Frater Perdurabo
06-23-2005, 10:07 AM
Double digits is a nice psychological mark, but that's all it is.

That's just one very bad week away from a 3-game lead, and two very bad weeks from a four game deficit.

Anyway, I'd like to see the Sox put the pedal to the metal and run away with the thing to finish with 110 wins. However, no one remembers who finishes with the best regular-season record; all that counts is who wins 11 games in the postseason. Nevertheless, to this point it has been a FANTASTIC ride....

:supernana:

wdelaney72
06-23-2005, 10:12 AM
I love 10, but it's only June 22. Don't get me wrong, I think we have the best team, it's just that there's just too much basebell left in the season to start talking about locking up the division.

Deadguy
06-23-2005, 10:30 AM
does anyone remember how much the Sox led the division by in June 2000? Was it greater than our current 10 game lead? I remember that we swept NY and Bos. on the road and came home to a huge lead in late June.

From June 11th through June 25th, the Sox played 14 straight games against the Indians and the Yankees. The Sox started out winning the first 8 games (sweeping the Indians and the Yankees on the road, and then winning the first home game), and finished that stretch 11-3.

On June 22nd, the Sox were 7.5 games up on the Tribe. On July 3rd, the Sox were 11 games up.

elrod
06-23-2005, 11:51 AM
Double digits is a nice psychological mark, but that's all it is.

That's just one very bad week away from a 3-game lead, and two very bad weeks from a four game deficit.

Anyway, I'd like to see the Sox put the pedal to the metal and run away with the thing to finish with 110 wins. However, no one remembers who finishes with the best regular-season record; all that counts is who wins 11 games in the postseason. Nevertheless, to this point it has been a FANTASTIC ride....

:supernana:

Yes, if we lose 14 in a row AND the Twins win 14 in a row we'll be 3 down. Brilliant. But what happens after that???

Lip Man 1
06-23-2005, 12:46 PM
T-Dog:

Just FYI the largest lead the Sox had in 1977 was 6 1/2 games after Game #1 of the Sunday DH vs. K.C. on July 31st.

Lip

The Racehorse
06-23-2005, 12:53 PM
10 is great, but 15 would be better... never relent & don't take anything for granted.

TDog
06-23-2005, 12:56 PM
T-Dog:

Just FYI the largest lead the Sox had in 1977 was 6 1/2 games after Game #1 of the Sunday DH vs. K.C. on July 31st.

Lip

I was in college in Bloomington that summer. The Saturday, July 30, game was the NBC Game of the Week, which I saw on a small black-and-white television. I wrote a letter to my father after the game that referenced a 7 1/2 game lead.

Maybe in my youthful enthusiasm I assumed a Sunday doubleheader win.

In any case, the Sox lost at least the first four games of August in Texas before having a bad weekend in KC, putting them in the middle of a race for which they didn't have the arms to keep up.

soxwon
06-23-2005, 07:24 PM
You have a problem with them being 32 games over .500 with a 9.5 game divisional lead? What do you expect them to do, go 162-0?

i just figured 32 games over would be good for 13-14 in front.
but after reviewing the schedules, id love 9-1/2.

soxwon
06-23-2005, 07:25 PM
actualy i want to top 83

we won the division by 20!!!
am i right?

chisox
06-23-2005, 07:40 PM
if we have that kind of lead in september i'll be happy, right now, it's just a benefit of being a sox fan.

FielderJones
06-23-2005, 08:43 PM
Just FYI the largest lead the Sox had in 1977 was 6 1/2 games after Game #1 of the Sunday DH vs. K.C. on July 31st.

I was at those games. If I remember correctly KC scored 2 in the top of the 11th in game 1, and the Sox scored 3 in the bottom. Unfortunately the Sox lost game 2, and I think the slide started from that game on.

That was probably my hardest core season as a Sox fan; for the number of games I attended that summer I should have gotten some sort of season plan.

whtsx1959
06-23-2005, 09:45 PM
It's down to 9 1/2. That was short lived. Still impressive.

batmanZoSo
06-23-2005, 10:11 PM
From June 11th through June 25th, the Sox played 14 straight games against the Indians and the Yankees. The Sox started out winning the first 8 games (sweeping the Indians and the Yankees on the road, and then winning the first home game), and finished that stretch 11-3.

On June 22nd, the Sox were 7.5 games up on the Tribe. On July 3rd, the Sox were 11 games up.

That's right. We won the division that week and a half and it was the high point of the current decade until now, in my opinion.