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Bisco Stu
09-06-2005, 04:14 AM
1. How the generally inexperienced staff reacts to postseason.

2. Tadahito's glove.

3. Pods' health/top of lineup getting on base.

PeteWard
09-06-2005, 04:25 AM
1. How to get back to Chicago from Thailand (where I work now)

2. How to score tickets for the World Series

3. How to get my boss to let me go for two weeks when I have no vacation due :(:

dolphinron
09-06-2005, 04:47 AM
1. that we don't look like seattle did when they went.

2. That I wont miss out on the car flipping over and partying after we win it all.

3. We dont choke

PeteWard
09-06-2005, 04:59 AM
Oh can i have a 4th?


4. Lazy numbskull sports reporters looking for an "angle" and adorning the Sox with some sort of "curse". Guaranteed a favorite topic on this board a month from now, win or lose.

Falstaff
09-06-2005, 05:08 AM
1 Contreras - hope we get his A-list performance
2 Burly - make us believers this time
3 Longball- as long as 2/3 make that 4/6 of our longballers
comethru each game we be OK. Just dont expect
Paulie to do it all.

RedHeadPaleHoser
09-06-2005, 08:11 AM
1. We don't repeat 1993.
2. We don't repeat 2000.
3. We get past the 2003 incident that occurred on the North Side.

3a. We shed this "lack of postseason experience" BS and shove it back to the media.

FielderJones
09-06-2005, 08:25 AM
1. That I avoid alcohol poisoning in the World Series victory celebration.
2. That my car doesn't get turned over in same.
3. That bandwagon fans don't ruin it for the rest of us.

DumpJerry
09-06-2005, 08:30 AM
1. We get more coverage than Balsa Wood's latest simulated game.
2. WSI's server survives the crush.
3. Being able to ignore bandwagon jumpers.

Optipessimism
09-06-2005, 08:40 AM
1. Dustin Hermanson (no ouchies please)
2. Damaso Marte (worried he comes in and walks the world)
3. Cliff Politte (worried he hangs that slider)

Essentially, the whole back end of our bullpen. The rotation will be awesome IMO although I do have a weird feeling about Mark and Jon getting hit more than usual. I don't think it matters though because I have a feeling that Freddy and Jose are going to be phenomenal, like combined ERA under 2.00 phenomenal.

Moses_Scurry
09-06-2005, 08:50 AM
1. Hitting in the post-season

2. Hitting in the post-season

3. Hitting in the post-season
In 1983, 1993, and 2000, the Sox could not hit at all in the post-season and lost the first series as a result. I'm not as worried about the pitching.

mikehuff
09-06-2005, 09:00 AM
1. Playing Oakland

2. ?

3. ?

chopperjc
09-06-2005, 09:11 AM
1. Hitting

2. Hitting

3. Hitting

Let's face it we will pitch, we have all year. Can the sox hit just enough?

veeter
09-06-2005, 09:16 AM
I just hope the post season reflects the regular season. I hope they play hard and win some games. Hopefully it'll be 11 of them.

bobowhite
09-06-2005, 09:17 AM
1. Team stays on an even keel. You win in the playoffs just like you win in the regular season.

2. Fielding - Crede, Iguchi, Rowand

3. Hitting

pinwheels3530
09-06-2005, 09:22 AM
1. Will I be able to get off work.

2. Will I be able to get tickets.

2. What will the weather be like.

those are my concerns...:D:

Fuller_Schettman
09-06-2005, 09:37 AM
1. Injuries

2. Can I score an ALDS ticket

3. Injuries

Chez
09-06-2005, 09:51 AM
1. Hermanson's and Crede's health;

2. Lack of playoff experience (especially during road games in New York or Boston);

3. (a distant third) Hitting.

Fredsox
09-06-2005, 09:53 AM
Variations of the posts above:
1. Health of the team
2. Consistent Hitting
3. Not much else really, probably consistent position play (no bone-head errors). We can ignore the errors by Iguchi & Blum because we won, but that kind of inattentiveness in the playoffs can kill a team. Not a big concern though, I think everyone will step it up.

TommyJohn
09-06-2005, 09:55 AM
1. that the pitching doesn't give out at the absolute worst time.

2. That the hitting shows up, unlike 1983, 1993 and 2000.

3. that we'll hear about the 1919 fix umpteen million bajillion times.

4. that at the end of the playoffs, bozos like Kruk, Mariotti, et al will be
made to look like geniuses.

dcb33
09-06-2005, 10:35 AM
1.) Attendance

2.) Falling concrete at the Cell

3.) Lack of pre/post game "atmosphere" around 35th & Shields

Whitesox05
09-06-2005, 10:37 AM
1. Podsednik getting on base/not getting picked off
2. Offense
3. Offense
4. Offense
5. Offense

We need to score some runs for us to win. Our pitching will be great, but we need to score. Pods better get on base and stop getting picked off. We need him bad!

Rooney4Prez56
09-06-2005, 10:59 AM
1.Consistent hitting.

2.The Cubans

3.Whether I can skip school the day after they win it all.

kaufsox
09-06-2005, 11:04 AM
1. hitting

2. Hermanson

3. The Cubans

But I have to say I'm looking forward the post season and the wonderful stress that comes with. :rolleyes:

schmitty9800
09-06-2005, 11:07 AM
1) Staying healthy (especially Hernandez, Podsednik, and Hermanson)

2) Getting on base for Carl/Paulie/Rowand

3) Clutch hitting

4) Getting tickets

voodoochile
09-06-2005, 11:09 AM
1) whether the dark clouds will actually survive the playoffs. If they think the regular season with a huge lead in September is bad...:rolleyes:

2) actually, I won't be worrying about that at all... **** 'em

3) which shirt to wear to bring the team a little luck... or is it the underwear that does it...:rolleyes:

nlentz88
09-06-2005, 11:12 AM
1. Podsednik's health.

2. Crede's health.

3. Hermanson's health.

Flight #24
09-06-2005, 11:15 AM
1. running into a "hot" team

2. having the Sox slump

If they're executing and playing like they normally do, I feel VERY good about this team. But in the playoffs, you never know who's going to be hot & cold. Our mainstay has been pitching & execution, which tend to be a bit more "slump-proof", but if you run into the Red Sox and Schilling pulls it together for a game ala last year and/or Manny's hitting everything in sight.....well, you never know what can happen.

cheeses_h_rice
09-06-2005, 11:16 AM
1. Our Cy Young candidate starters getting hit with a case of "Teh Suck."

2. Our potentially torrid bats -- Everett, Konerko, Rowand, Dye, Pierzynski, Iguchi -- pulling a Frank/Maggs/2000 ALDS act and going limp.

3. Our ALDS opponent playing out of their asses.

Seriously, I think winning the first game of the ALDS is going to be huge. It will break the playoff ice, put the pressure on our opponent, and just mentally signal that this year could be different, considering we haven't won a home playoff game in forever. Whoever starts that game is going to have the weight of the world on their shoulders.

Paulwny
09-06-2005, 11:35 AM
1. running into a "hot" team

2. having the Sox slump

.

Along with your 2 I'll add, "the unexpected", which would cost the sox the game and swing momentum to the opposing team.
A) costly error
B) base running mistake
C) blown call by an umpire
D) some type of "BARTMAN" occurrance

cheeses_h_rice
09-06-2005, 11:49 AM
D) some type of "BARTMAN" occurrance

http://www.spiegel.de/img/0,1020,211586,00.jpg

"Dude, you rang?"

PennStater98r
09-06-2005, 11:49 AM
Oakland in the first round (Let Boston or NY knock them out).
Pitching buckling under the pressure of the post season.
Hitting having Timo and Blum in the line-up.

NardiWasHere
09-06-2005, 11:51 AM
I'll tell you what I'm not worried about.... playoff experience. If i hear one more analyst on tv ever talk about playoff experience for ANY team, I will go nuts.
I like to think of the scene in Hoosiers where Gene Hackman measures the height of the hoop. Its still the same game.

SoxinAZ
09-06-2005, 12:16 PM
1. Ozzie starting and leading off with Timo

2. Marte walking in the winning run

3. Contreras and Freddie battling it out to see who can throw the most wild pitches.

tacosalbarojas
09-06-2005, 01:38 PM
1. Our Cy Young candidate starters getting hit with a case of "Teh Suck."

2. Our potentially torrid bats -- Everett, Konerko, Rowand, Dye, Pierzynski, Iguchi -- pulling a Frank/Maggs/2000 ALDS act and going limp.

3. Our ALDS opponent playing out of their asses.

Seriously, I think winning the first game of the ALDS is going to be huge. It will break the playoff ice, put the pressure on our opponent, and just mentally signal that this year could be different, considering we haven't won a home playoff game in forever. Whoever starts that game is going to have the weight of the world on their shoulders.I am about where you're at here. In '83 the HR bats fell apart as did a couple of our starters (Dotson, Bannister). In '93 McDowell didn't come for his. In 2000 it was the big bats that were silenced. If we can get our big three to give us 7-8 strong like they've been doing all year and we get the big hits from Paulie, Dye, Everett, Iguchi et al like we know they can produce, we'll be competitive.

D. TODD
09-06-2005, 01:47 PM
1. Staying healthy, getting healthy (Crede, Hermanson, etc.)

2.Hitting

3.Handling the playoff pressure. I think we will do fine with this, but it will be a new experience for most of the team.

Iwritecode
09-06-2005, 01:49 PM
1. Winning the ALDS.
2. Winning the ALCS.
3. Winning the World Series.

I'm not concerned about anything else...

Fuller_Schettman
09-06-2005, 01:55 PM
1. Winning the ALDS.
2. Winning the ALCS.
3. Winning the World Series.

I'm not concerned about anything else...

Wow, that really says it all.

Everything else is just "feh"!

cheeses_h_rice
09-06-2005, 02:02 PM
1. Winning the ALDS.
2. Winning the ALCS.
3. Winning the World Series.

I'm not concerned about anything else...

That's all?

:)

mweflen
09-06-2005, 02:06 PM
Offense, offense, offense.

But it sure is nice not to have to worry about pitching for once! :tongue:

Stroker Ace
09-06-2005, 02:08 PM
1. Hope the Yankmee's make the playoffs so I can see a few White Sox winners in the Bronx

2. No offensive slumps

3. Playoff experience!? We don't need no stinkin' playoff experience!

StillMissOzzie
09-06-2005, 02:09 PM
1. Winning the ALDS.
2. Winning the ALCS.
3. Winning the World Series.

I'm not concerned about anything else...

Hey, you took my three!!!

SMO
:gulp:

Hangar18
09-06-2005, 02:19 PM
Our starting pitching. We are going to Live & Die by it. One bad game
by our starters, and we dont have the offense to make up for it.

Bullpen. They continue to play well. Jenks has learning-on-the-fly and im
impressed with him very much. However, hes a Rookie and rookie mistakes
can hurt big time in the playoffs (see Jenks bad pitch yesterday, cost him a 3 run HR)

Offense. Dye Konerko must continue to hit. Pods and Tadahito must continue to hit and get on base for us to win.

All 3 of these in combination, and we have a chance for something very special in October. Anything missing out of the three listed ........long cold winter

Dan H
09-06-2005, 02:19 PM
1.Podesnik trying to steal third with two outs.

2. 1983 playoff type hitting

3. Inability to win a post season game at home (Currenlty on a 9-game post season losing streak at home. Only 1 post season win at home since 1919)

cheeses_h_rice
09-06-2005, 02:43 PM
1.Podesnik trying to steal third with two outs.


Did you see him do this against the Tigers? I couldn't believe my eyes. Very stupid baseball; I wonder if Pods did that on his own.

JohnBasedowYoda
09-06-2005, 02:54 PM
1. getting tickets

2. being able to afford tickets

3.not being stuck at work when the White Sox win the dang thing

Sxy Mofo
09-06-2005, 02:58 PM
1. That the offense forgets the way that made it effective and tries to hit home runs and then a resulting offensive drought and has 1-0, 2-1 losses.

2. That one of the game coincides with a notre dame or chicago bear football game. But, two tv's wil have to do i guess.

3. That i nervously-sweat myself into dehydration

CYGarland20
09-06-2005, 03:17 PM
1. Offense. 2. Offense. 3. Offense

silenceofthehawk
09-06-2005, 03:24 PM
Not being able to play the Tigers, Royals, or Devil Rays.

hose
09-06-2005, 03:37 PM
My only concern is if the Sox can hit.

If they hit then they have a great chance of winning it all.

tebman
09-06-2005, 03:51 PM
1.) The starters stay consistent;

2.) The bullpen stays consistent;

3.) The smart offense that got us here stays consistent.

I know this is cliche' city, but the team's objective has to be to play the same way they have most of the year: smart baseball with the long view of the game. Ozzie knows this, and just has to keep hammering away at that from now through game 7 in October.

Iwritecode
09-06-2005, 03:53 PM
That's all?

:)

I like to keep things simple. :smile:

pczarapa
09-06-2005, 03:59 PM
1) Keep the bats going, I know we were playing the Tigers , then Schilling, but we need to keep the bats going.

2) Starters need to take us to the sixth inning, can't burn up the middle relief.

3) Ozuna needs to keep playing solid 3B, I don't know if Crede will be 100% come post season.

voodoochile
09-06-2005, 04:49 PM
1. Winning the ALDS.
2. Winning the ALCS.
3. Winning the World Series.

I'm not concerned about anything else...

That about sums it up...

POTW (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/rwas/index.php?category=13&id=2970)

LaHerdiaGrande35
09-06-2005, 05:55 PM
1. Getting tix to the game.

2.Hitting in the cold October weather

3.Playing Oakland

Realist
09-07-2005, 12:44 AM
Joey Cora as 3rd base coach
Our hitters decide to relive August
Ortiz and Ramirez playing wack-a-mole with our pitchers' mistakes.