View Full Version : Playoff Roulette anyone?

10-06-2005, 03:10 AM
Just a few thoughts about this series. few unrelated, However, after few random ruminations, a long, but funny look at playoff roulette

-After Graffs error, Wells glared at him and swore reaaaalll loud. Take what you want from his comments, he wont be sending graffanino a cheese trey for christmas.

-After the home run, I had flash backs as I saw Wells grab his back and " wince" in pain.

-Hey "Boomer", most non trauma related back problems are caused from 2 things, being over weight, and spending too much time in a chair on the internet ( which my guess is he does plenty of, seeing as he always sports the poker stars hat for tv time, they probably stake him 50 bucks a tv shot, probably plays a lot of internet poker) Even more, the back did not hang the curve, the arm did

Now for the long list of playoff Roulette ( winner: Good Guys)

July 2004: White Sox trade one year wonder Esteban Loaiza to the Yankees for apparent Bust of a contract Jose Contreras and Cash

Winter 2004-2005: AL WEST Contender Oakland Deals away the big 3, Hudson goes to Atlanta, and Mulder to St. Louis

Red Sox Scout Japanese 2b Tadahito Iguchi, they feel he does not offer any kid of upgrade over current 2b Mark Bellhorn, and pass as the "mastermind youngster" Theo Epstein, ponders putting Manny on Waivers

Later that Winter: After long negotiations and scouting trips, The Chicago White Sox ( with help from Shingo Takatsu ) Break the Heart of Willie Harris after inking Iguchi to a major league contract, Iguchi did not recieve the Kaz MAtsui money he had requested, but he does make a nice chunk of Change as "stealth" gets his man.

The Sox, after several trades with non contenders and freeing up cash, Pick up Former Minnesota Twin Catcher and club house cancer AJ. Twins favored to win Central, and many believe world series

Many playoff teams play the short stop Shuffle. Former Cardinal Edgar Renteria gets a huge deal to man short in bean town, posts a decent year, but not what was exected. Orlando Cabrera, who won a ring with the Red Sox, signs with Anaheim, and David Eckstein, baseballs version of RUDY, who won a ring with the angels, signs to be the SS of St Louis.

Padres Starter ( and former Yankee Bo Sock and White Sock) David Wells returns to Boston in effort to win another Ring before he retires

Astros Oft Injured but talent filled SP Wade Miller heads to Boston

In a late off season move, the White Sox sign former Yankee Ace Orlando Hernandez to help tutor the young pitchers and provide post season experience

Early Summer 2005: White Sox Claim hot armed, troubled reliever Bobby Jenks from the Anaheim Angels

Summer 2005: After a miserable start to the Season for Shingo, the White Sox decide youngters Neil Cotts and Bobby Jenks and the emergence of dominating closer Dustin Hermanson has tightened up the pen and The White Sox Waive Shingo. Shingo does not report to minor league camp, and picks up with the Mets and Kaz Matsui. Shingo later goes on to be unable to hold down the braves, who eventually win the east

July 2005: In desperate need of Infield insurance, Kenny Williams appears to set up deals for both Joe Randa and Tony Graffanino. Both deals fall through, as Randa ends up with the Padres, and Graffanino to the Red Sox.

The padres then Deal "Mr. I play Everywhere" Geoff Blum to the white sox, and Blum becomes a key reserve for the Sox.

the Red Sox release struggling reliever Alan Embree, then Later release 2b Mark Bellhorn

The yanks pick up Both, neither make any real contribution to the team [ I believe Embree was released, and Bellhorn not sure if he made the playoff roster]

The White Sox fail to meet rumors of picking up AJ Burnett or JAson Schmidt, forcing unreliable starters Contreras and Hernandez to stay in the rotation

Semptember 2005: Jose Contreras continues to roll, and goes 11-2 in the second half of the season, seeming to find the magic he had in Cuba. Orlando Hernandez wears down, but provides solid relief efforts in short time in the pen. Brandon McCarthy is recalled to finish the season in the Rotation, and Dominates in his remaining starts, proving he is here to stay.

October 2005: Contreras wins game 1 against the Red Sox with help from AJ. Graffanino error in game 2 followed by Iguchi home run adds back to back white sox Wins in the ALDS, David Wells gets the Loss. Jenks gets a 2 inning save

Orlando Cabrera continues to haunt the Yankees, his big single evens the series 1 to 1 with the yankees.

Hudson hit hard in game 1, former Yankee Starter Andy Pettite throws a beauty of a game, gets the W, Mulder dominates Padres, Joe Randa no help.

The best move Made at the deadline truly seemed to be no move by Kenny Williams. The team has appeared to re gel with each other, and Contreras has been amazing since not losing his rotation spot.

Alot of players changed hands amongst these 8 teams, very funny how things work out in the end. Seems like most of Theos moves have backfired a little this year, Kennys have paid off, as has Walt Jockety ( I think he is the GM of St. Louis atleast).