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GregoryEtc
05-04-2006, 04:31 PM
Thome hits #11.
Jose is amazing.

gobears1987
05-04-2006, 04:31 PM
Contreras gets #13!!!

HomeFish
05-04-2006, 04:32 PM
Detroit loses.

1.5 game lead

ShoelessJoeS
05-04-2006, 04:32 PM
Thome hits #11.
Jose is amazing.What he said. Also, Iguchi's 3-4 day needs to be commended as well.

:bandance: :gulp: :bandance:

EDIT: I can't wait to see Crede's amazing catch as the #1 Web Gem

Kogs35
05-04-2006, 04:32 PM
Joeeeeeeeee Crede!!!!!!!!!!! :bandance: :bandance: Jose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :gulp: :gulp: and Thome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:supernana: :supernana:

gbergman
05-04-2006, 04:33 PM
Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

nsdjoe
05-04-2006, 04:33 PM
1.41 ERA should be good enough for best in MLB after Maddux got touched yesterday.

Baby Fisk
05-04-2006, 04:33 PM
Wow, just wow. Another "textbook" Contreras win. The man is turning into a machine. I daresay 2006 is becoming just as fun as 2005.

We rule! :bandance:

I can't wait to face New York, Boston and Oakland.

cbotnyse
05-04-2006, 04:34 PM
Thome, JC, Crede...awesome game today :gulp:

First to 20!! nice work

ShoelessJoeS
05-04-2006, 04:35 PM
1.41 ERA should be good enough for best in MLB after Maddux got touched yesterday.Thomson from ATL has had that honor for over a week now.

Edit: He's pitching tonight, so well see...

nsdjoe
05-04-2006, 04:36 PM
Thompson from ATL has had that honor for over a week now.

Just saw that. BOO!

Sox83Kid
05-04-2006, 04:38 PM
Wow, just wow. Another "textbook" Contreras win. The man is turning into a machine. I daresay 2006 is becoming just as fun as 2005.

We rule! :bandance:

I can't wait to face New York, Boston and Oakland.


What do you mean, 'just as fun' as 2005? This is year will be waaay more fun than last year! :D:

Baby Fisk
05-04-2006, 04:39 PM
Just saw that. BOO!
There's an important difference: Thompson's teammates must hate him or something. They don't score any runs when he pitches, or the bullpen keeps blowing his leads. His record is 0-1.

Law11
05-04-2006, 04:40 PM
JC did a nice job of escaping after walking a few guys..

ShoelessJoeS
05-04-2006, 04:43 PM
During the postgame interview, Ozzie just compared Crede to Ventura and went on to say how he should have won the GG the last two years. No **** Ozzie, Crede's the man!!!

nedlug
05-04-2006, 04:44 PM
During the postgame interview, Ozzie just compared Crede to Ventura and went on to say how he should have won the GG the last two years. No **** Ozzie, Crede's the man!!!

If he continues to hit as well as he has, a GG is not far away... right?

PicktoCLick72
05-04-2006, 04:46 PM
Nice fun win. Let's keep it up.:supernana: :supernana:

ShoelessJoeS
05-04-2006, 04:46 PM
If he continues to hit as well as he has, a GG is not far away... right?Unfortunately you're right. Undeniably, for some reason, voters take offense into account for deciding the winner of the best defender at each position :?:

Tekijawa
05-04-2006, 04:51 PM
If he continues to hit as well as he has, a GG is not far away... right?

I'm sure Boras has a whole chapter devoted to this in his bound Portfolio to be sent out at the end of the season to all MLB Clubs about Joe...

GregoryEtc
05-04-2006, 04:51 PM
If he continues to hit as well as he has, a GG is not far away... right?

Joe will get MVP votes this year if he keeps this up.

gowhitesox
05-04-2006, 04:51 PM
Put it on the board, YES!!

Jim Thome is amazing. 11 Home Runs and it is only the beginning of May. At the pace he is going he will probably hit 45 home runs at least.

viagracat
05-04-2006, 04:54 PM
Just a good game all around. JC got into a couple jams but pitched his way through them. Crede is really starting to impress me with his overall play.

And I'm sure Ozzie is saying right now..."Remember, KC is a major league team and we'll have to keep bringing it if we want to keep winning. We don't want any more "Airplane!" postgame threads from the good folks at WSI". And they will. It's good to be king.

Madvora
05-04-2006, 04:54 PM
AHHH!!!! I missed the entire game. I didn't even know it was a day game today! That's a first. I don't know what the hell I was doing.

sullythered
05-04-2006, 04:55 PM
I'm sure Boras has a whole chapter devoted to this in his bound Portfolio to be sent out at the end of the season to all MLB Clubs about Joe...

Joe's got two more years of arbitration, so shouldn't he be sending it to the judge?

Minnie Me
05-04-2006, 04:56 PM
I believe that the Sox also have the fewest losses in MLB.
Thank you for the opportunity to express that thought.
Sincerely,
Minnie Me

mjharrison72
05-04-2006, 04:56 PM
Sounds like another great pitching performance by Jose, but I did see his pitch count seemed a little high. Were guys getting good at-bats on him, or what? The walks are also a concern... not to be a dark cloud or anything, but Jose's control has just GOT to be on if he's going to be successful.

And can I just mention that I love Jim Thome in a Sox uniform? For the record?

sullythered
05-04-2006, 05:01 PM
Sounds like another great pitching performance by Jose, but I did see his pitch count seemed a little high. Were guys getting good at-bats on him, or what? The walks are also a concern... not to be a dark cloud or anything, but Jose's control has just GOT to be on if he's going to be successful.

And can I just mention that I love Jim Thome in a Sox uniform? For the record?

Jose walked three after recording two quick outs in (i think) the sixth. He had a little spat wildness that disapeared in the next inning. No worries.

mrs. hendu
05-04-2006, 05:02 PM
What a game to watch!
I love this team!!!!!!

:bandance:

LongLiveFisk
05-04-2006, 05:02 PM
Sounds like it was a great game--I was stuck at work though.

Btw, today's date is the 4th, not the 5th. :wink:

ShoelessJoeS
05-04-2006, 05:02 PM
Sounds like another great pitching performance by Jose, but I did see his pitch count seemed a little high. Were guys getting good at-bats on him, or what? The walks are also a concern... not to be a dark cloud or anything, but Jose's control has just GOT to be on if he's going to be successful.

And can I just mention that I love Jim Thome in a Sox uniform? For the record?Obviously you missed the game (not to be disrespectful). JC was making people look foolish out there today. He pitched a phenomenal game minus one inning where he walked 3, including one with the bases loaded.

RedHeadPaleHoser
05-04-2006, 05:02 PM
What a game to watch...and listen to. Tons of fun....bring us the Royals!!!

Chips
05-04-2006, 05:03 PM
Another good game to see.

:winner

Jim Thome is the man

Jose Contreras is a stud.

roylestillman
05-04-2006, 05:05 PM
Put it on the board, YES!!

Jim Thome is amazing. 11 Home Runs and it is only the beginning of May. At the pace he is going he will probably hit 45 home runs at least.

Not to turn into a math geek, but with 28 games played he is on a pace to hit 63.

champagne030
05-04-2006, 05:06 PM
Sounds like another great pitching performance by Jose, but I did see his pitch count seemed a little high. Were guys getting good at-bats on him, or what? The walks are also a concern... not to be a dark cloud or anything, but Jose's control has just GOT to be on if he's going to be successful.

And can I just mention that I love Jim Thome in a Sox uniform? For the record?

I didn't see any of the game other than the 6th and 7th. JC got squeezed on a few pitches that inning. I don't know if the ump had a dixie cup strike zone all game or not.

batmanZoSo
05-04-2006, 05:07 PM
Took care of Seattle like they should have. Great job boys. JC for Cy Young, mahhhk my worrrrds. :cool:

KC time. :drool:

mjharrison72
05-04-2006, 05:10 PM
Obviously you missed the game (not to be disrespectful). JC was making people look foolish out there today. He pitched a phenomenal game minus one inning where he walked 3, including one with the bases loaded.
Well, you got me there... I was trying to periodically keep up on the Gamecast, but that really leaves something to be desired. All I saw was a pitch count over 100 after 6 innings (which, actually, when I think about it, is pretty average or even better than average). Of course, he came back in the 7th and threw, according to my count, 6 pitches to retire the side. So I'll definitely take your word that he was making people look silly and the walks were an anomoly.

kevin57
05-04-2006, 05:11 PM
After losing 2 out of 3 to Seattle on the road, it's nice to see a mini-sweep at home.

hawkjt
05-04-2006, 05:17 PM
The ump was a little inconsistent- he called a couple of strikes on the sox that were about a foot outside. Then he would not give Jose the corner in that inning.

Seattle is the kind of lineup that gives us some trouble- contact hitters that work the count. Ibanez is just a bitch.

Big Jim breaks out with that laser.

Hernandez settled in- good thing Jim got to that pitch.

batmanZoSo
05-04-2006, 05:17 PM
So this means we haven't lost two in a row since the 8th of April, the first KC series. It's always gonna be hard to beat this team twice in a row. :cool:

GregoryEtc
05-04-2006, 05:22 PM
After 28 games

2006 20-8
2005 21-7

Last year's team had 24 wins before losing their 9th. Let's sweep KC and make a run at that.

rwcescato
05-04-2006, 05:27 PM
Thome hits #11.
Jose is amazing.

Expectations sure have changed. another great victory and another great year ahead. GO SOX!!!!!:)

champagne030
05-04-2006, 05:28 PM
After 28 games

2006 20-8
2005 21-7

Last year's team had 24 wins before losing their 9th. Let's sweep KC and make a run at that.

We'll be 23-8 and then lose to the Angels because everybody knows we can't win more than 8 in a row.

SoxSideIrish
05-04-2006, 05:54 PM
Unfortunately you're right. Undeniably, for some reason, voters take offense into account for deciding the winner of the best defender at each position :?:I wish that were true. Example: Torii Hunter. The guy plays about half a season and still walks away with the hardware. I think he hit like .260-something for that time too. While thats not exactly in the gutter, .260 wins you an award?

But I remain hopeful, if Joe keeps slappin' teams around like this, I like his chances.

:gulp:"To Bill Brask...er, I mean, Joe Crede!"

itsnotrequired
05-04-2006, 05:59 PM
itsnotrequired family 4, ballpark 1

Another successful outing with the little guy. This was the best one yet as he was able to take his customary 2nd inning nap in mommy's arms without her having to walk him around the concourse. Awesome! She only got up for a half-inning to change him so this was the longest game we spent together. Took pretty good advantage of Dog Day and each had a pair of Koshers (as I had propheciesed).

Highlight of the day was the casual stroll I took with junior down to the field on the third base side before the game. Not one minute later but who should emerge from the dugout? Why, none other than White Sox goodwill ambassador Man Soo Lee! He was handing out autographed balls to select kids in the crowd. Little Oliver now has his first ballgame ball, with a glorious "59 Man Soo" tag on the side. Woot.

Sig update time.

Unregistered
05-04-2006, 06:03 PM
Woot.
No grown man should ever type that. A father, no less... :cool:

itsnotrequired
05-04-2006, 06:04 PM
No grown man should ever type that. A father, no less... :cool:
The Sox have gone 5-0 when my son is at the park. That calls for a woot, woot.

:tongue:

SectionBNole
05-04-2006, 06:09 PM
White Sox rule, everyone else drools! :redneck

batmanZoSo
05-04-2006, 06:11 PM
After 28 games

2006 20-8
2005 21-7

Last year's team had 24 wins before losing their 9th. Let's sweep KC and make a run at that.

It's gonna be hard to match the start they had last year. But with the 5 man rotation we have and the superior lineup, I can see this team winning more than 99 games.

bigsqwert
05-04-2006, 06:14 PM
Just got back from the game. Aside from 1 inning, Jose looked pretty dominant.

Side note: Thome has HR'd at all 5 games I've been to so far. I need to go more often!

unclegary
05-04-2006, 06:21 PM
I have been a fan for 43 years. Last year I would watch the scores on the internet (as I live in San Diego) and wait for disaster to happen. Now I sit and wait for these guys to play like champs and kick the snot out of whoever they are playing. They seldom disappoint. This team is really good. Absent serious injury, who can touch them? God I love this team. Hi Chisox Girl.

:gulp:

D. TODD
05-04-2006, 06:32 PM
Just got back from the game, and the Sox finally win one with me in attendence this year.:gulp: 1-2 for 06, thanks to Mr. automatic Jose Contreras! Big Bad Bobby has been looking great of late also. 20-8 after the slow 1-4 start man this team looks SOLID!!!!!!

WSox8404
05-04-2006, 06:35 PM
Just got back from the game, and the Sox finally win one with me in attendence this year.:gulp: 1-2 for 06, thanks to Mr. automatic Jose Contreras! Big Bad Bobby has been looking great of late also. 20-8 after the slow 1-4 start man this team looks SOLID!!!!!!

19-4 in their last 23. Mercy! I just don't know what to think. I keep telling myself that this may have no end in sight. We may be this good or better for 3 to 4 more years. When I think of that I get this warm fuzzy feeling inside.

BeviBall!
05-04-2006, 06:43 PM
Keep it clean, y'all!

:sweep

Deebs14
05-04-2006, 07:04 PM
Damn I wasn't even aware today's game had already been played...that's what I get for studying all day I guess.

Regardless, let's keep up this thing we call winning. :D:

batmanZoSo
05-04-2006, 07:53 PM
19-4 in their last 23. Mercy! I just don't know what to think. I keep telling myself that this may have no end in sight. We may be this good or better for 3 to 4 more years. When I think of that I get this warm fuzzy feeling inside.

I still don't feel like we've seen the best ball from this team yet, either. Maybe it's just me. Even with an 8 game winning streak and the 19-4, they never seemed to be just completely red-hot like they were at times last year, firing on all cylinders. :?: They win ugly more than they did in the past. Maybe it's just a different type of team (they're certainly more of a hitting team), but then again maybe they haven't fully clicked yet, which would be a frightening thought for a team that's 20-8. :o:

soxfanatlanta
05-04-2006, 08:33 PM
I still don't feel like we've seen the best ball from this team yet, either. Maybe it's just me. Even with an 8 game winning streak and the 19-4, they never seemed to be just completely red-hot like they were at times last year, firing on all cylinders. :?: They win ugly more than they did in the past. Maybe it's just a different type of team (they're certainly more of a hitting team), but then again maybe they haven't fully clicked yet, which would be a frightening thought for a team that's 20-8. :o:
They are not all clicking together yet - and that's why I'm so bullish on these guys. When they all get it together, it's gonna be almost unfair.

Edit: Did anyone notice that Farmio was screwing up the balls, and strikes? Example - Iguchi took a called strike, and then fouled off a pitch and EF said that the count was 1-1? Huh?

TomBradley72
05-04-2006, 08:33 PM
Crede's catch of that pop up down the line was incredilbe. I have NEVER seen a 3rd baseman put on the defensive display that he has delivered over the past month. Nice play by Machowiak as well with the flyball down the line.

itsnotrequired
05-04-2006, 08:37 PM
Crede's catch of that pop up down the line was incredilbe. I have NEVER seen a 3rd baseman put on the defensive display that he has delivered over the past month. Nice play by Machowiak as well with the flyball down the line.

Video for that catch is up now. I look forward to seeing it in the Web Gems tonight.

batmanZoSo
05-04-2006, 08:43 PM
They are not all clicking together yet - and that's why I'm so bullish on these guys. When they all get it together, it's gonna be almost unfair.

Edit: Did anyone notice that Farmio was screwing up the balls, and strikes? Example - Iguchi took a called strike, and then fouled off a pitch and EF said that the count was 1-1? Huh?

Yeah I caught that too. I don't know if there could be a greater decline in the quality of broadcasting than we've had. Rooney's a Hall of Famer and this pair does grave injustice to the word bad.

BackNBlack
05-04-2006, 08:50 PM
I got out of work just as the post game show started, but hearing it was a Whitesox winner it made my day. After last night and today the awsome factor just went off the scale, these guys are HOT! Sidenote I think we need to campaign Jim Thome into the Allstar ballot!

ThirdBaseman
05-04-2006, 08:58 PM
Hey guys check this out:

http://xs300.xs.to/xs300/06185/credejuggle.jpg

Third base umpire Phil Cuzzi, left, signals, Seattle Mariners' Raul Ibanez out as Joe Crede (24) comes up with the fly ball hit by Ibanez in the 8th inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 4th, 2006 in Chicago. The Cubs beat the Mariners 4-1. (from Yahoo! Sports)

Uh yeah...I think someone got their caption wrong!!

TheOldRoman
05-04-2006, 09:19 PM
I wish that were true. Example: Torii Hunter. The guy plays about half a season and still walks away with the hardware. I think he hit like .260-something for that time too. While thats not exactly in the gutter, .260 wins you an award? Torrrriiiiiii has been extremely lucky in several regards. First of all, he was on the "loveable insurgent Twins who beat the big payroll White Sox and staved off contraction" which ESPN absolutely fell in love with.
Most importantly, he has been extremely lucky to be in the right situation at the right time. I am not saying robbing a HR doesn't take skill, because it obviously does, but he has been lucky enough to have countless balls hit that would have landed a foot past the wall. Honestly, how many times have the White Sox pitchers given up balls that landed or would have landed an inch over the wall? I can only think of a couple in the last 3 or 4 years. Hunter has been lucky enough for the Twins' pitching staff to give up one of those balls seemingly every week. He was seen so often robbing homers on great plays, but people failed to realize that he was lucky to be in that position, and many other CFs would have made the play.
Once again, I am not saying he is not good, but his entire reputation is built on him robbing homeruns. It has been pure luck that so many balls were hit right to the fence during his career.

As for Crede, don't hold your breath on him winning the gold glove, even though he is clearly the best 3B in the AL. The media still overlooks and/or downright hates the White Sox, and makes every effort to minimize their accomplishments. Chavez is great, and has won several gloves. He will likely continue to win them on reputation alone. If Crede has a monster year (40 HR) and plays great D, the media will finally take the GG away from Chavez... and give it to A-Rod.:angry:

flo-B-flo
05-04-2006, 09:19 PM
Wow, just wow. Another "textbook" Contreras win. The man is turning into a machine What he said! The count is just filthy. I'm watching it now on tape. Almost unhitable.

flo-B-flo
05-04-2006, 09:26 PM
While watching Thome's first inning "here's the pitch.....HOME RUN!!!", the hawk said one of the funniest things about a homer I've EVER heard. Some thing like that clothesline could have hung all the drawers in Cook County. I about spit out a huge gulp of beer!! What a comment!!

Bobbo35
05-04-2006, 09:38 PM
If he continues to hit as well as he has, a GG is not far away... right?
Great win today, just watched courtesy of Tivo. Contreras was lights out, Crede was Crede and Thome does what he does, hit home runs. Go Sox!!

The thing that kills me is that there should be no judgement based on a guys hitting for the gold glove, just fielding. There was no way that Rodriguez was better than Crede last year in the field.

Ol' No. 2
05-04-2006, 09:47 PM
I didn't see any of the game other than the 6th and 7th. JC got squeezed on a few pitches that inning. I don't know if the ump had a dixie cup strike zone all game or not.Jose was just dominating for the first five innings. I think he got through them in about 60 pitches, and VERY few of them balls. I don't know what happened in the 6th, but he was lucky to get out with only one run. Then back to dominance in the 7th, but he threw a lot of pitches in the 6th, so he wasn't going to go much longer.

itsnotrequired
05-04-2006, 09:49 PM
Jose was just dominating for the first five innings. I think he got through them in about 60 pitches, and VERY few of them balls. I don't know what happened in the 6th, but he was lucky to get out with only one run. Then back to dominance in the 7th, but he threw a lot of pitches in the 6th, so he wasn't going to go much longer.

He threw what, 30 pitches in the 6th? For only one run, that's pretty wild.

I luuuuuv Jose.:D:

Ol' No. 2
05-04-2006, 09:56 PM
He threw what, 30 pitches in the 6th? For only one run, that's pretty wild.

I luuuuuv Jose.:D:Here's the count:

1st: 3 balls to 4 batters
2nd: 5 balls to 5 batters
3rd: 3 balls to 3 batters
4th: 4 balls to 3 batters
5th: 4 balls to 3 batters

Total: 19 balls to 18 batters in 5 innings. This ain't the old Jose Contreras.

TomBradley72
05-04-2006, 09:59 PM
Here's the count:

1st: 3 balls to 4 batters
2nd: 5 balls to 5 batters
3rd: 3 balls to 3 batters
4th: 4 balls to 3 batters
5th: 4 balls to 3 batters

Total: 19 balls to 18 batters in 5 innings. This ain't the old Jose Contreras.

:hawk

"I love it when you analyze!"

itsnotrequired
05-04-2006, 10:01 PM
Here's the count:

1st: 3 balls to 4 batters
2nd: 5 balls to 5 batters
3rd: 3 balls to 3 batters
4th: 4 balls to 3 batters
5th: 4 balls to 3 batters

Total: 19 balls to 18 batters in 5 innings. This ain't the old Jose Contreras.

I was commenting more on only one run scored in all that nonsense in the 6th. Jose put himself in the situation and Jose pitched himself out of it.

Ol' No. 2
05-04-2006, 10:09 PM
I was commenting more on only one run scored in all that nonsense in the 6th. Jose put himself in the situation and Jose pitched himself out of it.It didn't hurt any that he already had two outs when he got into trouble.

itsnotrequired
05-04-2006, 10:15 PM
It didn't hurt any that he already had two outs when he got into trouble.

No outs, one out, two outs...Jose put himself in the jam and Jose got himself out of it.

ArkanSox
05-04-2006, 10:22 PM
In the interview after the game, Jose said that he was fighting a cold and wasn't feeling right. Maybe that's why less control than usual, but I agree that he was squeeezed in the sixth. One of the walks came after back to back pitches, right on the outside and inside corners.

"If I pitch like that every time, I hope to be sick in every start," he said through a translator. His stuff is sick, all right. :wink:

GO SOX!!!

oeo
05-04-2006, 10:22 PM
No outs, one out, two outs...Jose put himself in the jam and Jose got himself out of it.

Yeah, I commented on this in the chat. The old Jose would have given up a huge hit and probably the lead. I like this new guy, he's pretty good. :D:

Ol' No. 2
05-04-2006, 10:28 PM
No outs, one out, two outs...Jose put himself in the jam and Jose got himself out of it.He got out of a much tighter spot in the 2nd. Two in scoring position with no outs and the M's get bupkis. Nice.

champagne030
05-04-2006, 10:43 PM
In the interview after the game, Jose said that he was fighting a cold and wasn't feeling right. Maybe that's why less control than usual, but I agree that he was squeeezed in the sixth. One of the walks came after back to back pitches, right on the outside and inside corners.

"If I pitch like that every time, I hope to be sick in every start," he said through a translator. His stuff is sick, all right. :wink:

GO SOX!!!

Two pitches stand out. 0-1 to the Truth should've put him 0-2. The 1st pitch to Beltre was clearly a strike. JC didn't seem right that inning....he slowed to a stop with his step off's toward 2nd every other pitch. He didn't look comfortable and maybe the calls and not feeling well didn't help. JC came out in the 7th and shut the door probably knowing he wasn't going the distance and looking towards a hot shower.

chisox77
05-04-2006, 10:46 PM
Was at the game today - had excellent seats with some friends in Section 140, 5th row, and I had a real good look at Thome's blast. The crack of the bat was loud, clear, and sweet, and it left in a hurry.

That underrated left side of the White Sox infield was so good defensively - Crede and Uribe made fine plays coming in on those short hops, and making solid throws to Paulie.

I continue to be impressed with the demeanor of this team, and I keep posting this, but it's true. The White Sox are "scary good." And they are focused, yet relaxed. Great game to watch and savor.

:cool:

RockyMtnSoxFan
05-05-2006, 03:29 AM
He threw what, 30 pitches in the 6th? For only one run, that's pretty wild.

I luuuuuv Jose.:D:

He threw 42 in the 6th. Then about 8 in the 7th.

RadioheadRocks
05-05-2006, 03:50 AM
Unfortunately you're right. Undeniably, for some reason, voters take offense into account for deciding the winner of the best defender at each position :?:


I guess that would explain Kenny Rogers winning a Gold Glove last year... he certainly was OFFENSIVE enough last year!!!

ROFLMFAO :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao: :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:

Rounding_Third
05-05-2006, 10:35 AM
When Thome hit his opposite field double, did anyone pick up that something may have been going on with Thome and the Sox dugout. He was defintiely trying to go opposite field with the shift on and when he fouled off the previous pitch to that side, he took a moment to look into the Sox dugout and looked like he was going to bust out laughing. This lasted about 30 seconds before he got back into the box for the next pitch - the LF 2 bagger. Its just my take but it sure seemed like they were having some fun in the context of winning baseball. If so, all the better that Konerko brought him home. When Thome returned to the dugout, the were some smirks on a few of the faces who greeted him especially Widger & Walker. And if Thome can master that swing - good bye shift!