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getonbckthr
07-28-2006, 10:02 PM
Holy moley moley. Who needs Paulie anyways, 50 million dollars pshh!

rowand33
07-28-2006, 10:03 PM
two words:

Ross Gload

WhiteSox1983
07-28-2006, 10:04 PM
Of all people.... ross gload? :?:

oh well, we needed that.

Why did konerko leave the game by the way? (I was keepin track of the game online)

Domeshot17
07-28-2006, 10:04 PM
maybe now I can say it

THERE IS THAT FRICKIN INTENSITY I WAS TALKING ABOUT. THAT BENCH BLEW UP WHEN GLOADS BALL GOT OUT.

We'rreeeee BBBaaaacckkkkkkkkkkk

4th Gen. Sox Fan
07-28-2006, 10:04 PM
:winner
Ross Gload? Wow :bandance:

thewalkoffshot
07-28-2006, 10:04 PM
Thank you Ross.

Hopefully this starts a nice long winning streak.

They need to come out tomorrow the way they started the 9th inning tonight. They looked inspired during this last inning.

BeviBall!
07-28-2006, 10:04 PM
Now, let's go on a run. What the hell?

infohawk
07-28-2006, 10:04 PM
I think I just peed my pants out of excitement.:o:

Wsoxmike59
07-28-2006, 10:04 PM
WTG Ross! At times it seemed I was the only believer in you on this board. You are the man.

Grand Slam to win the game, and way to pull down the high throw from Uribe to win the game!!

To all the Ross Gload doubters out there.....How you like him now??? :D:

vegyrex
07-28-2006, 10:04 PM
Wow, we actually won!!

Woo Wooo!!!!!:bandance:

WSox597
07-28-2006, 10:04 PM
I must admit, when Gload walked up to bat I was thinking, "please no double play, strike out if you must, but no double play."

Imagine my delight when he put one in the seats. My wife went nuts too, you would've thought they clinched it. Good job, Gload.

Hopefully this will pick the team up and get the monkey off of their backs.

Skates
07-28-2006, 10:04 PM
Great way to start a turn around!!!!

soxstarter
07-28-2006, 10:05 PM
It is time to "Gload"!!!!

JB98
07-28-2006, 10:05 PM
All right, guys, we're off the deck. Now let's get a winning streak going. I'm happy for Gload. He's had a tough year, buried on the bench, rarely playing. That's a huge hit for the Sox, and a huge hit for me. I've been dying a slow death during this losing streak. Finally, I can relax and enjoy a win. :gulp:

balke
07-28-2006, 10:05 PM
That's the Sox I know and love, great comeback. Way to buckle down pitching wise after getting off to a bad start.

shes
07-28-2006, 10:05 PM
I loooooooove Ross Gload. I've been talking him up to my buddies all year and finally I have something to Gload about.

That's right, he's so majestic he can be a verb. Orioles got ****ing Gloaded tonite.

slobes
07-28-2006, 10:05 PM
This guy makes the most of his at bats more than anyone else I've ever seen. Let's hope that this game set us back on track.

batmanZoSo
07-28-2006, 10:05 PM
That was totally awesome. If that doesn't bring the team back, nothing will.

Look the **** out American League. :Rocker:

MrRoboto83
07-28-2006, 10:05 PM
Did the Sox really win? :D:

Dansoxfan04
07-28-2006, 10:05 PM
Of all people.... ross gload? :?:

oh well, we needed that.

Why did konerko leave the game by the way? (I was keepin track of the game online)

Paulie left with an ankle injury

But Ross Gload! :)

NoShoesJoe
07-28-2006, 10:06 PM
maybe now I can say it

THERE IS THAT FRICKIN INTENSITY I WAS TALKING ABOUT. THAT BENCH BLEW UP WHEN GLOADS BALL GOT OUT.

We'rreeeee BBBaaaacckkkkkkkkkkk


SURE DID!!! That was ****ing great! Way to go Rossie!

zach074
07-28-2006, 10:06 PM
Do you believe in miracles?

jenn2080
07-28-2006, 10:06 PM
:winner

I havent said that other then when Garland is pitching

balke
07-28-2006, 10:07 PM
How bad of an Ankle injury for Paulie?

Tragg
07-28-2006, 10:07 PM
Finally a clutch hit. Way to go, Gload!

Just wondering, why would we sacrifice and give up an out down 2? Risky call. I was elated when Houston sacrificed in game 4 last year.

russ99
07-28-2006, 10:07 PM
Of all people.... ross gload? :?:

oh well, we needed that.

Why did konerko leave the game by the way? (I was keepin track of the game online)

He fouled one off his ankle batting earlier in the game. It almost looked like he couldn't continue the at-bat.

Hopefully, it's nothing serious, but Gload really came through! He gets a free pass on this site for a while. :D:

NoShoesJoe
07-28-2006, 10:07 PM
I loooooooove Ross Gload. I've been talking him up to my buddies all year and finally I have something to Gload about.

That's right, he's so majestic he can be a verb. Orioles got ****ing Gloaded tonite.

Awesone post! Great job!

WhiteSox1983
07-28-2006, 10:07 PM
Paulie left with an ankle injury

But Ross Gload! :)
Did it look bad?

At least its just a ankle, they heal with the quikness:smile:

getonbckthr
07-28-2006, 10:07 PM
Do you believe in miracles?
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6c/Michaels.jpg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Michaels.jpg)YESSSS

kevingrt
07-28-2006, 10:07 PM
Ross 'Flippin" Gload, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

Domeshot17
07-28-2006, 10:08 PM
balkeHow bad of an Ankle injury for Paulie?

Who Care's We have the Mighty Gload at the plate. (Teal)

infohawk
07-28-2006, 10:08 PM
All in all, a decent start by Freddy and some more dominance out of the 'pen. KW has done a darn terrific job augmenting that bullpen. It has gone from a weakness to a strength.

goon
07-28-2006, 10:08 PM
it's ross gload day in chicago.

the backend of our bullpen was awesome tonight, too.

Wsoxmike59
07-28-2006, 10:08 PM
Finally a clutch hit. Way to go, Gload!

Just wondering, why would we sacrifice and give up an out down 2? Risky call.

I think Ozzie knew if Iguchi got the bunt down successfully that the O's would counter and walk Thome.

I thought it was a good call....risky though, because Iguchi has been so "iffy" in sacrifice situations this year.

Kub_Killer_15
07-28-2006, 10:09 PM
Way to go Gload! When the team comes back to chicago I think Ross deserves a standing ovation!

A. Cavatica
07-28-2006, 10:09 PM
We should see bad pitching for a while now, time for an 8-gamer. Maybe two in a row?

MadetoOrta
07-28-2006, 10:09 PM
It's time!

batmanZoSo
07-28-2006, 10:09 PM
Thank god for that band box. :moonwalk:

wassagstdu
07-28-2006, 10:09 PM
And don't forget Podsednik and Mackowiak.

.

Grzegorz
07-28-2006, 10:09 PM
The bench did it tonight: Pods, Mackowiac, and Gload. Ross Gload; the same guy that hustles out that ball in the Cubs game that lead to AJ's heroics.

As for PK, I am sure he left the game because of a lower leg injury.

TheOldRoman
07-28-2006, 10:09 PM
Did it look bad?

At least its just a ankle, they heal with the quikness:smile:

I don't know. He fouled the ball off of his shin protector, it didn't come near his ankle. Hopefully he will be back on Sunday.

russ99
07-28-2006, 10:10 PM
I think Ozzie knew if Iguchi got the bunt down successfully that the O's would counter and walk Thome.

I thought it was a good call....risky though, because Iguchi has been so "iffy" in sacrifice situations this year.

When that bunt started to knuckle upward, my heart sank. Thank goodness it hit the turf before the pitcher and catcher got to it!

Ziggy S
07-28-2006, 10:10 PM
What were the X-ray results on Paulie? Is it too soon to ask? Well, THIS is why we kept Ross.

Furthermore, I remember in 2000 when Jeff Abbot hit a walkoff against Minnesota in the middle of May that ended a slump and got the team back on a roll that led to the AL Central Title. Of course the biggest pick me up was Joe "Clutch" Crede's GW in the 10th last September at Cleveland. That was probably the most important regular season game last year. This comeback may end up as being that kind of game. It all depends on tomorrow.

Brian26
07-28-2006, 10:10 PM
Add Chris Ray to the closers list that the Sox have beaten.

Shoeless_Jim
07-28-2006, 10:11 PM
Of all people.... ross gload? :?:

oh well, we needed that.

Why did konerko leave the game by the way? (I was keepin track of the game online)

i believe because of an injured foot/ankle.

MrRoboto83
07-28-2006, 10:11 PM
Farmio says Garland is fighting a flu virus.:(:

Viva Medias B's
07-28-2006, 10:11 PM
This will taste a lot better tonight:

:gulp:

*cranking up "Let's Go-Go-Go White Sox!" on my CD*

cheezheadsoxfan
07-28-2006, 10:11 PM
:D: The Orioles are playing "Don't Stop Believing" for the Sox fans. That is very classy.:bandance:

FloridaSox
07-28-2006, 10:11 PM
I am really glad we won and that Gload has his moment in the sun...but taking the bat of out of Thome's hands in the 9th inning is not good strategy.

DSpivack
07-28-2006, 10:11 PM
Add Chris Ray to the closers list that the Sox have beaten.

Hah, he's on my fantasy team....And I don't care!!!!!

ROSS GLOAD! Sounds a lot like Geoff Blum. :cool:

DSpivack
07-28-2006, 10:12 PM
I am really glad we won and that Gload has his moment in the sun...but taking the bat of out of Thome's hands in the 9th inning is not good strategy.

They walked Thome intentionally.

slobes
07-28-2006, 10:12 PM
:D: The Orioles are playing "Don't Stop Believing" for the Sox fans. That is very classy.:bandance:
That's pretty cool of them. I found myself busting out a couple lyrics to that song myself right after Gload hit that.

Mohoney
07-28-2006, 10:12 PM
Just wondering, why would we sacrifice and give up an out down 2? Risky call. I was elated when Houston sacrificed in game 4 last year.

You sacrifice because it's a guaranteed IBB for Thome.

The guy has been majorly slumping since the break, but now he can say that he got on base 3 times tonight, and he can have something to build on.

MrX
07-28-2006, 10:12 PM
The bench did it tonight: Pods, Mackowiac, and Gload. Ross Gload; the same guy that hustles out that ball in the Cubs game that lead to AJ's heroics.

As for PK, I am sure he left the game because of a lower leg injury.
and the bullpen.

3 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks

Freddy pitched well too, the defense let him down tonight.

Viva Medias B's
07-28-2006, 10:12 PM
Farmio says Garland is fighting a flu virus.:(:

:wanne
"Uh, oh."

Brian26
07-28-2006, 10:12 PM
Thank god for that band box.

Both teams play on the same field with the same ball.

NoShoesJoe
07-28-2006, 10:12 PM
Way to go Gload! When the team comes back to chicago I think Ross deserves a standing ovation!

Quite right! When the season's over, we'll look at this game, and that at bat as the turning point.

Soxfanspcu11
07-28-2006, 10:13 PM
I've never smoked crack but I have to assume that it couldn't hurt my heart any worse then what happened to me when I saw that ball leave the park.

I seriously thought I was either going to pass out or have a heart attack. My hands were shaking, I could'nt breath, I was sweating, IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!:D:

wassagstdu
07-28-2006, 10:13 PM
The bench did it tonight: Pods, Mackowiac, and Gload. Ross Gload; the same guy that hustles out that ball in the Cubs game that led to AJ's heroics.
How often has that happened in the last 6 weeks or so? Seems like the bench has consistently out-clutched the regulars.

.

russ99
07-28-2006, 10:13 PM
Farmio says Garland is fighting a flu virus.:(:

Just keep it away from the rest of the team and we're OK.

JB98
07-28-2006, 10:14 PM
Farmio says Garland is fighting a flu virus.:(:

Move Vaz up a day? He's be on regular rest, thanks to the off day yesterday.

cbone
07-28-2006, 10:14 PM
I won't wake up in a bad mood tomorrow. Thanks Ross!!!!!! :gulp: :gulp:

voodoochile
07-28-2006, 10:14 PM
Well that's a Gload off my mind...

:)

:winner

Let the sun shine
Let the sun shine
Let the sun shine
The sun shine in...

:):supernana::)

zmz723
07-28-2006, 10:15 PM
I know its brutal, but it works :D:

Cellview22
07-28-2006, 10:15 PM
Farmio says Garland is fighting a flu virus.:(:

He's feeling a lot better after that grand slam, I guarantee. I'm also fighting the flu virus (going around at my work :(:) and I went from feeling bummed out and sick as he!! to feeling a whole lot better within just 5 minutes, thanks to Gload.

Keep it up, Sox! Let's go on a winning streak!

Wsoxmike59
07-28-2006, 10:16 PM
When that bunt started to knuckle upward, my heart sank. Thank goodness it hit the turf before the pitcher and catcher got to it!

Mine too, at first I thought he popped it straight up and back and thought it was going foul. I was shocked when I saw the P field the ball.

Gutsy call by Oz to put on a sacrifice bunt, but it worked out in our favor.

Man it feels good to finally land one in the win column. And to have Ross Gload as the hero is the icing on the cake for me. I've been cheering bigtime for Ross to be a contributor on this team as a late inning defensive replacement for Paulie.

And to see Ross have the presence of mind to keep his foot on the bag for the final out proves what a valuable defensive guy he is.

The only two Sox 1B guys that I've seen that are better defensively than Ross Gload were Mike Squires and Jim Spencer.

sox1970
07-28-2006, 10:16 PM
:wanne
"Uh, oh."

He's got a stomach.

TheOldRoman
07-28-2006, 10:17 PM
The bench did it tonight: Pods, Mackowiac, and Gload. Ross Gload; the same guy that hustles out that ball in the Cubs game that lead to AJ's heroics.
Don't forget Cintron. He scored the winning run!

I have always been a big fan of Gload, and just earlier today I was telling my boss that Gload would lose his spot to a backup outfielder (Brady Clark). Now, I'm not so sure. Gload is a hell of a bat to have coming off the bench.

cheezheadsoxfan
07-28-2006, 10:17 PM
Did it look bad?

At least its just a ankle, they heal with the quikness:smile:

Radio just called it a shin contusion.

LuvSox
07-28-2006, 10:18 PM
Alright baby, it's go time! :bandance:

Brian26
07-28-2006, 10:18 PM
Finally a clutch hit. Way to go, Gload!

Just wondering, why would we sacrifice and give up an out down 2? Risky call. I was elated when Houston sacrificed in game 4 last year.

Personally, I hate the idea of giving up one out when you only have three left to score two runs. I was also elated when Houston gave up an out in the 9th inning last year. I'm not the manager though, and it worked out, so I can't complain.

Lip Man 1
07-28-2006, 10:19 PM
Gload earned his salary for the season tonight.

Maybe when all is said and done we'll look back on this as the singular moment that drove the Sox back to the post season.

Reminds me in August 1993 of Frank Thomas' late inning three run home run off Jeff Montgomery that took the starch right out of the Royals for the rest of the season.

I hope this takes some of the pressure off and lets this club start playing again.

Lip

batmanZoSo
07-28-2006, 10:19 PM
Both teams play on the same field with the same ball.

What? :?: Get outta here...

JorgeFabregas
07-28-2006, 10:19 PM
How 'bout our bullpen tonight?

billyvsox
07-28-2006, 10:19 PM
Ross Gload = Craig Monroe

Kub_Killer_15
07-28-2006, 10:19 PM
We also move up a game either in the central or in the wild card!:bandance:

Ol' No. 2
07-28-2006, 10:20 PM
Personally, I hate the idea of giving up one out when you only have three left to score two runs. I was also elated when Houston gave up an out in the 9th inning last year. I'm not the manager though, and it worked out, so I can't complain.The bunt put the tying run in scoring position. It's an absolute no-brainer. If you're not going to bunt in that situation, when would you ever do it?

gn2727
07-28-2006, 10:20 PM
I was watching at home and when they showed Ross' stats with the bases loaded in his career (like .538 avg no hr) I said I sure hope he makes them pay for walking Thome to get to him. It's funny how things work out for a change (Ozzie and his obsession to pull people for PH, i.e. Pods, Mac). I bet if they woulda pitched to Thome he hits a game ending double play........

Hopefully the losing streak is behind us now, cause we need every win we can get.

rookie
07-28-2006, 10:20 PM
You guys hear "Don't Stop Believin" Playing at Camden over the loudspeakers in the background?

Edit: Sorry, didn't see it in an earlier post. Anyways, it's already been said a million times, but thank you Ross Gload!

Brian26
07-28-2006, 10:22 PM
What? :?: Get outta here...

Except in Minnesota.

NoShoesJoe
07-28-2006, 10:22 PM
Sure do. Classy. That's a great park too.

TheOldRoman
07-28-2006, 10:22 PM
Personally, I hate the idea of giving up one out when you only have three left to score two runs. I was also elated when Houston gave up an out in the 9th inning last year. I'm not the manager though, and it worked out, so I can't complain.
No, it was the right call. You want to put yourself in a situation where you can tie it on a basehit. You can't expect a double, but if you get a single up the middle you want to be able to tie it. If Iguchi doesn't get a hit there (most likely), we would be kicking ourselves if Thome singled and we lost by 1.

Wsoxmike59
07-28-2006, 10:24 PM
Personally, I hate the idea of giving up one out when you only have three left to score two runs. I was also elated when Houston gave up an out in the 9th inning last year. I'm not the manager though, and it worked out, so I can't complain.

I on the other hand love the bunt in that situation. If it's successful it does move your tying runs in to scoring position, keeps you out of the DP, and the bunt puts pressure on the defense to execute covering all the bases.

It's pure bedlam going on in a sacrifice situation, it's a lot of fun to watch all the stuff going on in the INF while it's happening. (Not to mention the pitcher and C working on trying to get the batter to pop up the bunt)

jenn2080
07-28-2006, 10:24 PM
Ross Gload...I dont even know what else to say. I am in a GREAT mood now.

voodoochile
07-28-2006, 10:24 PM
I'm almost tempted to read the gamethread but I figure I could just bang my head against a wall for a few hours and accomplish the same thing. I was working for most of the game and got home in time to watch Pods lead off the 9th.

I actually didn't like the bunt call because I knew they would walk Thome intentionally and was nervous about the prospect of GIDPK coming up in that situation. When I found out is was Gload, I actually was slightly relieved. I know that is silly the way PK has been hitting this season, but I wanted a contact hitter up who would be more likely to hit a single and tie the game than the all or nothing Paulie in that situation.

Obviously it was all moot...:)

JB98
07-28-2006, 10:24 PM
The bunt put the tying run in scoring position. It's an absolute no-brainer. If you're not going to bunt in that situation, when would you ever do it?

I wanted Iguchi to swing away because I knew the Orioles would walk Thome with the base open. I didn't want to give Baltimore the opportunity to take the bat away from our leading run-producer. As it turned out, I was wrong, and it worked out for us.

That's the reason Ozzie is paid millions of dollars to manage, and that's the reason I pay thousands of dollars to watch from the seats.

Timmy D's
07-28-2006, 10:25 PM
I'm goin out and gettin' GLOADED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:gulp: :gulp:

cheezheadsoxfan
07-28-2006, 10:25 PM
You guys hear "Don't Stop Believin" Playing at Camden over the loudspeakers in the background?

Yeah, Farmer said they were playing it. Lot of class there.

Timmy D's
07-28-2006, 10:26 PM
From now on we should say the "bases are Gloaded" as well.:gulp:

SouthSide_HitMen
07-28-2006, 10:26 PM
Of all people.... ross gload? :?:

oh well, we needed that.

Why did konerko leave the game by the way? (I was keepin track of the game online)

Farmeo said he left with a contusion but didn't say where. Hopefully he will be back soon though now is the chance for Gload to shine!!!

Let's keep the line moving!!!

I watched the first four innings at the Grinder Bash and listened to Thome's at bat forward in the 9th!!!

Waited nearly a week for this:

Crank it Bobby "Hebb" Jenks

Sunny, Yesterday my life was filled with rain
Sunny, You smiled at me and really eased the pain
Now the dark days are done, and the bright days are here
My sunny one shines so sincere
Sunny one so true, I love you

credefan24
07-28-2006, 10:26 PM
This is the spark that will turn the tide.

Sort of like Crede's 2 HR game against Cleveland 9/20/05. (also known as the AJ stepping on Boone game)!!


LETS GO YOU SOX!!!

Don't give up. Don't ever ever give up.

1951Campbell
07-28-2006, 10:28 PM
You guys hear "Don't Stop Believin" Playing at Camden over the loudspeakers in the background?

Classy, Balmer. Thank you Orioles!

Oh my God, we needed this one. I don't even know what to say. I went into the beer store to talk to a friend and missed Gload's heroics, and when I went in with guys at 2nd and 3rd, I kind of figured "I need to have faith that even if I don't listen, or miss something, it will turn around."

Man, I'm fired up to go down to Camden tomorrow!

russ99
07-28-2006, 10:29 PM
because I knew they would walk Thome intentionally and was nervous about the prospect of GIDPK coming up in that situation. When I found out is was Gload, I actually was slightly relieved. I know that is silly the way PK has been hitting this season, but I wanted a contact hitter up who would be more likely to hit a single and tie the game than the all or nothing Paulie in that situation.


GIDPK? Is that Paulie's new nickname? :rolleyes:

I'm way too happy right now to think anything that negative.

Now that the Sox have a clutch win - something they can build on, maybe Paulie won't have that "carry the team" pressure anymore and start hitting all over the park like he was before the All Star break.

Ol' No. 2
07-28-2006, 10:29 PM
I wanted Iguchi to swing away because I knew the Orioles would walk Thome with the base open. I didn't want to give Baltimore the opportunity to take the bat away from our leading run-producer. As it turned out, I was wrong, and it worked out for us.

That's the reason Ozzie is paid millions of dollars to manage, and that's the reason I pay thousands of dollars to watch from the seats.Chances are good that if Iguchi swung away there wouldn't have been a base open. The bunt puts you in a situation where all it takes is a single to tie it and you have two chances to get one. Otherwise it takes either two singles or a double. Two chances to get one single is a lot better odds than three chances to get two singles or a double.

Viva Medias B's
07-28-2006, 10:29 PM
Where's Ranger Rongey? Mike Bloomberg is doing the postgame.

voodoochile
07-28-2006, 10:31 PM
GIDPK? Is that Paulie's new nickname? :rolleyes:

I'm way too happy right now to think anything that negative.

Now that the Sox have a clutch win - something they can build on, maybe Paulie won't have that "carry the team" pressure anymore and start hitting all over the park like he was before the All Star break.

I'm not thinking it now. I didn't know PK was out of the game when Thome came up. That's when I got a bit nervous. Then I saw Gload coming up and like I said earlier, it was a gload off my mind...:D:

Brian26
07-28-2006, 10:31 PM
Where's Ranger Rongey? Mike Bloomberg is doing the postgame.

Bloomberg did the pregame too. Maybe Ranger has the night off.

CLR01
07-28-2006, 10:32 PM
Well that's a Gload off my mind...




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DickAllen72
07-28-2006, 10:33 PM
Gload has proven to be a good hitter every level he has played at throughout his career.

I'm glad he's still on the Sox despite what a lot of experts think.

Lack of speed and lack of good baserunning have been hurting the Sox all season and almost cost them again tonight. Gload, not known for power came through huge with that slam! :supernana: :supernana: :supernana:

thometo
07-28-2006, 10:33 PM
I really just want to gloat that I single-handidly called Gload winning the game as soon as he was brought in...

Wait, gloat or GLOAD?

JB98
07-28-2006, 10:35 PM
Chances are good that if Iguchi swung away there wouldn't have been a base open. The bunt puts you in a situation where all it takes is a single to tie it and you have two chances to get one. Otherwise it takes either two singles or a double. Two chances to get one single is a lot better odds than three chances to get two singles or a double.

Of course. I understand the argument. I just wanted to see Thome take his hacks, as opposed to Gload. If Konerko was still in the game, I would have wanted Iguchi to bunt as well. I just didn't have that much faith in Gload. Like I said, thank goodness Ozzie is in charge and I am not.

TheOldRoman
07-28-2006, 10:37 PM
I don't know if anyone mentioned it yet here, but that was an opposite field shot!:o: Off a bad pitch, too. I mean, there is a short porch down the line, but wow.

Ol' No. 2
07-28-2006, 10:37 PM
Of course. I understand the argument. I just wanted to see Thome take his hacks, as opposed to Gload. If Konerko was still in the game, I would have wanted Iguchi to bunt as well. I just didn't have that much faith in Gload. Like I said, thank goodness Ozzie is in charge and I am not.Obviously you'd rather have Thome up there instead of Gload, all else being equal. But if the choice is between Thome up with men on 1st and 2nd and Gload up with men on 2nd and 3rd, I'll take the latter. The chances of Gload managing a single is a hell of a lot higher than Thome hitting a double.

batmanZoSo
07-28-2006, 10:38 PM
I don't know if anyone mentioned it yet here, but that was an opposite field shot!:o: Off a bad pitch, too. I mean, there is a short porch down the line, but wow.

I was thinking okay, sac fly, still in it. But thank god for the band box.

veeter
07-28-2006, 10:39 PM
Great game in the sense that it showed how strong the bench is AND how excellent the bullpen suddenly is.

Ol' No. 2
07-28-2006, 10:40 PM
I don't know if anyone mentioned it yet here, but that was an opposite field shot!:o: Off a bad pitch, too. I mean, there is a short porch down the line, but wow.I'm pretty sure that was ball four. At first I thought it was a sac fly, then it looked like it might go over his head for a double. Even after it landed I wasn't sure if it was caught. How can you not love a game that makes heroes out of guys like Ross Gload and Geoff Blum?:D:

Wsoxmike59
07-28-2006, 10:40 PM
I really just want to gloat that I single-handidly called Gload winning the game as soon as he was brought in...

Wait, gloat or GLOAD?

The two thoughts running through my head when Gload came to the plate was when he lost a Grand Slam against the Cubs on a real close fair/foul call at Wrigley a couple years ago.....and in 1959 when the Sox most unlikely player Harry "Suitcase" Simpson won a game for the Sox with a pinch Grand Slam to win a game against the Yankees during the pennant race.

I said to myself, Ross it's time to get that Grand Slam returned to you by the baseball gods, and then invoked the name of Harry Suitcase Simpson to intercede, and lo and behold Ross put a charge in to one.

That's baseball Karma right there.

http://online.tvguide.com/images/pgimg/my-name-is-earl.jpg

JB98
07-28-2006, 10:42 PM
Obviously you'd rather have Thome up there instead of Gload, all else being equal. But if the choice is between Thome up with men on 1st and 2nd and Gload up with men on 2nd and 3rd, I'll take the latter. The chances of Gload managing a single is a hell of a lot higher than Thome hitting a double.

[I'm just pissed that four of our six runs came via the home run. We're just too damn reliant on the long ball. 2004 all over again. :D:

TheOldRoman
07-28-2006, 10:43 PM
I'm pretty sure that was ball four. At first I thought it was a sac fly, then it looked like it might go over his head for a double. Even after it landed I wasn't sure if it was caught. How can you not love a game that makes heroes out of guys like Ross Gload and Geoff Blum?:D:
Yeah, I thought it was a sac fly. As the ball was flying, Hawk's voice was getting MUCH louder, and I was thinking (because this sequence took about 10 second in my head) "What the hell is he getting excited about? We will still be down by one." Then I thought it would get over his head. And I still held my breathe when the LF jumped at the wall.

JB98
07-28-2006, 10:44 PM
Yeah, I thought it was a sac fly. As the ball was flying, Hawk's voice was getting MUCH louder, and I was thinking (because this sequence took about 10 second in my head) "What the hell is he getting excited about? We will still be down by one." Then I thought it would get over his head. And I still held my breathe when the LF jumped at the wall.

Not to mention, Hawk gets excited on warning-track flyouts. I didn't think it was gone until I saw it land in the seats.

Ol' No. 2
07-28-2006, 10:46 PM
Yeah, I thought it was a sac fly. As the ball was flying, Hawk's voice was getting MUCH louder, and I was thinking (because this sequence took about 10 second in my head) "What the hell is he getting excited about? We will still be down by one." Then I thought it would get over his head. And I still held my breathe when the LF jumped at the wall.Sounds like everyone had the exact same reaction. It didn't look like much coming off the bat. It's about time the breaks started going our way.

Brian26
07-28-2006, 10:46 PM
Obviously you'd rather have Thome up there instead of Gload, all else being equal. But if the choice is between Thome up with men on 1st and 2nd and Gload up with men on 2nd and 3rd, I'll take the latter. The chances of Gload managing a single is a hell of a lot higher than Thome hitting a double.

You're thinking about this too much by the book. A bunt in that situation is a momentum killer to begin with. Your back is against the wall because you've got three outs to work with and you're down by two runs. The first two guys get on with base hits, so maybe they've got this closer's number tonight. Then you give up an out and take the bat out of Thome's hands. That situation was ripe for a GIDP. Luckily it worked out.

I don't mind a bunt in that situation early in the game, but I hate giving up outs in the 9th when you're down by two runs. Even a tie game is a different story, but not down by two. It's over-rated baseball strategy.

getonbckthr
07-28-2006, 10:47 PM
[I'm just pissed that four of our six runs came via the home run. We're just too damn reliant on the long ball. 2004 all over again. :D:
CORPSE BALL!!!!

voodoochile
07-28-2006, 10:49 PM
You're thinking about this too much by the book. A bunt in that situation is a momentum killer to begin with. Your back is against the wall because you've got three outs to work with and you're down by two runs. The first two guys get on with base hits, so maybe they've got this closer's number tonight. Then you give up an out and take the bat out of Thome's hands. That situation was ripe for a GIDP. Luckily it worked out.

I don't mind a bunt in that situation early in the game, but I hate giving up outs in the 9th when you're down by two runs. Even a tie game is a different story, but not down by two. It's over-rated baseball strategy.

I'd have prefered the H&R. Put the runners in motion and get Iguchi to hit the ball to the right side or up the middle. With the 1B and 3B both charging the plate and the SS rushing to third to take the throw to third and the 2B rushing to first to cover 1st for the bunt throw, the whole infield would have opened up.

JB98
07-28-2006, 10:49 PM
CORPSE BALL!!!!

And our bench is worthless too. I noticed the guy who stated that the other day isn't taking part in our postgame thread tonight. I know this because I've been waiting to bust his chops. :cool:

Ol' No. 2
07-28-2006, 10:49 PM
You're thinking about this too much by the book. A bunt in that situation is a momentum killer to begin with. Your back is against the wall because you've got three outs to work with and you're down by two runs. The first two guys get on with base hits, so maybe they've got this closer's number tonight. Then you give up an out and take the bat out of Thome's hands. That situation was ripe for a GIDP. Luckily it worked out.

I don't mind a bunt in that situation early in the game, but I hate giving up outs in the 9th when you're down by two runs. Even a tie game is a different story, but not down by two. It's over-rated baseball strategy.Book my ass. Work out the probabilities. The odds of one single with two outs to work with are a lot higher than getting two singles or one double with three outs to work with.

batmanZoSo
07-28-2006, 10:49 PM
You're thinking about this too much by the book. A bunt in that situation is a momentum killer to begin with. Your back is against the wall because you've got three outs to work with and you're down by two runs. The first two guys get on with base hits, so maybe they've got this closer's number tonight. Then you give up an out and take the bat out of Thome's hands. That situation was ripe for a GIDP. Luckily it worked out.

I don't mind a bunt in that situation early in the game, but I hate giving up outs in the 9th when you're down by two runs. Even a tie game is a different story, but not down by two. It's over-rated baseball strategy.

I have to agree. In principle obviously (if I need to point that out).

voodoochile
07-28-2006, 10:50 PM
Book my ass. Work out the probabilities. The odds of one single with two outs to work with are a lot higher than getting two singles or one double with three outs to work with.

In a vaccuum yes, but with the Orioles scrambling around the infield to cover bases and bunt attempts, swinging away could wreak havoc on their defensive alignment.

Brian26
07-28-2006, 10:52 PM
Book my ass. Work out the probabilities. The odds of one single with two outs to work with are a lot higher than getting two singles or one double with three outs to work with.

There are so many variables though. What if that ONE single is a little squibber in the hole that allows Pods to score from third but doesn't let Mack advance farther than third?

jenn2080
07-28-2006, 10:52 PM
hey we won why all the logic talk?

JB98
07-28-2006, 10:54 PM
hey we won why all the logic talk?

People say the postgame threads are always longer when we lose. We're trying to run up the post count. :D:

slobes
07-28-2006, 10:57 PM
I'm pretty sure that was ball four. At first I thought it was a sac fly, then it looked like it might go over his head for a double.
My initial thought after he hit the ball was "Damnit Ross you just swung at ball four". Then came the thought "Ok at least you'll get an RBI off the sac fly." It didn't even cross my mind that it would be a homer until I saw it land in the seats.

Ol' No. 2
07-28-2006, 10:57 PM
In a vaccuum yes, but with the Orioles scrambling around the infield to cover bases and bunt attempts, swinging away could wreak havoc on their defensive alignment.The odds of getting one single with two outs left are almost 50%. There is no other strategy that will give you odds that good. I love the hit and run, but not with the game on the line. The problem with the hit and run is the pitcher has to cooperate. If the batter doesn't get a decent pitch to hit the runners could be hung out to dry. There's also a chance of a double play on a lineout or weak popup.

What it really boils down to is if you want to play to tie the game or to go ahead. The bunt gives you a better chance of getting two runs at the expense of a lesser chance of three or more.

nedlug
07-28-2006, 10:57 PM
People say the postgame threads are always longer when we lose. We're trying to run up the post count. :D:

http://www.offthewallonline.com/images-paperboy/03-05/red-stripe.jpg

"Hooray White Sox Winners! Hooray long postgame threads after wins!"

voodoochile
07-28-2006, 11:01 PM
The odds of getting one single with two outs left are almost 50%. There is no other strategy that will give you odds that good. I love the hit and run, but not with the game on the line. The problem with the hit and run is the pitcher has to cooperate. If the batter doesn't get a decent pitch to hit the runners could be hung out to dry. There's also a chance of a double play on a lineout or weak popup.

What it really boils down to is if you want to play to tie the game or to go ahead. The bunt gives you a better chance of getting two runs at the expense of a lesser chance of three or more.

Again, you are looking at it from a pure stats perspective without taking the entire situation into effect.

The fact is that the Sox had two of their faster players on 1st and 2nd and guys who have proven to be base stealers all on their own. I don't want the same strategy if it is Thome and PK on 1st and 2nd, but given the guys and the situation, the H&R made more sense to me, especially with an excellent contact hitter who has shown the ability to go the other way or up the middle like Iguchi at the plate.

This is exactly why baseball is so hard to model statistically because it is very difficult to take all of the variables into account for every given situation.

TheOldRoman
07-28-2006, 11:04 PM
The odds of getting one single with two outs left are almost 50%. There is no other strategy that will give you odds that good. I love the hit and run, but not with the game on the line. The problem with the hit and run is the pitcher has to cooperate. If the batter doesn't get a decent pitch to hit the runners could be hung out to dry. There's also a chance of a double play on a lineout or weak popup.

What it really boils down to is if you want to play to tie the game or to go ahead. The bunt gives you a better chance of getting two runs at the expense of a lesser chance of three or more.
I agree. It is easy to second guess after a win, because it is all about theory; we already got the results. If Iguchi swings away and the Sox lose, this would be a 500 post thread. If Thome hit a one out single that only scored one, and we lost, this would be a 500 post thread.
All you can do is hope to put yourself into a position where a single ties it. Ozzie made the right move.

JB98
07-28-2006, 11:05 PM
I agree. It is easy to second guess after a win, because it is all about theory; we already got the results. If Iguchi swings away and the Sox lose, this would be a 500 post thread. If Thome hit a one out single that only scored one, and we lost, this would be a 500 post thread.
All you can do is hope to put yourself into a position where a single ties it. Ozzie made the right move.

I'll continue to contribute meaningless posts, just to try to get us close to 500. :smile:

I would have let Tad swing away, but I'm just glad we won.

TheOldRoman
07-28-2006, 11:06 PM
Again, you are looking at it from a pure stats perspective without taking the entire situation into effect.

The fact is that the Sox had two of their faster players on 1st and 2nd and guys who have proven to be base stealers all on their own. I don't want the same strategy if it is Thome and PK on 1st and 2nd, but given the guys and the situation, the H&R made more sense to me, especially with an excellent contact hitter who has shown the ability to go the other way or up the middle like Iguchi at the plate.

This is exactly why baseball is so hard to model statistically because it is very difficult to take all of the variables into account for every given situation.

There is no skill involved in sacrifice bunting or hitting a grand slam. The Sox got lucky tonight.

nedlug
07-28-2006, 11:07 PM
I agree with Ross getting any clutch at-bat... for the rest of the season.

Did anyone else think to themselves, "Ross is going to have a great AB here" when he came up? He always gives you a quality AB.

batmanZoSo
07-28-2006, 11:09 PM
I agree with Ross getting any clutch at-bat... for the rest of the season.

Did anyone else think to themselves, "Ross is going to have a great AB here" when he came up? He always gives you a quality AB.

It seems like he does. And you can't ask for anything else from a backup like that. He seldom goes down easily.

TheOldRoman
07-28-2006, 11:09 PM
I agree with Ross getting any clutch at-bat... for the rest of the season.

Did anyone else think to themselves, "Ross is going to have a great AB here" when he came up? He always gives you a quality AB.
Well, when they put Gload in I was happy. I said in the gamethread that it was good to get a guy out of the lineup who is just going to swing for the fences. With the way we have been playing lately, I would rather have a fresh Gload in than a pressing Konerko.

Ol' No. 2
07-28-2006, 11:18 PM
Again, you are looking at it from a pure stats perspective without taking the entire situation into effect.

The fact is that the Sox had two of their faster players on 1st and 2nd and guys who have proven to be base stealers all on their own. I don't want the same strategy if it is Thome and PK on 1st and 2nd, but given the guys and the situation, the H&R made more sense to me, especially with an excellent contact hitter who has shown the ability to go the other way or up the middle like Iguchi at the plate.

This is exactly why baseball is so hard to model statistically because it is very difficult to take all of the variables into account for every given situation.The way to think of this is the range of possible outcomes, i.e. no runs, 1 run, 2 runs, etc. All the probabilities have to sum to 100%. The H&R is a riskier move, even with Iguchi at the plate. Riskier in this context means the probabilities are more spread out - you get a wider variation in the possible outcomes. The bunt, OTOH, concentrates the probabilities. The probability of one or two runs is greatly increased, but since the probabilities have to sum to 100%, it comes at the expense of a lower probability of no runs or three or more runs. The characteristics of the individual players involved can shift the probabilities somewhat, but the bunt will still give a higher probability of 2 runs and a lower probability of zero or 3+ runs. The bunt is the correct move if you want to play for the tie. If you want to play for the win, it's not.

SOXPHILE
07-28-2006, 11:19 PM
That game was the very definition of pulling one out of their... ummm... backsides. They looked dead at the plate almost the whole game, not getting the clutch hit, etc. Way to go guys. I think I was like everyone else when Gload hit that thing. At first, I'm thinking "Oh. O.K. Sac fly. That's deep enough." Then, when the outfielder, running full speed, and facing the wall, I'm like "HEY ! That should be extra bases ! Tie it up at least !!" Then, I see it land a few rows in, and I'm almost in shock. "DID ROSS GLOAD JUST HIT A GRAND SLAM TO GIVE THE SOX A TWO RUN LEAD ???!!!!" Hawk sounded like he was gonna fall out of the booth.

digdagdug23
07-28-2006, 11:19 PM
I must admit, when Gload walked up to bat I was thinking, "please no double play, strike out if you must, but no double play."

Imagine my delight when he put one in the seats. My wife went nuts too, you would've thought they clinched it. Good job, Gload.

Hopefully this will pick the team up and get the monkey off of their backs.

ummm, I kinda did, too, I am so sorry, Ross, will you ever forgive me???

I was sitting on the deck, in the extreme heat, and every neighbor thought I was being assaulted, robbed, and murdered when I let out the yelp. Thank you for the win Ross, I doubt you no more (well, at least for tonight, anyhow :wink: )

I also feel the need to give some major props to the pen, they were solid, and did their jobs handing the game off to Bobby. Outstianding, now do it again, again, again.

102605
07-28-2006, 11:25 PM
All feels right again in the world.

For the 1st time tonight I stopped watching. Somewhere around the 5th I turned it off and didn't check on it until now.

I hope this does not mean I am not allowed to watch now!

SluggersAway
07-28-2006, 11:25 PM
You guys hear "Don't Stop Believin" Playing at Camden over the loudspeakers in the background?

Did you ever stop and think that maybe the reason they were playing that song was that their team lost and they are trying to send a message to their fans as they exit the park?

digdagdug23
07-28-2006, 11:26 PM
Did you ever stop and think that maybe the reason they were playing that song was that their team lost and they are trying to send a message to their fans as they exit the park?

You mean they weren't playing it for us? Surely you jest.

SluggersAway
07-28-2006, 11:30 PM
You mean they weren't playing it for us? Surely you jest.


Several people are calling it a "classy" move in this thread without the benefit of teal so it appears they are serious.

Ol' No. 2
07-28-2006, 11:31 PM
Did you ever stop and think that maybe the reason they were playing that song was that their team lost and they are trying to send a message to their fans as they exit the park?Wait...they can't do that!!! That's our song. Sue the bastards!!!

batmanZoSo
07-28-2006, 11:34 PM
Did you ever stop and think that maybe the reason they were playing that song was that their team lost and they are trying to send a message to their fans as they exit the park?

Still, a rather odd selection either way. What's up with Baltimore and stealing our songs?

SluggersAway
07-28-2006, 11:36 PM
Maybe if the Tigers ever beat us again at the Cell we can play "Eye of the Tiger" to honor the loss. Yea, that would be "classy."

cheezheadsoxfan
07-28-2006, 11:38 PM
Still, a rather odd selection either way. What's up with Baltimore and stealing our songs?

Can you play a song in teal?

voodoochile
07-28-2006, 11:40 PM
The way to think of this is the range of possible outcomes, i.e. no runs, 1 run, 2 runs, etc. All the probabilities have to sum to 100%. The H&R is a riskier move, even with Iguchi at the plate. Riskier in this context means the probabilities are more spread out - you get a wider variation in the possible outcomes. The bunt, OTOH, concentrates the probabilities. The probability of one or two runs is greatly increased, but since the probabilities have to sum to 100%, it comes at the expense of a lower probability of no runs or three or more runs. The characteristics of the individual players involved can shift the probabilities somewhat, but the bunt will still give a higher probability of 2 runs and a lower probability of zero or 3+ runs. The bunt is the correct move if you want to play for the tie. If you want to play for the win, it's not.

Okay, but what are the odds of getting at least the same result with a failed H&R as a bunt in THIS particular situation. That's my point.

Is there a stat for fastest and best basestealer on the team (in the league) at second, good runner who can steal bases on first with a good contact hitter who can drive the ball to all fields at the plate?

Your model is for all occurances in baseball history. That obviously doesn't account for this 5% chance. In this situation, the H&R might have actually been less risky because of the range of factors involved. This was an outlier for lack of a better word because of the players on base were at the upper echelon of base stealers the Sox possessed. It starts to mangle the statistical outcomes. Pods by himself is a 70% base stealer. The throw would have gone to third if Gooch failed, so Mack is safe for sure. With the infield scrambling all over the place after the faked bunt on pitch one, the odds start to shift dramatically, IMO, but of course I cannot model it, so I don't know that what I believe to be true actually holds up, but it looks good on the surface. Of course the Sox won anyway, so sol good...

QCIASOXFAN
07-28-2006, 11:54 PM
Ross ****ing Gload!! Who woulda thunk it! I think we are gonna look back at this game as the turning point. This win was a HUGE momentum boost. I even saw Pods smile at the end of the game!:tongue: Go Sox!:gulp: :gulp:

NDSox12
07-28-2006, 11:56 PM
Just got back from Baltimore... What an awesome way to end it! After sulking in my seat all night trying to decide if I really wanted to come back on Saturday and Sunday, now I can't wait to get back there tomorrow!

I'll be honest... I thought Iguchi bunting was the wrong call, but as someone else said, that's why I pay to watch the games and Ozzie gets paid to manage them. I understand the statistical argument, but for me it came down to a complete lack of confidence in Gload. I figured it would almost certainly come down to needing a hit from Dye. Therefore, I hated seeing Thome not get a chance to knock one out.

But all is well that ends well... way to go Ross!

TheDarkGundam
07-28-2006, 11:56 PM
I had to work tonight so I missed the game.
Glad to see they were able to win without me. :thumbsup:

DC Sox Fan
07-28-2006, 11:57 PM
Just got home from the game. Ross ****ing Gload. What else can you say?

Highlights included:

-Meeting a STRONG showing of Sox fans at Pickles pregame for some tasty :gulp: . As we rolled out the door, they even played "sweet home chicago for us.

-A hearty chant of "Let's go White Sox" starting from the Right Centerfield bleachers after Pods' base knock in the 9th.

-Incredible eruption from the Sox faithful at Gload's HR. I was in the LF club seats. When he hit it I thought "That should get Pods home." The crowd around grew anxious as the ball carried. Before I knew it, I looked down in time to see the O's LF look up just as you could put it on the board.

-High 5ing and talking to Sox fans on the way out as the PA system played "Don't Stop Believing." I like to think it was an homage to us.

The only Sox game I went to last year was the last game of our sweep in Balmur. Just before the near collapse. Although I might make it tomorrow, I'd like to think that I've brought Karma full circle and reversed our fortunes for the better this time :gulp:

DC Sox Fan
07-28-2006, 11:59 PM
I'll be honest... I thought Iguchi bunting was the wrong call, but as someone else said, that's why I pay to watch the games and Ozzie gets paid to manage them. I understand the statistical argument, but for me it came down to a complete lack of confidence in Gload.

A sox fan said to me on the way down "Looks like Ozzie sold his soul to the Devil again. Hopefully he's got his Midas touch back again!:cool:

Ol' No. 2
07-29-2006, 12:00 AM
Okay, but what are the odds of getting at least the same result with a failed H&R as a bunt in THIS particular situation. That's my point.

Is there a stat for fastest and best basestealer on the team (in the league) at second, good runner who can steal bases on first with a good contact hitter who can drive the ball to all fields at the plate?

Your model is for all occurances in baseball history. That obviously doesn't account for this 5% chance. In this situation, the H&R might have actually been less risky because of the range of factors involved. This was an outlier for lack of a better word because of the players on base were at the upper echelon of base stealers the Sox possessed. It starts to mangle the statistical outcomes. Pods by himself is a 70% base stealer. The throw would have gone to third if Gooch failed, so Mack is safe for sure. With the infield scrambling all over the place after the faked bunt on pitch one, the odds start to shift dramatically, IMO, but of course I cannot model it, so I don't know that what I believe to be true actually holds up, but it looks good on the surface. Of course the Sox won anyway, so sol good...I don't think the H&R depends very much on the speed of the runners. They generally get a good enough jump so that it's extraordinarly difficult to force them unless the ball's hit right at the bag. It depends mostly on the batter, and Iguchi is one of the best.

The other thing about the H&R is that you have to wait for the right count. It's really risky if you're behind in the count because you might not get a pitch you can handle and the runners could be hung out to dry. But you might never get to that count.

I understand all the things you're trying to say, and those things do matter. I just don't think it will shift the odds enough to tip the balance. What it boils down to is there are a larger number of possible "bad" outcomes with a H&R. The factors you mention may reduce the probability of those bad outcomes, but there are still a lot more of them, and sometimes it's just the number of things that can go wrong that gets you. There are a lot fewer things that can go wrong with a bunt. Even with all those extra factors, the I think the bunt is still the higher percentage play if you're playing for the tie.

But then, what's the percentage of Ross Gload hitting a grand slam???:smile::smile::smile:

GeauxSox
07-29-2006, 12:04 AM
Great game in the sense that it showed how strong the bench is AND how excellent the bullpen suddenly is.

Well this is a good point, while the team has been slumping the pen seems to have gotten it's act together. Early on, our set-up guys cost us a number of games in late innings. Now if that is fixed (thanks Coop and KW) and the team as a whole gets it's swagger back, we could get back in this thing. We are in a hole though now.

NDSox12
07-29-2006, 12:07 AM
-Incredible eruption from the Sox faithful at Gload's HR. I was in the LF club seats. When he hit it I thought "That should get Pods home." The crowd around grew anxious as the ball carried. Before I knew it, I looked down in time to see the O's LF look up just as you could put it on the board.


Glad you mentioned that... I was in the left field seats (more towards left center, so not where Gload hit it). When Gload first hit the ball, I was definitely thinking, ok, that should get one run in. I don't think it even crossed my mind that it had a chance to go out until I saw Terrero sprint back to the wall. Boy was I happy when I saw it land in the seats though!

flo-B-flo
07-29-2006, 12:10 AM
Being interviewed after the game, Gload said now he has as many homers as Garland, I almost fell out of my chair.:D: Bullet Train Thornton continues to impress. Let this be the game that starts a barrage of wins...........please.

Ol' No. 2
07-29-2006, 12:16 AM
Let this be the game that starts a barrage of wins...........please.The longest journey starts with a single step. Today is the first step. Tomorrow they have to keep it going.

SABRSox
07-29-2006, 12:18 AM
I can't believe I missed this game. Damn!

DaleJRFan
07-29-2006, 12:22 AM
That's the Sox I know and love, great comeback. Way to buckle down pitching wise after getting off to a bad start.

What a great bullpen performance. Cotts, MacDougal, Thornton and Jenks. Lights out. Kenny's bullpen vision was realized tonight.

batmanZoSo
07-29-2006, 12:26 AM
Well this is a good point, while the team has been slumping the pen seems to have gotten it's act together. Early on, our set-up guys cost us a number of games in late innings. Now if that is fixed (thanks Coop and KW) and the team as a whole gets it's swagger back, we could get back in this thing. We are in a hole though now.

We lost a good amount of games from the 6th inning on that we would've won with a better pen. These were games we wouldn't have let get away in '05. That's the main reason we're 8.5 back instead of 2 or 3 and being right there with the Tigers. The bullpen was weak to begin with--far too weak and ridiculous for an otherwise stacked team. Right now the pen looks solid top to bottom, so hopefully they all perform and stay healthy.

thomas35forever
07-29-2006, 12:26 AM
I just got back from Footloose and I heard the news on the radio. The same week we say Jason ****ing Bartlett, the fans in Baltimore say Ross ****ing Gload. This is the first step in the right direction to ending our slump. With Garland pitching tomorrow, how can we lose? GO SOX!!!!!!!

Ol' No. 2
07-29-2006, 12:32 AM
We lost a good amount of games from the 6th inning on that we would've won with a better pen. These were games we wouldn't have let get away in '05. That's the main reason we're 8.5 back instead of 2 or 3 and being right there with the Tigers. The bullpen was weak to begin with--far too weak and ridiculous for an otherwise stacked team. Right now the pen looks solid top to bottom, so hopefully they all perform and stay healthy.Four of the six relievers have been here from the start of the season. The only deletions are Boone Logan and Cliff Politte. Logan didn't pitch that much and they were winning a lot of games anyway, so I don't think he was really much of a factor. Replacing Politte with MacDougal is really paying dividends. It's hard to imagine that one pitcher can have that big of an effect.

SoxShirt
07-29-2006, 12:37 AM
I'm so mad I missed the game!!! :angry: My grandpa just had to celebrate his birthday today... :(: But anyway, ROSS GLOAD!!!!!!! That is so awesome! I was just reading the gameday thread to see what everyone had to say before and after it, and I couldn't stop laughing! That's so awesome how some people predicted it! Thank God that losing streak is over. How did they score that other run, by the way? I can't find any highlights on tv....:?:

GeauxSox
07-29-2006, 12:56 AM
Four of the six relievers have been here from the start of the season. The only deletions are Boone Logan and Cliff Politte. Logan didn't pitch that much and they were winning a lot of games anyway, so I don't think he was really much of a factor. Replacing Politte with MacDougal is really paying dividends. It's hard to imagine that one pitcher can have that big of an effect.

One pitcher makes a big difference when he's your set-up. They just seem to be dialed in pretty good right now. Thornton is awesome. Coop needs to get Buehrle squared away now...

Frankfan4life
07-29-2006, 01:03 AM
Oh, happy day! I'm finally out of my depression. I was thinking about wearing black every day until the White Sox won. When Gload hit that grand slam I was jumping for joy and screaming. That was magic! And to think, all I wanted was for him to take the walk. Ross... "I Luv you man!" http://www.clicksmilies.com/s0105/liebe/love-smiley-036.gif

digdagdug23
07-29-2006, 01:06 AM
Oh, happy day! I'm finally out of my depression. I was thinking about wearing black every day until the White Sox won. When Gload hit that grand slam I was jumping for joy and screaming. That was magic! And to think, all I wanted was for him to take the walk. Ross... "I Luv you man!" http://www.clicksmilies.com/s0105/liebe/love-smiley-036.gif

Well, look at it this way, at least you could still wear Sox gear. :wink:

hawkjt
07-29-2006, 01:17 AM
What a relief! Thanks to the supersubs tonite we can maybe get going. I immediately thought of Jeff Abbotts homer. I am going to go with that plan for now.

For all the sox fans at the game; you made yourself heard back to chicago. Lets go White Sox!!

Tomorrow becomes a big game as does every game from here on out.

Lets get some mometum on the road. Twins will win maybe one or two from the tigers yet this weekend so we gain on both if we do our thing. Lets go big jon!!

Timmy D's
07-29-2006, 01:24 AM
I cant calm down!!! I watched the Tivo of it 50 times, watched local news coverage(which was disappointing, as there more worried about Dusty, normal crap) watchin ESPN. I just feel good!! I think we as die hard Sox fans needed this as much as the team itself needed this!!

Damnnnnn, I feel recharged!!!!!!!!!!!!

slavko
07-29-2006, 01:40 AM
The two thoughts running through my head when Gload came to the plate was when he lost a Grand Slam against the Cubs on a real close fair/foul call at Wrigley a couple years ago.....and in 1959 when the Sox most unlikely player Harry "Suitcase" Simpson won a game for the Sox with a pinch Grand Slam to win a game against the Yankees during the pennant race.

I said to myself, Ross it's time to get that Grand Slam returned to you by the baseball gods, and then invoked the name of Harry Suitcase Simpson to intercede, and lo and behold Ross put a charge in to one.

That's baseball Karma right there.

http://online.tvguide.com/images/pgimg/my-name-is-earl.jpg

Ross doubled in the same at bat against the Cubs when he was stripped of the slam (the ball was foul IMHO). That's how you hit >.500 with bases loaded.

ChiSoxGirl
07-29-2006, 01:58 AM
I wast down at Corrigan's for a friend's birthday celebration and when Gload hit that slam, the place erupted like it was the playoffs all over again.

It's not even funny how badly we needed this win. I've been so depressed since last Saturday night and even driving down to the south side tonight, listening to the game, I felt very blah. When the 9th inning started and Pods got that hit, I just had a feeling that they were going to pull this one out. I'm so glad I was right!!!

It looked like two different teams out there for innings 1-8 and 9. The team that played the 9th inning resembled that of 2005- the one we know and love. They went from Corpseball to Grinder Ball/Ozzie Ball in a matter of minutes and what a sight it was! Could this really be the turning point of the season?? :praying:

sox_fan_forever
07-29-2006, 02:00 AM
Darn, I am mad I missed this game, but super happy that the Sox won! Keep it up, guys. :bandance:

Dan Mega
07-29-2006, 02:13 AM
I just got home from helping 2 buddies move tonight (with more coming tomorrow) and I saw the recap. I was like "uh, Gload? Are they sure about that?!"

No freakin' way, Ross Gload!:bandance::bandance:

StillMissOzzie
07-29-2006, 02:17 AM
I just got home from helping 2 buddies move tonight (with more coming tomorrow) and I saw the recap. I was like "uh, Gload? Are they sure about that?!"

No freakin' way, Ross Gload!:bandance::bandance:

Did you get a 12-pack of Miller Lite as the usual compensation? Were there stairs involved?

But I digress...

You know what woulda been really cool - if they had let us hang out at USCF after tonight's Grinder Bash to watch the game there. Maybe they DID, for all I know, we left at 7:30pm to catch the tail end here at home. What a finish!

SMO
:gulp:

CaptainBallz
07-29-2006, 02:45 AM
Well, somebody had to do it... Way to go, Ross..Talk about a "not-a-homerun" swing...I thought that was at most a sac fly...MY BAD!:bandance:

Also, kudos to BA for getting that sac run in in the 6th...Good to see..Phew...

Can we please, please, string some together now...Please...:(:

mrs. hendu
07-29-2006, 02:51 AM
Way to go Ross!!!!!!!!!!! :bandance: I love how on this team anyone can pitch in, just out of the blue. Now guys - keep the wins coming and never look back!

I didn't watch the game, but on the radio they said that the Orioles played "Don't stop believin'" after the game for the Sox fans gathered at the park. The comment was "what a class act". Yep! :gulp: I seriously had tears in my eyes when I heard that. :smile:

I feel we got confident after WS05 and almost forgot what it's like to struggle. I hope this win is a start of a big race to the top. If not, noone will take 2005 away from us, but still.. GO SOX!!!!

rookie
07-29-2006, 03:08 AM
All feels right again in the world.

For the 1st time tonight I stopped watching. Somewhere around the 5th I turned it off and didn't check on it until now.

I hope this does not mean I am not allowed to watch now!

I read a book while watching a game, so that just in case they lost I could still say that I did something somewhat productive.

For the record, I liked the bunt. Runners on first give me nightmares about double plays. And for the record, I didn't realize that Gload's name was so versatile.

MushMouth
07-29-2006, 04:53 AM
ROSS GLOAAAAAD~!!!!!!!!

Man, we need that.

Hopefully this transfers to the rest of the series and beyond.

I was watching with a cub friend of mine, being totally negative about the sox, but the minute that ball left the bat, I was writhing around trying to figure out where it was going- camera acted like it was a Sac Fly only, but BOOM! Jumpin all over, what a nice win, and LETS GO VAZ tomorrow!

robiwho
07-29-2006, 08:37 AM
It was a great night at Camden Yards! My friends and I were sitting in the bleachers, where White Sox Army was well-represented. But I didn't realize how many of us were there until Gload's blast; that place just erupted!

Special thanks to my O's fan friends for taking me, DumpJerry and the rest of the crew to a good bar after the game. :gulp:

tick53
07-29-2006, 09:14 AM
Nice slammer from Ross! Let's give some of the boys a break and let the the Bench Boys play. It's not an Endless Summer and there's still a lot of Fun Fun Fun to be had. :cool:

ChiSoxFan7
07-29-2006, 09:19 AM
i hope this is the jump start the whole team needed. The bench reaction was amazing.

Lyle Mouton
07-29-2006, 09:51 AM
yeah, the way the bench exploded was a really good sign. this could be it!

cbone
07-29-2006, 10:57 AM
I think it's really funny how many of us varied our routine trying to change things up a bit. My son and I deciced to watch a movie for the first half and catch rhe second half. (Hoodwinked on demand, very funny) :smile:

I, of course couldn't resist so I had gameday up on the laptop while the movie was on. Movie ended in the 7th, we flipped the game on. We're sitting there in the ninth, thinking "not again". Pods then Mack then the walk. You move to the edge of your seat and beg and plead. "You don't know how much we need this". I'm thinking to myself.

Gload comes through and the jubilation begins. An earlier poster asked , "Who jumped up and yelled as loud as thay could?"

We both did!!!

Going to LaGrange for a 1 o'clock showing of Posiedon, hey for 2 bucks it's worth it. Movie let's out just in time for for first pitch.

C'mon Garland keep it going!

viagracat
07-29-2006, 11:39 AM
If this win starts a winning streak of three games or more, I will have Gload's pic in my sig for the rest of the season!

THIS is the kind of dramatic win that starts a run!

markopat
07-29-2006, 11:41 AM
I just keep on believin!

What an ending! Let's get it started!

MarySwiss
07-29-2006, 11:42 AM
Wow! Wow!

I didn't watch the entire game because I was just too damn depressed. If you had seen me when I first woke up this morning, you probably could have actually seen the gloomy cloud over my head. I kept thinking, "Oh ****! 9.5 games back. What are we trying to do, fall behind 15 games just so we can prove we're better than 2005 Cleveland?" :(:

Then the Mr. told me what happened. Wow! I just watched the replay on MLB.TV, and I got goosebumps! I'm sure that had I been watching live, I would have been climbing the walls.

DON'T STOP BELIEVING!! :bandance: :bandance:

pauliemyhero14
07-29-2006, 12:42 PM
i dont know about you guys but Ross Gload is one of my favorite players. It seems like he always gets bigs hits. Like against the cubs with 2 outs got a base hit and 2 batters later A.J. hit the bomb. Ross is a very underated player. He reminds me of like a David Eckstein just without his speed. They both handle the bat very good and always get the job done. Tell me if you agree with me or disagree. :winner

miker
07-29-2006, 12:56 PM
i dont know about you guys but Ross Gload is one of my favorite players. It seems like he always gets bigs hits. Like against the cubs with 2 outs got a base hit and 2 batters later A.J. hit the bomb. Ross is a very underated player. He reminds me of like a David Eckstein just without his speed. They both handle the bat very good and always get the job done. Tell me if you agree with me or disagree.
I agree that Ross is underated and underappreciated. There's obviously a reason KW and Ozzie like him on this team!

Some have suggested that Sox fans were doing a collective groan when Ross came up in the 9th...I know I wasn't.

cheezheadsoxfan
07-29-2006, 12:59 PM
i dont know about you guys but Ross Gload is one of my favorite players. It seems like he always gets bigs hits. Like against the cubs with 2 outs got a base hit and 2 batters later A.J. hit the bomb. Ross is a very underated player. He reminds me of like a David Eckstein just without his speed. They both handle the bat very good and always get the job done. Tell me if you agree with me or disagree.

He's making a believer out of me. Gload also got the hit against the Cubs to setup the slam for AJ. Think he's going to be a very valuable guy to have on the bench.

After the O's went up 4-2 last night I went to pull weeds. Couldn't stay away tho and came back for the ninth. Sure glad I did. Scared the hell out of the dog screaming. Man, it's nice to have this feeling again. :bandance:

digdagdug23
07-29-2006, 01:04 PM
He's making a believer out of me. Gload also got the hit against the Cubs to setup the slam for AJ. Think he's going to be a very valuable guy to have on the bench.

After the O's went up 4-2 last night I went to pull weeds. Couldn't stay away tho and came back for the ninth. Sure glad I did. Scared the hell out of the dog screaming. Man, it's nice to have this feeling again. :bandance:

I was so close to walking away from the TV, due to the fact that my laundry is mating and producing off-spring, but for some reason, I had a nagging voice in my head that said "No, just wait, don't walk away". Even though I have the TIVO, I would much rather watch it live. Weird, huh?

joshua1024
07-31-2006, 02:33 PM
I live in Washington, D.C. and attended the weekend series with the O's at Camden Yards (fortunately for me, I saw only Friday night's and Saturday afternoon's games, and missed the tragedy on Sunday).

I just want to report that there were thousands -- THOUSANDS -- of Sox fans in the park on both dates. Little kids; old men; girlfriends with flashing (battery operated?) Sox caps; beer-bellied guys with "Sox Side Hit Men" T's. When Gload hit his grand slam in the ninth, hundreds of crazed displaced South Siders high-fived each other in Camden's center field bleachers (I was one). When A.J. went five for five on Saturday, thousands of Soxaholics gave him a standing ovation (again, I was one).

The bottom line is that our team is planting deep roots in places far flung from the Cell (or as I still think of it, 35th & Shields). We've come along way baby, and it feels fine!!:D: