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Frontman
03-18-2007, 11:04 PM
Ok,

besides the standard "win it all" answer, what is everyone hoping for this season?

I'm hoping to see the following:

Jim Thome break 500 homers and strengthen his bid for entry to the HOF. (Very strong possibility of this happening, but you never know.)

Jermaine Dye to repeat his MVP-caliber performance of last year and earn that honor this year, to go along with his WS MVP. (That was a great experience to have. I was at the final game last season, and when the chant of "MVP, MVP" started, THAT was cool.)

Joe Crede to finally get the Gold Glove. And an invite to the All-Star game. (Who is a White Sox fan who hasn't been annoyed how this kid gets overlooked at the national media level?)

For Brian Anderson to fullfill his potential and not only make the squad, but become a strong enough batter that the question of who should be in the outfield is a thing of the past. (Aaron who?) (I'M JOKING! PLEASE, ROWAND FANS, PUT DOWN THE PITCHFORKS!!!!!)

For Javy Vaquez to live up to his potential, and get well above .500 lifetime as a starter. (Every pitcher analyst says he's got the goods. Now I'd like to see him show it.)

A least one Paulie home run for each game I attend. (And if he goes yard twice, like anyone would complain.)

To see one starter go all 9 with a perfect game. (HUGE RARITY.)

For Ozzie to be respected. I'm sorry, but this guy gets dumped on a HUGE amount for some of the littlest things (and some very deserving times, but come on, the whole manufactured Brandon/Ozzie feud the Score tried to start was pretty lousy to do to the guy.)

And a White Sox winner on July 7th, the game my wife and myself will be joined with our bridal party to celebrate our tenth anniversary. (Granted, my best man and HIS wife is from Minnesota, and knowing my luck, it will be Santana to take the hill that particular day, but we have beaten him before, right? Right guys? *Sigh*)

Also want to be able to take in a game with my brother; just a "guys night" kind of deal. And get in a game with just my sister. Hell, as you get older and get busy with family of your own, maybe a Sox game is a great way to spend an evening/weekend afternoon.

What are your guys hopes to see?

Front

chisoxmike
03-18-2007, 11:08 PM
Just get back to the playoffs.

I don't care how they do it. Big ball, small ball, all ball. Just make the ****ing playoffs.

WhiteSox5187
03-18-2007, 11:49 PM
Winning it all is obviously the top of my list every year and behind that we have winning the pennant, the divisional series, etc. But really there are two things that I always want out of my Sox: Get to the playoffs and beat (or be better than) the Cubs. That's it. I don't care HOW the Sox get to the playoffs but do that, and I'll be happy. If the Sox win the pennant again and get swept by the Cubs, I could care less. But if the Sox fail to make the playoffs, then at LEAST give me the satisfaction of saying "Well, we were better than that joke of a team up north." Flubsessed? Probably.

Also, I want to see the Sox play good solid fundamental baseball. That is always a guarenteed ticket to the playoffs.

JGarlandrules20
03-18-2007, 11:54 PM
I hope for:
A great bullpen.

A lot of pitching duels, shutouts and complete games. 1-0, 2-1 wins. Those are so great to watch. Slugfests = ew.

Walkoff wins, come from behinds. A fight until the end.

Scotty to steal bases again.

Get him over, get him in. Situational and clutch hitting.

Our 5th starter, whoever it shall be, to be really reliable.

A winning record at games I attend, hah.

TomBradley72
03-19-2007, 12:02 AM
A return to smart, fundamentally sound, baseball.

IndianWhiteSox
03-19-2007, 12:36 AM
Besides winning the world series, my hopes are:

Anderson elevates his game to level of being a great #2 hitter(20/20/75/.300/350), and plays in CF for about 150 games.

Crede raises his game in becoming one of the best players, not just 3B in Baseball, also improves his speed because this base clogger **** has to stop.

For Vazquez, Contreras, Buehrle, and Garland to win 20 games each.

Also for Floyd or whoever wins that damn spot to win about 15 games.

Uribe can finally improve his game to the point that he be passed 20/70/.230 while still carrying a great glove at SS everyday.

Also, for Ozzie not to send to Mac in CF.

Finally, a return to grinder ball where speed, pitching and defense win championships.

whitesoxfan1986
03-19-2007, 08:26 AM
A lot of pitching duels, shutouts and complete games. 1-0, 2-1 wins. Those are so great to watch. Slugfests = ew.
Agreed. I thing the baseball pitching duel is one of the most exciting, if not the most exciting sporting events to watch.

sox1970
03-19-2007, 08:53 AM
Buehrle back to 22-23 quality starts.

Vazquez surprising everyone and winning 16 games.

Contreras stays healthy.

Garland stays consistent. Maybe not 18 wins, but 16 would be great.

5th starter to go .500.

Overall--90 quality starts by the pitchers. If they do this, they're in.

Moses_Scurry
03-19-2007, 09:03 AM
Two things I would really like to see outside of making the post-season and winning it all:

1. Podsednik have a first half 2005-like season
and
2. Beuhrle have a pre-2006-like season (and sign a contract extension!)

Dan Mega
03-19-2007, 09:11 AM
Besides winning it all, I'd like to see the Sox win the division, ALDS, and the ALCS. I'd also like to see Uribe finally start showing patience at the plate and not golfing everything, BA to have a solid year at the plate to go along with his outstanding glove in CF (giving the Crede haters nobody to complain about), and 12 wins from the 5th starter spot. 105 wins would be great too.

MsSoxVixen22
03-19-2007, 09:49 AM
Pitching gets back on track. Buehrle needs to have a good year.

They solve the CF problem and BA steps it up this year

We get back to playing good fundamental baseball. Bunting to get on, getting guys over.

I'm not worried about the hitting. We all know damn well this team can hit.

The key to getting to the playoffs is pitching. Period. If you don't have to pitching you won't get to the playoffs.

So here's to a awesome year for our pitchers! :gulp:

Chips
03-19-2007, 09:52 AM
I'm hoping that they suck ass and then the season ticket base declines steadily so that my guy INRPE can buy up the two seats next to him so he can bring the whole family on the weekends and other select day games.

2008 will be the year to start winning again.

:gulp:

chisoxmike
03-19-2007, 09:56 AM
I'm hoping that they suck ass and then the season ticket base declines steadily so that my guy INRPE can buy up the two seats next to him so he can bring the whole family on the weekends and other select day games.

2008 will be the year to start winning again.

:gulp:


:dtroll:

Madscout
03-19-2007, 10:31 AM
A return to smart, fundamentally sound, baseball.
Word. If we do that, there is no chance we can loose.

russ99
03-19-2007, 11:31 AM
Win 90 games plus, and let the chips fall where they may in the division and playoffs. All I ask for the 2007 Sox is a chance to win the Series. If the then blow it, they at least got a shot.

Vasquez solves it and becomes the pitcher Cooper, Ozzie and Sox brass thinks he can be.

Buehrle either re-signs or is traded for major-league talent. No prospects if they deal him, we got enough of those now.

The bullpen becomes more solid, develop McDougal so he can close if Bobby falters. I'm not worried about Bobby, yet...

Pods gets back on track, has a good hitting season (.280+) and has 50 steals with a better SB/CS rate.

No significant injuries for our horses: Thome, Konerko, Dye, Crede, A.J., Contreras, Garland

One of the 5th starter candidates step up and become a passable starter.

Either Anderson gets decent at the plate or Rowand comes back. (no teal) Ozzie should give BA a shot, but if he can't produce, the Sox need to do something.

Doin' the little things! More bunts, sacrifices, moving runners over and smart, aggressive baserunning.

White Sox Randy
03-19-2007, 11:47 AM
Sox make the playoffs, flubs don't.

tick53
03-19-2007, 12:24 PM
Ok,

besides the standard "win it all" answer, what is everyone hoping for this season?

I'm hoping to see the following:

Jim Thome break 500 homers and strengthen his bid for entry to the HOF. (Very strong possibility of this happening, but you never know.)

Jermaine Dye to repeat his MVP-caliber performance of last year and earn that honor this year, to go along with his WS MVP. (That was a great experience to have. I was at the final game last season, and when the chant of "MVP, MVP" started, THAT was cool.)

Joe Crede to finally get the Gold Glove. And an invite to the All-Star game. (Who is a White Sox fan who hasn't been annoyed how this kid gets overlooked at the national media level?)

For Brian Anderson to fullfill his potential and not only make the squad, but become a strong enough batter that the question of who should be in the outfield is a thing of the past. (Aaron who?) (I'M JOKING! PLEASE, ROWAND FANS, PUT DOWN THE PITCHFORKS!!!!!)

For Javy Vaquez to live up to his potential, and get well above .500 lifetime as a starter. (Every pitcher analyst says he's got the goods. Now I'd like to see him show it.)

A least one Paulie home run for each game I attend. (And if he goes yard twice, like anyone would complain.)

To see one starter go all 9 with a perfect game. (HUGE RARITY.)

For Ozzie to be respected. I'm sorry, but this guy gets dumped on a HUGE amount for some of the littlest things (and some very deserving times, but come on, the whole manufactured Brandon/Ozzie feud the Score tried to start was pretty lousy to do to the guy.)

And a White Sox winner on July 7th, the game my wife and myself will be joined with our bridal party to celebrate our tenth anniversary. (Granted, my best man and HIS wife is from Minnesota, and knowing my luck, it will be Santana to take the hill that particular day, but we have beaten him before, right? Right guys? *Sigh*)

Also want to be able to take in a game with my brother; just a "guys night" kind of deal. And get in a game with just my sister. Hell, as you get older and get busy with family of your own, maybe a Sox game is a great way to spend an evening/weekend afternoon.

What are your guys hopes to see?

Front
All good Frontman. You've covered a lot. My addition is that I hope that Darrin Jackson actually says something interesting.:D:

jabrch
03-19-2007, 12:42 PM
I'm looking forward to another fun season of Sox baseball. My real hope is that with 2 six week old Twins (not the bad type - the good ones) in the house, that I get to at least 20 games. Won't go to nearly as many as last year (50)...oh yeah, that and a Sox World Series win over the Cubs in 7 games with the clincher being a 16 inning marathon and the final play being a walkoff HR by Erstad, BA or Pods that just goes over the outstrectched arm of Soriano.

IndianWhiteSox
03-19-2007, 12:44 PM
All good Frontman. You've covered a lot. My addition is that I hope that Darrin Jackson actually says something interesting.:D:

Don't hold your breath for that one.:redneck

comet2k
03-19-2007, 01:20 PM
My big hope is that the starting rotation has a strong year because I think the bullpen will be much better this year and that they'll score as many or more runs as they did in 2006. If the starters are good, they should make the playoffs. The rest of the ingredients are there.

viagracat
03-19-2007, 02:41 PM
For the Sox to live up to their slogan (and my sig :cool: ) and play "grinder" ball. Do the small things right, advance the runners, hit the cutoff men, read fly balls properly, get some production at the top and bottom of the order, hit a few homers (looking for Thome to get his #500 in July or August), get at least six from the starters 70% or more of the time, don't have Jenks try to nibble corners, have Shines show a little more restraint than Cora did at third, let Ozzie be Ozzie and Kenny be Kenny.

If these things happen with any kind of regularity, we're talking at least 95 wins and a playoff appearance. :smile:

But the key is to get back to basics and find ways to get those baserunners across the plate. Good things happen with "grinder" ball. Remember 2005. :smile:

viagracat
03-19-2007, 02:46 PM
Sox make the playoffs, flubs don't.

The first part is all that matters; I don't give a flying **** about the Cubs.

Deuce
03-19-2007, 03:54 PM
Sox make the playoffs, flubs don't.Agreed. Nothing would be better than the Sox playing well into October and Lou Pinella getting an early taste on just how lovable it truly is to be a loser. Deuce

jabrch
03-19-2007, 03:57 PM
Agreed. Nothing would be better than the Sox playing well into October and Lou Pinella getting an early taste on just how lovable it truly is to be a loser. Deuce

I'd love nothing more than to play them in the World Series. This city would be ELECTRIC for an entire week and I'd be at WS games on both sides of town.

chisoxmike
03-19-2007, 04:04 PM
Ok...

-Just get back to the playoffs. This team's goal needs to be consistant playoff runs. Not one every five to ten years. Once you get in, anything can happen. They NEED to make the playoffs, especially after last season's total ****tyness.

-Have a fifth starter. I don't think its going to happen, but I hope they have one fifth all season long that doesn't have to be great, but able to keep us in games and win a fair share.

-No major injuries a la 2004.

-The bullpen. I'm still not sold on it being "improved" Blown saves will happen, but last year was unacceptable.

-Vazquez. Prove me and a lot of others wrong. Get your head on straight and preform!

-The offense. Don't make ****ty pitchers look like Cy Young. If a guy from the Royals or Devil Rays or whoever is on the mound with a ERA above 8, light his ass up. Send him back down to the minors. Also, when a runner is on second base with no or one out, move him along and get him in. How many times last year would we have a runner on third with one out and failed to bring the guy in. It was horrible and cost us a lot of games.

Lastly- Beat the ****ing Twins and wipe their smiles off their faces. Beatdown Santana for a change, and have a comeback against Nathan in the ninth. GOD would this be sweet for a change.

Frontman
03-19-2007, 05:17 PM
All good Frontman. You've covered a lot. My addition is that I hope that Darrin Jackson actually says something interesting.:D:

Come on now. Let's not hope for miracles.

At least you didn't hope for Farmio and Hawk to support their partner's while THEY'RE doing PBP. :wink:

soxstarter
03-20-2007, 02:09 PM
A great start for Konerko. Have you ever noticed he doesn't play as well during the cold months?

Frontman
03-20-2007, 04:24 PM
A great start for Konerko. Have you ever noticed he doesn't play as well during the cold months?

You mean like October?

:wink: