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chisoxmike
09-30-2007, 08:39 PM
Well, this year blew. Still sad to see the team walk off the field for the last time. 72-90 one year after we go 90-72.:(:

Here's hoping that we get back to contention in 2008!


:gulp:

Jjav829
09-30-2007, 08:46 PM
It was a brutal season. I'd say I got more joy out of watching the Padres and Phillies than the Sox this season.

Hopefully KW can work some magic this season because I like seasons where the Sox are still relevent after June.

delben91
09-30-2007, 09:11 PM
The season really was horrible. Still, I always hate when the season ends, it truly means summer is over.

Here's to 2008! :gulp:

veeter
09-30-2007, 09:20 PM
I feel after nearly two decades of high quality play, a klunker should be expected, and dare I say, good for the organization. Now everyone is on notice. KW, JR and Ozzie will more than likely work harder than ever, to please themselves and great Sox fans. And obviously the draft should be very kind to the Sox. The Sox transformation is going to be very interesting and a joy to watch. Because they will win the divsion again within three years, IMO. We'll be fine.

JB98
09-30-2007, 09:49 PM
I feel after nearly two decades of high quality play, a klunker should be expected, and dare I say, good for the organization. Now everyone is on notice. KW, JR and Ozzie will more than likely work harder than ever, to please themselves and great Sox fans. And obviously the draft should be very kind to the Sox. The Sox transformation is going to be very interesting and a joy to watch. Because they will win the divsion again within three years, IMO. We'll be fine.

I don't think a 90-loss season is ever "good for the organization," but I do agree with the sentiment that this is a slap in the face for everybody. I feel KW outsmarted himself last offseason. He thought he was staying "ahead of the curve" by stockpiling young pitching. Unfortunately, most of those guys didn't pan, and things really imploded pitching-wise.

Also, I think we have a lot of players who developed lazy habits, and I'm talking about the veterans. The attention to detail just hasn't been the same since 10/26/05. We've got to start playing good defense again. We've got to start executing in situations offensively again. The focus just hasn't been as sharp the last two seasons. Last year, we had great years from Dye, Konerko Thome and Crede. That covered up a lot of stink. This year, those guys performed below career norms/got injured. You see the result, and it isn't pleasant.

Brian26
09-30-2007, 09:59 PM
I feel KW outsmarted himself last offseason. He thought he was staying "ahead of the curve" by stockpiling young pitching. Unfortunately, most of those guys didn't pan, and things really imploded pitching-wise.


KW saw how powerful Zumaya and Rodney were in establishing the Tigers bullpen, and he wanted to try to copy that with the Sox. Aardsma and Sisco weren't the right guys to make that happen.

Lip Man 1
09-30-2007, 10:04 PM
So long 2007 and good riddance.

Lip

chisoxfanatic
09-30-2007, 10:06 PM
:hawk
"Your 2007 Chicago White Sox...THEY GAWN!"

I'm gonna REALLY miss listening to Hawk Harrelson, my second favorite sports broadcaster of all time.

WhiteSox5187
09-30-2007, 10:41 PM
Thank God that's over...this really is a repeat of '89, Sox lose 90 Cubs catch lightening in a bottle and win the division...we won 94 games in 1990 and that started off a great string of White Sox baseball, hopefully we can do the same in 2008!

Martinigirl
09-30-2007, 11:01 PM
I know it was a bad season, but I am still sad to see baseball end. I love knowing that almost everyday I can watch a game and see my team, even when we are awful.

So now the leaves will fall, ground will freeze and snow will pile up before we see them again. I really do believe when that happens, we will see a much improved team, knowing that some of those improvements will cost us players I like a lot. But I do still trust Kenny, so I am choosing to think positive thoughts about next year and just try to forget the vast majority of this year.

WhiteSoxJunkie
10-01-2007, 07:07 PM
Yesterday was one of my least favorite days of the year. Whenever the Sox play their last game of the season, I get sad (except for 2 years ago). I just get a sense of comfort watching this team and listening to Hawk. Even though this team was not good, they were still my team. Here's to a return to glory in 08.

getonbckthr
10-01-2007, 07:11 PM
In previous unsuccessful seasons September pissed me off and I wasn't able to watch the playoffs due to the fact the Sox blew their oppertunity. 2005 obviously was GODLY. This season however ehhhhh. There was no dissapointing close to a good year where we blew the playoffs. Knowing we didnt have a shot awhile ago allowed me to enjoy baseball nationally for the first time in a while. Everything was always all Wsox all the time. This year I enjoyed the game more.

jortafan
10-01-2007, 07:19 PM
Couldn't help but notice this from our friends at Baseball Prospectus.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/unfiltered/?p=554

Now, I want to officially forget this year ever happened.

Tragg
10-01-2007, 07:34 PM
Couldn't help but notice this from our friends at Baseball Prospectus.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/unfiltered/?p=554

Now, I want to officially forget this year ever happened.
That jerk's gloating. Okay, where was the apology/mea culpa/"we are morons" in 05? They made excuses (we didn't know Iguchi was any good; who could have known El D could pitch anymore).

chisoxmike
10-01-2007, 07:39 PM
Couldn't help but notice this from our friends at Baseball Prospectus.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/unfiltered/?p=554

Now, I want to officially forget this year ever happened.

My God! **** you baseball prospectus! Get over yourselves.

itsnotrequired
10-01-2007, 07:53 PM
Couldn't help but notice this from our friends at Baseball Prospectus.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/unfiltered/?p=554

Now, I want to officially forget this year ever happened.

Other notable predictions (actuals):

Mariners, 73 wins (88). 15 game difference
Twins, 90 wins (79). 11 game difference
Rockies, 79 wins (89). 10 game difference

So BP is "right" some times and "wrong" others. Conclusion? I could take a stab in the dark and get pretty close as well.

kitekrazy
10-01-2007, 08:02 PM
Even tho it was a bad year I'm still gonna suffer from White Sox withdrawal.

MCHSoxFan
10-01-2007, 08:35 PM
Yesterday was one of my least favorite days of the year. Whenever the Sox play their last game of the season, I get sad (except for 2 years ago). I just get a sense of comfort watching this team and listening to Hawk. Even though this team was not good, they were still my team. Here's to a return to glory in 08.

YEEEEEESSSSS!!!! Yesterday I got, along with my grandmother, an invite to the Scout Seats. I was crying, and so was my grandmother, after AJ said what he said after the game. I stayed OVER an HOUR yesterday after the game just looking around and saying good-bye to my fiends who work for the Sox and Season Ticket Holder neighbors. Thank God I can see the field from my window!!!

CAN'T WAIT TILL 08!!! :D:

Frontman
10-01-2007, 10:03 PM
Well, to say I'm not happy for the season to end would be a lie, as it had horrid results. And a losing season is never something that is "fun" overall, but I still had some fun. Quite a lot of fun, now that I think back.


2007 gave us some awesome moments as White Sox fans.

We got to see a game start with this:

http://www.steinersports.com/ssm/p/01/225/01225_buehphs008009.jpg



Which resulted in this

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k135/djlozo/mb.jpg

This young man gave us a reason to cheer.

And sure, the season got bad really quick, as players got hurt, and some seem to forget how to play competitively. But we saw hope for our future team, as a young man thrown in to replace a fan favorite handle the pressure, and peform well.

http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2007/03/20/Sn933l8I.jpg

With heart and determination, we found a reason to cheer on a kid replacing one of our fan favorites.


Then we got to watch this young man tie a record set before he was born:



http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2007/08/12/2e8PLLQf.jpg

And again we cheered.

And with any season, we had some ups and downs, with more downs. All the while we watched and waited and hoped, and counted the round trips of that humble guy from Peoria:

http://www.metronews.ca/xmlFiles/CPNews/m091336A.jpg

until we saw a truly nice guy accomplish a truly great thing



And with this, we cheered the loudest. As our season was lost, but with heart and determination, our White Sox reminded us why we watch, even when "the games no longer matter." They matter, as on any given day, at any given time, in any given game; we can watch something special. And in that something special, we get those moments that matter.

http://cache.boston.com/resize/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2007/09/16/1189997561_1539/300h.jpg


And for me, nothing will replace the moment that I got to watch my first Sox game as a Dad with my boy at US Cellular Field; watching my son run the bases and be amazed at an exploding scoreboard. And Thome's home run with his own father there yelling "that's my boy"; reminded me why my Grandad loved this team so much.

Its fathers and sons, mothers and daughters; taking time out to watch and cheer for a team we love so much. Some might laugh or ridicule the concept of a "blue collar" or hard working team. But with hard work comes some great moments; and sometimes the hard work pays off with something as great as this:

http://www.sportznutz.com/mlb/2004_post_season/images/world_series_trophy.jpg


Somtimes it pays off with something as great at this:


http://sportsmaven.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/jim-thome-hits-500th-hr-9-16-07.jpg


While you came up short in the never ending quest to bring home another championship, you still gave us a lot of great moments. Some of them shared by all, and some just for one.

Thank you 2007 Chicago White Sox.

I'm sure we all can't wait for the next great moment that we'll get to share with you guys.

Sox
10-01-2007, 10:14 PM
Here's to a new year in 2008 with better success than in 2007. Go WhiteSox. :cool:

BoysMom3
10-01-2007, 10:19 PM
Frontman, that honestly brought a tear to my eyes. Here's to next year - I'll still be missing watching White Sox baseball games and going swimming all day, all winter long. Sigh.

Sox
10-01-2007, 10:19 PM
Well, to say I'm not happy for the season to end would be a lie, as it had horrid results. And a losing season is never something that is "fun" overall, but I still had some fun. Quite a lot of fun, now that I think back.


2007 gave us some awesome moments as White Sox fans.

We got to see a game start with this:

http://www.steinersports.com/ssm/p/01/225/01225_buehphs008009.jpg



Which resulted in this

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k135/djlozo/mb.jpg

This young man gave us a reason to cheer.

And sure, the season got bad really quick, as players got hurt, and some seem to forget how to play competitively. But we saw hope for our future team, as a young man thrown in to replace a fan favorite handle the pressure, and peform well.

http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2007/03/20/Sn933l8I.jpg

With heart and determination, we found a reason to cheer on a kid replacing one of our fan favorites.


Then we got to watch this young man tie a record set before he was born:



http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2007/08/12/2e8PLLQf.jpg

And again we cheered.

And with any season, we had some ups and downs, with more downs. All the while we watched and waited and hoped, and counted the round trips of that humble guy from Peoria:

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Baseball/MLB/2007/09/13/m091336A.jpg

until we saw a truly nice guy accomplish a truly great thing

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070916/capt.a1cf8cabc7454f88a3e842a5ee69912a.angels_white _sox_baseball_cxs104.jpg

And with this, we cheered the loudest. As our season was lost, but with heart and determination, our White Sox reminded us why we watch, even when "the games no longer matter." They matter, as on any given day, at any given time, in any given game; we can watch something special. And in that something special, we get those moments that matter.

http://cache.boston.com/resize/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2007/09/16/1189997561_1539/300h.jpg


And for me, nothing will replace the moment that I got to watch my first Sox game as a Dad with my boy at US Cellular Field; watching my son run the bases and be amazed at an exploding scoreboard. And Thome's home run with his own father there yelling "that's my boy"; reminded me why my Grandad loved this team so much.

Its fathers and sons, mothers and daughters; taking time out to watch and cheer for a team we love so much. Some might laugh or ridicule the concept of a "blue collar" or hard working team. But with hard work comes some great moments; and sometimes the hard work pays off with something as great as this:

http://www.sportznutz.com/mlb/2004_post_season/images/world_series_trophy.jpg


Somtimes it pays off with something as great at this:


http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20070916/i/r333133417.jpg


While you came up short in the never ending quest to bring home another championship, you still gave us a lot of great moments. Some of them shared by all, and some just for one.

Thank you 2007 Chicago White Sox.

I'm sure we all can't wait for the next great moment that we'll get to share with you guys.

Well said. :threadrules:

ChiSoxGirl
10-01-2007, 10:19 PM
Frontman, your post is too long for me to quote, but I just wanted to let you know that it's a fantastic post and speaks volumes as to how I felt about this season. :thumbsup: Despite the record and poor performance as a whole, there's nothing like a Sox game for me, and I'm going to miss heading down to the ballpark SO much! :(:

UserNameBlank
10-01-2007, 10:54 PM
Front:

When you want to you can make the best posts here. Two big thumbs up! :thumbsup::thumbsup:

And Go Sox!

....in 2008.....

Frontman
10-02-2007, 08:41 AM
Thanks everyone. Like I said, while it stinks that come October, the Sox aren't in the playoffs, but man; we did have *some* fun this season.

Sure, some of the fun is contrived (ie "Elvis night") but some of it is just spur of the moment, you have to laugh or enjoy the moment. I'm hoping to make it to a WSI game this year, but the timing of them just plain stunk for me this year.

My family also started a family tradition. My brother, sister, and I will go to a game, (US Postal Carrier Appreciation night, go fig) which is something (yeah, the Sox lost that game; but we had fun.) My wife and I celebrated our tenth anniversary with having all our friends come with to a Sox/Twins game (which the Sox won.)

And I'm thinking we had a lot of fun on the boards here this season. How about early in the season, when it was God awful cold and Harrelson looked like "The Grim Reaper" by DJ's assesment; but some of us thought he looked more like a galatic leader from a galaxy far, far away?

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=87970

A team's fanbase has each other to laugh with, to get mad with, and to cheer on.

It's all about enjoying the team and the time we take out of busy schedules to watch. Part of the beauty of a baseball game is that its just time out for the fans; win or lose. (Granted, its a heck of a lot more fun when they win; but even in a losing game, you can have some fun.)

As a wise old curmudgeon once said,


:hawk
"All right. Sit back, relax, and strap it down."

We'll be having fun again. Heck, part of the fun is to watch as the Sox rebuild. The off season can be fun. Hunter, Rowand? How about the possibility of Kenny going after A-rod? Even if he doesn't get him, what about the return of Aaron Rowand? What about the day we hear that any number of our bullpen gets moved?

We'll be here, talking, laughing, sometimes even arguing. But we're Sox fans. We waited 3 generations for a championship. You can't tell me over those 88 years we didn't have fun.

And yes, the quest to get more pie starts today for Kenny and Ozzie.

Someone go get the dessert plates, I'll grab the Reddi-whip, chocolate sauce and the vanilla ice cream. :wink:

Procol Harum
10-02-2007, 09:34 AM
Frontman and others, all true and good--but the bottom line comes up with us at 72-90 (and that with the help of a little push in the last two weeks) 24 games out of the lead. Meanwhile, the Flubs are actually in the playoffs and the despised Red Sawx and Yankees will be all over the East Coast Sports Programming Network. You gotta enjoy the days out at the park and the glories of a kosher dog and churro, but overall when I think of White Sox baseball in 2007 I'm more in line with the WSI scroll: "2007 mercifully ends..."

Nellie_Fox
10-02-2007, 10:31 AM
...when I think of White Sox baseball in 2007 I'm more in line with the WSI scroll: "2007 mercifully ends..."Bad White Sox baseball is infinitely better than no White Sox baseball.

cheezheadsoxfan
10-02-2007, 11:36 AM
Frontman,

I always enjoy your posts which are well thought out, rational and often touching. That last one was outstanding.

I'm always sad the last day of the season, even one as brutal as this. To top it off I watched the last segment of Ken Burns' "Baseball", which shows footage of the old Comiskey being torn down. That got me tearing up all over again.

Counting the days until Spring Training.

Lip Man 1
10-02-2007, 12:04 PM
Nellie:

With tapes, audio CD's, DVD's, VHS tapes today, White Sox baseball NEVER has to end.

What do you think I'll be watching the next few weeks of the playoffs?

And the best thing of all....they NEVER lose on those things.

:smile:

Lip

Frontman
10-02-2007, 12:19 PM
Nellie:

With tapes, audio CD's, DVD's, VHS tapes today, White Sox baseball NEVER has to end.

What do you think I'll be watching the next few weeks of the playoffs?

And the best thing of all....they NEVER lose on those things.

:smile:

Lip

Lip

I was just on whitesox.com watching Jim's 500th go out over and over.

It always lands out in the stands. :D:

The Sox will be back quicker than we'll realize.

I wish MLB would do some sort of site/ordering system where you can buy the best moments of any season for any team and put them on DVD. Just something with the technology available now they should be able to do.

Lip Man 1
10-02-2007, 12:36 PM
Front:

That's a very good idea. I don't know maybe you can submit it to them. Although the 2007 disk would be mighty, mightly small.

Lip

Frontman
10-02-2007, 03:24 PM
Front:

That's a very good idea. I don't know maybe you can submit it to them. Although the 2007 disk would be mighty, mightly small.

Lip


Well, I would; but Uncle Bud is SO strict with his restraining orders.

Stupid 50 foot/no contact clause. :wink:

jenn2080
10-02-2007, 04:38 PM
See ya 2007. Thank god it is over. I am not sure how many more **** games I could have handled.


Thanks Javy for coming out this season. Thanks Buehrle for your awesome no hitter and bouncing back from a rough 2006. Thanks Jenks for kicking ass and thanks Thome for ending this horrible season on a good note.

And Thanks 2007 White Sox for the one win that I saw out of 7 games on the road. I greatly appreciate it.

7 road games
2000 miles to see the White Sox this summer
$1500+ in acommadations
1 win
Priceless

jenn2080
10-02-2007, 04:39 PM
Lip

I was just on whitesox.com watching Jim's 500th go out over and over.

It always lands out in the stands. :D:

The Sox will be back quicker than we'll realize.

I wish MLB would do some sort of site/ordering system where you can buy the best moments of any season for any team and put them on DVD. Just something with the technology available now they should be able to do.


Dude it would not even fill up a quarter of the DVD. Not worth it:D:

chisoxmike
10-02-2007, 04:42 PM
Dude it would not even fill up a quarter of the DVD. Not worth it:D:
This is true. The 2004 highlight DVD is only about 20mins long.:tongue:

whitesoxwilkes
10-02-2007, 05:09 PM
See ya 2007. Thank god it is over. I am not sure how many more **** games I could have handled.


Thanks Javy for coming out this season. Thanks Buehrle for your awesome no hitter and bouncing back from a rough 2006. Thanks Jenks for kicking ass and thanks Thome for ending this horrible season on a good note.

And Thanks 2007 White Sox for the one win that I saw out of 7 games on the road. I greatly appreciate it.

7 road games
2000 miles to see the White Sox this summer
$1500+ in acommadations
1 win
Priceless

You got to roll with me in Baltimore. That alone was worth the price of admission.

I hadn't gone to this few games since 2002. As miserable a season as it was, I'm still gonna miss baseball.

jenn2080
10-02-2007, 05:10 PM
You got to roll with me in Baltimore. That alone was worth the price of admission.


Please I think it was the other way around. You should be so lucky to have been graced with presence.

southsidemomma
10-03-2007, 12:45 AM
Wow, frontman..that was nice.