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WhiteSox5187
03-25-2008, 05:11 PM
Now I don't mean for this thread to be about players like Luis Apparacio, Frank Thomas, etc. cuz I'm sure we all loved them. But this thread should be about players who were mediocre but you still really liked. For me one player I always liked even though he wasn't great was Shingo, Jose Valentine was another guy I really liked even though he wasn't all that good. What about everyone else?

TomBradley72
03-25-2008, 05:19 PM
Bill Sharp

DSpivack
03-25-2008, 05:26 PM
Craig Grebeck, Norberto 'Paco' Martin and Warren Newsome (grinders :rolleyes:), Herbert Perry, Mike Sirotka.

spiffie
03-25-2008, 05:30 PM
Paging Skottyj, Paging Skottyj to this thread, stat.

Bill Simas is my answer.

Domeshot17
03-25-2008, 05:32 PM
Cal Eldred, Tony Graffanino, Herbert Perry and Tadahito were mine. Not that Tadahito was ever a bad player, but I loved him like he was Chase Utley when he was here.

twentywontowin
03-25-2008, 05:39 PM
Carl Everett, and for one moment.

World Series Game 3. Crede gets drilled with a pitch, and Carl jumps up and starts yelling at Phil Garner to "shut your goddamn mouth", and seemingly wanted to kick his ass.

Good player or not, I'm all for sticking up for teammates, and you get massive points in my book.

JohnTucker0814
03-25-2008, 05:41 PM
Greg Luzinski... The Bull!!!

SportsPg
03-25-2008, 05:43 PM
Salome Barojas

I just loved his name... :?:

WhiteSox5187
03-25-2008, 05:43 PM
Ozzie was another guy that I really liked, he was an All Star a couple of years, but by no means was he a GREAT shortstop...leading the Sox to a WS as a manager probably helped my opinion of him too.

MUsoxfan
03-25-2008, 05:44 PM
I think I may take the cake here. I liked Royce when he was here

:duck:

sullythered
03-25-2008, 05:48 PM
I think I may take the cake here. I liked Royce when he was here

:duck:
:angry::angry::angry:

But I liked Lyle Mouton, so...

cards press box
03-25-2008, 05:50 PM
Tom Bradley and Jay Johnstone.

btrain929
03-25-2008, 05:53 PM
Ehren Wasserman
Jason Bourgeois
Scott Radinsky
Roberto Hernandez.

MarySwiss
03-25-2008, 05:54 PM
Here's another Herbert Perry fan.

ILuvThatDuck
03-25-2008, 05:58 PM
Wilbur Wood

http://static.baseballtoaster.com/blogs/cardboardgods/images/2007/WilburWood78.jpg

chisox77
03-25-2008, 06:01 PM
Jim Morrison and Jim Essian


:cool:

Woofer
03-25-2008, 06:08 PM
Kevin Bell
Britt Burns
Harry Chappas
Bill Nahadrodny
Tex Wortham
Jim Morrison
Greg Pryor
Greg Norton

sox1970
03-25-2008, 06:19 PM
Kittle

Optipessimism
03-25-2008, 06:27 PM
Tim Raines, Tony Phillips, Alex Fernandez, Wilson Alvarez, Jason Bere... although those guys were all good for much if not all of their tenure here.

Less notables were Esteban Beltre for I can't remember why, Terry Leach and Kelly Wunsch for their deliveries, just like I love Wassermann now, Ron Karkovice for his somethingness, and Dale Sveum for his ****ed up batting stance. The Milkman was cool too.

dickallen15
03-25-2008, 06:31 PM
Liu Rodriguez. I paid $.05 for his baseball card at a Soxfest once.

cheezheadsoxfan
03-25-2008, 06:32 PM
Jim Landis

Elephant
03-25-2008, 06:32 PM
Carl Everett, but that's not irrational at all.

DoItAllJoeHall
03-25-2008, 06:38 PM
Joe Hall
Dave Martinez
Matt Merullo
and who couldn't like Chris Sabo?

Paulwny
03-25-2008, 07:08 PM
Sammy Esposito

whitesoxfan
03-25-2008, 07:17 PM
Roberto Hernandez. I'm pretty sure I cried when he was traded (I was 9).

I was a huge Everett fan as well.

soltrain21
03-25-2008, 07:18 PM
Craig "The Little Hurt" Grebeck. We shared nicknames - I was known as The Little Hurt in t-ball.

fquaye149
03-25-2008, 07:19 PM
Danny Wright.

No explanation, because I don't have one

Elephant
03-25-2008, 07:24 PM
Danny Wright.

No explanation, because I don't have one

Cause he's a Razorback.

TomBradley72
03-25-2008, 07:35 PM
Tom Bradley and Jay Johnstone.

Thanks...it's nice to be remembered. :cool:

fquaye149
03-25-2008, 07:46 PM
Cause he's a Razorback.

didn't even know that.

I'm a lousy hog

nedlug
03-25-2008, 07:54 PM
The Milkman himself, Herbert Perry.

Also, I remember liking Dan Pasqua as a really young one... don't know if that was irrational or not.

manders_01
03-25-2008, 08:10 PM
Ron(nie) Karcovice
Neal Cotts
Ross Gload

steely712
03-25-2008, 08:12 PM
Jason Bere
Roberto Hernandez
James Baldwin
Rocky Biddle
Carl Everett

veeter
03-25-2008, 08:42 PM
I loved Sean Lowe. If you'd have asked me if he could win a Cy Young, I'd have said yes.

Thigpen "57"
03-25-2008, 08:43 PM
"The Milkman" Herbert Perry
Ivan Calderon
Warren "The Deacon" Newsome
Barry Jones
"The Pope" Donn Pall

TornLabrum
03-25-2008, 08:47 PM
Fred Hatfield
Dave Philley
Sammy Esposito
Mike Proly
Jim Willoughby
Warren Newsome
Lyle Mouton

EMel9281
03-25-2008, 09:13 PM
Charlie Hough
Terry Leach
Eric King
Mike Caruso

jamokes
03-25-2008, 09:51 PM
Danny Osburn
Pete Varney
Terry Forster
Jim Kaat
Tom Egan

moochpuppy
03-25-2008, 09:54 PM
"One Dog" Lance Johnson
Ellis Burks
Julio Franco
Ray Durham
Tony Graffanino
Aaron Rowand

fed ex 4 pasqua
03-25-2008, 10:05 PM
Jorge Orta. I named the fish I won at the Will County fair after him.

ND_Sox_Fan
03-25-2008, 10:29 PM
Mike LaValliere
Milk Man
Kelly Wunsch
Jorge Fabregas
Chad Bradford
Jamie Burke
Ross Gload

PalehosePlanet
03-25-2008, 10:47 PM
Jim Morrison
Bobby Molinaro
Carlos Martinez
Pat Kelly
Lamar Johnson
Greg Hibbard
Melido Perez

NoNeckEra
03-25-2008, 10:48 PM
Mike LaValliere
Milk Man
Kelly Wunsch
Jorge Fabregas
Chad Bradford
Jamie Burke
Ross Gload
I think this is the spirit of the thread. An "irrational" favorite that you would never see a fan wear his jersey(as opposed to well known favorites of many fans).

How about Charles "Buddy" Bradford from the late '60s?
I was a sucker for anyone with occasional power who might light up the scoreboard.

guillen4life13
03-25-2008, 10:50 PM
Hahahahaha.

Josh Paul
Dan Wright
Chris Singleton
Ozzie (I had this screenname well before he was manager)
Keith Foulke (he signed my autograph and seemed a nice guy).

You guys might kill me, but:

Jose Canseco. He was really nice to me when I met him and got his autograph. Then he hit two homers that game (the day he promised a homer to some local pediatric cancer patients who visited the park pregame). He was nice to kids, period, and I was 13 (on the edge of kid and adolescent).

Of course, you knew it was coming:
Aaron Rowand.

PalehosePlanet
03-25-2008, 10:51 PM
I think this is the spirit of the thread. An "irrational" favorite that you would never see a fan wear his jersey(as opposed to well known favorites of many fans).

How about Charles "Buddy" Bradford from the late '60s?
I was a sucker for anyone with occasional power who might light up the scoreboard.

Me too. Remember Wayne Nordhagen? I forgot to mention him earlier.

As for the spirit of the thread, you're right; there was nothing wrong with loving Ivan Calderon, IMO.

NoNeckEra
03-25-2008, 11:01 PM
Remember Wayne Nordhagen?
Yes. He's perfect for this thread. Had some clutch hits with the Sox but somehow you knew he could never do it anywhere else.

chisoxjtrain
03-25-2008, 11:41 PM
Herbert Perry
Greg Norton (anyone else?)
Carl Everett
Tony Graffanino
Ross Gload
Lance Johnson
Charlie Hough

harwar
03-26-2008, 04:37 AM
Julio Ramirez .. He patrolled center field like he was born for it.Too bad they have to bat also.

HawkDJ
03-26-2008, 06:19 AM
Pablo Ozuna is my favorite current player.

LITTLE NELL
03-26-2008, 06:44 AM
Nelson Fox
Billy Pierce
Minnie Minoso
Robin Ventura
Paul Konerko
Mark Buerhle

C-Dawg
03-26-2008, 07:04 AM
I think this is the spirit of the thread. An "irrational" favorite that you would never see a fan wear his jersey(as opposed to well known favorites of many fans).



That's the best kind of jersey to get, in my opinion. :D:

eastchicagosoxfan
03-26-2008, 07:39 AM
Danny Wright
Chris Snopek
Graig Grebeck

Carolina Kenny
03-26-2008, 07:50 AM
I loved John "Honey" Romano. I could always tell when he looked "hitterish" and would hit a home run. We should have never traded him to cleveland in the first place.

soxfan21
03-26-2008, 07:51 AM
Lance Johnson
Pods

Carolina Kenny
03-26-2008, 07:53 AM
I think this is the spirit of the thread. An "irrational" favorite that you would never see a fan wear his jersey(as opposed to well known favorites of many fans).

How about Charles "Buddy" Bradford from the late '60s?
I was a sucker for anyone with occasional power who might light up the scoreboard.

I waited for year for Buddy Bradford to reach his potential.

I have another name from the past. How about some love for Bobby "Molly" Molinero.

TornLabrum
03-26-2008, 07:58 AM
I inadvertently left off my greatest irrational love: Gail Hopkins!

One comment: How can a love of players like Buehrle, Konerko, etc. be irrational?

Dan Mega
03-26-2008, 08:05 AM
Cliff Politte

Madvora
03-26-2008, 08:11 AM
Huge Mike Huff fan.
Joe "Do It All" Hall too.

doublem23
03-26-2008, 08:13 AM
Mike Sirotka is one of my favorite all-time players. Hell, I have a Sirotka jersey. :o:

SoxxoS
03-26-2008, 08:28 AM
Craig Grebeck

white sox bill
03-26-2008, 08:45 AM
Heres a name that I have never seen on this board: Junior Moore from the 1980 team IIRC

hi im skot
03-26-2008, 08:56 AM
Carl Everett
Dave Martinez
Lyle Mouton
Darrin Jackson

skottyj242
03-26-2008, 09:20 AM
Where do I start?

Toby Hall
Ross Gload
Man Soo Lee
Billy Koch


I loved John Cangelosi for that year or two he was here.

Law11
03-26-2008, 09:50 AM
As a kid who was blessed with great speed and the gift to play CF I always looked up to guys who played my position. Chet Lemon was my first favorite, then Rudy Law became the guy I was glued to in my HS years. I studied him in the OF and on the base paths and was lucky enough to meet him at a clinic where to this day I swear I learned to play CF even better because of watching him play each pitch according the the count, the pitcher, etc. How he'd cheat a bit as the pitch was thrown to get that slight jump on a ball hit to him.

And as a kid the fact he wore my number 11 was like great karma to me.

Cheers to Rudy Law for making me love the game just that much more.:gulp:

Mr.1Dog
03-26-2008, 10:06 AM
Lance Johnson
Jose Valentin
Pablo
Herbert Perry

LauraJ14
03-26-2008, 10:08 AM
Wilbur Wood
Jim Spencer
Ken Kravec
Carlos May
Chet Lemon
Greg Norton
Brook Fordyce
Aaron Rowand

LITTLE NELL
03-26-2008, 11:10 AM
Nelson Fox
Billy Pierce
Minnie Minoso
Robin Ventura
Paul Konerko
Mark Buerhle
Sorry I misread the thread, so I will go with Mike Squires.

salty99
03-26-2008, 11:18 AM
Graffinino
Gload
Borchard

AzureJazzMan
03-26-2008, 11:41 AM
Chet Lemon
Vance Law
Ivan Calderon
Ron Kittle
Craig Grebeck
Lance Johnson
Jason Bere
Scott Radinsky
Mike Sirotka
and currently...
Pablo Ozuna
Matt Thornton

And I know that I will think of a bunch more after I post this...

Gammons Peter
03-26-2008, 12:03 PM
Bobby Molinaro & Alan Bannister

rowand33
03-26-2008, 01:12 PM
Billy Koch
Chris Widger
Jon Rauch

KenBerryGrab
03-26-2008, 01:29 PM
I loved John "Honey" Romano. I could always tell when he looked "hitterish" and would hit a home run. We should have never traded him to cleveland in the first place.

Good one! My mom just loved "Honeyboy."

For me,
Carlos May: If he would not have blown his thumb off, he could have won a batting title. I just know it. When I was little, he was along on one of those "caravan" tours, and they stopped at Strike and Spare Lanes in Northbrook. My mom took me, and I asked Carlos whether the Sox would run more that season. He laughed and said, "Maybe some of the guys, but you wouldn't want me trying to steal." Just a great guy.

C-Dawg
03-26-2008, 01:45 PM
Lerrin LaGrow.

I hope I spelled that right.

jenn2080
03-26-2008, 01:50 PM
Ross Gload
Ryan Sweeney



Currently

Matt Thorton
McDougal
Pablo

grv1974
03-26-2008, 01:51 PM
Greg Norton

October26
03-26-2008, 01:53 PM
Bucky Dent
Chet Lemon
Rich "Goose" Gossage
Steve Stone (my dad called his name out one day while Steve was walking out to the old Comiskey Park bullpen and Steve waved back to us - I'll never forget that!)

Carolina Kenny
03-26-2008, 02:16 PM
Good one! My mom just loved "Honeyboy."

For me,
Carlos May: If he would not have blown his thumb off, he could have won a batting title. I just know it. When I was little, he was along on one of those "caravan" tours, and they stopped at Strike and Spare Lanes in Northbrook. My mom took me, and I asked Carlos whether the Sox would run more that season. He laughed and said, "Maybe some of the guys, but you wouldn't want me trying to steal." Just a great guy.

Dangummit, I saw Carlos at the Strike and Spare as well!!

EndemicSox
03-26-2008, 02:54 PM
Borderline irrational...Joe Crede
Bo Jackson
Mike Cameron

MDF3530
03-26-2008, 07:01 PM
Craig "The Little Hurt" Grebeck. We shared nicknames - I was known as The Little Hurt in t-ball.He did look like a T-baller when he was batting.

Huisj
03-26-2008, 08:50 PM
I bet I could go with a different player I really liked in each year since '98 who I really wanted to become really good but never quite did.

'98-I really liked Mike Sirotka. He came out of nowhere to thrown over 200 innings

'99-Brooke Fordyce. There was a stretch during the year where it seemed like every hit he got was in a clutch situation.

'00-Lorenzo Barcelo finally seemed like he was going to amount to at least a decent reliever after the 3 years of hype since the sox had acquired him in the white flag trade. That was as good as it would get.

'01-Kip Wells. He had a really good run of starts from May-July that year, and I remember Hawk saying how there wasn't a better AL starter at that time during a game in Milwaukee. Then he went out and got bombed for the rest of the year.

'02-Danny Wright. He looked like he had great stuff and he ate up innings decently and he was young. If he could only get guys out in the first inning, he could have been real solid I hoped. Instead, his arm basically fell off.

'03-For some reason, I really wanted Gary Glover to get more of a shot at contributing, but then they traded him.

'04-Ross Gload just hit and hit every time he got in the lineup. And he seemed to cool and calm all the time during his at bats.

'05-Where do I start? This whole team clicked and I loved so much of it, except maybe when Crede was out and the rotation of utility guys playing 3rd botched play after play during the awful stretch in August.

'06-Before Sean Tracey had the HBP/Guillen problems against Texas, I really liked him, and I still really wanted him to do well after that too. He had such a cool (weird) windup, and he looked like a friend I grew up with.

'07-I liked watching Richar a lot, just because of the anticipation of what he could possibly do based on what his scouting report and minor league stats said. He never seemed as impressive as the talk though, but I still wanted to watch him play a lot.

digdagdug23
03-26-2008, 08:54 PM
Ross Gload
Ryan Sweeney

Really Jen??? I thought we were going to have to have a eulogy for you when Gload left. :D



Currently

Matt Thorton

Pablo

I fixed the McDougal thing for ya sweetie. No need to thank me.




Mine is and will always be Pudge. God I love that man.

FarWestChicago
03-26-2008, 09:02 PM
:thegreat

bestkosher
03-26-2008, 09:09 PM
Jason Bere' I even still own three of his rookie cards,

fusillirob1983
03-26-2008, 09:16 PM
Dan Pasqua - because my dad built a fence for him
Donn Pall - because he grew up in Evergreen Park
Lance Johnson
Ozzie
Joey Cora
Brook Fordyce
Bill Simas
Cal Eldred
Mike Sirotka
James Baldwin - only in the second half of the season. I remember in 1999 one of my friends and I decided to write an e-mail to the Sox talking about how he always started slow and did well in the second half. We spent a couple hours thinking of what to write and it was a pretty huge deal to send an e-mail back then since my family had just recently signed up for internet access. Plus we were freshmen in high school e-mailing the Sox. We really didn't know how irrelevant the whole thing was.
Pablo Ozuna
Matt Thornton
Miguel Olivo

whtsx1959
03-26-2008, 09:37 PM
Josh Fogg
Josh Paul
Kelly Wunsch

currently
Pablo Ozuna
Gene Honda?

Pablo is just a heads-up baseball player, his steal of home in September of 2005 was simply gorgeous

eriqjaffe
03-26-2008, 10:59 PM
Ross Gload
Daryl Boston
Salome Barojas
Ron Hassey

Britt Burns
03-27-2008, 01:22 PM
Mike Squires and Warren Newsome.

RedHeadPaleHoser
03-27-2008, 01:29 PM
Steve Stone
Oscar Gamble
Bo Jackson
Ron Karkovice (just liked hearing Hawk call him "Kark")
Miguel Olivo
Scott Podsenik
Jim Parque
Lance Johnson (old 1 dog)
Geoff Blum

Chrisaway
03-27-2008, 01:30 PM
Neal Cotts
Craig Grebeck
Warren Newson
Brian Anderson

Bucky F. Dent
03-27-2008, 01:48 PM
Bucky & Melido Perez.

I wanted Melido to be great far more than he did, that's for certain.

Carolina Kenny
03-27-2008, 02:10 PM
I loved Franciso Barrios. Too bad his life ened up in tragedy.

He would be crusing along starting the game great. Then in the fourth or fifth inning, something would happen to upset him. Maybe it was a error made on a routine play, or a bad ball call by the ump.

Franciso would implode. It happened all the time. It was still fun to watch.

mccoydp
03-27-2008, 04:09 PM
Norberto "Paco" Martin
Ozzie
"Spanky" LaValliere

TommyJohn
03-27-2008, 04:16 PM
I thought Tim Hullet and Joel Skinner were going to be stars.

sox1970
03-27-2008, 04:20 PM
The Carlos Quentin

soxrme
03-27-2008, 04:26 PM
Sammy Esposito
Richie Zisk
Oscar Gambel (?)
Jason Bere
Joel Skinner
Kevin Bell

palehosepub
03-27-2008, 07:07 PM
Graffinino

JGarlandrules20
03-27-2008, 07:09 PM
Esteban Loaiza!

SoxNation05
03-27-2008, 07:15 PM
Ross Gload (the brother-in-law)
Graffinino
Rios
Wunsch
Simmons
Ozuna

IceczMan
03-27-2008, 07:25 PM
Lance Johnson
Joey Cora
Jason Bere
Ross Gload
Brian Daubach
Brian Anderson
The Josh Fields Show
Pablo Ozuna

turners56
03-27-2008, 07:37 PM
Everett...he's just a funny guy.

SoxandtheCityTee
03-27-2008, 08:11 PM
Danny Wright (I was irrationally convinced he'd throw a no-hitter someday)
Manos
Davey Martinez


My all time winner in this category is Jim Abbott. I just admired him so much. My heart expanded when I saw him on the mound, doing the glove switcheroo on every pitch.

JUribe1989
03-28-2008, 12:56 AM
c'mon TIMO

IlliniSox4Life
03-28-2008, 04:09 AM
Not that irrational, but I really like Alexei Ramirez even though he hasn't played a real game for us yet.

I was at spring training, and he was the nicest guy about signing autographs even though he seemed pretty shy and didn't speak much English. He stopped for every person who asked and took plenty of time to write out his name. Sure it's probably got to do with him being new to the league/country, but he just seemed to be like a really nice guy. Not that the others weren't, he was just one of the ones that stood out.

Bucky F. Dent
03-28-2008, 07:15 AM
I agree with you Illini, I'm feelin' a buzz for Alexei.

Thinking he'll be our starting 2B before June 1.

mealfred13
04-01-2008, 11:55 PM
These may have been listed already, but some of my favorites from my childhood were:

Danny Pasqua
Ron Karkovice
Steve Lyons

MarkM2112
04-02-2008, 01:22 AM
Wow... and I thought that I was going to be the only one to mention these:

Dan Pasqua
Floyd Bannister
Wilbur Wood
Steve Lyons
Ivan Calderon
Eric Soderholm
Rich Dotson
Bob James

Martinigirl
04-02-2008, 10:11 AM
Scott Fletcher
Joel Skinner
Robin Ventura