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Pear-Zin-Ski
04-07-2008, 07:04 PM
How bout it boys! Another Sox win with superb pitching and Crede's Grand Slam...

Jjav829
04-07-2008, 07:05 PM
I think Joe Crede's back is feeling pretty good right about now. :smile:

Very nice way to open up the home schedule.

5-2 :bandance:

turners56
04-07-2008, 07:05 PM
That 7th inning just proved to me that the 2008 Chicago White Sox really are a true contender. Vazquez surprised me because he looked so bad in the first two innings, but he settled down and finished well.

5 in a row, let's build on it with Danks on Wednesday

Soxman219
04-07-2008, 07:06 PM
Josh Fields WHO?:bandance::bandance:

WhiteSox1983
04-07-2008, 07:06 PM
I like the way things are looking right now. Good to see Crede's late game heroics again.

goon
04-07-2008, 07:06 PM
Is it too late to get Garland, DLS and or Chris Carter back?

Blow this team up already!!

Seriously, when was the last time this game won 5 straight? Crede with a slam, MERCY.

Vazquez keeps it close after struggling early... WOW! What a game.

Jjav829
04-07-2008, 07:06 PM
5 in a row, let's build on it with Danks tomorrow.

Let's save Danks for Wednesday. We'll need him more then. :tongue:

JB98
04-07-2008, 07:06 PM
Vazquez really settled in from the fifth inning through the seventh. That was key. He gave his guys a chance to come back for him, and they did.

Crede makes a huge, huge difference for this team. He hasn't lost a bit with the glove, and he still has that extra level he goes to at the plate in the late innings.

turners56
04-07-2008, 07:07 PM
Josh Fields WHO?:bandance::bandance:

If Joe's back is healthy and he continues to play well and give us a 06 type season, I think Kenny really is going to try to resign Joe and let Thome go. Then we might end up DHing Fields next year.

Navarro's Talent
04-07-2008, 07:07 PM
I'm one happy guy. Javy really settled down after awhile and gave us a solid performace. The hitting came through again. Linebrink had some bad breaks and didn't really do that bad. Jenks was good.

The Sox are getting tons of double plays. :D:

Chicken Dinner
04-07-2008, 07:07 PM
And the 2008 "Ozzie boot meter" is at 1. :D:

turners56
04-07-2008, 07:07 PM
Let's save Danks for Wednesday. We'll need him more then. :tongue:

Oops my bad.

ilsox7
04-07-2008, 07:07 PM
Uh oh. Crede broke his bat on the home run. Shoota would not count that. We actually lost 4-3. :(:

thomas35forever
04-07-2008, 07:08 PM
I luuuuuuuuuv me a Crede slam.

Jjav829
04-07-2008, 07:08 PM
Oops my bad.

Just messing with you. :smile:

SouthSide2Ship
04-07-2008, 07:08 PM
:bandance:

DeadMoney
04-07-2008, 07:08 PM
This is fun ... real fun!
:bandance:

Crede, Quentin, AJ, Swisher, Dye, and on, and on...

5 in a row!

RockJock07
04-07-2008, 07:08 PM
I was dogging crede during the first 2 games cause he looked like a minor-leaguer but he's been very solid during this 5 game winning streak. I'll be the first to admit that I was wrong about him.

IlliniSox4Life
04-07-2008, 07:08 PM
Great game. Despite Vazquez not having his best stuff, he kept them in it.

Also, glad the Sox kept Crede around instead of giving him away for almost nothing. He's been on fire.

IlliniSox4Life
04-07-2008, 07:09 PM
Also, the 2007 White Sox had NO 5 game winning streaks, so that's great to see.

elrod
04-07-2008, 07:09 PM
What a nice start. The team is in a real groove right now like they haven't been in a few years. Pitching looks solid. Hitting looks great up and down the lineup. And we're beating divisional opponents.

It's Time
04-07-2008, 07:10 PM
It really feels like 2005 again. I know it's way early, but it does.

ShoelessJoeS
04-07-2008, 07:10 PM
CREDE!!!

:bandance:

turners56
04-07-2008, 07:11 PM
Crede is now the the MLB leader in RBIs, enjoy it while it lasts Joe.

ShoelessJoeS
04-07-2008, 07:11 PM
It really feels like 2005 again. I know it's way early, but it does.I know exactly what you mean...It's early, but the feeling is there.

Winning these division games early in the season is going to pay dividends down the road.

oeo
04-07-2008, 07:12 PM
I know exactly what you mean...It's early, but the feeling is there.

You mean that feeling that I had when I got home and saw the score was 3-1, but wasn't worried? I've got it too. :cool:

WhiteSox5187
04-07-2008, 07:13 PM
I didn't see the whole game but that was a great bit of hitting we saw in the seventh! Linebrink was a bit shakey (not many hard hit balls though, in fact, I don't think there were any!) but a great win. Let's rest and go take the series on Wenseday!

FarWestChicago
04-07-2008, 07:13 PM
Rough week for the resident WSI Genius GM's.

Soxman219
04-07-2008, 07:13 PM
It really feels like 2005 again. I know it's way early, but it does.

I'm starting to get that feeling too. This team will definitely be better than last year.:smile:

GAsoxfan
04-07-2008, 07:14 PM
The impressive thing is they're doing this even though Cabrera, Thome, and Konerko have been struggling. Once those guys get going, watch out.

MarySwiss
04-07-2008, 07:14 PM
You know, sometimes I'm ashamed of you guys. Have you no heart? Do you not realize how sad this will make our very own Twins troll? Allow me to quote from his latest post (which took place shortly before his latest banning.

Already, you see Carlos Gomez being a superstar before our very eyes, and it won't be long until Philip Humber is in the rotation.

That WAS the Carlos Gomez who grounded into the game-ending double play, wasn't it? :cool:

PicktoCLick72
04-07-2008, 07:15 PM
:gulp::gulp::gulp::gulp::gulp:Only saw the first and last innings but I'll take it. Hopefully johnny Danks can give us back to back good starts.

ShoelessJoeS
04-07-2008, 07:16 PM
You mean that feeling that I had when I got home and saw the score was 3-1, but wasn't worried? I've got it too. :cool:Bingo.

chisoxlove
04-07-2008, 07:16 PM
If Joe's back is healthy and he continues to play well and give us a 06 type season, I think Kenny really is going to try to resign Joe and let Thome go. Then we might end up DHing Fields next year.

Couldn't agree more...there aren't many Crede-like players out there, and I think we should hang on to him. He just might be the difference between this team being good, and this team being great. Any trade wouldn't net that kind of player.

ilsox7
04-07-2008, 07:16 PM
:gulp::gulp::gulp::gulp::gulp:Only saw the first and last innings but I'll take it. Hopefully johnny Danks can give us back to back good starts.

Already have two in a row. He is going for three.

EDIT: Maybe you meant individually for Danks. I was thinking for the team.

Frater Perdurabo
04-07-2008, 07:19 PM
What a nice win!

Solid starting pitching? Check.

Solid offense with clutch hitting? Check.

Bullpen holds the lead? Check.

Even so, this team still isn't firing on all cylinders, so it's nice to see them win a game they would have lost last year.

It's also great that AJ, Crede and Dye are off to such a great start.

102605
04-07-2008, 07:21 PM
Its great to have the White Sox back.

TomBradley72
04-07-2008, 07:21 PM
Couldn't agree more...there aren't many Crede-like players out there, and I think we should hang on to him. He just might be the difference between this team being good, and this team being great. Any trade wouldn't net that kind of player.

I'm sure you can make a case for still letting him go after this season...4-5 years of Fields before he goes FA would save the White Sox millions vs. locking up Crede to a 4-5 year deal.

But I'm tired of watching home grown, fan favorites leave the White Sox. Baines, Ventura, McDowell, Fernandez, Thomas...some of them made sense...but I'd love to see Crede play his entire career here.

mealfred13
04-07-2008, 07:25 PM
Awesome clutch hitting, and the Hulk Strikes again!

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/gallery/data/7/Crede1.jpg

I don't care what it takes, we gotta resign Crede if he continues to play like he has been. He's quite possibly my favorite player of all time.:bandance:

Chicken Dinner
04-07-2008, 07:26 PM
http://www.mlbmagicnumbers.com/

:o::o::o:

BoysMom3
04-07-2008, 07:27 PM
It really feels like 2005 again. I know it's way early, but it does.

Me too - DrGozzie and I were just saying that to each other!! There is an awesome and electric feeling in the air when they play this year!! This is so much fun!!!! So much better than the sick feeling I always had last year!! Whoo-hoo!!!! I have a sore throat from yelling so much when Crede hit that granny!

Law11
04-07-2008, 07:27 PM
Feels good to get a great start to a season for a change..
Great fight in this club.. This is Sox baseball.

Go for 6 guys!!

doublem23
04-07-2008, 07:30 PM
Seriously, when was the last time this game won 5 straight? Crede with a slam, MERCY.

The last time the Sox won 5 games in a row was between August 10-14, 2006. The won the rubber game in a series with the Yankees, swept the Tigers, and won a laugher over the Royals.

It's been a while.

btrain929
04-07-2008, 07:32 PM
I called into the Score one day when Farmio was talking about receiving a draft pick if Crede walks. I mentioned to him that it's based on stats from the previous 2 years, and that with him injured last year, it'd be hard to get a pick for him. He said, however, that since he was under a certain amount of games played/at-bats, that the 2 years taken into account would be '06 and this year. If that's the case, and Crede has a great year, we would get compensation based on Farmio's theory.

Anyone know more about this?

tstrike2000
04-07-2008, 07:33 PM
Didn't realize how much I missed a quality major league lineup, like we have now, with a bullpen that at this point isn't looking like the crap we had last year.

turners56
04-07-2008, 07:33 PM
It really feels like 2005 again. I know it's way early, but it does.

I was never scared when we went down 3-1 and I wasn't even scared when we were down 7-2 opening day, this team is just different. And I don't mean a genetic copy of 2005, this team has its own swagger, it's way more offensively oriented and the pitching just seems to barely get it done. Whatever works I guess...It seems like there's like magic in the air or something.

This is really weird, but I had a dream the other day that the Sox won the ALCS 4-1 against the A's and somehow (I know somebody's gonna hate me for this) the Cubs were winning the NLCS 3-1. I don't know what the end result was...but this is my post of evidence if it does come true.

Chicken Dinner
04-07-2008, 07:35 PM
Didn't realize how much I missed a quality major league lineup, like we have now, with a bullpen that at this point isn't looking like the crap we had last year.

Didn't the bullpen actually look pretty good last April? :?:

turners56
04-07-2008, 07:35 PM
Didn't the bullpen actually look pretty good last April? :?:

The pirate named Aardsma was da man, I still remember the game where he collapsed: it was against Detroit on a weekend afternoon. After that, it was all downhill.

doublem23
04-07-2008, 07:36 PM
It's fun to be interested in baseball again. :D:

Patrick134
04-07-2008, 07:37 PM
The pirate named Aardsma was da man, I still remember the game where he collapsed: it was against Detroit on a weekend afternoon. After that, it was all downhill.

It was a Sunday afternoon, 2 out bottom of the 9th game tying homer by Thames i believe.

turners56
04-07-2008, 07:38 PM
It was a Sunday afternoon, 2 out bottom of the 9th game tying homer by Thames i believe.

I think it was a slider?

BoysMom3
04-07-2008, 07:43 PM
I hate it that tomorrow's an off day when I'm feeling like this! Especially right in the middle of a series. Hurry up Wed.!!

cburns
04-07-2008, 07:43 PM
One of the things I've been most impressed by is the ability of the White Sox to take some pitches and make the other team's pitchers work. Swisher, Cabrera, and Quentin all do a pretty good job seeing 4,5,6 pitches per at bat.

The Immigrant
04-07-2008, 07:44 PM
Anyone know more about this?

He would be a Type B free agent if the season ended today, getting us a second round pick if he was offered and declined arbitration. He would need a very strong season to become a Type A (top 20% of all SS, 2B and 3B in the AL), which would get us two picks. Here are the current Type A's in his category:

RANK PLAYER
1 Michael Young 89.286 A
2 Miguel Tejada 87.500 A
3 Robinson Cano 85.714 A
4 Derek Jeter 85.119 A
5 Mike Lowell 84.857 A
6 Alex Rodriguez 84.000 A
7 Placido Polanco 81.746 A
8 Brian Roberts 80.159 A
9 Orlando Cabrera 79.464 A
10 Jhonny Peralta 77.381 A
11 Adrian Beltre 76.000 A
12 Carlos Guillen 74.405 A
13 Troy Glaus 74.286 A
14 Melvin Mora 73.714 A

24 Joe Crede 61.143 B

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/al/2007-10-31-elias-rankings-complete_N.htm

Crash_Davis
04-07-2008, 07:45 PM
I had no idea what to expect from Quentin and Swish, so far so good.

Blueprint1
04-07-2008, 07:49 PM
Just got home fun game to watch. I hope we can keep it up.

TDog
04-07-2008, 07:50 PM
Also, the 2007 White Sox had NO 5 game winning streaks, so that's great to see.

And for those that expect a collapse and are looking to put the good start and the streak into the worst possible perspective, the 1970 White Sox never won more than four games in a row. I think it's irrelevant that the 64-97 1976 White Sox, who also got off to a 4-2 start, won 10 in a row. I can't see the games, and even I can tell this is a good White Sox team.

When I saw that Joe Crede hit a grand slam to give the Sox the lead in the bottom of the seventh, I was envious of the home-opener crowd. I attended seven Sox Chicago openers between the two ballparks, and I'm happy to have a winning record with some late heroics thrown in, but I never experienced anything like that on opening day.

voodoochile
04-07-2008, 07:52 PM
Every player got a hit? Check

.375 Team OBP? Check

7 runs scored? Check

Alone in first place? Check

Perma-grin still attached to my face? Check

:supernana:

Lip Man 1
04-07-2008, 07:53 PM
Goon:

The last time the Sox won five in a row was August 2006.

Nicely done today. I was getting concerned the way they were leaving guys on base against another "no-name" starting pitcher early on, but they came up with the big hit when they needed it.

They earned that day off tomorrow!

Lip

Railsplitter
04-07-2008, 07:57 PM
Ah five in a row. This looks like a job for :supernana:

gogosox16
04-07-2008, 08:02 PM
just got back from the game, it was amazing, everyone was into it and Crede is so clutch, even though I want Fields, Joe is the person for the job right now

delben91
04-07-2008, 08:02 PM
Didn't get to see the game, but only one thing matters.

W

Keep on rolling Sox! :gulp:

MarySwiss
04-07-2008, 08:03 PM
Didn't the bullpen actually look pretty good last April? :?:

Yes, it did. And then it all came crashing down. Which is (all together now) WHY THEY PLAY THE GAMES! :smile:

ChiTownTrojan
04-07-2008, 08:08 PM
Vazquez really settled in from the fifth inning through the seventh. That was key. He gave his guys a chance to come back for him, and they did.

Crede makes a huge, huge difference for this team. He hasn't lost a bit with the glove, and he still has that extra level he goes to at the plate in the late innings.
Remember when Vazquez always got hit on his third time through the batting order? It's nice to see that now he's actually elevating his pitching later on in the game. I don't know if the change is a confidence thing, or mechanical, but whatever it is it's working.

ChiTownTrojan
04-07-2008, 08:11 PM
You mean that feeling that I had when I got home and saw the score was 3-1, but wasn't worried? I've got it too. :cool:
This might say more about the team than anything. Last year, if we were down 3-1, they might as well call it a game. I love the fight in these guys!

chisoxfanatic
04-07-2008, 08:12 PM
Pardon my pun; but, it's great seeing Crede getting in the swing of things here so early after having so much time off last season. I'm getting the feeling when the Sox are down this year that they CAN come back unlike last year. That lineup is something else...11 home runs have been hit already this year! I think this year, it's gonna be the hitting that's gonna be the X-Factor.

Great start to the season.

chisox77
04-07-2008, 08:12 PM
How about Swisher? Rips a double, gets things rolling, and scores the tying run in the bottom of the first when Thome singled.

There are many good parts to this White Sox team, but you have to love Swisher's energy and talent. He has plenty of both. He just loves to play and win.


:cool:

Jjav829
04-07-2008, 08:13 PM
just got back from the game, it was amazing, everyone was into it and Crede is so clutch, even though I want Fields, Joe is the person for the job right now

I feel like I'm forgetting about Crede already. :rolleyes:

JB98
04-07-2008, 08:17 PM
Remember when Vazquez always got hit on his third time through the batting order? It's nice to see that now he's actually elevating his pitching later on in the game. I don't know if the change is a confidence thing, or mechanical, but whatever it is it's working.

From what I understand, it is both. Coop made a host of mechanical changes for Javy during the 2006 season. It started to work in 2007, and Javy has gained confidence. By his own admission, Javy lost faith in his own ability during his negative experience in New York.

I've often criticized Javy for not being strong enough mentally. With the good season he had in '07, I hope he is over that hump. The guy could win 20 games if he keeps his head on straight.

whitesoxwilkes
04-07-2008, 08:18 PM
Just got back. From my perch in RF I didn't think Crede's ball was gonna stay fair, but I sure am glad it did.

I couldn't tell much about the strike zone at all, but it;s obvious something was up early on.

Great to see fellow WSIer and chess master Fielder Jones as he was heading up the steps in 108!

whitesoxfan
04-07-2008, 08:21 PM
Keep proving me wrong, Joe. I love being wrong in instances like these.

Five in a row. There's a very positive energy surrounding this team right now. Even when we were down 3-1, I still had confidence that we could come back and pull it out. That is something that I didn't have much of last year.

It's always fun to beat those bastards too.

ChiTownTrojan
04-07-2008, 08:23 PM
Pardon my pun; but, it's great seeing Crede getting in the swing of things here so early after having so much time off last season. I'm getting the feeling when the Sox are down this year that they CAN come back unlike last year. That lineup is something else...11 home runs have been hit already this year! I think this year, it's gonna be the hitting that's gonna be the X-Factor.

Great start to the season.
And that's without much contribution from the 2/3/4 hitters, all of whom are vets and will eventually get going. Most of the production so far has been from the 5-8 guys (Dye/AJP/Quentin/Crede). Even Uribe has been holding his own, not looking as overmatched at the plate (was that a walk I saw today? :o:). Up and down the lineup, I don't really see an easy out.

DickAllen72
04-07-2008, 08:25 PM
That WAS the Carlos Gomez who grounded into the game-ending double play, wasn't it? :cool:
I was pleasantly surprised they were able to turn that DP with Gomez running. That was a hell of a pivot and throw by Uribe. :bandance:

It looks like Cabrera and Uribe are starting to gel as a DP combination. I hope Cabrera comes around after a slow start and plays like the player he's supposed to be, because then the Sox will really be a serious contender. :gulp:
Great win and I'm sure glad we still have Crede! :bandance::bandance::bandance:

Hendu
04-07-2008, 08:29 PM
I left work just before the slam - but thankfully my friend texted me the update. Awesome win, and way to settle down, Javy!! I'm watching the repeat on CSN right now.

Pear-Zin-Ski
04-07-2008, 08:35 PM
While the boys put on an awesome show today...it would be nice to see them strand a couple less runners....

chisoxfanatic
04-07-2008, 08:48 PM
And that's without much contribution from the 2/3/4 hitters, all of whom are vets and will eventually get going. Most of the production so far has been from the 5-8 guys (Dye/AJP/Quentin/Crede). Even Uribe has been holding his own, not looking as overmatched at the plate (was that a walk I saw today? :o:). Up and down the lineup, I don't really see an easy out.

AND it's only gonna get WARMER out there too! They'll be even looser.

turners56
04-07-2008, 08:50 PM
While the boys put on an awesome show today...it would be nice to see them strand a couple less runners....

The clutch hits still came, that's all that matters.

manders_01
04-07-2008, 09:13 PM
I so wish I would have seen this game. :whiner: Regardless, I LOVED seeing the final score! :bandance:

Frontman
04-07-2008, 09:17 PM
I am STILL on an adreniline high.

Wow, was this game fun. Quiet through the first half, but man; this team is doing very, very well.

The first pitch was nice (wish I could of actually seen it, but was on the concourse on the way to seats) but the new additions to the video are great, the crowd was pumped, my first opening day 2nd row on the 3rd baseline?

Just an experience and a half. Bobby coming out of the 'pen is something. That was just awesome.

And yes, Mr. Clutch is back. I'll be the first to admit I'm happy being wrong on that young man.

JOE.......CREDE!!!!!

hawkjt
04-07-2008, 09:21 PM
Imagine how much it sucked for tiger fans to sit thru 6 ballgames to open the season at home and not see one win like today....SuperJOE!!!!

Frontman
04-07-2008, 09:22 PM
What a nice win!

Solid starting pitching? Check.

Solid offense with clutch hitting? Check.

Bullpen holds the lead? Check.

Even so, this team still isn't firing on all cylinders, so it's nice to see them win a game they would have lost last year.

It's also great that AJ, Crede and Dye are off to such a great start.

You forgot one thing to check Frater.

The team didn't give up when things got tough midgame? CHECK!

That was one issue I had with last year's team, as it seemed that if they didn't have a lead by mid-game, it either staggered into a win or just fell flat.

The 2008 Sox have shown to me that if they lose, they aren't going to take a loss lying down. They're going to scrap and claw and scrape all the way to the 9th, win/lose/draw.

TheVulture
04-07-2008, 09:26 PM
Rough week for the resident WSI Genius GM's.

Ok, Mr. KW-should-be-fired-for-trading-Ryan-Sweeney!:redneck

Foulke You
04-07-2008, 09:30 PM
Just got back from the game! Wow! This team is looking pretty darn good so far. Solid pitching, defense, and clutch hitting again when we needed it. It's still early but we needed to get off to a good start and lo and behold here we sit atop the AL Central at 5W-2L. (Should've been 6W-1L if a couple calls went our way in Cleveland)

We always have those snapshot memories from Opening Days in the past like Fisk's debut, Ray Durham's diving catch in 2000, Buehrle's 1-0 mastepiece in '05, Thome's 2 HR Opening Night debut in '06, and now we have the "Joe Crede '08 Grand Slam" to add to the Opening Day memories. That park was electric today when the ball cleared the fence. A perfect day at the ballpark.:D:

Frontman
04-07-2008, 09:36 PM
Did anyone have seats that close to the bullpen to tell how far Crede's homer cleared the fence? We were trying to guess how close that was to not getting out. For a moment, it looked like it was coming down in play.

Foulke You
04-07-2008, 09:37 PM
Another thing I thought of at the game was that Quentin already has 7RBI...isn't this more run production from LF than we got from Andy Gonzalez and Luis Terrero in the entire '07 season? :tongue:

Foulke You
04-07-2008, 09:39 PM
Did anyone have seats that close to the bullpen to tell how far Crede's homer cleared the fence? We were trying to guess how close that was to not getting out. For a moment, it looked like it was coming down in play.
After seeing the replay on mlb.com, it looks like it traveled about 10 feet beyond the 330 sign. I'd put it somewhere in the 340-342 foot range. From my spot in the UD in RF, it looked like the ball was either going to draw chalk for a double or go just foul but it just kept carrying until it cleared the fence.

Frontman
04-07-2008, 09:42 PM
After seeing the replay on mlb.com, it looks like it traveled about 10 feet beyond the 330 sign. I'd put it somewhere in the 340-342 foot range. From my spot in the UD in RF, it looked like the ball was either going to draw chalk for a double or go just foul but it just kept carrying until it cleared the fence.

As it was passing us, it was just dying. I think if the wind was more favorable, it would of been a rocket out, but that wind was just bizarre out there. The left field flags were blowing out, then the right field flags at the same time were blowing dead way right.

Crede horse that hit out, no doubt about it. I thought with Thome's shot early in the game that just missed going out we weren't going to see any long ball leave the park today.

Glad I was wrong on that too.

gogosox16
04-07-2008, 09:43 PM
Another thing I thought of at the game was that Quentin already has 7RBI...isn't this more run production from LF than we got from Andy Gonzalez and Luis Terrero in the entire '07 season? :tongue:
wouldn't surprise me one bit

MCHSoxFan
04-07-2008, 09:44 PM
The impressive thing is they're doing this even though Cabrera, Thome, and Konerko have been struggling. Once those guys get going, watch out.

Great point! I was at the game. I was sitting right behind the White Sox sugout and EVERBODY, even COX! COX! was having fun. Hell, me and Swisher were dancing, talking, and laughing together especially when they played Rock n Roll right before JD got on base before Crede's slame. Also, everybody was going nuts around me when Joe did the curtain-call. 5-2 IN FIRST WITH A 1/2 GAME LEAD...YEEEESSS!!!!

FielderJones
04-07-2008, 09:46 PM
Just got back. From my perch in RF I didn't think Crede's ball was gonna stay fair, but I sure am glad it did.

I couldn't tell much about the strike zone at all, but it;s obvious something was up early on.

Great to see fellow WSIer and chess master Fielder Jones as he was heading up the steps in 108!

That was a weird home run. I think most of the crowd couldn't tell if that was going foul or not, so there was almost a hush as we waited, and it seemed like everything was in slow motion. As the ball crossed the foul pole the fans in the left field stands leaped to their feet, and the crowd noise was deafening!

Good to see you there as well. I was looking for Dump but never spotted him if he still has those seats from last year.

Go Sox! :bandance:

MCHSoxFan
04-07-2008, 09:48 PM
Bingo.

Dito! That is why 2005 was really so great. No matter what the score was. No matter what inning, what the pitch count is, or who is at the plate, we were going to be in the game, come-back, and win. That was MOST of the time. Like, 90% of the time. This team really does resemble that. All I can say is keep this up boys!

MCHSoxFan
04-07-2008, 09:59 PM
I hate it that tomorrow's an off day when I'm feeling like this! Especially right in the middle of a series. Hurry up Wed.!!

I know. I do not want the White Sox to lose their GREAT momentum.

Brian26
04-07-2008, 10:39 PM
Magnet schedules are pretty cool this year too.

I think I lost my voice trying to push that Crede homer over the leftfield wall. Best Opening Day since 2005.

gobears1987
04-07-2008, 10:40 PM
Great game. I just got back to Purdue from the game.

Cuzzi is an ass.

gogosox16
04-07-2008, 10:41 PM
Magnet schedules are pretty cool this year too.

I think I lost my voice trying to push that Crede homer over the leftfield wall. Best Opening Day since 2005.
I thought the ball was going to be caught and it just kept on carrying....the place errupted and I was not dissapointed at all in game 1 of the year (at home):bandance:

gobears1987
04-07-2008, 10:42 PM
Vazquez really settled in from the fifth inning through the seventh. That was key. He gave his guys a chance to come back for him, and they did.

My scorecard shows that he retired his last 11 batters. He was really dealing after he gave up the RBI double to Lamb.

whitesoxwilkes
04-07-2008, 10:46 PM
My scorecard shows that he retired his last 11 batters. He was really dealing after he gave up the RBI double to Lamb.

So does mine. :redneck

Crowd never seemed to be solidly behind him though, maybe because he was so exasperating earlier on in the game.

Frontman
04-07-2008, 10:48 PM
So does mine. :redneck

Crowd never seemed to be solidly behind him though, maybe because he was so exasperating earlier on in the game.

Not until the last two innings, wilkes. Before then, the fans were frustrated with him, but when he needed us, we certainly let him know we were behind him. The 6th and 7th we got behind him.

Tragg
04-07-2008, 10:53 PM
I see that the Twins feature some Astros castoffs; must have been deja vu for Lamb and Everett....I believe they enjoyed a 7th inning grand slammie last time they were in town.

whitesoxwilkes
04-07-2008, 10:54 PM
Not until the last two innings, wilkes. Before then, the fans were frustrated with him, but when he needed us, we certainly let him know we were behind him. The 6th and 7th we got behind him.

Did he at least get a nice round of applause when he left the field? I was in the bathroom at the time.

Frontman
04-07-2008, 10:58 PM
Did he at least get a nice round of applause when he left the field? I was in the bathroom at the time.

That strike out to end the sixth we really rocked behind him. And unfortunately, he did not come back out after the Crede slam, so no; we didn't get the chance to applaud him.

whitesoxwilkes
04-07-2008, 10:59 PM
That strike out to end the sixth we really rocked behind him. And unfortunately, he did not come back out after the Crede slam, so no; we didn't get the chance to applaud him.

Oh. DUHHH. Linebrink started the next inning.

Also, here's a few pictures from today (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilk/sets/72157604430923972/). With OF seats and just my dinky little point and shoot (camera, you knuckleheads) in-game pictures were out of the question...but I think the ones of the flag came out pretty cool.

Madscout
04-07-2008, 11:24 PM
Goon:

The last time the Sox won five in a row was August 2006.

Nicely done today. I was getting concerned the way they were leaving guys on base against another "no-name" starting pitcher early on, but they came up with the big hit when they needed it.

They earned that day off tomorrow!

Lip

That no name starter was pitching really well, and he was taking all the high bs that the that ump was giving him. I was glad to see his pitch count climb as fast as it did.

cheezheadsoxfan
04-07-2008, 11:33 PM
Just got home from the game. Just a wonderful day. Crede is by daughter's favorite so she was just ecstatic. Glad to see Javy settle down also. This team's looking real good right now.

My first time in the "scary" upper deck. Once I got used to it not bad at all. Flags & magnets are pretty cool too. :bandance:

gobears1987
04-07-2008, 11:35 PM
So does mine. :redneck

Crowd never seemed to be solidly behind him though, maybe because he was so exasperating earlier on in the game.My section was on their feet after the 6th and 7th innings when he returned to the dugout.

jabrch
04-07-2008, 11:50 PM
Rough week for the resident WSI Genius GM's.

LMAO

jabrch
04-07-2008, 11:52 PM
Magnet schedules are pretty cool this year too.

I think I lost my voice trying to push that Crede homer over the leftfield wall. Best Opening Day since 2005.

I'll never forget 2006 Opening Day...

ws05champs
04-08-2008, 12:18 AM
Best opening day I have ever been at. There was really something in the air today. The sun was shining. The vendors were cheerful. Even the parking lot attendants were not insulting and condescending. It seemed like you knew the Sox would win, just not in the grand style they did.

kaufsox
04-08-2008, 12:20 AM
Keep beating the division, this is just plain fun!

ksimpson14
04-08-2008, 12:24 AM
I love Joe Crede, so happy to see this from him

SoxSpeed22
04-08-2008, 12:31 AM
For 7 innings, I remembered why I hate the Twins as much as I do. Vazquez was making good pitches, but they hit them in the right places. Throughout the game, they used opposite field very well. Nice to see that they remember how to do that after last year. In the 7th, everyone had outstanding at-bats against a tough reliever. Clutch Crede gets the slam.
The off day could stink for momentum, but we're playing great now and riding a 5 game winning streak.

WhiteSox5187
04-08-2008, 01:02 AM
For 7 innings, I remembered why I hate the Twins as much as I do. Vazquez was making good pitches, but they hit them in the right places. Throughout the game, they used opposite field very well. Nice to see that they remember how to do that after last year. In the 7th, everyone had outstanding at-bats against a tough reliever. Clutch Crede gets the slam.
The off day could stink for momentum, but we're playing great now and riding a 5 game winning streak.
Momentum is as good as tommorrow's starting pitcher. I'm not horrified at the prospect of a day off, these guys have earned it!

ksimpson14
04-08-2008, 03:20 AM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2008-04/37600216.jpg

Cat Thief
04-08-2008, 03:58 AM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2008-04/37600216.jpg


That's just beautiful. My background for a couple of days, filed in My Pics forever.

RadioheadRocks
04-08-2008, 06:11 AM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2008-04/37600216.jpg

Methinks we should wallpaper Timberwolf's house with hundreds of copies of this picture. :cool:

Jjav829
04-08-2008, 07:58 AM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2008-04/37600216.jpg

So, ummm, did Mauer have an itch he couldn't wait to scratch? Or...?:?:

delben91
04-08-2008, 08:04 AM
So, ummm, did Mauer have an itch he couldn't wait to scratch? Or...?:?:

I was wondering the same thing.

BadBobbyJenks
04-08-2008, 08:34 AM
What a game! I saw a few people mention they had the 2005 feeling right now. I think it is a bit too early for that, but I sat there the whole game never thinking we were going to lose. Quite the contrast to last year's squad.

MsSoxVixen22
04-08-2008, 09:12 AM
What a game! Javy has a rocky start, then settles down. I was getting a little nervous there since we kept leaving guys on base, or grounding into double plays. We had just gotten home from work when Crede was up to bat, with a 1-0 count. I said, man if Crede hits one here, Hawk is going to loose it! And sure enough! I was screaming and cheering so loud, I'm sure the nieghbors heard but I don't care! We don't call him Capt. Cluch Crede for nothing! :bandance: Way to go boys and let's keep it going! I am getting so excited about this team and they are so much fun to watch!

Jurr
04-08-2008, 09:16 AM
Best opening day I have ever been at. There was really something in the air today. The sun was shining. The vendors were cheerful. Even the parking lot attendants were not insulting and condescending. It seemed like you knew the Sox would win, just not in the grand style they did.
I really enjoyed the '06 opener, but damn that (yesterday)was fun.
You are right. Everything was very electric at that stadium. The Sox had a great opportunity to put their stamp on this division early, and so far so good.

It was absolutely awesome to meet some of the gang at the Bullpen Bar. I had to catch a plane right after the game, so I couldn't come back to hang out afterwards. We have some really cool people on this board. Can't wait to come back!:bandance:

MarySwiss
04-08-2008, 09:37 AM
For 7 innings, I remembered why I hate the Twins as much as I do. Vazquez was making good pitches, but they hit them in the right places. Throughout the game, they used opposite field very well. Nice to see that they remember how to do that after last year. In the 7th, everyone had outstanding at-bats against a tough reliever. Clutch Crede gets the slam.
The off day could stink for momentum, but we're playing great now and riding a 5 game winning streak.

Second that! I was following on ESPN as best I could at work and it seemed like every time I checked, they were up by a run, at bat, with a guy on first.
But it's all good now!!! :bandance:

Frater Perdurabo
04-08-2008, 10:31 AM
So, ummm, did Mauer have an itch he couldn't wait to scratch? Or...?:?:

I think he was protecting himself, knowing that at that very instant the Twins had just been kicked in the groin.

Pods4455
04-08-2008, 03:57 PM
The pirate named Aardsma was da man, I still remember the game where he collapsed: it was against Detroit on a weekend afternoon. After that, it was all downhill.

I totally remember that game--- I talked to him after the game on the phone and he told me "this is the beginning of the end." I told him that kinda attitude gets u shipped down to charlotte

a few weeks later both f our predictions came true:(:

tebman
04-08-2008, 05:35 PM
I really enjoyed the '06 opener, but damn that (yesterday)was fun.
You are right. Everything was very electric at that stadium. The Sox had a great opportunity to put their stamp on this division early, and so far so good.

It was absolutely awesome to meet some of the gang at the Bullpen Bar. I had to catch a plane right after the game, so I couldn't come back to hang out afterwards. We have some really cool people on this board. Can't wait to come back!:bandance:
It's all good. It was great to meet you too at the Bullpen Bar and see some of WSI's finest as well. Son-of-tebman and I tried to get back in after the game, but it was closed. :o:

We figured it was so jammed that they just wouldn't let anybody else in the room. We stopped at Mitchell's to see if there were any WSI great thinkers there, but alas, we struck out.

None of that diminished the high we were on after that game, though! Clutch Crede helped me lose my irrational rage at Cuzzi's elastic strike zone.

This season is going to be fun. :gulp: