By Paul M. Banks, Soxman and Jason Moe
For this week’s Sox Exchange, Jason “Moe Diddy” Moe, The Sports Bank.net President of SICA Operations and grinder Sox fan will join us from the suburban corporate headquarters in Lockport, IL.
(SM) Moe Diddy?Â I donâ€™t know if this weekâ€™s Sox Exchange should start with the music to the Three Stooges orÂ “Get Buck in Hereâ€ by Diddy.Â Hmm, perhaps I can wear Sean John socks on my head.Â Hey Moe, what do you think?Â
(Moe) Soxman, you know we have to keep it Gangster up in here. We Fo Scho have to play “Get Buck in Here.” You wear the Sean John Sox and â€˜â€™ll rock Sean John wristbands with a bandana kicking like Tupac. Gangsters Need Love 2…..
(PMB) SHORTY!!!! Scott Linebrink can get healthy and returns to the bullpenâ€¦NOWâ€¦PLEASE! That eighth inning implosion on national television Saturday was just….Yikes!Â It would have been the perfect situation for him to come in and shut the Rays hitters down.Â
(SM) Wise guy eh?Â In key situations it seems Dotel is gets hit harder than Moe cracking Curly with a wrench.Â His meltdown at the Cell on Friday was a little unorthodox as heâ€™s usually a money pitcher at home, sporting a 2.73 home ERA vs. a 5.19 on the road.Â More alarming is that his ERA, while still respectable, has risen from 3.17 to 3.88 this month.
Despite being on the DL for well over a month, Linebrink still leads the Sox in holds (19).Â Hmm, seems like Diddyâ€™s â€œ Iâ€™ll Be Missing Youâ€ would work best hereâ€¦this is for you Mr. Linebrink.Â Help me out â€œMoe Diddy.â€
â€œSeems like yesterday, you used to rock the show, leading the league in holds ya know. Top of the game as far as relievers goes, until you developed some shoulder woes.Â Since youâ€™ve been gone Thorntonâ€™s been trying, but Dotel gets the ball, and Paul Banks starts crying, about how our pivot guy really stinks, as he canâ€™t hand a lead over to Bobby Jenks.Â My boy Moe Diddy is feeling lower than Cubby blue, hurry back Scottâ€¦weâ€™re missin you.â€Â
(Moe) Is there even a time table for when Mr. Linebrinck comes back? Iâ€™ve been hearing he throws 15-30 pitches a day for the last two weeks!Â Will he even be 100% when he comes back?Â Dotel and Thornton need to step their games up!!!Â Bobby Jenks is not striking people out, but in the ninth he is shutting teams out like I do to ugly SICA girls on the weekend.
Itâ€™s kinda hard to close a game when youâ€™re not around
Know youâ€™re on the DL your pitching arm is down
Blowing leads as we pray for you
Every eighth inning we long for you
Till the day you pitch again
In Soxman’s heart is where will keep you friend..
we’re missin you…
(PMB) Yeahâ€¦uhhâ€¦Bad Boyâ€¦And you donâ€™t stop. And you donâ€™t quitâ€¦Harlem World! Recognizeâ€¦As in Harlem Avenue, 7200 West in the Chi. Any time Ken Griffey Jr. wants to start living up to the hype and earning his keep is fine by me!Â
(SM) Griffeyâ€™s been more like Shemp Howard than the Curly we all hoped he would be.Â Want proof?Â In 150 ABs, Brian Anderson has 7 homers and 20 RBI.Â If you take Griffeyâ€™s numbers during his 55 Abs and project them to the same amount of ABs as Anderson, Griffey has only three homers and 21 RBI.Â Anderson is a part-time player who barely made the roster; not much more to say there.Â
(Moe) When the Sox traded for Griffey, I thought it was going to be lighting in a bottle because heâ€™s one of my all-time favorite players. Banks you know I always bust the Griffey Seattle jersey during bundles baseball. He is not even playing every day, and struggles against left handed pitchers.Â I know we did not give much up for him, but if youâ€™re not playing him, what was the point of bringing him in?
(PMB) Yes, Iâ€™ve seen that phat jersey. I really to get back to SICA for another Bundles game before summer ends. Seven White Sox pitchers have taken no-hitters past the sixth inning this season…Itâ€™s a damn shame that a few of those (Like Javier Vazquez’s otherwise gem of an outing Saturday) have not only resulted in a loss of the no-hitter and shutout, but also the game.Â
(SM) Itâ€™s really a tough call for a manager to decide to make a move to the pen when your starter has a no-hitter going.Â In Javyâ€™s case on Saturday, his pitch count was low. He just had a typical Javy outing: one bad inning haunts him.Â Hey Moe, care to throw a pie at this one?Â Â
(Moe) I will take that pie and raise you an apple pieâ€¦I agree with Soxman, I think as a manager you let the pitcher battle all the way to the end. In High School, I was pitching a NO-NO against Argo my sophomore year going into the 7th. I had a high pitch count, but I had skills so coach left me in. The first batter that inning cranked one over the left fielder’s head. We won 12 to 1. There really is no moral to my story, but I wanted my story out there!!!
(PMB) Yes, that story did indeed have absolutely no relevance to what weâ€™re talking about but I will say this: I hate Argo. Almost as much as Andrew or Reavis. Nothing wrong with re-living the glory days, donâ€™t get me started on Stagg Charger swimming and my gridiron exploits. Thatâ€™s why this siteâ€™s colors are blue and orange.