Carlos Quentin LoveFest Sox Exchange

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By Paul M. Banks and The Soxman 

 When Carlos Quentin hit his second home run in the ESPN Sunday Night Game, it was a walk-off winner. And the Cell was electric. Pandemonium. A madhouse…pick your cliché to describe it…should we just give him the MVP award now? Obviously Josh Hamilton will have something to say about it.
 
 (SM) Soxman was there, as you know Mr. Banks.  The Cell was electric.  Our energy was building before that however when “Mr. Hold ‘Em” Scott Linebrink kept the game tied in the ninth.  Soxman improved his record to a 5-0 in games attended on the season with that win.  One other thing before we talk about the 2008, Comeback Player of the Year, let’s not forget to give HUGE props to Jose Contreras.  Over the last month, he’s dipped himself in the magical waters of 2005.  Jose is 3-0, with a 1.61 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 21 Ks in 28 IP.  I couldn’t be happier that he’s found his stride.
 
Carlos Quentin?  Despite ALL THE CRITICS, I said all along he could be the offensive difference on this team if he’s healthy, and he has done just that!  Quentin has been carrying an anemic offense for a first place team.  That gives him a huge advantage over Hamilton at this point in the season.  If Quentin keeps this up he could very well win the AL Comeback Player of the Year, be named an All-Star, and win the AL MVP.

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When that happened the stadium audio rocked out to AC/DC (my keyboard doesn’t have a lighting bolt, sorry) “Thunderstruck” instead of “Sweet Home Chicago.” I like the hard rock anthem the best of the Sox official songs. I enjoy “Don’t Stop Believin,” “Go Go White Sox” and “Na Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye” as much as the next man, but seriously AC/DC is my favorite. Your favorite Sox tune?
 
(SM) How can you argue with the song that plays when you go to my website?  For me there is nothing like the opening montage played to “He’s a Pirate” from “Pirates of the Caribbean” followed by “Thunderstruck” and Gene Honda shouting for White Sox Fans to “get on their feet.”  Yeah that’s my favorite tune. 
 


 
Last year’s Achilles heel, the bullpen is now a huge strength. Scott Linebrink has been masterful, Boone Logan has given Southsiders quite a bit to cheer about and Bobby Jenks has been one of the best closers in the game. As a unit they all Share the Passion. Show the Swagger. Your analysis please? Except for Jenks, I’d rather Batboy field that one…. 
 
 (SM) The bullpen is as good as any in baseball right now in my opinion. Linebrink honestly deserves all-star consideration.  He has 15 holds (an undervalued stat in baseball) and is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in 23 IP.  Even though Dotel is scary, his ERA is only 3.48.  The rest of the pen also holds their own: Thornton (3.57), Logan (2.65), Masset (3.38).  Even Mike MacDougal, who no one seemed to like had a 2.08 ERA before his demotion.  As for our closer? (Soxman motions wide with his arms and then tall).
 
(Batboy) Boom, here comes the boom, ready or not, I’ll tell you why Bobby is hot!  With Monday night’s save, Jenks became the second-fastest closer in MLB history to notch 100 career saves.  He’s 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 13 saves, meaning he played a significant role in more than half of the Sox wins.  I’d take him over any other closer in the game today.

 
(SM) So does Batboy get the save on that question Paul? 
 
Yes, he successfully converted that opportunity. Good baseball nerddom with that stat. I’m all about this slogan for the site: “Less is more” made famous by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, an architect who left his biggest legacies here in Chicago, so I’m trying to keep word count down this week. However, it’s time for our weekly non-baseball question. I won those 6 tickets to a Sox game in August at a recent NBC5 fundraiser. The final ticket was given to an official TSB contest winner, Boston red Sox fan Eileen Collins from Taunton, Massachusetts. So now four sexy ladies are heading to the game with us two Midwestern gentlemen. Do you have any problem with this?
 
(SM) The ladies won’t get “less” that is for sure.  As for everything else?  “Less is more,” especially for the ladies’ imagination about catching a game with a sports Super Hero and a future Hall of Famer…an Illinois Media Hall of Famer that is.

Well, hopefully. The Illini Media Hall of Fame is a very exclusive group, I think I’ll have to work very hard and just try and hope for the best. Now if I throw in “And take it one day at a time” I’ve written 70% of all athlete quotes.

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  1. paulmbanks says

    I’m sure you’ll like the YouTube clip I included

  2. Awesome! Another fun exchange. Next week we need to discuss Mark Buehrle. I’ve been getting a ton of e-mail to my site about him. Hope all is well in Chi-town. SM

  3. Jason Moe says

    Paulie needs to get rid of his Metallica walk-up music. He needs a new spark, batting 204 does not work anymore!!! I am thinking Billy Joel ” We Didn’t Start The Fire”

  4. Hamburglar says

    Robble Robble

    CQ an All-Star.

    Robble Robble

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