The White Sox Final Bell

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By Soxman and Paul M. Banks

These are unconventional times and therefore require an unconventional Sox Exchange/content schedule. I’ll be back with more Ozzieisms and my exclusive with Steve Stone discussing Chicago’s pennant race on both sides of town in the next couple of days. But for today, I’ll give you an opening statement by the Soxman…followed by some of the most apt quotes describing the current situation from Sox players whom I interviewed this past weekend.

No White Sox fans, today there is no time for a witty exchange of statistics, questions, or rhetoric.  Today we are focused on one thing: VICTORY.

It’s not the way any of us wanted to see this season end, but I’m done “crying over the spilt milk” of missed opportunities, a bullpen that can’t throw strikes, or even blown calls by umpires.  I’m not even going to comment on the “sour milk” of the past weekend.
I’m supporting my team with my eyes on a victory, one pitch at a time, and one play at a time.  It’s not over until the final out is made.  So until the box score says otherwise, Soxman will stand with his team focusing on one goal, going the distance, one step at a time.

As Rocky Balboa once said: “I ain’t heard no final bell.”

Neither has Soxman.

By the time this statement is posted, the game will likely be underway and our fate will be tilting in one direction or another.

I live and die with my White Sox, to the end.

Hats off to Mark Buehrle and Paul Konerko, the faces of the Sox franchise for stepping up when it matters most.
Mark Buehrle: Coming off a 121-pitch outing, Buehrle was THE MAN.  He allowed one run and nine hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked one, throwing 111 pitches. Konerko blasted 4 homers in his last 24 Abs including 3 in the last two days.

Now..back to business.  Go White Sox.

Soxman

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I covered the Friday and Saturday night games at the Cell and found an emotional clubhouse. It’s pennant race time! Here are some of the better sound-bites from players and manager Ozzie Guillen. This weekend, Paulie definitely showed me why he is truly the Captain of this team. He was calm and poised; a veteran clubhouse leader who had more to say to the media than any other player. He has as much juice with his teammates as Olin Kreutz (also a team captain) does with the Chicago Bears.

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When asked if there was any internal finger-pointing going on in the White Sox clubhouse…

“I don’t think that happens at this stage. We still have a chance to make the playoffs. Maybe if we were 20 games back with 10 games to play or something like that. But at this point we can’t afford to do that, we got to stick together as a team. We started this thing together and were going to finish it.”
 

Paul Konerko

On the ugliness of some recent losses, and how that momentum may not necessarily carry over into a prospective playoff series…

“These are the toughest ones, in games like this {people say} they don’t look like a playoff team, but the fact of the matter is- we can still go to the playoffs and if we can just get there, we saw it a couple years ago and you see it with a team every year if you can just get there then the playoffs are a whole ‘nother ball of wax. Everything kinda resets and it could change, so you just keep fighting until they say you can’t fight anymore.”

On the intensity of the pennant race’s home stretch…

“All of these games have been big for so long now, cuz it’s been such a close race for the last three weeks. And you’re into the mode of every pitch of every inning of every game being dialed-in on.”

On the big picture, win-or-lose….

“One of two things is going to happen: either it’s going to turn and we’re going to be hot and it’s going to be good or it’s not and we go home. It’s as simple as that. No one’s going to die, and likewise if we make it, no one’s curing cancer. We got to look at the big picture here and just hope for the best and go out there and go get after it.”

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Nick Swisher

“We’ve worked too damn hard to let this thing slip out of our fingers.”
 

Ozzie Guillen

At the beginning of Saturday night’s post-game press conference….

“That’s a shock when the media has nothing to say.”

On the fact that the Sox still control their own destiny after losing 5 in a row the final week…

“Just lucky or nobody want to take it. And for us to take it we have to want it and fight through it…I want to see- get it done.”

On the big picture of the pennant race (from Saturday night)…

“We’re so lucky. I don’t think they {his players} realize how lucky we are right now. To get swept like we did and lose another series and we still have a chance to win this thing…Its unbelievable we have to go to the last day of season, Now I look like genius, I told you guys that we are going to fight all the way to the end and HA HA!!! I guess we are. Hopefully, we play better tomorrow.”

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  1. Peter Christian says

    It’s official. Mother Nature hates baseball.

  2. Peter Christian says

    … and this just in. She also voted against the bail-out.

  3. What a cluster@##$$ another rain delay and three games and agasint 3 central division rivals in three days! possibly if we win

    maybe if baseball was more deregulated it would help. forget schedules and playoff seeding mandates. Let the free market decide who plays who and who gets to the World Series

  4. prowriter0923 says

    SOX WON!!! SOX WON!!!!

  5. prowriter0923 says

    Now we just have to face the pirhanus!!!! Let’s fight like cats and win this bitch!!!

  6. I will take it!!!

    Diddy Out

  7. TAKE IT

  8. Soxman!!! You did it brother!!!!

    Talk about popularity… Soxman on ABC, ESPN, and live on B96 this morning in which the Sportsbank was on the air. Awesome!

    Go Sox!

  9. Soxman awesome words! You were on B96 this morning. You are the best brother!

  10. Heard–the sexiest man in Chicago on B96 this morning. I love you! Your words were right on target.

  11. Heidi Hot Sox says

    The new dynmaic duo…. Alexei and Soxman…sorry batboy. I still love you! You were also on ESPN last night, and on ABC news. They kinda made fun of you…a little but it was all in good fun…

    I love you guys!

  12. Soxman loved your interview on B96 this morning!!!! You are something the city can truly be proud of!

  13. Sox Hop Hooray! says

    Soxman, great site brother! heard you layin it down freestyle on B96 his morning. Thanks for turning me on to this site. I’m gonna tell my boys all about it!

    Peace-

    Calvin

  14. Latino Soxman Fan says

    Soxman I love you brother. Great to hear a real south sider representin on B96 this morning. Do you write here all the time?

    Thanks for leading a nuts sox fan to your writing brother.

    Can’t get enough of you in the Red Eye!

  15. Soxmna..you rocked the Cell last night! Great interview on B96

  16. Soxman was everywhere last night! Hawk loved you! Go Soxman and Go Sox! Let’s show those Twinkies why sox fans never say die. love you sexy!

  17. Soxman, Soxman !!! Sexiest eyes ever!!! It was almost like I saw you looking right through me as you looked right into the camera last night. We love you hero!!!

  18. The Little Flirt says

    Soxman I could not beleive how f’n hot you looked last night on camera. Your eyes are so frickin hot.

    Bring us luck hero. Great rhyme on B96!!!!

  19. Texas Bagpipes says

    Soxman you were on ESPN2!!! Saw you all the way from Houston. They said “well the the Sox needed a hero and they got 2.” Alexei and…the soxman.

  20. Soxman you were also on CLTV. Great job and interview.

  21. Soxman you rock…great rap on B96 this morning.

  22. My kids went totally nuts when Hawk called to you on TV!

  23. Tommy Tutone says

    Soxman bring us home one tonight! Go White sox!!! You were the man on TV brother. Reprsenting with pride!

  24. Soxman you were hot on TV… love you baby. You and Alexei are my hero!

  25. Myspace mike says

    Soxman awesom direct post on myspace last night…we need you focused brother… Go get em!!!

  26. B96 loves you Soxman!!!!!!! Even Eddie a sox fan thought you were cool…

  27. Monica All night Long says

    Soxman it was so great seeing you on TV again. Hawk said “you were in the house!”

    Way to go. Batboy you were loved on B96…

  28. Black Out!!!

  29. As soxman said…tonight we eat Twinkies for dinner…. :)

  30. Soxman bring your magic for one more game. AL Central baby!!!

  31. Soxman Stalker says

    Soxman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I Love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did you know you were all over the TV last night!!!!!!!!!! The Soxman rules!!! I miss you!!!!!1

  32. Soxman we need you there tonight!!! WGN morning news opened with you this morning as well!!!

  33. Soxman I also saw you on the WGN news this morning! You are everywhere!

  34. Soxman- screw ABC News! They were just jealous that another person with big ears (they are owned by Disney) is becomnig popular. ;)

    Honestly, it was all good.

    We love you Soxman and Batboy!

    Paul nice interviews with the players…

  35. Ya Ya Sox Sisterhood says

    Soxman you looked so hot on the TV last night. Awesome interviews this morning…

  36. Thanks Carol,

    And welcome everyone who is new to the site. Yes, this is where Soxman writes his thoughts and opinions on the Sox every Tuesday, and gives his fantasy football every thursday.

  37. Soxman you were EVERYWHERE last night!!!! way to go. Hawk still can’t get Batboy’s name right… LOL.

    I love you sexy…

  38. Soxman- killer interview on the Score, short, sweet, and to the point.

  39. Hey my man I had to wait until my lunch to shout at you. Man you had it flowin this morning on b96. Can you hook me up with Erica? Hope to see you at the park tonight. You are the shit.

  40. Great interviews last night and today Sox Man! You make Chicago proud.

  41. Don’t know if Hawk was more excited when he saw Alexei hit the homer or you and batboy arrive. Awesome having you guys there!

  42. And to the regular commenters, good to have you back.

    And Soxman does regular panel questions all the time here too

  43. Sox Gal Holla says

    Soxman I loved your interview and poem this morning on B96. It was so cool to see the close-up of you on the news. I know everyone ays it but your eyes are just to die for.

    I’m not much into sports other than the sox but had to say hello to you here after hearing about it on the radio.

    XOXO

    Val

  44. Ko’d Konerko says

    Soxman everywhere turned I saw you on the news yesterday. Great job stealing some spotlight from the Cubs. Lets get em tonight.

  45. Soxman you are hot.

  46. Way to go Soxman…do you have one more in you???

  47. Soxman we will need our Dark Knight at the Cell tonight buddy.

  48. You can put it on the board! Soxman Hawk loved you last night! Now lets get one more. Go sox!

  49. Saw you on CLTV last night. Way to go cute thing. Lets give the twins some double mint gum tonight.

  50. WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRING ON THE RAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  51. The Statue of Harold Baines says

    Thome rocks! Danks is awesome

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