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Jenks thinks you're Jerks.

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You big meanies! You hurt BBBJ's feelings. Now apologize and tell him you believe in him. Jenks has been in Chicago a while. You think he'd be used to the very quick ups and downs that public opinion here can have, but he's acting like a hurt kitten. If you're blowing a huge lead, then pitching very inconsitently, people have a right to worry. Come on Bobby, don't take it personally. We still love the beard.

Forget Chicago Tough – Rios is Chicago Good

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Still, there’s a lot to learn from the Rios acquisition, and it goes back to what I said about Mark Teahen in January. Guys like Teahen and Mark Kotsay were acquired because of a "fit," but when you tried to put their skills down in a ledger, it became hard to identify anything they could be relied upon to do well. Rios, meanwhile, had such skills. Even when he was hitting .199, he was playing a mean center field and running the bases well. Give him at least an average bat — a good bet, given his track record — and he would earn his money. Give him an All-Star bat, and the South Side is pitching so many tents that you could call it "Hooverville." This is what happens when you pursue tangibles ahead of intangibles and base projections off past performance instead of wishcasting. Rios had clearly defined strengths that fit a team need, making his potentially unprecedented season at the plate gravy.

Sickel's White Sox Draft Review

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Chicago White Sox Draft Review 1) Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast University: No one expected Sale to fall this far, 13th overall. He's a steal in this slot. Although his delivery is unconventional, he repeats it well and I'm not convinced that his injury risk is any higher than any other pitcher. 2) Jacob Petricka, RHP, Indiana State University: Raw before this year, Petricka improved his mechanics this year and got his fastball up to 98 MPH at times. He still needs refinement, but has a lot of potential as a relief arm. 3) Addison Reed, RHP,San Diego State: Very polished, Reed throws 89-92 as a starter but hit the mid-90s when used as a closer in '09. He has a good slider and changeup. If used in rotation, he looks like a number three or four starter, but if he moves to the pen he could move very fast as a closer through the system.

The Cell Spruces Up Eating Options

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Smoque BBQ announced a few weeks ago that it would have a small kiosk at The Cell for the rest of the season, selling its incomparable brisket and pulled pork, plus coleslaw and baked beans. Only problem is – like all of the private suite/season ticket-holding areas at The Cell – the food service for these luxury/premium ticket holders is run exclusively by Levy Restaurants. When it comes to concessions, a completely different company is in charge. Sportservice doesn’t have the restaurant or fine-dining background that Levy brings to the table, but the company has made some incremental improvements this season.

Big Surprise: Beckham, a Sophomore, is Slumping

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Perhaps no one has had a tougher second season than Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham. He made quite the impression on the South Side last year, getting to the big leagues less than a year after being the eighth pick in the 2008 draft. So far he's hitting just .203, has only five extra-base hits and recently lost his starting job.

douchebag idea of the day

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of course they have the cubs' guy running it.

Site Note

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After all those jokes about butt cancer, Cheat really did break his pelvis. Site updates (from me) will be limited in the next two days as I'm loaded up on drugs and between doctors appointments. The good news is, the content on the site was stellar this week. And now that I'll spend much of the next month, and perhaps a large chunk of the summer, stuck in Mom's basement, I should have nothing better to do than write and masturbate. So expect to see this site to return to full strength soon.

Another Take on The Imperfect Perfect Game

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Twenty-five years later, on July 3, 2008, Anthony McCarron of New York's Daily News wrote of the final moments of the game. Righetti is facing the final batter, Wade Boggs, and is worried he'll tap the ball toward first and beat him to the bag. At the plate, Boggs is thinking, "If I get a hit here, with two out in the ninth inning, and break this thing up, I'm probably not getting out of here alive." As Mr. McCarron wrote, Righetti "snapped off a crisp slider, Boggs struck out swinging," and Righetti flung his arms out in joy. The crowd exploded, they wouldn't stop jumping and cheering, and later they filled the bars around the stadium. It was raucous, joyful. Everyone acted as if they were related, because it is a beautiful thing when you witness history together. It's unifying.

How I feel

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How I feel