Get this: It's raining in Chicago

Familiar sight, I know. It’s raining pretty steady as I’m typing here, little more than a half-hour before game time. This could be another long day.

What wasn’t looking like a very crowded game mediawise is going to be a national story instead, obviously much more on the White Sox side than the Tigers. If Sheffield hits 500, though, that could make a dent. He’s batting second again.

Another big headline on the Tigers’ side was that president/GM Dave Dombrowski talked to reporters for about an hour in a very wide-ranging interview. Look for something on that on the site later today.

As expected, neither Polanco nor Renteria is available. Raburn and Santiago take their place.

TIGERS (74-87)
1. Granderson, CF
2. Sheffield, DH
3. Ordonez, RF
4. Cabrera, 1B
5. Thames, LF
6. Raburn, 2B
7. Inge, 3B
8. Ryan, C
9. Santiago, SS

WHITE SOX (87-74)
1. Orlando Cabrera, SS
2. Dewayne Wise, LF
3. Jermaine Dye, RF
4. Jim Thome, DH
5. Paul Konerko, 1B
6. Ken Griffey Jr., CF
7. Alexei Ramirez, 2B
8. A.J. Pierzynski, C
9. Juan Uribe, 3B


Starting to think this game just wasn’t meant to be played. Come on Tigers, make these guys earn it today and let’s rain on their parade in a different way than literally!

I wanted to comment on Gary Shefield and his professional approach to the plate. I watched the game on Sunday. He leads off the 9th. It’s a meaningless game, we are down by two, and all the crowd really wants from Gary is a homerun. I believe any other guy in baseball in that situation is swinging for the fences, who cares if you fly out or strike out. Gary takes the same approach he has always taken, and on a two strike pitch, does his job and laces a single to left to get on base. Mags follows with a game tying homerun. In a world of self-serving “whats my stats” players, Gary showed us what a consumate pro is suppose to do. I hope he gets 500 today!

Couple of interesting articles out on One says that DD has already decided not to pick up Renteria’s option next year, no big surprise there. He also said that they’ll look at options outside the organization for a replacement and look outside the organization for a new closer.
The other article gives potential replacements for Chuck Hernandez, including Leo Mazzone.
Here’s the links, the article about Renteria first:

Wow, still a game to be played and all these announcements. What a train wreck! The only reason is to deflect the critics. Quick lets talk about 2009. No, we want you to take your whippings like men. Then, we’ll talk about next year. The organation is clueless. I’m not letting myself off the hook either, because I drank the Cool-Aid along with everyone else. This is a bad baseball team as it is constituted now. If we are honest, can we even come up with ten guys you’d want on the team again?

You’d have to say the pitching ranks as the worst or one of the worst in BB. The hitting is way overrated for the very reason one of our excellent posters mentioned. An inordinate amount of the stats came from 10-12 really freaky offensive games. How many times were we shut out? An inconsistent offense is a bad offense. Lets not forget that we have below average fielding in at least half of the positions (1b,ss,lf,rf) especially if Carlos is to be in left.

What are we to do? I have no idea, it’s too broke. Just grin and bear it I guess and wait for 2010. At that point we can say goodbye to the JL Era and hello to hope again. Hey, we’re going to get a high draft choice in 2009, that’s something.

Nice call on bringing Glover in there JL. That’s at least the second time that has happened that I know of and I don’t even watch all the games.

Brandon, that AB to end the 8th. Way to look for the walk baby, three pipe shots right down the gut that virtually any mlb player should be able to crush. Would like to know what you were thinking there. A .200 hitter has no right to “guess” especially with 2 strikes. See the ball, hit the MF.

Well, I’m clinging to the silver lining, at least those aggravating twinkies aren’t in yet. Not sure why some of you like Gardenass. He’s never said a kind word about the Tigers, even in 2006-07. Remember his, “we rocked their world” speech. I’ll take Ozzie any day. If you’re good, he says so, if you’re not he says so. What’s wrong with that?

This just in from DUMBowski, our first six players are stars! Though I don’t know if they play that way? Oh, and single A player Iorg is an All-Star.

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