10 Reasons why the Chicago White Sox winning the 2011 World Series would be good for baseball

With about a month and a half left to the season, the number of legit playoff contenders are winding down. And the staff here at Sully Baseball decided to look at each contender and see what would be positive about their potential World Championships.

Which players or managers would benefit the most from a title. Which fan bases would savor it. And how the perception of each franchise would change slightly. Remember, this isn’t a numbers crunching site… this is all about emotion and things that strike my fancy.

The first potential World Series contender will be the Chicago White Sox. Why the White Sox? Because they are so unpredictable that they could either be in first place by next week or fall totally out of contention. So if I want to include them, I had better do it NOW!

10 Reasons why the

Chicago White Sox

winning the 2011 World Series

would be good for baseball

1. Another World Series title moves Ozzie Guillen closer to Cooperstown



Ozzie Guillen’s Hall of Fame resume is a long shot at this point. 2 post season appearances, even with a World Series title, isn’t going to cut it. (Ask Cito Gaston who won back to back World Series titles and two other Division Titles. Forget the Hall of Fame, he couldn’t get hired.)

But another World Series title, and this one with almost a brand new cast of characters would add to his luster that the team plays Ozzie’s brand of baseball. And when (not if) he takes over the Marlins and wins with them, he’ll get even closer.

The idea of Ozzie giving a Hall of Fame speech is a wonderful concept, if for no other reason than for the need of a 7 second delay.

2. It would justify Kenny Williams’ wild GM style

In an era of calculators, bizarre new stats and hoarding prospects, it would be nice to see Kenny Williams methods be rewarded again.

He’s always willing to bring in a free agent, even an ill fitting one. He’s willing to say “prospects be damned, we’re winning NOW!” And he has taken some chances in Cuba and by bringing up prospects super fast and throwing them into the fire.

Is it sometimes irresponsible? Sure. Does it blow up in his face sometimes? Ask Adam Dunn.

Is it cool to see a GM always trying? You bet.

And to see that GM win a SECOND World Series spitting in the face of convention… that would be too cool.

3. A Championship could justify the Adam Dunn signing

Speaking of Kenny Williams’ style, let’s talk about Dunn. Right now Adam Dunn looks like one of the biggest busts in Free Agency history.

I mean he is so terrible right now that you have to wonder if he had a twin brother that he suited up in his place. And they’ve got 3 more years of this.

But imagine if he got a big hit in the post season. Or clubbed a big homer off the bench in the World Series. Then it would be kind of like J. D. Drew… an injury filled disappointment overall, but contributed big to a ring.

Besides, he seems like a likable accountable guy. I’d like to see him happy. (As if $56 million wouldn’t buy happiness.)

4. Multiple Rings will help people remember how to spell Konerko and Buehrle

I wrote a blog post that was basically a love letter to Paul Konerko and Mark Buehrle.

Guess what? I spelled in Kornerko every single time.

And I had to double check Buehrle whenever I typed it. I double checked it when I typed the previous sentence. Is it B-E-H? B-U-E? B-E-U?

None of it is instinctual.

Maybe another title will seal that.

5. Everyone loves seeing A. J. Pierzynski happy!

Speaking of members of the 2005 White Sox with difficult names to spell…

Sure you might not like A. J. Pierzynski. Sure he seems like he might be a jerk. But look me in the eye and tell me you wouldn’t want an obnoxious pest like him on YOUR team.

6. If the White Sox win, maybe Juan Pierre will do another unbelievably awful rap

There are few subjects I know less about than rap. But even as a total NON authority, I can tell you that the rap Juan Pierre did at the 2003 Florida Marlins World Series celebration was awful.

He called it rap. For me? The C at the beginning was silent.

Maybe he will improve in Chicago. Or maybe it will be just as bad.

Take a listen. Tell me how it is good.

7. A ring for Omar Vizquel

Vizquel is making one of the least likely runs at 3,000 hits and may have already have punched a ticket for the Hall of Fame.

The greatest defensive shortstop of his generation has played over 4 decades, won 11 Gold Gloves and played on 6 Division Champs and in the 1995 and 1997 World Series.

A ring would be nice.

8. The President needs a Pick Me Up!

There have been lots of ups and downs for the President this past year and no doubt 2012 will be one tense year for him.

Up for reelection, the markets are going nuts, lots of people still out of work and maybe he needs a little reminder of how good “Hope” feels.

Maybe his team winning the World Series can kick start his campaign!

Do it for AMERICA, White Sox!

9. Another World Series title could help the White Sox enter the “Big Bad Bully Club”.

The White Sox are consistently among the top payrolls, they bid for free agents and they act like one of the “Haves” instead of the “Have nots.”

AND they play in a big media market! But they never get mentioned as one of the big bad franchises.

Another title will tie them with the Yankees and Red Sox in the 21st Century. That sounds big and bad for me.

10. It would make the White Sox and Cubs fan dynamic more interesting

Would the White Sox finally the choice of the casual sports fan in Chicago? Would the winning of the South Side out weigh the cute and cuddliness of Wrigleyville?

Two things are for sure.

– White Sox fans hold ALL the bragging cards. Another World Series title would mean the White Sox would have won as World Series in the 21st Century as the Cubs did in the 20th Century.

– If what doesn’t destroy you only makes you stronger, then Cubs fans must be damn near invincible!

So there you have it for the White Sox… Hall of Fame credentials, inter city rivalries, spell check and a Presidential race could all be improved.

They are all good reasons.

But there are other teams in contention too.

And I will get to them all!

If you liked this then go ahead and read the entries for the other teams.



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Sully Baseball Presents… THE MOST INSANE TRADE THAT SHOULD HAPPEN IN THE WINTER MEETINGS

A year after being a hero in Philadelphia (thanks in part to his deal with Satan) Brad Lidge is now damaged goods in the City of Brotherly Love.

The Phils would love to move him and his $24 million deal… but that won’t be easy.

Notice I didn’t say IMPOSSIBLE!

Philadelphia needs to find some teams who are also willing to move around some salaries and bad deals… and it would help if a team has a gullible general manager, another team needs to slash payroll because of an impending divorce and yet another club has no payroll restrictions.

The Staff at Sully Baseball has devised a 9 team trade involving 11 players and a bunch of bad contracts.

In the end Brad Lidge will have found a home after being passed like a hot potato to all 9 teams and only 2 teams would see their own payroll affected more than a few million dollars.

Here’s how the trade would unfold.

The Phillies deal Brad Lidge and his $24 million deal over 2 years to the Reds for Francisco Cordero and his $25 million deal over 2 years.

The Reds deal Brad Lidge and his $24 million deal over 2 years to the Royals for Gil Meche and Jose Guillen (combined $24 million but both done after this year)

The Royals deal Brad Lidge and his $24 million deal over 2 years to the Mets for Oliver Perez and his 2 years $24 million deal

The Mets deal Brad Lidge and his $24 million deal over 2 years to the Cubs for Milton Bradley and his $21 million deal over 2 years

The Cubs deal Brad Lidge and his $24 million deal over 2 years to the Mariners for Carlos Silva and his $24 million deal over 2 years

The Mariners deal Brad Lidge and his $24 million deal over 2 years to the Angels for Gary Matthews Jr and his $23 million deal over 2 years

The Angels deal Brad Lidge for his $24 million deal over 2 years to the Dodgers for Juan Pierre and George Sherrill (combined 2 years for $27 million)

The Dodgers deal Brad Lidge and his $24 million deal over 2 years to the Yankees for Kei Igawa and his 2 year $8 million deal

What the trade means to each team…

THE PHLLIES:
Francisco Cordero for Brad Lidge

Cordero can close and Lidge is done in Philadelphia
Payroll Difference: + $1 million

THE REDS:
Gil Meche and Jose Guillen for Francisco Cordero

Cincy can sign a closer and they get a decent starter and a malcontented but talented outfielder, something Dusty Baker has some experience with.
Payroll Difference: EVEN

THE ROYALS:
Oliver Perez for Gil Meche and Jose Guillen

KC gets a talented but inconsistent pitcher. But getting Jose Guillen off the team is a plus.
Payroll Difference: EVEN

THE METS:
Milton Bradley for Oliver Perez

Getting Perez out of New York is a must. Slashing payroll is a plus. Maybe Bradley can thrive with a change of scenery. Maybe Omar Minaya will be the billionth person to think that Bradley’s talents will cancel out his baggage.
Payroll Difference: – $3 million

THE CUBS:
Carlos Silva for Milton Bradley

The Cubs would be lucky to get used toilet paper for Milton Bradley. And who knows? Maybe Silva can be a decent #4 starter with any luck.
Payroll Difference: +3 million

THE MARINERS:
Gary Matthews Jr. for Carlos Silva

Both players are damaged goods, but maybe Matthews can take advantage of the gaps in the outfield. Besides, the Mariners are clearly coveting all things Angels.
Payroll Difference: -$1 million

THE ANGELS:
Juan Pierre and George Sherrill for Gary Matthews Jr.

The Angels get a speedy outfielder who might replace Chone Figgins plus some needed bullpen depth while fleecing their cross highway neighbors.
Payroll Difference: +$4 million

THE DODGERS:
Kei Igawa for Juan Pierre and George Sherrill

This is clearly a salary dump, but with the impending nasty divorce that is brewing over Dodger land, it might be prudent to demp essentially a fourth outfielder and a set up man to free up some dough.
Payroll Difference: -$19 million

THE YANKEES
Brad Lidge for Kei Igawa

The sooner Igawa is gone, the sooner the biggest blunder in Brian Cashman’s career will be wiped from the records. Plus Lidge won’t have to close… there’s a fellow named Rivera doing that. He can just let it rip in the 8th… and maybe send Joba to the rotation forever. Yeah it is a bump in salary… but these aren’t the Pirates! These are the Yankees! They can afford it.
Payroll Difference: +$16 million

Ahhh if only the Winter Meetings were really like this!

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Enough with Manny’s shower

I can’t believe that people are STILL TALKING about Manny Ramirez in the shower.

The Dodgers didn’t lose Game 4 of the NLCS because Ramirez was trying to feel Zestfully Clean.

They lost because Jonathan Broxton lost control and walked Matt Stairs and hit Carlos Ruiz.

If Jonathan Broxton got Jimmy Rollins to ground out, Manny’s shower would be a funny footnote.

Now people are talking about the shower as if it was the point where the Dodgers lost the series?

I thought it had more to do with Clayton Kershaw not being able to make it out of the 5th inning of game 1… and Hideki Kuroda letting up 6 runs in fewer than 2 innings of game 2… and Vincente Padilla being knocked out after 3 innings…

When 3 of 4 starts barely COMBINE for 9 innings, it is tough to win.

When the pitching staff’s collective ERA is 7.38, it’s tough to win.

Maybe if Casey Blake hits higher than .105 or Rafael Furcal scores a single run the Dodgers would still be playing.

But they didn’t lose because Manny wasn’t cheerleading.

Look, he took a shower. He has more hair than anyone on the team… it takes longer to clean.

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