My weekly offseason musings about the White Sox and more…
The Year of Buehrle’s Perfecto and an Unlikely Hero
The 2009 “This Year in Baseball” awards were announced yesterday and to no one’s surprise Mark Buehrle‘s perfect game was voted the Performance of the Year in the fan voting. I am also happy to report that former Sox outfielder DeWayne Wise won Play of the Year honors for The Catch in the Buehrle’s perfecto.
It’s always been interesting to me how fans pick out their favorite players. Often times it’s the star, but not always. Case in point, I’ve always liked Wise. I like the fact he persevered through a lot of tough times in his baseball career, I like the fact he was a big contributor in the South Siders’ successful run for the AL Central title in 2008 and I like his overall hustle and intensity
Wise, now with the Phillies, will never be a star. But it makes me happy to know that a guy who has worked hard and been through what he’s been through as a baseball player will always be remembered for one singular play he made on a warm July afternoon. A play that may very well be the greatest catch in the history of baseball.
It sure seems as if the Sox 2010 Opening Day roster is pretty well set (See Art of the Pale Hose, December 16), but there is still the question of the backup catcher. Will it be Tyler Flowers or will the Sox go outside of the organization before spring training? Most of what you read is that the Sox want Flowers to get more experience at AAA Charlotte.
Another issue was brought up by a fellow Sox blogger. He was wondering if Jordan Danks will be in the mix this year. With Juan Pierre, Alex Rios, Carlos Quentin, Andruw Jones and Mark Kotsay, my guess is that he’ll spend the season at Charlotte with the possibility that he’ll be called up in September or perhaps before if there is an injury.
KW Deserves Credit for Solid Job
The Yankees wrangled Curtis Granderson, the Mariners acquired Chone Figgins and Cliff Lee and the Red Sox lured John Lackey and Mike Cameron. While those deals made most of the national headlines, Kenny Williams‘ job of putting the pieces together this offseason ranks at the top of the Hot Stove moves. With a tight budget, he was able to fill all of our needs and has made the Sox a better, deeper and more versatile team.