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Old 12-29-2013, 06:01 PM
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Default The 1st time in a few years I'm excited for the upcoming season

Not sure who else feels this way? But I find myself looking forward to Sox games this year. I'll be honest..I have not been overly excited about a Sox season since 2006 or 2007. Even in years we were predicted to contend (2010, 2011) I always felt I was watching an aging team that I knew was on the decline.

This is the first year I'm antsy for the season to start. While I do not necessarily feel we will contend...I'm looking forward to watching the team play and I feel we will improve year to year for a while as we have a younger team now with some talent.

Who else feels this way? I'm glad to be into the White Sox again.
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:58 PM
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Not sure who else feels this way? But I find myself looking forward to Sox games this year. I'll be honest..I have not been overly excited about a Sox season since 2006 or 2007. Even in years we were predicted to contend (2010, 2011) I always felt I was watching an aging team that I knew was on the decline.

This is the first year I'm antsy for the season to start. While I do not necessarily feel we will contend...I'm looking forward to watching the team play and I feel we will improve year to year for a while as we have a younger team now with some talent.

Who else feels this way? I'm glad to be into the White Sox again.
Me too!

Last season was unwatchable. Glad Hahn got what we all wanted, some quality young talent that we can watch develop into the next batch of stars for the Sox.

We still need a better catcher and one more reliever, and they need to deal one of Viciedo or De Aza (my money's on Viciedo) and we'll be set for an exciting season.
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Old 12-29-2013, 07:36 PM
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Still have some work to do but with Avi Garcia, Abreu, Davidson, and Eaton added to the mix I am excited for the season as well.

Still need a catcher (or is Nieto going to be given the chance to start the year) and need to find a way to dump the donkey.
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:04 PM
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There are finally players, besides Sale, worth getting excited about on this team. The young guys will need to grow properly, but that is what I am looking forward to this season.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:29 PM
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I won't say excited, though I'm definitely more interested.

I think this team will be battling the Twins for 4th in the AL Central once again this season, but with a lot more long-term potential then the 2013 team had.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:33 PM
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You always have a shot in this division and the Tigers got weaker so things could get interesting.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:25 AM
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and need to find a way to dump the donkey.

You make it sound like a difficult task to accomplish.
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Old 12-30-2013, 03:31 PM
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Still have some work to do but with Avi Garcia, Abreu, Davidson, and Eaton added to the mix I am excited for the season as well.

Still need a catcher (or is Nieto going to be given the chance to start the year) and need to find a way to dump the donkey.
Yep! If the Sox pick up a catcher and get rid of Dunn, I will be making my way to Laughlin in February to bet the Sox. Last time I did was in 2005--and we all know how that turned out!
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:49 PM
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To me this feels a lot like the off season between the dismal 106 loss 1970 team and the more exciting 1971 team. We weren't big contenders in '71 but we made some strides and were much more interesting to watch. Like Roland Hemond did in that off season Hahn has dumped some aging veterans and brought in some youth which should create excitement. I, too, like the direction he has taken. I don't expect a worst to first scenario but I do expect the team to be better and the enthusiasm the players generate to carry over to the stands. Hopefully we'll see a change in the draft where we pick the best available baseball player and not just the best athlete. I'd also like to see our minor league system ignore the standings and develop players in all aspects of the game. Teach the fundamentals so they become second nature and the standings will take care of themselves and maybe we can finally bring up players who are mlb ready instead of trying to teach them at the big league level.
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To me this feels a lot like the off season between the dismal 106 loss 1970 team and the more exciting 1971 team. We weren't big contenders in '71 but we made some strides and were much more interesting to watch. Like Roland Hemond did in that off season Hahn has dumped some aging veterans and brought in some youth which should create excitement. I, too, like the direction he has taken. I don't expect a worst to first scenario but I do expect the team to be better and the enthusiasm the players generate to carry over to the stands. Hopefully we'll see a change in the draft where we pick the best available baseball player and not just the best athlete. I'd also like to see our minor league system ignore the standings and develop players in all aspects of the game. Teach the fundamentals so they become second nature and the standings will take care of themselves and maybe we can finally bring up players who are mlb ready instead of trying to teach them at the big league level.
After 1970, we got rid of the entire starting 8 except for Melton, Carlos May and Ed Hermann. Dumped the entire bullpen except for Wilbur Wood, and he was moved into the rotation. What I never understood is why that early 70s group didn't have any staying power, considering good young players like Dent, Orta, Gossage and Forrester starting moving in. Now we continued to develop good young players in the late 1970s, but then Veeck made some clownish moves in the mid-late 1970s.
Re today, I certainly hope the Sox aren't not developing to help the standings (although I don't see why that's an either/or).
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