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Game 8 and Swish-a-licious

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Is Nick Swisher a good enough addition to the lineup to make up 20 games in the standings by himself?
Very unlikely.

One thing has become very evident, however, dude’s a gamer. Flat-out. By the end of the season, I predict his popularity with White Sox fans will reach Aaron Rowand –status.
Want proof?
First of all, he had a chat with manager Ozzie Guillen before Tuesday’s eventual 7-6 win over the Angels, just to let his manager know that three-consecutive Cactus League losses were unacceptable. I repeat – Cactus League losses.
“That’s what we bring him here for,’’ Guillen said of Swisher after the game. “He’s a real good baseball player. He knows about his job, and he’s the type of guy we need on the field and off the field. He keeps everyone loose, but in the meanwhile, a lot of people misunderstand him because he’s a goofy-loosey guy. When the game is on the line, he’s all about business.’’
So what did Swisher do to help break this huge Cactus League losing streak? He opted to play all nine innings, and then gets the game-winning hit with his walk-off double.
Joey [Cora] asked me if I wanted to finish the game out,’’ Swisher explained. “It was the top of the 8th, so I said, ‘Sure, why not, I’m already here.’ It ended up being for the best I guess. I’ve got a lot of energy, I need to burn some off.’’
As far as his popularity with his teammates, he has already been passing out “Dirty 30’’ T-Shirts – he is wearing No. 30 so do the math – and Guillen said he was “pushing’’ the younger players late in the game in the comeback against the Angels.
And just wait until Sox fans see some of the antics he has planned for home runs. Without giving away too much, keep an eye on the dugout after Swisher goes deep this season. The handshake dances he has been working on with several teammates will be instant classics.

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Love Swisher already......he is definitely a guy we need in the lineup everyday........bullpen is still troublesome.....hope Linebrink has 2 good innings today........if you go with Wasserman, Thornton, Jenks, Dotel, Masset,Linebrink and either Logan or a newcomer I like that setup........unless MacDougal can show something positive, he needs to be gone......

SWISH IS WHERE ITS AT, WAS AT SOXFEST AND COULD SEE ALL HIS ENTHUSIASMN. AND WATCHED SOX GAMES WITH OAKLAND LAST TWO YEARS AND OTHER A'S GAMES AND HE WAS ALWAYS THE SAME UPBEAT AND SHOWING THE GAMEMANSHIP THAT HE HAS 100 % OF THE TIME. YES HE COULD HELP PITCHERS IMPROVE ON THEIR LOSSES AND NO-DECISIONS MOST STARTERS HAD LAST SEASON.

I love the way this team is set-up. I feel Jerry Owens will be 1 of 3 x-factors. If he can produc the numbers he did in the second half, the sox will be a dangerous team. Paulie, JD, and Pierzynski will bounce back with big years. I Swisher will jeep these 3 guys loose. Just think of the lineup: owens, o-cab, konerko, Thome, Dye, Swish, Fields, Pierzynski, a-ram (my preference). I hate to see Joe "clutch" crede go but we need an insurance policy with the rotation. Maybe Linecum from the Giants for Crede, Uribe and Masset? Im not sold on Lowery, too much of mixture between Buerhle and Danks.

Swisher is fat and slow. Why do you think Oakland got rid of him??

Teams do not let "All-Stars go" They let them go becasue their talents have dissapated.

He needs to go. And he has a BAD personality!!!

STU-Swisher fat and slow????? Are you serious? Do you watch baseball? Oakland traded him because they are rebuilding and want to get a lot younger. Swisher is an engergizer, he goes 150mph all the time a true gamer. He plays the game the right way, just like a kid out there having a good time. Please do some research or make some valid points before you make an iggnorant post like that.

Everything STU says shows him to be a brainless nit-wit!

Swisher is what he is,
A 1st baseman with sub D skills playing in the outfield. Arm was considered average for a 1st baseman, sub for outfield. 1st basemans speed.
career .251 hitter, 404 Ks 260 bb
Not a contact guy, averages 4 pitches per AB, strikes out 25% of the time he bats.
4 career SB in 9 attempts.
He's cheap long term for a reason guys.

response to STU

Operative word,. WANTS TO GET YOUNGER. Therefore, Swisher is OLD and do not want him. If he, and another example, THOME, were so good then Philadelphia and Oakland would have KEPT them. But, we always pick up the has-beens and then we expect them to play like they did years ago.

This has been the main problem with this organization. They have feed us OZZIE and all this crap about fielding good players---thats untill they ask for too much money or want extended contracts.

What they do with all that World Series money? Or when we have filled the stadium for the past 3 years??? Whats the excuse now?

Ill tell you......Dont spend any money at US Cellular Field
in 2008!!!!!!

Swisher is a waste of time and money

Relieve us of our pain and trade him.

He is fat and slow

Some real nit-wits show what ignorance is, it is bliss with Stu Bruce and factless !

For his price, Swisher will outperform any other slugger in Chicago this year. Bank on it.

As an Angel fan I loved seeing the Angels destroy the White Sox today. Leaving Nick Swisher in the last game to beat us when we had all minor league players in the game was just classless. Consider the demolition the White Sox went through as kharma biting them in the butt. These spring games don't matter. I hope Swisher learned his lesson.

By the way, good thing most of our regulars had the day off. That game was mostly our bench players and kids.

Swisher is a JOKE!!!

Boycott the White Sox!!!!!!!

Will the white sox score another run this spring????

This pathetic-organization saga continues.................

Stupes abound as Sox Nation infiltrated with subversive NIMCOMPOOPS ! Lengthy term for NIT-WITS !

White Sox do not have a nation. We cant fill the stadium as it is.

No good player wants to play for us.

We are the JOKE of the majors.

Infiltrated? No you idiots!!! I live down the street for the stadium and i am a White Sox Fan!

SWISH WILL BE A GREAT ADDITION TO THE SOUTH SIDE. AT SOXFEST, SECURITY WASNT GOING TO LET US A TAKE A PIC WITH HIM BECAUSE IT WAS "1 MINUTE PAST THE DEADLINE" BUT SWISH SAW US AND SAID "LET THEM THROUGH." AFTER CONVINCING THE SECURITY WE GOT TO MEET HIM AND GET OUR PICTURE TAKEN WITH HIM. ITS LITTLE THINGS LIKE THAT STICKS WITH PPL, THE ARTICLE'S RIGHT, HE'S GOING TO BE A FAN FAVORITE.

GO SOX!!!

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