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Wise under a microscope ... again

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If Opening Day is a time of new beginnings, that point must have skipped the South Side, especially as far as leadoff hitter Dewayne Wise is concerned.
Without a regular-season at-bat in 2009, no one player has been more dissected than the career-minor leaguer since the Sox awarded him that position late in spring training.
That didn't change on Tuesday, as general manager Ken Williams was once again defending the decision to go with Wise over Brian Anderson and Jerry Owens.
"Every time he goes up to the plate, he's going to fight his way through,'' Williams said of Wise before the opener against Kansas City. "At the end of the day, if we have everyone fighting for a win and we don't win, [manager] Ozzie [Guillen] and I, and everyone here, will hold our heads up and know we gave it every shot we could.''
As far as going outside the organization to acquire a more proven prototypical leadoff hitter, Williams said those avenues had been exhausted.
"The easiest thing in the world is to say you have to go out and get a leadoff hitter, get the prototypical guy who can hit you .300 and get on base at .370, steal 50 bases,'' Williams said. "But when people are pressed to say, 'where are you going to get that guy?', it's 'don't worry about it. You just go get him.'
"I have to go back in the lab and create that guy. Rest assured, we have been looking for and aggressively, whatever those type of guys are, we've asked about them and tried to get them in tow and that's no sleight on Dewayne. You can't create something that's not there, so you make do.''

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Come on guys give Wise a chance. Its Opening day and he was facing a pretty darn good pitcher in the cold....relax and give him at least a couple of weeks before you call for Brian Anderson? Leadoff for Getz will be too much pressure for a rookie for the 1000000th time! Come on people think a little.....

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