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Heard over the bar

Heard over the bar

Friday, May 21, 2010
1:32 AM

Hello again everybody! Whats the talk of the bar this week?

Is it the LeBron watch? I dont know about you but this is just starting and Im already near my saturation point. Mindless speculation drives me crazy, and anyone whos telling you that they know, doesnt have a clue. But, like Brett Favres annual retirement drama, people cant help themselves. I honestly do not think hes coming here, but I wear a red bow tie for a living. One thing his coming here would do is make Chicago the second most relevant basketball city in the country. Whether hes the missing piece is another thing. The one thing he has not had is a dominating post presence to play with and that has meant his coming up short in the playoffs every year. If he comes here, who is that guy? Noah? Honestly? Thats why as intriguing as it would be to have him here, I think the best move for the Bulls is to get Chris Bosh and a two-guard that can actually shoot, Joe Johnson if possible, but I would not mind that Ray Allen fellow either.

Is it the plummeting fortunes of the local starting nines? Talk about not playing to expectations. The pre-season Sox talk centered around the rotation and the new DH by committee. Hows that working out? The rotation for the ages has been anything but and I find that very surprising. Floyd I can understand. The reason he was traded here was the fact that despite dominating stuff, he doesnt seem to have the make-up to match. Buehrle and Peavy? 5-7 with a combined ERA of 5.30 is not what was expected of the co-aces. I guess you can feel better that they cant get any worse, can they? But more than that, can this team hit at all? Rios and Andruw Jones have been a pleasant surprise and Paulie is Paulie, but the rest? If this doesnt turn around soon, somebodys gonna have some splainin to do! And the Northsiders? Say this: theyre always interesting. Now that the Z to the bullpen farce has imploded, what next? The logical choice would be Dempster being moved back to the pen, but does that make sense for the rotation? One thing though, he would always do whats good for the team and take the ball every time you give it to him. At this point why not? And who would have thought that watching the Cubs hit would be this frustrating? (LOL!) Everybody, well everybody but two noticeable exceptions, hits fine until theres a man in scoring position, then its back to flailing away. I cant remember a team leaving so many guys on base, well since last year. New Cubs same as the old Cubs. And who is that guy in the Ramirez jersey? He looks absolutely lost. He cant get any wore, can he? Still plenty of time, but both teams seem to be a bunch of pieces that dont fit.

As much fun as all of that is, there is only one real topic at the bar, the continuing march of the Blackhawks. The fever-pitch here at the bar only gets more intense as the games go on. I love playoff hockey! I do miss booing Rebound-o Luongo, but, HE GONE! These guys have really proven to be road-warriors. 7 straight wins away from home in the playoffs is mind boggling and a huge reason why the locals should feel good about how this season is going to end. But they do have to play games at home in these last two series and if they dont play better than in the last 2 rounds, it could but a damper on that whole parade planning thing. My guess is that they will come up huge this weekend and enable themselves to get plenty of rest before the next step. The next step? Well, thanks to one of the coolest things that I have ever rooted for, the Flyers becoming only the 4th team ever, in any sport, to come back from a 3-0 series deficit, it could get a lot more interesting for the guy in a red bow tie. My rooting for the Hawks this year hasnt been a problem, since they only played the Flyers once during the regular season and theres no way that these two would ever meet for the Cup. Is there? Holy..cow! It could be, it might be Everyone at the bar is rooting for it. Me? I am too, but its with a lot of trepidation and realizing both teams still have a lot of work to do.

Still..

A couple of weeks ago Patrick Kane was in for dinner after a playoff game with his folks and he asked me what would happen if both teams made it to the Finals. Thats easy, I told him, My head would explode! Looks like we might need a clean up in aisle 9!

Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

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Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

Coming to you from Washington DC, we speak with Dylan Cease who competed in the MLB Futures Game along with his Birmingham Barons teammate Luis Basabe. 

Cease talks about the White Sox loaded farm system, what players have impressed him the most, where he gets his composure on the mound and more. 

Check out the entire podcast here:

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fernando Tatis, Jr. is one of the brightest future stars in the game. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball, one spot behind Eloy Jimenez.

He’s a five-tool shortstop slashing .289/.359/.509 at Double-A San Antonio with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 85 games. He’s bilingual, charismatic, the kind of guy who could be a face of a franchise.

And two years ago, he was property of the White Sox.

That was until they traded Tatis, who was only 17 at the time, to the Padres for James Shields. Tatis had yet to play a single game in the White Sox farm system, so it was tough to predict his future. However, speaking with Tatis before he competed in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, the trade was definitely a shock to him.

“I was surprised. It was weird. For a kid that young to get traded, I had never heard of it. When they told me that, I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’” Tatis said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

No front office is going to bat 1.000, and when it comes to Tatis, this is a trade the White Sox would love to have back.

But first, more perspective.

In June of 2016, six months before the White Sox started their rebuild, they were 29-26, a game and a half out of first place. With Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and a healthy Carlos Rodon anchoring their rotation, they felt that with the addition of Shields, they could compete for the division.

Unfortunately, perception didn’t meet reality. Shields struggled on the mound with the White Sox in 2016 and 2017. His numbers have improved considerably, and he could return the White Sox another prospect if he’s dealt before the trade deadline. However, it’s unlikely they’ll receive a player with the potential that Tatis has right now.

“(The trade) was about getting a good starter so they could get to the playoffs. I understood. I know this game is a business,” Tatis said.

Before the trade occurred, Tatis looked into his future and saw a day when he’d be the White Sox starting shortstop.

“Yeah, that was my goal when (White Sox director of international scouting) Marco Paddy signed me,” Tatis said. “We talked about it when I started and that was the goal.”

His goal now is to make it to the major leagues with the Padres.

“I’m pretty close. I want to keep working. When they decide to call me up, I’ll be ready.”

As for his former team, he’s impressed with the talent the White Sox have assembled.

“They’re building something special. They have really good prospects. I wish the best for them.”

You can’t help but wonder what the rebuild would look like if Tatis was along for the ride. He’s the one who got away.