This is the article Jay has been waiting to write all year. His evil nemesis on the Southside has been eliminated from the playoffs, and Jay is predictably giddy. This article doesn't even deserve close examination - it lacks any sort of insight or complexity - yet I will indulge, only because I know Jay will be checking in to see what we all think.
Jay calls the Sox:
one of Chicago's most painful one-and-done crashes.
What is he even talking about? In the last four decades there have been exactly two "one-and-done" crashes. The '85 Bears and the '05 Sox. So yeah, I guess this does qualify, if only because the entry pool is shallow.
Yo, this isn't 2005 anymore, boss.
Wow, Jay, that's so 1990s hip-hop of you. Or maybe Tony Danza of you. I can't quite put my finger on it...
But like all of his articles, this one does contain a point. A convoluted, laughable point derived by an outsider, but a point nonetheless.
It is just that kind of institutional arrogance -- or denial -- that took down the cause in a 30-39 second half.
Yes. The White Sox are arrogant. Not just a few players, but the entire institution. Anyone who has been to a game has seen it - the way A.J. flips his bat, the way Freddie pumps his fist, the way hot dog vendors scream out "Hot dogs!", even though there is a game going on. From top to bottom, arrogance.
Jay, of course, is using this opportunity to take a few cheap shots at Ozzie, Kenny Williams and Jerry Reinsdorf. At this point, nobody takes him seriously, but he presses on.
The most entertaining part of this hack-job article is when Jay writes that:
In fact, the Yankees are a fine reference point as what the Sox tried to be, only to fail miserably and return to their traditional woulda-could-shoulda berth in third place. The Yankees had many more injuries than the Sox, many more reasons to give up. But their manager, Joe Torre, showed Ozzie Guillen the meaning of maturity and couth under pressure... Most importantly, GM Brian Cashman made the midseason deal that put a wobbly contender over the top, acquiring Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle at the deadline while Williams and Guillen were content to merely tweak.
First off, I'd like to apologize for subjecting you to so much continuous Mariotti. Secondly, I'd like to ask Jay why it is that he has no problem coming off this, well, stupid. How are the Yankees a fine reference point? Their payroll is twice what ours is. Sure, they made some midseason moves, but they also spend twice as much as the Sox do. They are able to buy players and not worry about their farm system.
You can compare Joe Torre to Ozzie if you want, but they manage two entirely different teams with completely different styles.
But should I really be surprised that Jay relates to an overpaid ball club that everyone despises?
Jay goes on to whine about the Sox not signing Soriano, as if they were the only team interested. He completely ignores the fact that more than half a dozen teams wanted him, but the price was just too high.
The problem with this column by Jay is that it shows his overall inability to see the big picture. The White Sox won the World Series last year, something for which their fans will be eternally grateful. Yeah, they didn't win this year, and that's disappointing, but it wasn't caused by something that a stubby "columnist" who hasn't spoken to anyone on the team all year can pinpoint.
What Jay needs to learn is that people don't share his capacity for hatred in sports. He has a personal vendetta that he is trying to settle through an infinite number of angry and bitter columns. Ultimately, this only makes him look petty and immature.
Jay should remember that some day he is going to die. He should evaluate what his legacy will be, and really contemplate whether it's worth the effort he puts into being the contemptible, inconsequential man that he is.