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August 16, 2010

All you need to do is stretch

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 16, 2010 2:34 pm

McCoppin @ DH:

A stretching routine can prevent pain from plantar fasciitis. Here’s how:

• Cross your affected leg over your other leg.

• Using the hand on your affected side, take hold of your affected foot and pull your toes up toward your shin.

• Check for the appropriate stretch position by gently rubbing the thumb of your other hand over the arch of the affected foot. The plantar fascia should feel firm, like a guitar string.

• Hold the stretch for a count of 10, and repeat 10 times. Do this at least three times a day – more often is better. The most important times to stretch are before taking the first step in the morning and before standing after a period of prolonged sitting.

Source: American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.

White Sox could get Manny Ramirez as a straight waiver claim

Olney @ ESPN via DSD:

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Ramirez is still owed $5 million this season and the Chicago White Sox could feasibly get Ramirez simply as a straight waiver claim and with no need to send prospects in return.

Olney also speculates that the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, or the Texas Rangers could all take a gamble on Ramirez. It’s also possible that Ramirez could go through the waiver wire unclaimed and then the Dodgers could trade him and, in doing so, agree to pick up a portion of his remaining salary.

Kenny shouldn’t have listened to Ozzie and his crazy DH theory, and keep Jim Thome. We’d have a proper DH, and not this Mark Kotsay nonsense, and for the entire season. Furthermore, Big Jim wouldn’t be contributing a .268/.387/.578/.966 hitting line to the Twinkies.

UPDATE: Rosenthal @ FOXS:

Left fielder Manny Ramirez…would be risky for a team to claim; the Dodgers likely would let him go, assuming that Ramirez was willing to waive his no-trade clause. The claiming club then would assume the pro-rated portion of his $20 million salary, which on Aug. 31 still would be more then $3 million.

The deferrals in Ramirez’s contract would make no difference in the amount his new club would pay; only the timetable might be affected. Ramirez’s contract stipulates a $5 million salary this season and deferred payments without interest of $3.33 million each on June 30, 2011 and ’12 and $8.33 million on June 30, 2013.

If Ramirez cleared waivers, he would be eligible to be traded to any team — and he would be wise to waive his no-trade clause for an American League club that would allow him to serve as a DH and build his value for free agency this off-season.

Ramirez, recovering from a right calf strain, could begin a rehabilitation assignment this week. The Dodgers cannot place him on waivers until after they activate him from the disabled list.

Never seen before lightsaber scene from Return of the Jedi (video)

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ August 16, 2010 1:15 pm


The scene takes place on the planet Tatooine before C-3PO and R2-D2 head to Jabba the Hutt’s palace. Darker in tone, it finds newly minted Jedi knight Luke Skywalker building his new light saber while Darth Vader reaches out across the universe urging his son to join the Dark Side.

CSN starts re-airing ‘The Club’ tonight at 7 p.m. CT

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 16, 2010 12:22 pm


Comcast SportsNet will begin re-airing MLB Network’s six-part original reality series, “The Club,” beginning tonight at 7 p.m.

The series features a behind-the-scenes look at the White Sox as it follows chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, general manager Kenny Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen from the start of spring training to the July 31 trade deadline. The MLB Network cameras capture the team on and off the field, inlcuding footage of Opening Day, away games and a look at Reinsdorf, Williams and Guillen away from the ballpark.

The broadcast schedule for “The Club:”

Date Episode Time Repeat airing
Mon., Aug. 16 Episode 1 7:00 p.m. Sun., Aug. 22, 4:30 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 24 Episode 2 11:00 p.m. Sun., Aug. 29, 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 1 Episode 3 7:00 p.m. Sun, Sept. 5, 4 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 6 Episode 4 7:00 p.m. Sun., Sept. 12, Noon
Tues., Sept. 14 Episode 5 11:00 p.m. Sun., Sept. 19, Noon
Mon., Sept. 20 Episode 6 8:00 p.m. Sun., Sept. 26, 6 p.m.

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