9/3 Soriano's day

Alfonso Soriano’s teammates came to his defense Thursday. Soriano’s error in the White Sox eighth led to two runs, and he went 0-for-4 at the plate, striking out three times. The Cubs lost, 5-0.

“The last time I checked, we didn’t score any runs,” Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez said, “so even if [Soriano] makes that play, we lose 1-0. Nobody wants to make a mistake on the field. ‘Sori’ doesn’t want to make mistakes. Nobody wants to be embarrassed like that. We have to pick it up, that’s the bottom line.”

Soriano said he slipped when he tried to catch A.J. Pierzynski’s fly ball in the eighth and lost his balance.

“I don’t make an excuse but that’s the first time it happened that I slipped and missed the ball,” he said.

Lou Piniella thought Soriano overran the ball, but the outfielder said no, and that his knee wasn’t a factor. When he struck out on three pitches to end the game, the crowd became nasty toward Soriano again.

“It doesn’t bother me,” Soriano said. “It’s part of the game. If I get a hit, they want to clap, if I get a strikeout, they want to boo. They are frustrated like we are now because we’re not playing like we’re supposed to play.”

Ryan Dempster took the loss, although he pitched well enough to win. All three runs off Dempster were unearned because of errors (one by Soriano, one by Jake Fox).

“[Soriano] wants to be out there every day and sometimes that gets lost when a guy’s not performing up to his own standards, let alone what other people’s standards are for him,” Dempster said. “The fact that he wants to be out there and wants to be playing is very commendable. I’m sure he’s just as frustrated as they are, and probably more frustrated. Knowing ‘Sori,’ he’ll be in there working hard tomorrow and ready to play tomorrow.”

– Carrie Muskat

4 Comments

TO KEEP PLAYING OR STARTING THE SAME OLD LINEUP IS REALLY LEAVE A BAD TASTE IN MY MOUTH I AM CLOSE TO BEEN A 50 YEAR DIE HARD CUB FAN THIS TEAM NEED SOME NEW BLOOD IN THE STARTING LINEUP WHAT WE HAVE NOW IS JUST NOT WORKING AS A DIEHARD FAN I AM VERY DISAPIONTED IN THIS YEAR TEAM LIKE OF PERFORMED THIER LIKE OF PASSIONING AND THEY LIKE OF TEAM BALL SOME TRY TO MAKE CHANCE BUT SOME WAS STILL LOOKING AT PERSONAL STAT AND FELLTO BE A TEAM PLAYER FIRST ALSO WITH MANAGEMENT STILL TRYING TO WORKED WITH A BAD TEAM THAT HAD NO BALANCE IN THIER EVERY DAY LINEUP TO MANY ALL OR NOTHING HITTER NO ONE WILLING TO GIVE HIS SELF UP FOR THE GOOD OF THE TEAM JOEYFISH THIS WHAT I THINK WHAT ABOUT YOU

Lou is quoted as saying he expected better( performance )from this team, but can’t say he is disappointed that they have not lived up to his expectations. That makes him a minority of about one, unless Hendry shares his ho hum view. Cub fans care, and are disappointed big time- and again- like always. Maybe he should be disappointed about that.

I will not watch another game with Soriano in the lineup, period… He has been horrible all year, his “hot streak” was before NL pitchers figured out that he would swing at balls over the left side batters box and in the dirt a foot in front of the plate. It has been jokingly said that he would swing at a ball thrown to first, now I am not so sure that he wouldnt… His lack of ability in the outfield has brought embarrassment upon the entire organization. We pay these men to perform and we pay them VERY WELL! This is a rip-off!!

Roman, I agree with you…how can anybody but Hendry not agree with you??? However, regardless of players having passion or not it all comes down to talent and ability and more importanly the LACK OF EVALUATING talent and ability on the part of Hendry. Talking about the HORRIBLE decisions by Hendry specifically regarding Sorinano’s and Bradley’s contracts is just to beat a dead horse. Hendry must own up to his shortcomings and MUST CONVINCE both Soriano and Bradley that they would be better off in the American League as DH’s or face further humiliation playing the field for one of the most scrutinized teams in recent history. Until Hendry can eat most of their salary, trade them, and hang his head in shame for what he did to this team THERE WILL BE NO CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBER TEAM FOR YEARS. NO TEAM WOULD CHANCE THEIR WORLD SERIES ASPIRATIONS BY PLAYING EITHER SORIANO OR BRADLEY AS OUTFIELDERS. I’m reeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaal happy that Sroriano is a “great guy” and maybe he deserves 18 mill a year for being just a “great guy” (ha!) that’s Hendry’s call, but that doesn’t change the fact he is NOT a great ballplayer and will not become a great ballplayer. He has one chance to redeem his career and that’s as a DH!! As far as Lou??? Sure he seems to be twisting in the wind but at least we know WHY. I mean what manager WOULDN’T look adled, tired and even sometimes comical with the players Hendry gave him?? Even Steve Stone commented after Sroriano’s latest butcher job in left field yesterday, and I paraphrase: That’s what you get when you play a DH in left field…and that’s what I’VE BEEN SAYING ALL SEASON. Hendry + Cubs GM job = NO WORLD SERIES.

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