Great season comes to tough end

Although winning the World Series was our main goal, we
were happy with what we were able to accomplish. To win the division, after
being counted out by so many from the start, it was really a personal accomplishment
for every player on that team

Grif (Ken Griffey, Jr.) made that final out (Grant
Balfour strike out to end Game 4), and it was kind of weird for all of us. It
was disappointing to watch them celebrate on our home field because it made us
realize that the season really is over. No matter what we want, we can’t go
play baseball tomorrow.

You could tell our team was mentally and physically
drained, not that it’s an excuse. Every guy on our team gave it all we had. I
think we are all excited about moving on and seeing what we can do next year
after what we accomplished this year.

On a personal note, the highlights for me were just a
couple of home runs in decently big games, and that walk-off hit against
Baltimore (April 26, nightcap of a doubleheader). And of course, that last out
that got us the division title against Minnesota
(diving catch to end the American League Central tiebreaker on Sept. 29) was
big, even though the timed dive was questionable on my part.

Team-wise, celebrating together was cool when we captured
the division title after so many people counted us out.

The biggest disappointment was not advancing as far as we
wanted. But we had a lot of individuals who dealt with adversity and came above
it. We had a lot of guys overcome a lot of different things.

We missed Carlos (Quentin) a lot (out since beginning of
September with a fractured bone in his right wrist). He was a big part of our
team, and we all know what he’s capable of doing. It really stunk when he got
hurt, but we appreciate what he did. Carlos really carried us for a few months.

And you know what if people want to be negative about his
injury (slapping his right hand on the bat after fouling off a pitch from Cliff
Lee), it’s those people who are just looking for a reason to be negative and
have nothing better to do. He’s a great baseball player and a teammate, and
deserving of any recognition and accolades he receives.

Besides Carlos, Alexei (Ramirez) was probably the biggest
surprise for me this season. He went out every day and consistently got big
base hits and hit huge home runs for our team.

Now, I’m just going to start preparing for next season. I’m
going to work out with that same personal trainer, Todd Durkin, who I worked
with last offseason.

I’m going to do the same stuff I did to get ready for
Spring Training and do all I can to make the team. My goal is to play every day
in center field. If that’s with the White Sox, that would be great. But if it
ends up being with some other team, that’s great, too. I will be playing every
day in center field somewhere–that’s my main goal going into next season.

18 Comments

Brian thank you SOOO much with blogging for the post season and for playing some kick *** baseball. I enjoyed watching you guys nearly everyday and going to the home games every once in a while. I love baseball season, not a big fan of football. So now that it’s all over, I don’t know what I’m going to watch on TV!…well, basketball will be here soon (Go Lakers!). But I love baseball more!
I’ll miss watching you guys play what you love and me fighting with those cubs fans (They’re always trying to sound better, pft). Don’t be down about not reaching the goal of the World Series. I know you guys could have done it. Just make it your goal again next year and keeping working hard for it!
I look forward to seeing you in the spring season! Train hard and get that goal you want! It can be hard to achieve it, but I know you can do it Brian, you have the mad center field skills! GET THAT SPOT! I BELIEVE IN YOU! I also hope to see you on the White Sox next season. If you’re not there I’ll probably cry, but whichever team you go to, I’ll cheer for you! YOU’RE ONE OF MY FAVS!
Okay I’m dragging on a bit, sorry! Take care Brian, I enjoyed this season very much. Your AMAZING last out catch to end the game, your BIG game save in the month of April, your AWESOME running and fielding, homeruns, etc. It’s all great! THANK YOU AGAIN!

ps. We should play catch sometime or hit the batting cages! haha.

Thanks to you and the entire team for an awesome season. It’s been great but, unfortunately, it ended too quickly. Like you said, all we can do is move on and look forward to next season, which I am ready and willing to do right away.

No matter when or where you get to start in center, most of us will be looking forward to seeing you accomplish your goal. Hopefully, “where” is with the White Sox. Regardless, I’ll be supporting you all the way.

Have a good off season. Hopefully we’ll see you with the Sox in March!

Mr. Anderson, just want to say “Thank you” for giving us all that you have! I know it must have been a little disappointing not playing as much as you should have. I sincerely hope that you are with us next year! since you mentioned the off season training, any chance of another training video like the one Toby Hall put on the big screen? You guys seem to have a lot of fun down there in the dugout! Enjoy the off season, and we are waiting for you and the rest of the team next year!!

Hey Brian, tell all the guys thanks for a great season. There aren’t many years where I get to see 10+ wins in person (11-3 including Sunday’s playoff win!), and that division title was especially sweet, considering no one picked us. I hope you have a great offseason and spring training and land that starting CF job next spring! Having watched you play your whole career so far, I know it’s been tough on you, but if you continue to work hard, I really think you can break out next year. I know I’ll be right there with you, cheering on my Sox for another division title, and hopefully more.

Matt

Brian, thank you so much for the blog and for just being who you are !!!! So many professional athletes think they are so much better than everybody, but you are just you and we were able to see it day in and day out with the White Sox. Whether you were playing or not, you always been the positive guy for your teammates and always there when you were called to come off the bench. My friend and I were able to see you play in different ballpark (we are not from Chicago) and it was such a blast to see you have fun playing the game that you love ! I really do hope that you will stay with the White Sox next season because I really believe that you are a really good player but like you said, if playing every day means to change team, so be it. I wish you all the best and see you in 09 !

Brian, thanx to you and the entire White Sox team for giving us such an exciting and uplifting season. Next season can’t come fast enough, but I know that you all need some time to unwind and then step it up again to get in shape for spring training. As a fan I need to make up for lost sleep and other things I let slide when watching games etc. during the baseball season (lol).

Your talent and enthusiasm will work for you. I truly hope you can get the CF job with us next season. If you do end up as a starter on another team I wish you all the best – it will be our loss and their gain. Would be great though to see you and Carlos start in the outfield next year.

Anyway when I need my baseball “fix” I can watch that tiebreaker game over & over and savor that game ending catch of your’s, along with the spirit of the “blackout”, the great performance by Danks, Thome’s home run and Bobby’s save!

Go White Sox!

Hey Brian, I just wanted to leave a comment and thank you and the rest of the team for a very very memorable year. =) i’m so proud to be a white sox fan and I really look foreward to seeing you play again next year! Also, thanks for doing the blog, it was really cool to read your thoughts on the post season. I hope you have a good offseason and i’ll see you in ’09 =)

BA-It’s your brothas. You know who this is.Big E and S-Thanks for the equipment and being the man. Sick catch man. We wish we were there for the tiebreaker game. You saw us from the field during game three while we were rocking the TEAM ANDERSON shirts. You were probably relieved that you wouldn’t be seeing us for another 6 months…unless we go out to dinner because you have been making excuses for the past 3 months that you have to hang with your girls. It’s all good….we understand. If you want to truly be the man, email E at littlepayton35@aol.com peace broski

oh brian, thanks for such a great year. I remember when you hit the homerun in A’s game I was at and then you came out to play center and my father kept screaming your name. It was a great memory for the year. you are my favorite player and i hope to see you back with the sox next year, if not i will always have your jersey in black and white. I hope your off season training goes well and i look forward to seeing you play next year when i am officially living in chicago. I hope one day we get to meet, but until then i will have to keep my fingers crossed with hopes of a world series win next year!

Thank You for your great perspective on the year. I bet it was pretty hard to see the Rays move on and celebrate at the Cell , but it was a good series !! You and the boys have nothing to be ashamed of !! You should pick yourself up from the bootstraps over the next few days , enjoy some of your offseason , and then get into strong training mode. YOU have alot of talent, grit, drive, and enthusiasm – don’t give up — I hope to see you on the team next year and if not , I will be cheering for you no matter what team you are on– (family/friends are Card and Cubs fans, so if you are on them then I will definitely cheer you on madly )!!

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Thanks for a great season Brian. Disappointed to see the season end the way it did, but happy for the division title.

Thank You for thinking of us fans and wanting to keep in touch during a long off season. Good Luck and looking forward to a great season in 2009 for our Sox.

BA-It’s your brothas. You know who this is.Big E and S-Thanks for the equipment and being the man. Sick catch man. We wish we were there for the tiebreaker game. You saw us from the field during game three while we were rocking the TEAM ANDERSON shirts. You were probably relieved that you wouldn’t be seeing us for another 6 months…unless we go out to dinner because you have been making excuses for the past 3 months that you have to hang with your girls. It’s all good….we understand. If you want to truly be the man, email E at littlepayton35@aol.com peace broski

BA-It’s your brothas. You know who this is.Big E and S-Thanks for the equipment and being the man. Sick catch man. We wish we were there for the tiebreaker game. You saw us from the field during game three while we were rocking the TEAM ANDERSON shirts. You were probably relieved that you wouldn’t be seeing us for another 6 months…unless we go out to dinner because you have been making excuses for the past 3 months that you have to hang with your girls. It’s all good….we understand. If you want to truly be the man, email E at littlepayton35@aol.com peace broski

BA-It’s your brothas. You know who this is.Big E and S-Thanks for the equipment and being the man. Sick catch man. We wish we were there for the tiebreaker game. You saw us from the field during game three while we were rocking the TEAM ANDERSON shirts. You were probably relieved that you wouldn’t be seeing us for another 6 months…unless we go out to dinner because you have been making excuses for the past 3 months that you have to hang with your girls. It’s all good….we understand. If you want to truly be the man, email E at littlepayton35@aol.com peace broski

Hey Brian,

Thank you so very much for the post season blog. Very cool :) I appreciate you taking the time to chat with us. Terrific season from a terrific bunch of guys. Thanks to you all!!! I am looking forward to seeing you all play another awesome season again next year.

I am also proud to be one of the only Sox fans at work:)

Hey Brian. First of all, I’d just like to thank you and the entire White Sox organization for making this one of my favorite seasons ever. I was really disappointed in the beginning about how no one payed any attention to the White Sox early on, and they even predicted you guys to finish in fourth. I remember thinking, “these people are so wrong,” and as it turnded out, I was correct. You guys totally proved that this team needs to be taken seriously, and we are definitly not the second team in chi-town. I was so happy that we made it to the playoffs. It was such a roller-coaster ride at the end of the season, I could barely stand it. My blood pressure had to have been sky-rocketing! When you guys won, I felt such an overwhelming sense of achievement; it almost beat my feeling of achievement when you guys clinched the AL Central division in 2005. Of course, nothing was better than our glory days in `05, but this season sure was a thriller. I was sad to see our season come to an end, but I knew that you guys had beat the odds–and I was happy! Thank You for being the best team in baseball. My life would be incomplete without you all! See you nest season! :] GO SOX!

Brian – I enjoy the blog. You are a great outfielder and an ok writer :-), but when you work out w/ that personal trainer … please ask him to help you become a better hitter. If you can hit even .260+, that starting job would be yours. You show so much composure and confidence in the outfield, but often look like Rex Grossman does in the huddle, when you’re at the plate.

True, your dive may not have been necessary, but it sure did look awesome!

Thank God Uribe filed for free-agency.

B-dog,

Mr. Williams and Mr. Williams say, “Awesome season.” Jared’s team won District 56 All-Stars in your old stomping grounds. We are playing in the Pop Warner Orange Bowl on Sunday, 11-9–good tix still available. Check out Jared’s amazing TD run on you tube under “#60 Jared Williams” and yes, he got his moves from me.

See ya kid…

Mr. W

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