DAILY DIRT: How do you spell disaster? W-h-i-t-e S-o-x.


Daily Dirt for Saturday, June 8, 2024

Bring back “The Big Hurt”. Please … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 972 of The Daily Dirt.

1. So … just how bad are Chicago White Sox?

They have the chance to be historically bad, that’s how bad.

Heading into their weekend series against Boston, the Chisox were on pace to lose 121 games. That would be one more loss than the infamous 1962 New York Mets, considered to be the worst assemblage of MLB talent ever. (Well, that’s if we discount the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, who were 20-134, but played in an entirely different era.)

The White Sox, who also entered the weekend with a 14-game losing streak, are a virtual lock to break the team record for defeats (106), set back in 1970. The consensus in Chicago seems to be this is the worst team in city history, which is really saying something. Remember some of those pitiful Cubs teams of years past?  

Sadly, the White Sox were in the playoffs as a recently as 2021. This is the franchise that gave us Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas. This is the club that once captured the fancy of MLB fans as the “Go-Go Sox”.

The current edition of the Chisox has an anemic offense, and its pitching staff? Let’s just not be lighting any matches around most of those White Sox hurlers. Oh, I and forgot to mention the defense, which general manager Chris Getz said this year’s club would be built around. It’s the worst in baseball.

The White Sox are not only the worst team in all of baseball, they’re the worst team by a wide margin. And the current debacle that is the day-to-day product the organization is putting on the field will not be improving anytime soon. 

2. Did you know (Part 32)

  • — That at least five sets of U.S. parents named their baby Moo or Lizardo in 2023? That’s according to the U.S. Social Security Administration.
  • — That the No. 1 song in June 1983 was “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie.
  • — That the No. 1 song in June 1984 was “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper.
  • — That the No. 1 song in June 1985 was “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears for Fears.
  • — That Kobayashi has retired from Major League Eating. He dominated the “sport” for years until Joey Chestnut arrived on the scene. A moment of silence, please, for the great Kobayashi.

3. Some famous celebrity types you may not know are actually bald:

Elton John: Sorry, Elton. Your music has always been great, but that’s one bad lid. Accept the scalp. Embrace the scalp. Lose the rug.

John Travolta: The former Vinny Barbarino finally gave up the ghost and threw out all the wigs. He now welcomes the shaved head.

Humphrey Bogart: This one surprised me. I never knew.

Kevin James: As a one-time avid fan of “The King of Queens,” I always thought he employed a hairpiece. And he did.

William Shatner: Oh my, for decades Mr. Bill has had one of the worst toupees on the planet.

Matthew McConaughey: This one surprised me, too. Until recently, I had never seen pictures of him back in the 1990s when he there wasn’t much on top. Give him props, whether it’s transplants or a piece, whatever he has today looks pretty good.

Steve Thought O’ The Day – Wouldn’t you think one of William Shatner’s friends would simply tell him, “Hey, Bill, we all know. Get rid o’ the rug.”

Steve Eighinger writes daily for Muddy River News. Not sure Shatner has that many friends to be honest with him.

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