Wednesday Word: Work To Be Done

Today is a great day to be a White Sox fan. The team went out and sealed the deal with the team’s leader Paul Konerko, and adding some resilience to the middle of the line-up that is not set to compete with the rest of the division. General manager Ken Williams’ work is not done though, there’s the matter of the bullpen.

Chris Sale is set to enter the rotation because no one knows how Jake Peavy will return. It’s hard to say where Sale is most valuable, as a starter or the full time closer. Starting pitching is such a valuable trait and with the bulk of the staff already accounted for, I have a hard time not grooming him for the closers job. I don’t want the team to bounce the kid around from starter to reliever because his value and durability projections, in my opinion, plummet.

On the north side of town, the Cubs signed Carlos Pena. Now I hadn’t done much research on the guy, but now I’m glad the White Sox didn’t sign him. He batted .196 during the 2010 season and is on the wrong side of 30. He’s never been a true slugger though his defense is a redeeming quality. The Cubs paid him $10MM for one year and with all the trouble going on around that team, I think they’ll be pretty quiet for the rest of the meetings and off season unless GM Jim Hendry can deal Zambrano, Soriano and Fukodome. I heard an interview with former White Sox pre/post game host Dave Wills, currently the voice of the Tampa Bay Rays, and what he had to say was telling. Carlos Pena is a great guy, but not a great player. Cubs’ fans should have a lot of fun with that this year.

Last night I picked up my favorite movie of the year “Inception” and while I updated my PS3, I knew I wasn’t immediately going to watch it simply because I know how long it runs. I decided to watch a movie that I have been meaning to for quite some time now: “Halo: Legends”. “HL” is a collection of stylized animated shorts that tell different stories throughout the “Halo” universe. Each story adds lore and value to the series and is a great addition. If you’re a fan of the series and have read the books, played the games, you should find this compilation quite satisfying. As I said, each short is stylized with a unique animation style and on Blu-Ray, they’re simply beautiful.

Continuing the Open Forum Radio game exchange, I received community favorite “Enslaved: Odyssey to the West” and “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow” from my co-host TinPan. Now I’ll be able to tighten the gap between my gamer score and Blue’s while he’s stuck on in racing games.