Notes for Tonight
Lunch in the Land of Oz
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had lunch today at Maggiano’s downtown with a family of baseball fans who purchased the sitdown with Guillen to benefit charity. During lunch, the grandson asked Ozzie, "Just what do you say to a pitcher when you go out to the mound?"
"Well," said Ozzie. "Usually when I go out there, it’s not to say ‘Good job … way to go.’ Usually, if I am out there, it’s not good news. Most times, I take the ball and say, ‘Get out of here.’" Ozzie laughed.
"Last night, I didn’t want the fans to be too hard on the kid (Jose Contreras) because he had been throwing pretty well, and I don’t want him to lose confidence. He helped save our bullpen last night."
Guillen shared another mound story from spring training. The game was being played in Peoria, Ariz., and it was hot. It was the first inning, and the Sox starter was getting pounded. Ozzie ran to the mound, called in all the infielders, and proceeded to spray them all down with sunscreen. "It looks like we might be out here awhile today," he said. Everyone, including the pitcher, burst out laughing.
Guillen signed autographs for Maggiano’s patrons, posed for photographs and said hello to Arizona Diamondbacks Luis Gonzalez and Jose Cruz Jr., who also stopped by for lunch.
After playing 29 of their first 50 games on the road, the White Sox are in the middle of a stretch where they play 18 of 24 games at U.S. Cellular Field, including this 12-game homestand … the Sox are 19-9 (.679) at home, the second-best winning percentage in the major leagues behind Washington (24-9, .727) … the Sox 3.61 ERA at home is down from 5.09 in 2004 when they were last in the league … Mark Buehrle (3rd, 2.29) and Jon Garland (5th, 2.39) rank among the AL Top 10 in ERA.
Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Rowand, CF; Konerko, 1B; Everett, DH; Dye, RF; Pierzynski, C; Crede, 3B; and Uribe, SS. Orlando Hernandez (7-1, 4.34) starts on the mound. He has never faced the D’backs.