Off Day Schedule
It’s an off day for the team today. Most guys spend the day sleeping, playing golf or with their family. The plane leaves for Detroit at 8 pm from Midway, so guys really do have a full day to themselves.
Several guys, including Freddy Garcia, Joe Crede, Willie Harris, Minnie Minoso, Bill Melton and Ron Kittle, spent an hour at White Sox Day at Taste of Chicago in Grant Park. This is a long-standing tradition for the Sox to be a part of the city’s summer celebration, and we always appreciate players giving up some of their off day time to greet fans.
Above the Radar
So much for my attempt to launch this blog below the radar. Teddy Greenstein wrote a very nice piece about this blog and the one by WGN-TV Cubs announcers Len Kasper and Bob Brenly. My hope is that this blog rises (or falls) on its own word-of-mouth merit, but the media attention can’t hurt. Everyone seems to want me to put a photo up on the site, but I am struggling with how that is a positive for anyone, especially me.
AL Central Props
With four teams in the American League Central at or above .500, the division is beginning to get some well-deserved attention nationally. We more then held our own against the National League, combining to go 54-37 (helped in large part by the Sox, 12-6, and the Indians, 15-3).
Four of the top five pitching staffs (ranked by ERA) in the AL are from our division. The Angels (3.45) lead everyone, followed by the Sox (3.54), Twins (3.68), Indians (3.71) and Tigers (3.88).
Offensively, the Sox lead the division in runs scored with 358 (32 ahead of Cleveland) but rank fifth in the AL. The team’s .262 batting average is tied for ninth, while our .326 OBP is ninth.
Kudos to All
Credit to all Chicago baseball fans — Sox and Cubs alike — for a classy and respectful weekend of baseball. Fans were well behaved all weekend and were very conscious of the heat and its possible effects. Record sales of bottled water were the result. Congrats, Chicagoans.