News & Notes
Tuesday, July 19, 2005, 9:15 am
Just so you know, I rarely am aware of what day or date it is, so your request to begin putting day, date and time at the top of each post is just another thing for me to screw up. With a game everyday, baseball can really become like the movie "Groundhog Day." You wake up, come to the ballpark, go through your day — from 9 am to 1 pm you try to get business done, meetings, phone calls, etc. — from 1 pm to 7 pm you are dealing with the clubhouse, media, etc., from 7-10 is the game, and then from 10-11 pm is wrapup and postgame stuff. Somewhere in there I try to post to the blog. Then, you go home, spend an hour catching up with my wife about the kids (who are long asleep) before going to bed and doing it all over again the next day. No sympathy, I have a passion for baseball, the White Sox and my job, but I just don’t always know what day it is. I am pretty good about the month thing, though.
With last night’s 7-5 win, we have captured five straight and 11 in a row over American League Central opponents. The Sox are a season-high 33 games over .500, the high-water mark on the season, and the franchise’s best since finishing the 1983 season at 99-63. We are an amazing 31-5 against the division.
While tonight’s crowd is expected to probably be in the mid to high 20,000s, attendance for the other five games on this homestand will be terrific. Wednesday’s day game against the Tigers is into the high 30,000s. All four games against the Red Sox are doing well. Saturday is very close to a sell out, but tickets do remain for Thursday, Friday and Sunday. If you are planning to come out, act now. Right now, in terms of tickets sold, this year already ranks as the seventh best in franchise history. Where are all the positive Sox attendance stories?
Last night was the eighth sellout of the season, two short of the franchise record, set last season. We have enjoyed 15 crowds of 30,000-plus and are averaging 31,897 fans over the last 19 home games.
I can’t speak for everyone, but I really enjoyed reading that story about wind currents at Wrigley Field this morning on the back page of the Trib. No, really, I did. Especially with the Cubs out of town and all … seemed appropriate.
In an attempt to balance my sarcasm, Melissa Isaacson did a very nice piece on Bobby Jenks over the weekend in the Trib. You should check that out.
World Baseball Classic
A reader asked about how the White Sox roster might break down along national lines for next March’s World Baseball Classic, so I did a quick list:
United States (16): Buehrle, Cotts, Garland, Hermanson, Jenks, Politte, A.J., Crede, Harris, Konerko, Thomas, Dye, Everett, Pods, Rowand, Widger.
Venezuela (1): Garcia.
Dominican (5): Marte, Vizcaino, Uribe, Perez, Ozuna.
Japan (1): Iguchi.
Cuba (2): Contreras, Hernandez.
And, believe it or not, it adds up to 25.
For those of you have wondered … Ozzie admitted yesterday that Dustin’s back is bugging him some. It’s nice to have space (13 game lead) and time (it’s July something or other) to let guys recover from bumps and bruises without pushing them back into games. I think I mentioned on a previous blog that when the situation calls for a certain player and a manager doesn’t use him (which often brings about loads of criticism from radio talk shows), there usually is a very good (and health related) reason.