Thursday, July 21, 2005, 1 pm
Tonight’s Lineup Against the Red Sox
Pods, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Everett, DH … Konerko, 1B … Rowand, CF … Dye, RF … Pierzynski, C … Crede, 3B … Uribe, SS … Buehrle, LHP.
Joe Crede’s Hands
Someone on the blog asked, so I checked with Joe about his not wearing batting gloves …
He was surprised anyone noticed, but he made the change before Monday’s game at the suggestion of Paul Konerko. The change was based more on superstition and changing his routine than anything baseball related. Given how he has been swinging the bat the last few days, my guess is he will remain bare-handed for awhile.
Someone else asked about a list of "Grinder Rules." For those of you living outside the Chicago area, a portion of our advertising campaign this summer has focused on Grinder Rules. Our team tries to represent the values of Chicago and Chicagoans: you work hard, show up on time every day, take pride in what you do and let others do the talking (like, in some cases, Ozzie) … You do that, you are a "Grinder." A couple of years ago, Ken Williams explained that those were the type of players he was hoping to get for his team because he felt like you win with those types of people/players.
Anyway, the idea by Two by Four, our advertising agency, was to create fun (yet reinforcing) Grinder Rules and use these in our campaign (which has been well received, by the way). So you have seen these in television spots, on billboards, on the sides of buses, in radio commercials … hopefully, everywhere.
So someone asked for a list of Grinder Rules. As a trick to make everyone keep coming back to this blog, I am going to list a few a day. I would love to hear what readers think of them (and if you and your friends come up with any of your own).
Grinder Rule #1 … Win. Or die trying.
Grinder Rule #11 … When jumping on the White Sox band wagon, do not, I repeat, DO NOT, keep your hands and arms inside the wagon at any time.
Grinder Rule #23 … When all is said and done, make sure you done more than you said.
Grinder Rule #39 … Be a Man. Play like a Boy.
Grinder Rule #45 … Respect the past, people who are shoeless, and anyone named Joe.
Battle of the Sox
Since the start of 2003, 13 of the 15 games between the White Sox and Red Sox have been decided by three runs or less, 10 by two runs or less and seven by one run … we have gone extra innings twice … the Red Sox have won six straight games in Chicago, so something needs to change.