Friday, July 29, 2005, 2:00 pm
Frank Thomas News
The tests on Frank’s sore left foot came back and the news is not good. He suffered a second fracture, which most likely means his season is over. Check out whitesox.com for the press release and a statement by Dr. Richard Ferkel (FT’s surgeon). Sad news. I feel for Frank because we all know how hard he worked to come back this year. He’s really only enjoyed two full years of production (2002-03) in the last five (and hit 70 home runs with 197 RBI in those two years).
For those interested, here are the details on the sock collection to aid U.S. military personnel in Iraq. Amanda will be at the Walgreen’s on 95th Street in Oak Lawn (4740 W. 95th) from 9-4 pm tomorrow (Saturday), collecting socks. Southpaw will deliver 250 pair at 1 pm.
Jobs in Baseball
When I have a little more time, I will pass along the details of how best to acquire a job in baseball. It does depend upon your vocation, but it certainly helps to have a passion for the game, a willingness to commit long hours to your career and a willingness to understand that you are going to sacrifice quite a few things your friends enjoy … like summer.
A few years ago, I took my family home to my parents for July 4th because the team was on the road and I was not travelling. As we talked over the grill, I tried to remember the last July 4th I celebrated with my family. It had been nearly 10 years. For a decade, July 4ths were spent in hotels on the road (one year I remember we were in Toronto, which was strange) or at ballparks somewhere. Again, no complaints, I chose this career and love it, but you do have to understand what a career in baseball means. One year (1995 when spring training went on forever because of the strike), I think I was away from home over 200 nights. It’s great. It’s exciting, but it can get old.
Grinder Rule #7 … Grinder ball requires speed, defense and discipline. And immigration.
Grinder Rule #10 … Only one statistic matters: W.
Grinder Rule #25 … A good outfielder doesn’t see the wall. He tastes it.
Grinder Rule #26 … Your hitting should serve as a warning. To low-flying aircraft.
Grinder Rule #28 … Always give fans something they can take away from the game. Like the other team’s pride.