July 2005

Wednesday’s Lineup

A twist …

Pods, LF … Iguchi, 2B …. Thomas, DH … Everett, RF … Rowand, CF …. Dye, 1B … AJ, C … Ozuna, 3B … Uribe, SS.  Contreras on the hill.

Keep Voting

This May not be ‘Dewey Beats Truman’ but Podsednik just might win this thing

Sorry to just post a press release, but time is short and Scott passed Jeter overnight, so the race is ours to win.  Keep voting (you can vote an unlimited number of times) …

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, July 6, 2005

 SCOTT PODSEDNIK PASSES DEREK JETER IN VOTING;

TEN HOURS REMAIN IN 2005 ALL-STAR FINAL VOTE PROGRAM

 NEW YORK – With fewer than 10 hours remaining in the voting for the final player oneach 2005 All-Star team, the races in both the American and National Leagues remain too close to call.

 

Scott_1In the American League, in one of the tightest races since the program began four years ago, Scott Podsednik of the Chicago White Sox edged past Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees during the night for the top spot in the voting. The final man slot is still up for grabs.  Jeter and Podsednik are followed by Torii Hunter of the Minnesota Twins, Hideki Matsui, also of the New York Yankees, and Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

 

White Sox players have stepped up in support of Podsednik.  All-Star pitcher Mark Buehrle has made live announcements to fans at each of the last two games, players are wearing “Vote for Scott” t-shirts and a voting “booth” has been set up in the White Sox dugout where teammates vote for Podsednik before taking the field for batting practice.  In addition to P.A. announcements and scoreboard messages in-game, front office employees – including club chairman Jerry Reinsdorf – vendors and ushers at U.S. Cellular Field are wearing “Vote for Scott” buttons.  An on-line campaign through whitesox.com and MLB.com continues as well.

 

In National League voting, Roy Oswalt of the Houston Astros maintains a slim lead over Trevor Hoffman of the San Diego Padres, followed by Brandon Webb of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Billy Wagner and Brett Myers of the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

Over 9 million votes have been cast in the 2005 All-Star Final Vote Program on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, and ESPN.com, since the balloting began on Sunday night at 7:00 pm CDT. This year, for the first time ever, fans can cast their FINAL MAN vote via their cell phones for 99 cents per vote.  Fans can simply text the word ‘VOTE’ to 69652 (MYMLB) and be instantly registered to receive the final vote ballots. Balloting continues through 7:00 pm CDT today, Wednesday, July 6.  The final players on each team will be announced shortly thereafter on ESPN and MLB.com.

 

Fans can continue to vote on whitesox.com, MLB.com and ESPN.com and via cell phone until 7:00 pm CDT tonight.  There is no limit to the number of votes per fan.

 

The 76th All-Star Game at Comerica Park in Detroit on July 12 will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 7:00 p.m. (CDT).  ESPN Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will provide play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

 

 

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© 2005 Chicago White Sox

Tuesday Odds and Ends

Apologies

Things were very crazy today and I did not get a chance to post until now (8th inning), so no lineups.

Vote for Scott

We have a chance, well, actually, Scott Podsednik has a chance.  The race between Pods and Derek Jeter for the 32nd man on the American League All-Star Team is close.  You can vote an ulimited number of times for the Final Vote, so keep clicking.  It’s hilarious to see Paul Konerko and Neal Cotts in our clubhouse with mlb.com up on their screen voting away.  Guys have really gotten into this, which says something about the team chemistry and how well Pods is liked.

Mark Buehrle took the mic on the field last night after the game and again today before the game to encourage votes.  Players are wearing "Vote for Scott" t-shirts and our ushers and vendors have "Vote for Scott" buttons.  Jerry Reinsdorf was sporting his button tonight during the game.

We posted a "Vote for Scott" sign on the padding behind home plate and keep running announcements on the television and radio broadcasts, as well as in the ballpark.  It’s a grass roots effort that is growing.

Go to whitesox.com, mlb.com or espn.com to vote.

A related note, during last night’s rain delay, Podsednik sat on the rail of our dugout and signed autographs for many fans.

Weather

Mother Nature threw us a curve last night, and we swung and missed.  Thanks to all our fans who showed great patience in waiting for the game to start.  We expected heavy rain at about game time and kept the tarp on the field.  You want to avoid having pitchers warm up and then sit down for a lengthy rain delay, so that was part of the equation.  The rain stopped a few minutes from the ballpark and just sat there for an hour, frustrating us, our fans and the forecasters.  Normally, we try to keep our fans updated with announcements and messages on the jumbotron, but we were not able to do that last night because the weather did not live up to our expectations.  We did not provide enough information to our fans, and I apologize for that.  We have meet internally today to come up with a better way to avoid this in the future.  Sorry.

Trade Rumors

Without getting into specifics, here’s how these rumors often happen.  At this time of year, teams send scores of scouts out to watch players for potential trades, future expectations or just to confuse other teams about who you are interesting in pursuing at the trade deadline.  Reporters are aware of this in the industry and often look to see where teams like the White Sox may be sending their scouts.  Call this the pile of firewood, if you will.  Then, it takes just one spark, an overheard comment, a miscommunication, a misunderstood comment or joke, a guess, and suddenly, you have this tremendous story based on no real hard information.  It is part of baseball, part of what makes July exciting for fans and teams and the media, but often there is no there, there.  Sometimes there is. 

A problem for us (the team) is that if we constantly dismiss and respond to rumors, eventually everyone will be able to figure out when they are onto something (when we don’t dismiss something).  GMs want to make the very best moves for their teams in July, so we want to be below the radar as much as possible.

National Anthem Spot

We debuted a television spot on July 4 showing the importance of the National Anthem to the White Sox.  Have you seen it?  What did you think?

30 Games Over .500

Tonight’s comeback win — as I wrote this — moved us to 30 games over .500 for the first time this season.  A huge home run from the Big Hurt.  Another amazing Sox victory.  This team can become addictive …

Monday’s Lineup (July 4th)

White Sox Lineup

Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thomas, DH; Konerko, 1B; Rowand, CF; Dye, RF; Pierzynski, C; Crede, 3B; Uribe, SS.  McCarthy takes the mound.

Vote For Scott

Not me, Podsednik …

Scott Podsednik is one of five American League players eligible to be named as the 32nd player to the All-Star Team via on-line balloting.  Since you had to be pretty computer savvy to even find this blog, you are our demographic.

If so inclined, please go to whitesox.com, mlb.com or espn.com and vote for Scott.  His competition is Torii Hunter of the Twins, Carl Crawford of the Rays, Derek Jeter of the Yankees (yikes) and Hideki Matsui of the Yankees (double yikes).

Maybe the two Yankees players will split the vote, so I think we have a chance here if we can just out-vote the nation of Japan.

On the flight back from Oakland last night, our players were talking about getting behind this effort to try and help Scott make the team. One thought was t-shirts saying "Vote for Scott," a la Napoleon Dynamite, but voting closes at 7 pm Wednesday and it’s tough to find a t-shirt manufacturer on July 4.  If anyone out there knows someone, call me.  Our team would be happy to wear them.

We are going to try and hook up a laptop in the dugout so that the entire team can vote for him before taking the field for batting practice.

Anyway, do whatever you can, wherever you can.  This being Chicago, vote over and over again …

Best Record In Baseball

Best Record vs. Best Team

There is a debate going on in Chicago over the last day or two about the Sox.  Can you call them the best team in baseball or the team with the best record?

Earlier this year third base coach Joey Cora had this take:

"The best team in baseball isn’t decided until the World Series," he said.  "All we have now is the best record in baseball.  It means nothing until the end of October."

So that’s how our clubhouse feels about the issue.

Random West Coast Thoughts

Reax from Yesterday

There was a great quote from Joe Crede in today’s Chicago Sun-Times:

"I can’t recall a time when I’ve had this much fun on a team," Crede said.  "I know in A-ball I played on a team that won a lot — we won 80-something games.  I had fun then, but this is more fun.  Everybody gets along with everybody, and it seems like everybody jells together and our pitching has been unbelievable.  They’ve been carrying us the whole way."

For Joe, who rarely says much, this is like a month’s worth of quotation.

And from Frank Thomas on the winning environment:

"It feels great," Thomas said.  "Guys rag me and everything else, which is good.  It’s part of a good team.  There’s a new hero every night.  Guys have a hunger to win and the pitching keeps us in ballgames."

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

The Sox have posted seven three-game sweeps this season and two two-game sweeps.  When combined, those sweeps account for a 25-0 record.  The team is 19-5-2 in series and are an amazing 25-6 against the AL Central.

Heading West

Much has been said and written about our recent West Coast struggles, although as with most statistics, it depends a little bit on where you want to draw the line.  In 2000, when the White Sox won the AL Central, the team went 10-6 on the West Coast (not counting a playoff loss in Seattle).

Since then, the team has indeed struggled, going 12-43 from 2001-04.  This year, the Sox have gone a respectable 5-5 at Oakland (1-2), the Angels (2-2) and San Diego (2-1).

Amazingly, this weekend series at Oakland is the fourth time in 2005 the Sox have travelled to the West Coast before the All-Star Break.  The team makes just one more stop in the season’s second half, going to Seattle August 26-28.

Rogers

It will be interesting to see how Commissioner Selig and MLB handles the Kenny Rogers incident.  My opinion, for what’s it is worth, is this:  the media — both in our clubhouse and on the field — represent the public.  They are the eyes and ears of the public, a public that loves the game and wants insight into the team, what happened in that day’s game and why.  Even though it may be very difficult sometimes to separate personal relationships (likes and dislikes, friendship and hatred) from your interactions with the media, we always try to encourage our players to respect the job media representatives do and treat them with respect as people.  Sometimes that happens, sometimes it does not.  We obviously have less influence with the media, but we would hope they approach their jobs in the same manner.  Sometimes that happens, sometimes it does not.  Bottom line, when you are speaking to a group of writers and reporters in front of your locker, you really are speaking to the public at large.  We do media training each spring with our minor league players and this is one of the biggest lessons our trainers try to instill.  Think of your audience.

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