Early Morning Wednesday
Wednesday, August 3, 11:15 am
Odds and Ends
As you all saw last night, Geoff Blum is wearing uniform No. 27. He seems like a great guy and then went out and made some very nice plays at third base.
Ken Williams explained before last night’s game that we deferred to Shingo as to what he wanted to do, and he preferred we release him (so that hopefully he can catch on with another team) as opposed to heading to Class AAA Charlotte. Shingo is a true class act, and Kenny really wanted to make sure we took care of him.
I received a call today from ESPN The Magazine that the edition is out. Not sure how long it will take to get to newstands, but should be days. A couple of other national publications are out this week to do stories on Buehrle/Garland and Pods.
The players all brought in donations to help Allen Thomas and his family get through the next few days/weeks until insurance kicks in. We aren’t sure when Allen will be back with the team. I know he appreciates all the well wishes. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
We did send a celebratory cake up to John Rooney and Ed Farmer last night. If you missed it, USA Today just named them the best radio broadcasting crew in the American League and second only to Vin Scully et al in LA. Congrats. It was Carrot Cake, a speciality of Levy Restaurants.
Also, please pass along your thoughts and prayers for Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe (right), former Negro League star and regular attendee of Sox games. Double, who is 102 years old (or something right around there give or take), is battling some health issues and is at Mercy Hospital. Our thoughts are with him. What a great fan of baseball and what a friend to many of our players …