Wednesday in New York

Wednesday, August 10, 2005, 10:52 am ET

Sorry not to post yesterday.  It was very busy on several fronts.

Today’s Lineup

Pods, LF … Ozuna, 2B … Everett, DH … Konerko, 1B … Rowand, CF … Dye, RF … Blum, 3B … Widger, C … Uribe, SS … Garcia, RHP.

Pods in SI

A nice feature in this week’s Sports Illustrated on Scott Podsednik.  It focuses more on how much study he puts into his technique and stealing bases.  Pick it up.  Several features and covers in Sports Weekly are coming.

Rowand SplashRowand_1

Aaron certainly has garnered some well-deserved attention for his defensive play this series.  "When I play them one way, they hit it the other," he laughed.  Some thought he might need a time out to catch his breath.  One joke was that on a pop up on the infield last night, everyone was waiting for Rowand to come in and call it.

Iguchi Attention

The Japanese media contingent was probably double what it usually is here in New York.  Nearly every Yankee game is televised in Japan, so Tadahito said he was very happy to have homered last night.  "The pitch was outside and I just tried to take it to right field," he said through an interpreter.  "It just happened to go out.  It was nice to homer because this game was shown back in Japan, but it was nicer to win."

Long FallFan

An 18-year-old, acting on a dare, jumped off the upper deck last night and landed, stunned, on the net behind home plate.  His jump took place during game action and left the press box speechless (which is tough to do).  Other than having several unresolved issues with the authorities, it appeared he was all right.  Stupid, though.  Good thing the net held or innocent people could have been hurt by his 40-foot fall.


Several Sox players and coaches made sure to visit the monuments beyond left center before the first two games of this series.  Paul Konerko sent a missile in that direction last night to give us the winning margin, 2-1.  To think those monuments used to be in play.  They are a long way from home plate.


We are turning back the clock after the game today.  Ed Cassin, out terrific manager of team travel, has arranged for our own train to take us from New York to Boston.  The 3 1/2-hour trip, just like they travelled in the "old days," should be very cool.

Day Game

And Freddy Garcia.  I like our chances.


The cult of Podsednik will only grow after his amazing “punch catch” last night.

Don’t know if you’ve traveled up there, Scott, but check out how steep the upper deck is at Yankee Stadium. For all the hysterics USCF has drawn for having a steep UD, Yankee Stadium’s is easily as steep, and old to boot. In our travels we’ve found Coors Field, Tropicana, and many others to have upper decks just as steep and “unnerving” as USCF.

Not that the steepness would drive me to dive off the upper deck, anywhere, of course. Poor Yankees fans, with their $2 billion payroll and nothing to cheer for.

According to USA Today, the 2005 Yankees have the largest payroll in MLB at $208,306,817, not quite $2 bill🙂

The Redsox are second at $123,505,125.

There are twelve teams with a higher payroll than the whitesox, who have the fifth highest payroll in the American league at $75,178,000.

The highest paid players on the Whitesox in order are Konerko, Contreras, Garcia, Thomas and Buehrle; with salaries of $8.75, $8.5, $8.0, $8.0 and $6.0 million, respectively.

Rowand has been awesome lately!!! The catches he has made were exceptional. That kid in NY is a ***** for jumping on that net. He should be dealt with swiftly. Good to see the Sox in some national publications. Freddy will take the series today. Go Go White Sox!!!

Just can’t say enough about Aaron’s play on both sides of the ball in the second half of the season. WOW! Read a bit of the article in ESPN magazine…well worth picking up if you haven’t seen it. Our guys are talented, winning, and fun! It sounds so corny, but I really think this team has something special…magical. I can’t wait to tell my grandkids about this…what a year…

I was just wondering what was missing from the front page of the sports section the other day. I haven’t yet seen your explanation post🙂

Wow. Just wow. What a series.

That’s what I was going to say: wow. These White Sox are amazing.

I absolutely need to know where you got the toy train with the Sox logo on it.
Can you please tell me the date on the issue of ESPN The Magazine that you found with the Sox in it? I’ve been looking for it and can’t find it! Thanks a million!

The date of the ESPN Issue with the Sox in it is August 15, with David Beckham on the cover, in a white shirt.

Does anyone know/have the Sports Illustrated Issue with the article on Pods on it? It is out?

The issue date is
August 15 and has David Beckham on the front. I’ve been looking for it in many stores and they all still have the issue with Matt Hoffman on the cover. I think the issue will be out in stores within a day or two. If you have a subscription to ESPN The Mag, then you tend to receive the issue much earlier than they go on newstands.

Thanks to you both! I’ll be keeping on the look-out for it.

Just FYI, I found the issue at a Barner & Noble last Saturday.

SP: Make that Barnes* & Noble

I just read, with a heavy heart, of the passing of Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe. I can only assume and imagine, that the White Sox family will do something to commemorate the passing of this longstanding member of our White Sox Community…What a great player and an even better human being.

Is there any indication that this season has already gone to the heads of the players or do you think that come October they will be in the right mindset, no matter who they are playing? It seems that Ozzie has kept the team grounded but I think that having the best record in baseball for so long would have a negative effect on a club that is not used to that kind of success. Let’s get ready for a Black and White October!

Thanks for the link!

Hey I don’t know if any of you have seen the little battle between some Sox fans and Yankee fans on the “Bleeding Pinstripes” blog, but the author of the blog made some stupid comments about the White Sox ownership in comparison to “The Boss” in his latest post called “Finally.” Anyway, I left a comment in response, but also posted both his statements and my comment on my blog, “Sox Pride”. Check it out:

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