Thursday, August 25, 2005, 3:52 pm
Sorry, with the quick turnaround today, I did not get a lineup before the game began.
I know that Timo Perez has received a lot of criticism here over the past couple of weeks. Say what you will, but he certainly was a key in us winning that game today — both offensively and defensively.
Whenever they are asked, Ozzie Guillen and Joey Cora always respond that Timo finds a way to help the team every time he is in the lineup. So, at least based only on today, let’s cut Timo so slack for a week or so.
Podsednik has joined Charlotte where he will work out tomorrow. Plans are for him to play Saturday and Sunday and then a decision will be made about Monday.
How about the pitching we threw at the Twins this series?
One of Ken Williams’ goals before the trade deadline was to find another arm for our bullpen. As he surveyed the options out there (and what it would cost), he and Rick Hahn, our assistant GM, kept coming back to Bobby Jenks, who was then at Class AA Birmingham. Without knowing how Bobby would respond to the major leagues, Ken, Rick and others in our baseball operations department were convinced that no one out there had a better arm. Not to put too many expectations on the guy, but remember how K-Rod came out of the minor league and made such a difference for the Angels down their stretch drive in 2002.
Joe Crede, who fouled off a ball while trying to bunt in the 10th inning, is going to have x-rays on his fingers/hand tomorrow and we will know more then.
I stopped in to see Jerry Reinsdorf right after we won but he was on the phone. Someone else had stopped in and commented, "he’s stopped squirming now!"
It is amazing how things sometimes can be portrayed. Jerry’s only conversation with Carl Pohlad, owner of the Twins, at the recent owners meetings was to say hello. Somehow, that became portrayed as Jerry Reinsdorf squirming at the recent play of his team (and our competitors in the American League Central).
On to Seattle for the weekend.