Saturday, August 6, 2005, 4:30 pm
Ozzie Guillen, Joe Crede, Carl Everett, Tad Iguchi and other Sox players stopped by this morning’s Go-Kart race, which took place in the parking lot just north of the ballpark. Dan Roan of WGN-TV won the celebrity race. All of the players were surprised by the speed the karts reached zooming around the road-race layout. "I’d like to try it," said Ozzie. "Venezuelans are good race car drivers."
Iguchi was interested. At home in Japan, he drives a bright red Ferrari. "With all the traffic over there and the tight city spaces, how can he drive a Ferrari," said Ozzie as he did an impression of Tad, stopping and starting, stopping and starting. (It probably was funnier in person than in text, sorry).
At 70-38, the 2005 White Sox still lead the 1954 team (69-39) for best start. We need to win tonight to stay ahead of the ’54 club.
With just 5,000 more tickets sold (give or take a few), we will pass the 1984 club attendance total of 2,136,988 to move into fourth place in franchise history. We drew 2.93 million in 1991, 2.68 in 1992 and 2.58 in 1993. We proably won’t reach the ’93 total this season. This great attendance news doesn’t receive a lot of attention when compared to those Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal pieces of two months ago that asked where all our fans were …
Everyone is well aware that we have dropped 10 of our last 14 at home. Tonight’s starter, Mark Buehrle, is 7-1 with a 2.01 ERA at USCF this year.
Tonight start’s the final third (54 games) of the season. Last year, we were 55-53 at this point.
Postgame edit: Make it 8-1 at USCF. A lasting image:
Saturday, August 6, 2005, 2:00 pm
White Sox Lineup
Pods, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Rowand, CF … Konerko, 1B … AJ, C … Crede, DH … Perez, RF … Blum, 3B … Uribe, SS … Buehrle, LHP.
Friday, August 5, 2005
Pods, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Rowand, CF … Konerko, DH … AJ, C … Dye, RF … Crede, 3B … Blum, 1B … Uribe, SS … Garcia, RHP.
Started with the sculptors installing the Carlton Fisk sculpture on the center field concourse (now covered with a green box). It is very cool, although I admit a bias. "The Commander" will be unveiled at 1:20 pm Sunday, so if you are attending the 2:05 pm game, make sure you arrive early.
Then we took the team photo this afternoon … two actually. We took your normal shot at the pitcher’s mound. Then, we copied a team poster from 1980 by arranging our guys loosely around, and on top of, the dugout. It was funny because a handful of guys, Harold Baines, Herm Schneider, Art Kusyner, also were around in 1980.
Baines played the sweetheart role during batting practice. In a prearranged moment, he walked over to a couple on the field and handed the woman a signed ball. On the ball was a written proposal for marriage (from the guy, not Harold). She accepted and everyone applauded. Jerry Reinsdorf was a witness. We encouraged him to marry the two right then and there (his being ordained and all), but he again reinterated that he was out of the marrying business.
A nice profile of Ken Williams in this issue of the Defender. The cover shows KW at the ballpark with the caption: "The Architect … The work of GM Kenny Williams is the prime reason why the White Sox are the talk of baseball." Of course, the last thing KW is comfortable talking about is himself.
Thursday, August 4, 2005, 11:40 am
White Sox Lineup
Pods, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Everett, DH … PK, 1B … Rowand, CF … Dye, RF … Widger, C … Blum, SS … Crede, 3B … Contreras, RHP.
Wednesday, August 3, 2005, 4:14 pm
White Sox Lineup
Pods, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Everett, DH … Konerko, 1B … AJ, C … Dye, RF … Rowand, CF … Crede, 3B … Uribe, SS … El Duque, RHP
Wednesday, August 3, 2005, 3:25 pm
Sorry to Disappoint
We can’t really respond to rumors about players. If we do, even to deny, then it quickly becomes apparent to observant media and fans when something has some truth to it. Also, commenting about players on other teams (do we like them, do want want to acquire them, etc.) is tampering. Tampering by anyone at a Major League team (including me) is taken very seriously by MLB (ie fines … and I don’t get paid that much) and rightly so. Ken Williams is also very concerned with tampering and is always very hesitant to comment.
He did say, and continues to say, that if there is a player out there who you might think would have made a difference on our team or would have been a good fit, it is pretty safe to say that we would have inquired about his availability sometime in the past two months. Sometimes, those inquires by Ken and his staff lead to more substantitive conversations, sometimes not. But he is always talking to other teams.
ESPN The Magazine
Is out. The shots look great. The guys in the clubhouse were laughing about them and talking about them. Aaron Rowand is pretty proud of his daughter, Tatum.
This is the issue with David Beckham on the cover.
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 …
Tuesday, August 2, 2005, 2:18 pm
Pods, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Everett, DH … Konerko, 1B … AJ, C … Dye, RF … Rowand, CF … Blum, 3B … Uribe, SS … Garland, RHP.
Monday, August 1, 2005, 9:30 am
Perez, LF … Ozuna, 2B … Everett, DH … Konerko, 1B … AJ, C … Dye, RF … Rowand, CF … Crede, 3B … Uribe, SS … Buehrle, LHP.
Blum arrived on a red-eye at about 7:30 am, so will not start today.