Sunday, September 4, 2005
White Sox Lineup
Pods, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Everett, DH … PK, 1B … Rowand, CF … Dye, RF … AJ, C … Blum, SS … Ozuna, 3B … Garland, RHP
Adjusted Kids Day Lineup
As many of you are aware, for several years now our entire team (minus the starting pitcher) signs autographs for 30 minutes prior to the game on select Kids Days. Today is the final one of the 2005 season. Yesterday, Ozzie Guillen asked if we could avoid having today’s starting lineup sign because he was trying to give them as much rest as he could given the schedule of the next few days. "We haven’t clinched anything yet," Guillen said. So for today, our non-starters, pitchers and coaches will sign before the game. With callups, we still have quite a few guys, and many new names, who will be signing. Sorry if this inconveniences anyone, but our motive is to keep our guys as fresh and rested as possible down the stretch.
About a week or so ago, it was mentioned on a local radio station that several instances of falling concrete had occurred at our ballpark and most had gone unreported. Because of the flow of the questioning, the issue was not addressed directly on the show. It was more of a throw-away line. I have received several emails and calls about it since. Just to clarify, we have not had any cases this season. What did happen in March, and perhaps this was the source of the comment, was that inspectors at the ballpark pried off pieces of concrete from the outside of the ballpark as part of their inspection. One local paper at the time reported this as pieces falling off. Both city inspectors and building engineers responded by saying this was part of an inspection, was on the exterior walls and ramps of the ballpark and was in no way a hazard or threat to fans. You can check the story and letters to editor in the Daily Southtown. The newspaper also printed a correction/retraction to the headline on the initial story. Following that March inspection, an on-going maintenance and repair plan has been followed (as usual) by the Illinois Sports Authority, owners of U.S. Cellular Field.
Bottom line, nothing to this.