Wednesday, September 7, 2005, 3:09 pm
Pods, LF … Ozuna, 3B … Everett, DH … PK, 1B … Rowand, CF … Dye, RF … AJ, C … Uribe, SS … Harris, 2B … Contreras, RHP.
Ixnay on the Offsplay
Toni Ginetti of the Sun-Times asked me yesterday about playoff preparations and wrote a short piece in today’s paper. Not sure if you could see me dancing and squirming in my quotes. Everyone around here hates to talk about the playoffs because we all are superstitious and believe in jinxes. We hate to even acknowledge that playoff planning is taking place. But it is with MLB at all the teams that might make the playoffs, including Cleveland … so no jinx.
AJ and AJ
A.J. Pierzynski and his wife, Lisa, welcomed daughter Ava Jordan … aka AJ … (7 lbs., 8 oz.) into the world Monday in Orlando. Ava is the couple’s first child.
2006 Home Schedule
Jose Contreras has gone 6-2 with a 3.74 ERA since the All-Star Break and has won seven of his last nine decisions overall … the six victories are tied for third most in the AL since the break … over his career, Contreras is 17-9 with a 4.28 ERA in the second half … the right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.86 ERA, 17 strikeouts and no walks over his last three starts … it is the first time in his career Jose has gone three straight starts without a walk.
Topping 2 Million
A special thanks to White Sox fans as we topped 2 million in attendance last night for the seventh time in franchise history (first since 1993). We are on pace to finish with the fourth-highest mark in club history. Thanks, Sox fans.
Trying to find out what Venezuelan Winter League team’s hat Ozzie was sporting the other day. He is tied up right now …
Ixnay on the Offsplay
Expect news on how the general public can get tickets to potential Division Series games at U.S. Cellular Field pretty soon … but no jinxes.
Tuesday, September 6, 2005, 4:37 pm
Odds and Ends
Jermaine Dye and Chris Widger have both volunteered to tape PSAs inside the ballpark urging fans to donate to the American Red Cross in support of Hurricane Katrina relief. Fans can donate at U.S. Cellular Field through the weekend or by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW. Here is the link with further information about how to donate online.
Word is that the Pierzynski’s welcomed a little girl into their family last night. All is well. Details will follow when I get them.
The hat Ozzie Guillen wore Sunday in the postgame interview room was from a winter ball team in his native Venezuela … not from the American League club playing in Texas.
Someone on the post mentioned the recent hitting tear by shortstop Juan Uribe. Uribe has been working a lot with Greg Walker of late and even met with former Sox hitting guru Walt Hriniak the last time the team was in Boston. Two things to notice … the step with his front foot for timing and Juan seems to be taking more balls to right field. Success has followed.
Brian Anderson, Joe Borchard and Jeff Bajaneru return to the team in time for tonight’s game. The clubhouse is getting full.
Tuesday, September 6, 2005, 3:47 pm
Pods, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Everett, DH … PK, 1B … Rowand, CF … Dye, RF … Uribe, SS … Widger, C … Ozuna, 3B … El Duque, RHP.
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.
Saturday, September 3, 2005, 3:15 pm
Ozuna, 3B … Iguchi, 2B … Everett, LF … Konerko, DH … Rowand, CF … Dye, RF … AJ, C … Uribe, SS … Blum, 1B … Buehrle, LHP.
Friday, September 2, 2005, 9:05 pm
Tonight’s Radio Broadcast News
WSCR Radio and the White Sox announced tonight that Ed Farmer had agreed to move to White Sox radio broadcasts next year on WSCR radio, while long-time partner John Rooney informed the club that he would not be returning to the Sox booth.
It is safe to say we all are disappointed. When the move to WSCR was announced, everyone hoped John and Ed (both of whose contracts were up after this season) would decide to move with the team. It certainly was the goal of the White Sox. It is tough to beat the duo.
Through his agent, who spoke to WSCR, and face-to-face with club employees this week and earlier today, John said he was not returning.
Of course he will be missed personally and professionally. Many people, myself included, believe he is among the very best play-by-play voices in the game. In reading posts on-line tonight, many Sox fans share their appreciation for John’s work at the microphone. He is a very comfortable listen. He also is a personal friend after working together since 1991 (when I joined the team). I have not had a chance to speak with John tonight given the game but do wish him the very best in whatever is next.
The next step is for WSCR and the White Sox to develop a list of possible replacements. Farmer currently does several innings of play-by-play calling each evening, so the early thought was to move him to full-time play-by-play and find a color commentator. It will be a challenge to replace John, but let’s see who all the possible candidates might be and go from there.
Friday, September 2, 2005, 2:15 pm
Pods, LF … Ozuna, 3B … Everett, DH … PK, 1B … Rowand, CF … Dye, RF … AJ, C … Uribe, SS … Harris, 2B … Garcia, RHP.
Friday, September 2, 2005, 9:50 am
Yesterday all I heard and read was how the White Sox might blow their lead and not make the playoffs. This morning, all I heard and read was speculation on whether Jose Contreras would be in our playoff rotation and if so, which game he would start. The yo-yo effect is natural, but we still have 30 games to play.
Check out the Tribune for Kenny Williams’ comments about his frustrations at the trade deadlines (July and August 31) and his perspective on the next month.
Originially listed in last night’s starting lineup, Tadahito Iguchi was delayed in getting to the ballpark by personal business in the afternoon that ran longer than expected. The team was well aware, and it was no big deal to Ozzie Guillen or Kenny Williams. Tad did arrive before the game started and collected a nice, two-run single as a pinch hitter.
Broadcasts and Email
We wanted some feedback from fans on the use of email during our television broadcasts (for those of you who can watch our games on television).
Do you like it? Is it entertaining? Do we do too much? Too little? Does it matter when in the game it is done? Do you miss it when we don’t do it during all of our telecasts?
Send us your thoughts …
Will debut a White Sox pregame show Saturday at 5:30 pm before televising our game at 6 pm.
Thursday, September 1, 2005, 3:29 pm
Pods, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Everett, DH … PK, 1B … Rowand, CF … Dye, RF … AJ, C … Uribe, SS … Ozuna, 3B … Contreras, RHP.
The team announced four roster moves prior to tonight’s game. Ross Gload was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, David Sanders and Raul Casanova had their contracts purchased from Charlotte and Frank Thomas was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
A few people have called asking, but Thomas’ placement is retroactive to July 21.
Manager Ozzie Guillen is nursing a cold … the Sox are 34-13 against the AL Central, going 6-5 vs. Minnesota, 10-3 vs. Cleveland, 8-3 vs. Detroit and 10-2 vs. Kansas City … with a 12-16 mark in August, it was the team’s first losing month since August 2004 (12-17) … last year, the Sox rebounded to go 19-13 in September/October … the Sox are 23-22 since the All-Star Break but have lost just 2.0 games off their lead in the Central.
Our rainout from 8/14 at Boston will be replayed at 11:05 am (CT) on Monday. The game will be shown on Comcast SportsNet in Chicago, but ESPN will carry the contest nationally. A postgame fireworks show was added to Sept. 23 in place of Saturday, Sept. 10, which is now a 12:15 pm game on FOX.
Mark and "The Demon"
Check out Mark Tremonti’s blog on mlblogs.com and his mention of Dale "The Demon" Torborg. Tremonti is a member of the band Alter Bridge. Torborg, who is the son of former Sox manager and great guy, Jeff Torborg, is the White Sox minor league conditioning coordinator. He is currently with the major league team in Chicago as Allen Thomas recovers from a sore leg (the same one that gave him all the trouble earlier this year).
At 80-51, this is the best start by a White Sox team since 1959 (81-50) … Jose Contreras’ August ERA of 2.14 ranked seventh in the AL.