Tuesday, October 4, 2005, 2:15 pm
Here we go! Less than one hour before Game 1. I am amazed (and pleased) by how relaxed our players seemed in the clubhouse before the game. Most sat and watched the National League game that was under way. Guys were laughing and moving around to stay loose.
Ozzie was Ozzie. His pregame session with the media went well. He did explain the "choking" sign he flashed in Cleveland. Seems he and several fans (plus the Indians mascot) were going back and forth with each other during the game in a fun way. As he was bringing El Duque into the game (about the sixth inning), the Indians mascot flashed the hex sign on Ozzie as he walked off the mound. That was when he made the sign toward the mascot and fans. It was not directed toward the Indians or their fans. Ozzie was very complimentary of the Tribe and its fans.
Mark Buehrle was next in the interview room to talk about tomorrow’s start (which is tough to do before Game 1 is even played). The first question was about his friendship with David Wells from when they were teammates. Word is the two have been text messaging one another quite a bit over the past two days.
Turns out Johnny Damon and AJ Pierzynski were teammates at Dr. Phillips High in Orlando. Casey Harrelson, Hawk’s son, was also on that team.
Damon, CF … Renteria, SS … Ortiz, DH … Ramirez, LF … Nixon, RF … Varitek, C … Millar, 1B … Mueller, 3B … Graffanino, 2B … Clement, RHP.
Pods, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Dye, RF … PK, 1B … Everett, DH … Rowand, CF … AJ, C … Crede, 3B … Uribe, SS … Contreras, RHP.
Keys to the Game
From various conversations around the front office …
Scoring first … Jose’s control … bunching hits together … who is going to come up with that big hit.
What type of response will Frank Thomas receive when he takes the mound to throw out today’s ceremonial first pitch? He was all smiles around the batting cage pregame.
Sorry in not being able to post for the last few days. I was very busy with that other job … preparing to host these games. Hopefully, the tough part of that is over once the first pitch is thrown, and I will try to post here before and after each game.
The White Sox have not won a home playoff game since 1959. Don’t we all think it’s time?