ALCS Game 1
Tuesday, October 11, 2005, 9:35 am
Time to get loud. Our crowds for Games 1 and 2 of the Division Series might have been the loudest we have ever heard at U.S. Cellular Field. We need to be even louder tonight.
My good friend Tim Mead, VP of Communications for the Angels, called me this morning at 6:15 to tell me they had just arrived at their hotel. Sunday night, he called me when the Angels were leading 2-1 to say they were doing their best to get to Chicago. I told Tim that despite our friendship, I was cheering for the Yankees to win Game 4, that I really didn’t care who won Game 5, but that I hoped it went extra innings. What, after all, are friends for?
Gates to the ballpark open at 5 pm and the parking lots open at 4 pm for tailgating. Because of traffic, we suggest fans holding tickets arrive early.
Some readers asked about the celebratory cigars. They came to the team courtesy of Mike Mazza in the ticket office. They were from Smokey Bear Cigar Store in Evergreen Park, and each one featured the script, "Congratulations Chicago White Sox" on the side. I swear it made them smoke better.
In preparation for today’s game, we made two sets of media plans … one for the Yankees and one for the Angels. While there still will be a lot of media here for this series, it won’t be as bad as when the Yankees swarm into town. Interesting note: in the middle of the day yesterday, the YES Network (Yankees) showed up at the ballpark wanting to wire and prepare for today. A little presumptuous, don’t you think? MLB representatives sent them away. Given how last night went, they should have let them do all the advance work on behalf of the Angels.
Kid At Heart
Two very cool items arrived in my office on Friday thanks to Wilson Sporting Goods. I had asked Scott Paulson at Wilson if they still had old patterns for gloves and would they have the old die cuts for Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio. He did me one better. It turns out the gentleman who cuts the patterns and made the gloves for both players still lives in Ohio. Wilson re-made a Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio model glove and both are sitting in my office. Very cool.
One thought is to make these available to fans for purchase, maybe on a nice stand with a ball, with proceeds benefitting Chicago White Sox Charities. Is there any interest? Would fans want replica gloves for their offices or homes? Let me know.
Was 15-7, 3.61 on the season, 35-18, 4.28 lifetime, 0-1, 3.46 ERA in 2005 vs. LAA and 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in his career against the Angels.
Faced LAA in back-to-back starts on 5/26 (L, 3 ER/7.0 IP, 9 SO) and 6/1 (2 ER/6.0 IP).
Makes his 10th career postseason appearance tonight, second start. Has gone 1-2 with a 4.34 ERA.
Went 11-2 with a 2.96 ERA in the second half and earned victory in Game 1 of the Division Series against Boston (2 ER/7.2 IP).
Angels vs. Contreras …
Anderson, .571 (4-7)
Kennedy, .429 (3-7)
Finley, .375 (3-8)
Erstad, .286 (2-7)
DaVanon, .250 (1-4)
Cabrera, .222 (2-9)
Figgins, .143 (1-7)
Guerrero, .000 (0-2)
B. Molina, .000 (0-6)
Kotchman, .000 (0-3)
Hopefully, more later once lineups are out.