Off Day Thoughts
Monday, October 24, 2005, 5:41 pm
Game 2 Leftovers
Two amazing moments last night … Paul Konerko’s grand slam and Scott Podsednik’s game-winner in the bottom of the ninth inning. For White Sox fans, both will forever be "Where were you when" moments.
If postseason makes heroes, then PK and Pods are in the pantheon.
Is now a card-carrying member of the White Sox. After last night’s game, Steve and his friend, Dan, visited the celebrating Sox, who convinced the former Journey rocker to come to Houston for the next three games.
Ozzie Guillen looked for closer Bobby Jenks immediately after Podsednik’s home run. "I slapped him and told him to forget tonight," Guillen said. "The next time we are in a save situation, you will be in the game."
Home Run Balls
Pods got his ball back from a group of four guys who exchanged the ball for three autographed baseballs and a signed bat. Arrangements are being made to get Paul’s home run ball when the team returns to Chicago.
"Was that one for Nicholas," Phyllis Merhige of MLB asked Paul in the postgame interview room. He just smiled.
Pods and the Hall
The Baseball Hall of Fame asked for Scott Podsednik’s bat from last night’s home run. The leadoff hitter will donate it after the series. Right now, it is safely stored in clubhouse manager Vince Fresso’s trunk. Pods has two more bats of the same make and model, so as long as they don’t break in the next two games, all is well.
Not Like Sox Fans
Apparently as last night’s game ended, a fan sitting behind some Astros families slapped Craig Biggio’s wife across the back of her head. He was grabbed by fans (Craig even laughed that his wife ran him down … "He picked the wrong New Jersey woman …"), Sox security and MLB security. The Biggios decided not to press charges (and we cannot), but the events still left a bad taste for Ozzie Guillen and the Sox.
Ozzie went over to the Astros clubhouse today to apologize on behalf of the Sox.
Biggio was incredibly gracious and understanding and blamed no one for the actions of one idiot.
Cool and windy today in Houston. If you were in the sun, it felt nice. With the ballpark empty, the left field fence did not seem that close. Everyone says it is much different when the ballpark fills up.
Open or Closed, Boxers or Briefs
A big issue today was whether or not the ballpark’s roof would be closed or open for the games. MLB and the Commissioner are involved. It seems the ballpark is much louder with the roof closed (brilliant deduction, don’t you think), so the Astros want it closed. MLB’s position, as I understand it, is that they want to remove gamesmanship from an event like the World Series. During the season, the rule of thumb is to open it if the temperature is under 80 degrees (and there is no threat of rain), so that argument is that it should be open for these games. Stay tuned.
Plenty of Sox fans headed this way for the games, including three flights full of Sox families and employees. Rumor has it that several hundred Ozzie masks will make the trip to Texas, as well.
We arrived last night/this morning at 4 am and worked out from 1 to 2:15. Can’t speak for the players, but I am tired (blogging takes a great deal out of you). I feel like a shark. If I stop moving or stop talking on the cell phone for 10 minutes, I will fall asleep.