Wednesday, October 5, 2005, 1:23 pm
Someone remarked that it was sure nice to have "Havana" type weather for Jose Contreras’ start yesterday.
Was it just me or did it seem like a huge weight was lifted off our fans’ shoulders?
So much for "small ball."
After the five-run first inning, my first thought was how slow the next eight innings were going to go.
I joked with Scott Podsednik about the amount of attention his home run received. "It’s not like it was my first career home run," he said, laughing.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only one other player in MLB history, with 500 at-bats in a season, hit his first home run in DS, LCS or WS play. Can you name him? (Answer later)
Ozzie on his reaction to Tadahito Iguchi’s throwing to third base to catch Kevin Millar: "No! No! No! … nice play."
Pods, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Dye, RF … Konerko, 1B … Everett, DH … Rowand, CF … AJ, C … Crede, 3B … Uribe, SS … Buehrle, LHP.
Chicago native and current Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers courageously admitted to being a life-long White Sox fan. Since, he will likely need some South-Side love, drop Doc an email of support. He probably won’t be feeling much love from Red Sox fans right now.
White Sox vs. Wells
Career Batting numbers against Boston’s starter today:
Uribe, 2-3, .667
Crede, 4-9, .444
Pods, 2-4, .500
Rowand, 2-6, .333
Dye, 6-28, .214
Everett, 5-23, .217, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Konerko, 3-14, .214, RBI
Widger, 3-11, .273, 1 RBI
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?
Sunday, October 2, 2005, 10:49 pm
How great to end the regular season with a three-game sweep of the Indians in Cleveland? Thank goodness for our "scrubs." Last season, the Red Sox were the idiots, maybe "scrubs" is a good nickname for this year’s White Sox. No one seems to give us much credit or think we are very good, we just win 99 games to finish just one shy of the Cardinals for the best record in baseball.
Sorry to not post in a while, but things have been very busy since last Thursday. We have to prepare for hosting the Division Series. In our case, that means preparing information for the media, taking care of ballpark logistics, preparing credentials (which meant we had to plan in case we played Boston, Los Angeles or the Yankees), and then we produce the Postseason Media Guide overnight. This 200-plus page book is a great resource for the media (and us). But it is not easy to produce overnight. Bob Beghtol, our director of media relations, and his staff are busy working on it now. In 2000, we finished the book around 4 a.m. and got home to "sleep" around 6 am.
Hopefully, we do a little better this year.
We are working out early on Monday, 10 am. Afterward, Ozzie Guillen, our Game 1 starter and another player will meet with the media in the Interview Room here at the ballpark.
For anyone who works downtown, you might want to catch the rally at 12:30 at Block 37. Should be fun. I think they are hoping to play that new highlight video that was shown to great reviews last homestand.
Tuesday’s game on ESPN is at 3:07 pm and Wednesday’s game is at 6:07 central time.
We have a lot of proof-reading still to do, so I will try and check in with you later.