Tuesday, November 21, 2005, 9:03 a.m.
Sorry that it has been awhile since I posted, but things haven’t seemed to slow down. I need to remind myself that this is a good thing.
Last week, many of us were down in Florida for MLB’s Fall Business Meetings. These meetings, which are held every two years, give everyone on the business side of the game, PR, marketing, sales, community relations, advertising, a chance to get together and share best practices, new ideas, etc. They are very worthwhile but took a big chunk out of November.
One of the things that came out of these meetings is the potential of the World Baseball Classic, which will be held for the first time this March. 16 teams, each representing a nation, will compete for the championship, which will be held in San Diego.
MLB will hold a press conference on December 5 to provide more information and perhaps to announce some of the players who will be taking part.
Baseball’s winter meetings will take place December 5-8 in Dallas, so we will be there along with Ken Williams, Rick Hahn and many of our baseball operations personnel. KW has a lot on his plate right now.
Attended the premiere of MLB’s World Series DVD last night, along with several fans, Aaron Rowand and Joe Crede. I am biased, but the DVD came out great. It was fun to watch the postseason again while Aaron whooped and hollered along with fans as they watched the highlights.
I agree with Ed Sherman of the Tribune that the best thing about the video might be the behind-the-scenes audio that was captured by our players wearing mics.
In 2004, we were one of six teams in baseball to take part in a pilot program to test miking players on a regular basis over a couple of months. I believe this helped get our guys comfortable with the idea. Of course, having Ozzie Guillen around — he often doesn’t need a mic — also sets the tone.
Anyway, the sound is amazing. You will hear Ozzie grab Bobby Jenks on the field and tell him to be prepared for tomorrow — seconds after the game. You will hear Aaron Rowand and Brian Anderson cheering for Scott Podsednik’s home run. You will hear Tim Raines talking to baserunners. You will listen to Geoff Blum joke with Astros friends before Game 3 that "maybe I can get in the game and hit a home run." And you will hear Willie Harris do a play-by-play in Game 4 innings before he scored the winning run.
We have to credit Bob Beghtol and Pat O’Connell in our media relations department with two home runs of their own. Prior to Game 3, MLB Productions approached them about whom to mic that night. "Try Geoff," they said. "He played for the Astros and should still have friends on the team. You’ll get good sound."
The next night, their recommendation for miking was Harris, who scored the winning run.
The World Series DVD should be available in stores Nov. 29. Last year, it sold out quickly in Boston, so plan to act soon if you want one. Even easier, they can be ordered online at whitesox.com. A DVD of the entire Sox season, which will also include behind-the-scenes sound and extra features like our ballpark opening video, commercials and Comcast’s coverage of the parade and rally, is due out in early December. So keep both in mind as Xmas gifts for all your Sox fans.
While in town, Aaron and Joe attended Sunday’s win for the Bears. Fan reaction to the two was amazing and both were still talking about it Monday. People didn’t want autographs from the two. They wanted to thank them for the season. How cool is that?
Lots and lots of publications are pouring in on the White Sox and the season. In an upcoming post, I will try to list them all so that everyone knows what is available.
Part of the reason my life has remained hectic is also very good. My wife is the head women’s soccer coach at the University of Chicago. For the third time in the past 10 years, her team is heading to the NCAA Final Four this weekend in Greensboro, N.C. How great would it be to have a World Series victory and an NCAA championship in the same year?
Given our chosen professions, it is always interesting at parent-teacher meetings when our kids’ teachers discuss how competitive our kids are. For good and for bad, in our household, winning and losing does matter …
I continue to hear from Steve Perry via email. I think Steve is now a Sox fan for life …