Day 2 in Tucson
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, 1:45 pm
Day 2 of Spring Training …
Dawned bright and sunny. Physicals for pitchers and catchers (and staff) started at 7 am and ran through about 10. No major issues, unless you want to count my exceedingly high blood pressure and triglyceride issue (which my wife and kids do).
I think it was two years ago that Ozzie went over to the local hospital for tests and didn’t come back for a day as they made sure an issue with his heart was not a risk. A former coach and scout of ours, Ed Brinkman, once went through his tests and ended up with bypass surgery.
Anyway, today’s seemed uneventful.
No Freddy Garcia in camp. His stolen car contained his papers. There is a chance he will arrive tomorrow.
Jim Thome did a live segment for ESPN News, and Ozzie Guillen entertained two dozen members of the media for about an hour today.
The White Sox and Diamondbacks take part in our annual charity golf tournament at Tucson National Golf Course tomorrow in advance of next week’s PGA Tucson Open. Fourteen White Sox players and coaches volunteered their time to take part and help raise funds for the Tucson Conquistadores, a local group. The annual tourney is a blast, as you play with a PGA professional, use a caddie and walk the same course the pros do.
Monday, four Sox players and four coaches are going to match golf skills as The All-Star Big Break comes to town. AJ Pierzynski, Scott Podsednik, Jermaine Dye and Jon Garland take on Ozzie, Tim Raines, Harold Baines and Greg Walker in a number of skill challenges.
I received a great card in the mail today from the Kamholz family. They are hosting a party on February 25th where their friends (sorry, invite required) can re-live the 2005 season before the 2006 season begins. I thought this was a great idea and wondered how many other Sox fans would be joining together in February and March to re-live October. Let me know if others like the idea …
Spring Training Routine
Because a few people have asked, the general routine in early spring is for us to be on the field at 9:15 am. Workouts generally begin as early as 8:15 am with … you guessed it, "early work." The team meets together at 9 am and the main workout then starts with stretching, then throwing, PFP (pitcher fielding practice … there is a reason why Mark Buehrle and Jon Garland deserve Gold Gloves), bullpens (half of the pitchers throw one day and then skip a day while the other half throws), catcher hitting and conditioning. Workout, which are open on our back fields (parking is just west of the ballpark off Ajo Way) generally end about noon or 12:30. Conditioning can go on for guys for quite some time after the workout ends.
Position players who are here early often hit on one field mid morning. Early arrivals include Thome, Pods and Crede.