Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 4:30 pm
Final Day Before Games
Today’s weather, sunny, highs in the low to mid 80s. Spectacular.
The White Sox open Cactus League play tomorrow against the Colorado Rockies in a 1:05 (MT) game at TEP.
The game will be broadcast on WSCR Sports Radio with Ed Farmer and Chris Singleton teamming up for the very first time.
Ozzie’s lineup for tomorrow:
Today’s final workout focused on fundamentals.
"Today we stressed not being selfish," Guillen said. "That we need to help each other and take advantage of RBI situations.
"I told them that we will make mistakes on the basepaths because we will be aggressive. I want our team to play that way from the very first day of spring training.
"I told them ‘don’t be afraid to take the extra base.’ We want the opposition to think, ‘here comes the White Sox. They are going to run, take every advantage and do the little things to win games."
Guillen was asked which players would be given "green lights" on the basepaths this spring.
"Everyone is on their own," he answered. "Just to see what we have and just to stay aggressive. The worst thing that can happen (if you run into outs in a spring training game) is that the game will get over quicker."
They made me pose for a photo today, sitting in a golf cart next to Ken Williams with a laptop balanced on my knees. Bad image. Needless to say, I took a fair amount of ribbing from my "friends" in the front office and my "friends" in the media, who complain that all I do on my blog is bash them. I tried to point out that I think I compliment media as often as I criticize, but they didn’t want to hear it.
What a shame that Minnie did not get into the Hall of Fame. How sad for he and his family. I must confess annoyance that Minnie and Buck O’Neil did not merit induction, yet 17 others did.
I really struggle with how anyone can look at Minnie Minoso’s career (and the fact that had he been a white American born in the 1920s he would have been in the big leagues much, much earlier) and argue he is not a Hall of Famer.