Sunday, April 2, 2006, 2:45 pm
No matter how many you have experienced, there is something special about Opening Day.
For our players, this will be the first time back in front of our fans since Game 2 of the World Series. I can’t wait to see the reception, both as players are announced at 6:42 pm and again as guys come to the plate. Hopefully, there are a few standing ovations.
Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Uribe, SS; BA, CF … Mark Buehrle pitching.
Our game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 (Jon Miller and Joe Morgan announcing). I received a sneak preview of their "open" and it looked great. Make sure you turn over from Comcast’s pregame coverage and catch the open. Right now, the unveiling is scheduled to take place between 6:55 and 7 pm. It’s also live over the Internet for out-of-market Sox fans on MLB.TV.
Not only did our "rookies" have to fly from Tucson to Atlanta dressed as gladiators (Boone Logan), male cheerleaders (Ryan Sweeney … who taped his own wrists to add to the outfit), female cheerleaders (Brian Anderson) and Fred Flintstone (Bobby Jenks), but they had to go out in public. It seems several members of the team went out Thursday evening in Atlanta.
"Seeing the (positive) reaction, I think the next time I go out to a bar, I might wear an outfit," said one single member of the travel party.
Yesterday, Anderson traveled home to Chicago dressed entirely like Aaron Rowand, from his red shoes to a Phillies uniform.
Special welcome to Chicago and U.S. Cellular Field’s home clubhouse to Jim Thome, Boone (it’s a long way from Great Falls) Logan, Rob Mackowiak, Matt Thornton, Alex Cintron and Javier Vazquez.
"I’m just walking around getting my bearings," Mackowiak said before the game as he wandered through the length of the clubhouse.
According to Roger Bossard, we will get another wave of storms/rain before the game. After that, the radar currently is clear, but he is afraid more storms may pop up as they often do in April. It may be a long, cold, rainy night, but does it ever really rain when you are World Champions?
(I did call my house and tell everyone to dress very warmly. You should, too).