Home Again

Friday, April 14, 2006, 4:21 pm

Tonight’s Lineup

Ozuna, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; Crede, 3B; Cintron, SS; Widger, C; Anderson, CF.  Javier Vazquez pitching.

Home from a Trip

The first day back in town for the team always means a busy pregame.  Players arrive to the ballpark early to set up their lockers.  Chairs are always piled high with mail, memos, boxes from suppliers, etc.

Part-time White Sox employees received commemorative World Series watches as keepsakes.  Many of these were handed out today pregame.  Players also purchased these silver watches as gifts for family and friends.  Many players had several stacked in their lockers.

First day of the homestand often means more media, especially the television cameras.  Paul Konerko was just surrounded by media, and due to demand, Jim Thome arranged through the media relations department to meet with all the media at one time when he is done with batting practice.

Weather Report

It is amazingly warm in Chicago today, and according to Roger Bossard, we should stay dry tonight.  It sounds like the weather will stay south of interstate 80.  Next chance for some rain might be Sunday morning.


Glad to see Pablo in tonight. He had some defensive lapses last time in but we need a kick start at the top of the lineup. Scott will be fine, he’ll return to form. But why not let him get his mind right and get Pablo some time? What I’d really like to see is Gload get some playing time. I’m a big fan of Ross and think he’s going to contribute in a crucial way as we get deeper into summer.

I’m really interested to see how Javier sets the tone tonight. Going to my first game of the year Sunday and can’t wait to take in all the renovations. Let’s get after the Jays!

I’m a Gload fan too, but what can you do? Thome’s got one of the hottest bats in baseball, and Paulie’s just finding his groove. Ross’ time will come eventually, it’s just not right now.

Now, let’s keep these streaks going, another win and another homer for Jim.

Tonight, in textbook style, and for the THIRD time this season, Ozzie’s mismangement of pitchers cost us the game. Even from the upper deck–where I sit–anyone could see that Vasquez wasn’t fooling anyone with his breaking ball, and that the Jays were beginning to tee off on his fastball. But not Ozzie, to whom PRINCIPLE ONE (as I defined it before) is more important than a reasoned assessment of his pitcher’s effectiveness. The result: Vasquez is allowed to pitch until the game is lost.

To Tomquaid, Tre-pac, and anyone else who would like to see how managing SHOULD be done: witness John Gibbons, who DID NOT HESITATE to pull his ineffective starter in the third. Yes, he risked “depleting” his bullpen.

But the Jays got a WIN. And the SOX–while “saving” their bullpen–did not.

Kolsens, maybe Ozzie did leave him in a little long, but our bullpen didn’t exactly close ’em down either. He used more than a few of them as well so nobody was “saved” When you score 7 runs, you should win a game. What is going on with the pitching?

What a painful game…. but glad to see Pablo getting some time. He’s a great utility player and his bat is in the grove right now. Odd how this year is almost an exact 180 from last year…2005..situational hitting; not a lot of runs and great pitching. 2006 offensive comes alive, but pitching is a bit off. I have faith that we’ll get it together =)

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