Saturday, April 15, 2006, 11:25 am
Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Mackowiak, CF; Cintron, SS; Buehrle pitching.
Juan gets another day off today with hopes that his sore side feels better. It is nothing major — he has had it since spring training — but Ozzie and Herm want him to get a break to fell 100 percent.
With the quick turnaround, the White Sox "banged" (canceled) batting practice before today’s game.
Last night’s loss was the tale of two games. Javier Vazquez looked sharp as we took a 5-2 lead through four innings. Then the wheels came off, things turned ugly and we walked away frustrated by a 13-7 loss. I do like how Mark Buehrle’s turn in the rotation always seems to come up at a very good time.
I mentioned yesterday about players and their mail and received a few emails about it. Each guy handles his mail differently. Some reply right away, some, quite honestly, might never reply.
Today’s starting pitcher Mark Buehrle is unique in that he makes it part of his pregame routine each start to answer mail. You will see Mark today sitting in the clubhouse, signing baseball cards and licking envelopes.
A frequent reader and poster, Tom Quaid, challenged our description of the final two outs of the World Series. Tom does a great job of keeping the comments to this blog witty and constructive, but I’m afraid we are going to have to agree to disagree on this one. We describe Juan Uribe’s lunge into the stands for out No. 2 as "a diving catch into the left field stands." Tom thinks it might be better described as "beyond third base." We don’t think that does it justice. Juan turned almost 45 degrees to his right and sprinted toward the stands about half-way down the left field line (Houston’s stands jut out like Fenway’s) and then lunged among the fans to make the catch as Joe Crede looked on from a couple of steps away. We certainly aren’t contending that Juan dashed past Scott Podsednik to make the catch reaching into the bullpen, but I think it is fair for us to say that Juan reached into the stands down the left field line (as opposed to a shortstop who cuts behind the third baseman to make the catch beyond third base).
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Tom’s other point is that Uribe earned the assist on the final play and therefore did not "record the final out." (Konerko did). We intentionally didn’t say putouts. Tom has more of a point here, we think, but we think everyone understands what we were describing … and by that time I think most of us were jumping up and down and pouring champagne over our heads.
What I find most impressive is that Tom was reading the final lines of Juan Uribe’s paragraph on page three of our nine-page daily games notes. Kudos for that.
Forgot to mention to everyone yesterday that our Chicago White Sox Charities Ring Raffle began at 10 am. You can sign up to win one of three chances (we are capping ticket sales at 100,000) to win an authentic White Sox World Series ring. Cost is $20 per ticket with proceeds going to CWSC. Thanks to all those who purchased tickets yesterday.
A few days ago, fans shared some of their secrets to attending Sox games in a cost effective manner.
This came in from one in-park reader to me directly:
The MasterCard grand slam ticket pack is $12.50 per person. This includes an upper deck reserved ticket and a coupon redeemable for a hot dog, soft drink and chips. There are 10 mid-week dates that offer this deal, and the opponents include two each for Min, Det and KC, one Cle game, one Oakland, Angels and Os. If this sounds good to you, click that link.
Mon: Joe Mays (0-1, 12.86) vs. Jose Contreras (1-0, 1.93)
Tue: Denny Bautista (0-1, 4.09) vs. Jon Garland (1-1, 13.94)
Wed: Scott Elarton (0-3, 3.60) vs. Javier Vazquez (0-1, 6.23)