Royal Arrival

Monday, April 17, 2006, 5:32 pm

The White Sox open a three-game series against the Royals tonight at chilly U.S. Cellular Field.

Tonight’s Lineup

Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Uribe, SS; Anderson, CF.  Jose Contreras pitching.  The Royals are throwing Sox killer Joe Mays.

The Latin music was blaring in the clubhouse tonight before the game.  Let’s hope it is as loud afterward.

Hair (and we’re not talking musicals)

Ozzie Guillen and Ken Williams’ pregame meetings with the media were dominated by two things … tarps and hair.

During yesterday’s rain delay, Mark Buehrle sprinted across the tarp several times as the rain fell and slid headfirst to the cheers of the soaking fans.  He did the same stunt during a rain delay last season.

Given Mark’s importance to the team, Ken Williams was not pleased and fined Buehrle for the action.

"First off, his form stunk," Williams said.  "Did you see the picture in the newspaper?  I don’t really want his money, he should appeal the fine.  I just want him to stop doing it so he doesn’t get hurt."

Williams also requested/suggested/ordered AJ Pierzynski and Joe Crede to cut their hair.

"It doesn’t have to be short," Williams said.  "We’re not the Yankees.  It just needs to be presentable."

AJ and Williams were busy giving each other a hard time in the dugout.

"I don’t have a problem with it," Crede said as he passed by.  "He does …" pointing at AJ.

"He has a problem with everything," Williams countered, joking.

"I hope this is the worst thing I have to deal with this year," said Guillen who laughed when the episode was described as a soap opera.

It will be big news on television tonight.

Cool Promotion

The White Sox and the Sun-Times have teammed up to offer a pretty cool promotion for Sox fans.  Fans attending our game on Sunday, April 23rd will be given a mini-ballpark with spaces to hold mini collectible baseballs featuring players from this year’s team.  The player baseballs will be available in coming weeks and you can collect them all.  I think they did something similar with the Bears last year.  I’ve seen the ballpark and mini balls and they are pretty neat.

3 Comments

Simply awesome Jose!!!

I think Kenny and Jerry forgot where their team is from…South Side of Chicago, HOME of the mullet! The boys are just trying to be in touch with their fans! In all seriousness, the hair isn’t THAT long, i.e. old Johnny Damon days, but I guess the guys who sign the checks can dictate what they feel is appropriate. As long as we keep winning, I don’t care how they look. What a masterpiece by the pitching staff tonight. That’s what I like to see! Great game guys!

My first game at the park all year…and what a way to start!!! Where to start…Jose’s continued stellar pitching. Good solid work from Boone and Cliff. Defense back in form, and some GREAT offensive. Cold? what cold..didn’t feel anything but pleasure and exhiliration!! Way to go guys!! -Dawn

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