Friday, April 20, 2006, 4:05 pm
Fun pitching matchup tonight. I was riding to a downtown studio this morning with Jerry Reinsdorf and mentioned how excited I was to watch Mark Buehrle against Johan Santana tonight.
"Forget the great matchup," Jerry said. "I just want to win. I wish Mark was pitching against their No. 5 starter."
I guess he has a point (but I am still looking forward to tonight).
Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; Crede, 3B; AJ, C; Uribe SS; Anderson, CF. Buehrle on the mound.
Everyone seemed to enjoy their offday. Ozzie Guillen shot a commercial for an automotive company, so his day wasn’t really "off." Several guys went golfing. A couple got their hair cut.
Ed Farmer, Roger Bossard and I spent the afternoon at Cog Hill competing for dinners. It was funny. Neither of us mentioned to Roger that his groundskeeping nearly cost Javier a no-hitter. Can you believe it didn’t even come up once in 18 holes?
Jerry sat down today for an interview with WMAQ TV’s **** Kay for City Desk (which airs Sunday morning). Kay is retiring soon and this is among his final shows.
After that, I had the honor of presenting a World Series ring to Mrs. Mary Frances Veeck. I met Mrs. Veeck and her friend, Mrs. Phillips, at their favorite restaurant. It was truly an honor for me to deliver the ring and express the appreciation on behalf of the White Sox for all the Veeck family did to help our organization. They, along with the Comiskeys and Allyns, share in last year’s victory.
The Royals sent only 91 men to the plate during the last series, 10 over the minimum. Pretty amazing.
Jim Thome has scored a run in 15 consecutive games to begin the season. No one in the modern era has a longer streak to open a year. Kenny Lofton and Red Rolfe own the AL record at 18.
To Ashley: I appreciated the kind words, but please, please, aim even higher than just my job. Bud Selig is leaving in a few years and that job might be open. We do hire interns each year, but they begin on Feb. 1 and run through Thanksgiving. You need your degree first, then contact us.
To Tom Q: I am willing to offer a set of 2006 media guides to the Sox fan who passes along the name of anyone (preferably another Sox fan) responsible for the very best random act of kindness. Competition closes on May 11. Right now, the leader is Maria Wegener. Top her, Tom, and the books are yours …
To reifer (no relation that I am aware of): The whole "cut your hair" business was made public by AJ on WSCR Radio. Ken was just responding to media questions and really wasn’t too thrilled to even be discussing the topic publicly.
Jerry again told me today that the issue is not about how long or short your hair is. It is about looking clean and neat.
On Nancy Faust: When negotiating her contract this season, Nancy raised the thought of only working day games. The idea seemed to work for both parties, so for 2006, she will only be heard (live) in the ballpark during the day. I am sure she and the White Sox are willing to negotiate if we are still playing in October (knock on wood).
Major League Baseball Productions is here this weekend for This Week in Baseball. They will have mics on Ozzie Guillen (good luck) and several other players this weekend, and will interview quite a few of our players for a show entirely dedicated to the White Sox. I will let you know when it airs.
Many of our players, including Juan Uribe, took in the Bulls game Wednesday night as guests of Jerry. During the game, Juan asked about getting a basketball signed by the Bulls (exactly how that conversation with Jerry went is an interesting question). Anyway, Jerry went into the clubhouse today to give Juan a ball. He was like a little kid, tossing it up in the air.
"This is going into my home in the Dominican," the shortstop said.
The team continues to give Paul Konerko a hard time. Today, his locker chair disappeared. In it’s place was a black, white and grey paded White Sox recliner with a golden crown sitting atop it. No respect at all.
Compliments of the President
Photos from our visit to the White House in February arrived today along with note cards reading, "Compliments of the President." Pretty cool.