Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 11:46 am
Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; Konerko, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Uribe, SS; Ozuna, 3B; Anderson, CF. Jose Contreras starts.
Random Thoughts about Yesterday
As we (Commissioner Selig, Jerry Reinsdorf, Kenny Williams and I) stood on the field at about 12:20 yesterday, we discussed who was standing where and who was doing what during the ring ceremony.
I tapped Kenny and said. "Stop for a minute and think about the conversation we are having right now."
Great to see Aaron Rowand, Willie Harris, Timo Perez and El Duque. Great to hear the crowd response to the four. It was bittersweet — there were smiles and tears — but it meant a lot to us to and them that they were at our ballpark yesterday.
After the game, employees received their rings from Jerry in a private reception. Lots of smiles and lots of tears there as well. So many White Sox employees have been with the team for decades, that this moment was so sweet.
Afterward, I took my family to dinner on Taylor Street. A table of three Sox fans (all guys) sat next to us. I was giving my wife a hard time, saying that a ring like this might get the attention of women at bars. At just that moment, the guys at the next table leaned over and asked to see my ring. They congratulated me on the season and thanked the organization for the great year. Then they went back to their table.
"Yeah," my wife said sarcastically with a smile on her face. "I am sure it will work with women, too."
See the site for more information, but we are going to raffle three authentic World Series rings for fans in order to raise money for Chicago White Sox Charities. Sales begin at the ballpark and online, on April 14. Tickets are $20 and we will cap sales at 100,000 (raising $2 million), meaning at worst you have three chances in 100,000.
This is being announced today.
Ring closeup and Joe Crede photos by AP, photo of Aaron, Jerry and Kenny by Getty Images.
Tuesday, April 4, 2006, 10:01 am
Excitement is in the air. Ring ceremony begins at 12:30 pm.
Pods, LF; Cintron, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Mackowiak, CF; Uribe, SS. Garcia pitching.
Not that he needed anything else to gloat about, but congrats to AJ Pierzynski and "his" Gators on their National Championship victory last night. AJ took a limo to Indianapolis for the game last night and then came back after the game.
Do remain for tomorrow’s game and Trophy Presentation.
Monday, April 3, 2006, 12:30 pm
For those of you who could not stay up late enough last night, good news, we won (and Jim Thome absolutely crushed a ball).
Amazingly nice weather at game time (despite the threatening forecast) but evidentually the torrential stuff hit. A couple of fans emailed us this morning angry the game was resumed. Just to clarify, once a game starts, the decisions to stop, restart or postpone are in the hands of the umpires. It was clear on the radar that once the storm went through (which was going to take a couple of hours), we could play again. Dale Scott, the crew chief, made the call to wait out the rain. You always want to get a game in if you can. We are sorry for those who went home, but hopefully the pregame ceremony left you with chills.
Those F-18s were as low as I have ever seen. Your heart skipped a beat.
How cool to see our players watching the big screen videos as they stretched before the game.
A few posters asked about putting that video on this site. I checked on that last week. Unfortunately, it is scripted to popular music. While we own the right to play this music in our ballpark, we do not own internet rights. So sorry.
After having his face swell up grotesquely because of an allergic reaction to something he ate, Jose Contreras is doing much better today and was at the ballpark this morning.
Our World Series championship rings were delivered to the ballpark today. They will be presented to players before the game tomorrow and to employees after the game. I can’t wait.
The Hall of Fame is bringing in the last 10 World Series rings for display tomorrow morning on all the television morning shows. We will see how ours looks next to the last decade worth of rings.
Any former player who can make it — Aaron, Duque, Willie, Vizcaino and Timo — is going to attend. The rest have games.
We did it quietly, but each member of the active World Series roster (and coaches/staff) was presented with a unique, specially designed watch prior to yesterday’s game. Each guy was called into Ozzie’s office, where Jerry, Kenny and Ozzie presented the gift to him.
Jerry told me this morning that several of the guys were really touched.
So what do guys do in the major league clubhouse during a rain delay? Basically, sit around in their underwear or shorts watching television.
Seems quite a few people, including our manager, are looking forward to the debut of Benchwarmers.
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).