Thursday, May 4, 2006, 11:06 am
Today’s Lineup (same as yesterday)
Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Mackowiak, CF; Uribe, SS; Gload, RF; Contreras on the mound.
Jeez, what does a guy like Pablo Ozuna need to do to get in the lineup?
So helpful me goes into the clubhouse this morning and erases the lineup off the grease board because it is the same one as last night.
I go and find Joey.
"Hey," I say, "no one updated the board so I erased it."
"It’s the same lineup," he said. "You’re going to owe me for this one."
And he re-wrote the lineup.
Amazing, isn’t it, how sometimes you win games but they feel like you lost and sometimes you lose games but they feel like victories?
After last night’s wild game — each team tried to win and lose that game multiple times — I am glad today is a day game. Let’s get Seattle back on the field while they are still thinking about last night.
Many of the Sox coaches and players are heading to the UC after today’s game to catch Game 6 of the Bulls/Heat. Ozzie always wants to be close to the action, so he and Harold will be near the court. Everyone else will be taking the game in from the suites.
To both Joe Goddard and Ron Rapoport, who are retiring from the Sun-Times after decades of service.
Joe was one of the original beat writers when I began in 1991. There was a time when the baseball beat was the prize at any paper. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. The baseball beat is a
lot of work … 162 games, spring training, travel, no real offseason … that younger reporters now do it for a few years before moving on to something easier or in hopes of becoming a columnist.
Joe is among the last of a breed of guys who covered baseball year and year. They knew the industry and had better sources than anyone else. There are very few of those lifers left.
To Ron and Joe, enjoy the well-deserved retirement. For Ron, it sounds like sun and books. For Joe, I know retirement means gardening and visiting Civil War battlefields to walk through history.