May 2006

Sunday

Sunday, May 21, 2006, 9:19 am

Today’s Lineup

Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Mackowiak, CF; Uribe, SS.  Contreras returns to the mound.

Roster Move

We will need to make a move prior to the game to make room on the roster for Jose Contreras.  We will wait until Jose gets to the ballpark to make it since we want to make sure he didn’t wake up with any strange soreness or sleep wrong.

Sunday Mornings

Are always a very quiet time at the ballpark.  As always happens after brawls and fights, guys are giving each other a hard time about how everyone looks in the various photos in newspapers (check out the back page of the Sun-Times) or on websites.

Ironic

One local columnist takes AJ to task for the incident yesterday, writing "this is what happens when you have a reputation, when you’re known as a sport’s reigning provocateur/punk …"

Later he labels AJ with terms like rabble-rouser, smart-aleck, instigator, aggitator, trouble-maker, a wise guy and annoying cuss, before concluding with "All this showed me is that baseball players can be little boys, some littler than others."

I guess he doesn’t like AJ, which is certainly his option, but this seems like such a severe case of the pot calling the kettle black that I laughed out loud while reading it.

Let’s see … punk, instigator, smart-aleck, rabble-rouser, troublemaker, wise guy … it seems like someone makes a living moon-lighting as just that character each weekday afternoon on ESPN.  Maybe he just doesn’t like himself.  Maybe that expains a lot.

No one deserves to be punched … ever.

Media Coverage

Kudos to Chicago’s newspapers for the amount of coverage given to this series and baseball so far this season. 

Frank Arrival

I mentioned in a earlier post, but we do have a video tribute planned for tomorrow night (pregame) when Frank Thomas returns to Chicago with the Oakland A’s.  We also have a special little tribute planned that we hope Frank and our fans enjoy one last time.

Welcome

Paul Sullivan, Tribune beat writer for the Cubs, has endured a tough season so far with his coverage of the team becoming a story in itself in local media.

"I don’t like being the center of the story," Sully said Friday. "It’s really not a big deal."

Manager Ozzie Guillen gave Sullivan, who has also covered the Sox, a big hug and then gave him a hard time about his season to date.  "We love you, Paul," he said.  I think he stopped short of giving him a kiss …

I am sure Paul’s reception in our dugout will make things even better for him on the other side of town.

But at least he knows he is loved …

Afteraction Report

Saturday, May 20, 2006, 4:03 pm

Random, Incoherent Thoughts …

Well, now, that certainly was interesting …

A hugely pro-Sox crowd today, even more than Friday …

White Sox vs. Cubs is never dull …

Why does this stuff always happen to AJ …

That really did seem like a cheap shot …

If you notice, AJ ends up far from the fight action …

Brian Anderson scored some big time clubhouse points in defending a teammate …

As did Scott Podsednik …

Ozzie Guillen was very clear that there would be no retribution from the White Sox …

BA sent along his hopes that John Mabry was OK …

Oh, by the way, Tadahito Iguchi homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in a career-high six runs …

When asked if he had ever seen this type of behavior in Japan, Iguchi replied, "sometimes" and smiled …

"Shame is that Freddy Garcia and Tadahito Iguchi will hardly be mentioned tomorrow," said Javier Vazquez.  "Everything will be about the fight" …

"You mean for the one inning I caught him," answered AJ to a question about how did Garcia look …

This might really help AJ’s Professional Wrestling career …

Wonder if Michael Barrett is interested in a cage match …

The White Sox reported no injuries from the melee …

Over two games and 18 innings, the Sox have allowed only one unearned run …

Tomorrow, we go for a sweep …

Go Sox …

Saturday

Saturday, May 20, 2006, 9:39 am

Today’s Lineup

Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Uribe, SS; BA, CF.  Garcia on the mound.

Today’s Lineup

Friday, May 19, 2006, 10:13 am

Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Mack CF; Cintron, SS.  Buehrle takes the mound.

The team arrived home around 1:30 am.  By 9 am Neal Cotts was in the clubhouse to work out ("I wake up the same time every day.  It doesn’t matter when I go to sleep," he said.).  Ozzie Guillen was going through mail in his office, and Joey Cora was bouncing around from task to task.

Friday of Cubs/Sox

Friday, May 19, 2006, 9:08 am

Sox-Cubs Pregame

Maybe it’s just me (and obviously, Ozzie), but the buildup to this series this year just doesn’t seem to have the same feel.  Maybe iOzzie_9
t’s too early.  Maybe it’s due to the season the Cubs have had so far.  Maybe it’s because the afterglow of last year’s postseason has dimmed this series.  Not sure, but it jsut doesn’t feel the same to me (and Ozzie).

Although he overstated the case a bit (surprise anyone?), Ozzie does have a point about the series from a go-to-work, get-my-job-done perspective for the front office, clubhouse staff and players.

But our fans are obviously pumped for this, and that is what is most important.  I hope Sox fans enjoy today and the weekend, but do so in a classy, fun manner.

We are speculating on what the mix of the crowds will be like this weekend.  Will Cubs fans show up here (and potentially subject themselves to the ribbing) or will they stay home and watch on television?  Will the weekend be a chance for White Sox fans to celebrate last October again and again and again?

It will be interesting to see.

Beware the Underdog

My own sense of this series is the "underdog" going in very often surprises the favored team.  I remember one year the Cubs were flying high and we went to Wrigley Field and sent them into a tailspin. 

We need to play well from the start today.

Long March

Put this in the "we really feel sorry for you" category, but I played Medinah’s Golf Course No. 3 on Wednesday with three media friends.  We walked with caddies and I am still sore.  I think I touched every tree on the course and maybe hit a ball off the short stuff five times all day.  I was brutal.  The course was magnificent, and I can’t wait for the tournament in August.  It is always amazing to see the PGA guys play the same course as you (say Medinah, Cog Hill or Castle Pines).  It really ends up not being the same course, but it is so amazing to see them play.  They really are that good.

Abuse

I have taken some good-natured abuse in the office today for forgetting my World Series ring at home (I don’t wear it too often).

"You have to wear it today," one employee chided.  "What a rookie mistake."

They are right.

More later as the day allows.

Leaving Tampa

Thursday, May 18, 2006, 4:31 pm

Tonight’s Lineup

Ozuna, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; Crede, 3B; Widger, C; Uribe, SS; BA, CF.  Vazquez pitching.

Contreras Side

Jose Contreras threw another bullpen today and reported no pain.  He is set to go Sunday once he comes off the disabled list.

Coaching News

Don Cooper, Harold Baines, Joey Cora, Art Kusyner and Greg Walker have all agreed to terms on multiyear contract extensions, while Tim Raines and the White Sox will decide on his position at the end of this season, his first as our bench coach.

Hey, We have a Date

Not sure if folks are still enthused about the idea of readers from this site coming to a ballgame together as a group.

Well, if you still think this might be fun, we have reserved space for up to 50 for the White Sox vs. Royals game on August 15 (tried to get a date when college students could attend). 

The deal is you get a ticket to the game (outfield), a pregame party in the patio (all you can eat and drink) and we will have a pregame event in the Conference & Learning Center with a front office rep or two.  Cost is $54 per person.

If interested, call Dustin at 312-674-5186.  First 50 responses, please.  If fewer than that, we still we have fun.

Sox-Cubs info

Check out our release yesterday with information and recommendations for fans attending this weekend’s games.  Gates open 2 hours before game time.

Sox-Cubs Pitching

Friday: 3:05 p.m. CDT, CSN

RHP Greg Maddux (5-2, 3.10) vs.

LHP Mark Buehrle (4-2, 3.42)

Saturday: 12:05 p.m. CDT, FOX

LHP Rich Hill (0-3, 7.63) vs.

RHP Freddy Garcia (6-1, 4.56)

Sunday: 1:05 p.m. CDT, WGN

RHP Carlos Zambrano (2-2, 3.34) vs.

RHP Jose Contreras (5-0, 1.41)

Tuesday

Tuesday, May 16, 2006, 5:32 pm

Tonight’s Lineup

Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Uribe, SS; BA, CF.

Let’s Go White Sox.

Monday Holdover

Monday, May 15, 2006, 11:28 am

Today’s Lineup

Pods, LF; Cintron, 2B; PK, 1B; Thome, DH; Crede, 3B; Mack, RF; Uribe, SS; Widger, C; Anderson, CF.  Freddy Garcia, 41-14 in day games since 1999, starts for the Sox.

Early Morning News

Jose Contreras is scheduled to throw a bullpen session before today’s game.

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Hermanson Update

Many of you have asked about the health of Dustin Hermanson.

He has started a throwing program in Tucson and will continue to increase his schedule as his endurance and pain threshold allow.  The next step after that would be for Dustin to go on a rehab stint to one of our minor league affiliates, although that remains to be decided in the future.


A Win is a Win

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According to our friends at Elias Sports Bureau, Mark Buehrle became the first pitcher since Jack Powell of St. Louis (remember him) on 9/29/1900 at the Cubs to record the victory after allowing seven runs in the first inning.  Powell, who tossed a complete game, earned the win as the Cardinals scored 10 unanswered runs in their 10-7 victory.

About Last Night

MetrodomefishThe White Sox won despite allowing seven runs in an inning for the first time since 8/21/01 at Kansas City when the Royals scored seven times in the first before the Sox came back to win, 13-12.  Jermaine Dye’s home run in the first inning last night was the 200th of his career.  A.J.’s home run in the fourth was his first since 9/1, a span of 56 games.

Triple Play Tidbits

Last night the White Sox turned the 29th triple play in franchise history and first since 7/7/04.  The last six triple plays in franchise history were:  5/14/06; 7/7/04 vs. LAA … ground ball to Joe Crede; 6/6/96 at Boston … ground ball to Robin Ventura; 6/15/86 at Sea.; 8/31/81 vs. Det; 6/22/80 vs. Det and 8/6/67 at Bal.

Charlotte Success

Not many have noticed, but our Class AAA club in Charlotte has gone 28-8 to open the season.  The Knights own an eight-game lead in the International League.

Josh Fields went 5-5 with a double, two home runs (his seventh and eighth) and three RBI (23) in yesterday’s 7-3 win over Louisville.  Jerry Owens leads the league with 27 runs scored.

Rowand and Fences

Friday, May 12, 2006, 1:31 pm

Aaron Rowand

A great story from lunch …

During our November budget meetings the fall after Aaron Rowand arrived in Chicago, Jerry Reinsdorf asked if we could add two inches of padding to the outfield wall, because "Aaron is going to need it."

We budgeted for the additional padding, and it went up before the next opening day.

Know Thyself

Friday, May 12, 2006, 9:48 am

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Know Thyself

I learned something about myself Wednesday night … I don’t have the temperament to watch a knuckleball pitcher start once every five days.  Watching drove me crazy.  It’s my problem, and I know I need to deal with it, but it has taken me a day plus to recover.

Nice Catch

How about that Rowand guy?  Now, fans in Philadelphia understand why White Sox fans enjoyed Aaron so much during his time here and still miss him.

Rainout

Yesterday was so crazy, I did not get a chance to post … so sorry.

The rain kep coming and the forecast was for more rain and cold, so we called the game just after lunch.  We tried to decided on a makeup date, but we could not get an answer yesterday since so many different groups are involved … players, the union, MLB, us, etc.

Sit tight for a makeup date.  The important thing to note is that tickets for last night’s cancelled game will only be good for the makeup game, whenever it occurs.

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