Saturday, June 3, 2006, 2:15 pm
Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; PK, DH; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Mack, CF; Cintron, SS; Gload, 1B. Vazquez pitching.
Herm Schneider determined that the tug Jim Thome felt was in his groin, not his quad as I posted yesterday.
It should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched us recently (and who knows how Ozzie runs a clubhouse) to hear we have special bunting practice before today’s game.
Our pitchers will begin taking bunting and hitting practice again on Tuesday in preparation for intraleague road contests.
Key members of our amateur scouting staff, including veteran scouting director Duane Shaffer, and members of our baseball operations department began meeting Friday to discuss this year’s First-Year Player Draft, which takes place Tuesday.
These meetings run throughout the weekend. This year we pick 29th (out of 30 obviously) because of our 99-63 mark in 2005, and the draft has been described by many as being pretty weak.
"That’s all right," Shaffer said. "We will always be willing to pick 29th."
The White Sox remain the only team in baseball that has not had a Top 10 pick in the draft since 1990 (Alex Fernandez, fourth overall).
Grace Under Pressure
Bob DeVoy, senior director of ticket operations for the Sox, announced his retirement, effective December 1, yesterday. Bob has been with the Sox for 34 years — 28 running the box office — and has survived two All-Star Games, four postseasons and a World Series. He will be missed greatly around here.
Beat The Pro
Several Sox — Paul Konerko, AJ Pierzynski, Jon Garland and Harold Baines — will spent their offday Monday having fun for a good cause.
All of them will take part in the 13th Annual Chrysler All-Star Shoot-out at Rich Harvest Links in Sugar Grove.
After a morning pro-am, the Sox, along with Richard Dent, Carlton Fisk, Jay Hilgenberg (defending champ), Bo Jackson, Jim McMahon and Stan Mikita will take part in a knock-out competition eventually crowning one champion in the end.
Various charities are the winners, so everyone should have a good time.
Our voting totals in the first announcement by MLB were disappointing, so let’s dig deep and see what we can do to promote our guys. Both Jermaine Dye and Tadahito Iguchi deserve stronger consideration given their seasons to date … Iguchi has a chance to catch the Yankee and Red Sox ahead of him. Let’s see if we can get a global "click for the gooch" campaign going.