Thursday, June 22, 2006, 6:36 pm
Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; Konerko, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Mackowiak, CF; Uribe, SS. Garcia pitching.
Batting third for the Cardinals is Albert Pujols.
Which brought on the discussion of 1. would you rather have Pujols miss tonight and miss the Tigers series; or 2. would you take facing him tonight since it means he will play in all three over the weekend.
I picked 2. Let’s hope I am correct.
Another Boring Day
And I thought October was busy!
Ozzie was suspended for tonight. David Riske was for three games (he appealed). This is all standard for when a manager and pitcher are ejected for hitting a batter after a warning was issued.
We dealt with the Dave Duncan interview and comments on WSCR. He was pretty rough on Ozzie on a number of topics, however, the one issue he called him a liar about seemed to ultimately be based on a morning newspaper’s mistake on whether Ozzie said "told" or "called." He said told.
Then The Commissioner handed down his ruling on Ozzie comments from Tuesday. He fined Ozzie and undisclosed amount and ordered Sensitivity Training (to be arranged by the club).
Jerry Reinsdorf had been talking to Mr. Selig over the course of the two days. The organization certainly supports the reprimand made to Guillen, and we feel to also punish him with a fine would in a sense be double jeopardy.
Oh, By the Way …
We have won six straight and have moved within one game of Detroit.
Remember the frustration we all were feeling with Juan earlier this season? Suddenly, his streaky nature has flipped, and the shortstop is hitting everything with authority.
Game time …