Saturday, July 22, 2006, 3:58 pm
Ozuna, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Uribe, SS; Anderson, CF. Garcia takes the hill.
Ozzie held a quick team meeting after the game last night and pregame today gave the media some idea of what he told the club. He stressed that this team has 58 wins as of July 21 and had nothing to hang its head about. He wants to see guys having fun for nine innings and playing with enthusiasm.
We went through a streak like this last year that was even longer. We need to learn from that. The difference is that last year we had built up a large lead. This year, the Tigers have played better than us. Tip your cap to them. But nothing is over. Last year definitely should have taught us that lesson.
Ozzie thinks some of our guys put too much pressure on themselves when the team is playing poorly. Everyone goes through stretches like this during the season, it is just a matter of how quickly you can snap out of it.
Ozzie also stressed that our starting pitching needs to be more consistent. "They know it, Ken Williams knows it, I know it, Don Cooper knows it, the media knows it and our fans know it," he said.
Several players were out early again today working on bunting skills and situational hitting. Working with the guys were Ozzie, Joey Cora and Tim Raines, all renown bunters in their day.
"We are going to keep working on this until we get it right," Guillen said. "And the reason all these guys are out here is because we are a team. If one fails, we all fail."
Guillen promised extra work Monday and Tuesday before night games if he doesn’t see improvement in execution.
Roland Hemond Award
Tonight, the 2006 Roland Hemond Award is formally presented to Ryan Devlin, the Sox fan who sold his World Series tickets in order to pay for a trip to New Orleans last year to deliver relief supplies he had collected himself.
Roland will be in tonight to present the award himself.
Luis and Nellie
Tomorrow, we will unveil this year’s sculptures in right center field. The two statues show Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio turning a double play around second base. Joanne Fox and the Aparicios will attend the pregame ceremony.
Early reviews of the sculptures have been outstanding (if we say so ourselves). Tomorrow, you can judge.
Our special night on August 15 is now sold out. Thanks for your support. I look forward to seeing you (meeting you in some cases) there.