In Game Scribbles
Monday, July 24, 2006, 8:22 pm CT
Ozzie wanted to give Jermaine Dye a start off. We justed Paul Konerko yesterday, and after the win, it was obvious Paulie had been the issue (sarcasm).
The TV schedule (Cubs/Sox/Bulls/Hawks) is predetermined each year. I don’t know all the intracacies to it, but my bet is it balances out over the course of the season on Comcast (in terms of which team is televised when and where). I will doublecheck tomorrow with Bob Grim of our broadcasting staff.
Said hello to Sandy Alomar before the game. Seems strange to see him wearing uniform No. 26. Mike MacDougal was supposed to land at 7:20 pm and head right to the ballpark. He will wear uniform No. 47. The Royals had an off day today, so I wonder where Mike was when he heard the news (golfing? asleep?).
I remember when Bill Simas (pictured) arrived at the ballpark one night in the middle of the game and was pitching by the eighth inning.
Simas was one of the funniest guys around. Kirk McCaskill used to keep a computer file of all the strange/stupid/funny things Simas would say in the bullpen. I wish I still had that file.
Our annual Picnic In The Park was last night after the game. The Charity event, which helps Chicago White Sox Charities raise nearly $200,000 each summer, was a smash hit.
Bobby Jenks stole the show. He and his family stayed the entire night, as did several players, including Ozzie Guillen, Freddy Garcia and their families, to see the fireworks show at dusk.
Bobby was like the pied piper, standing out in the outfield surrounded by every kid in the ballpark. He ran with them. Threw candy to them. Played catch with them by throwing the ball into the air. My guess is that there is a new generation of Jenks fans this morning after the time he spent with all the young Sox fans.
I wonder who was the biggest kid in the bunch?