Tuesday, August 8, 2006, 3:32 pm
Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Mackowiak, CF; Cintron, SS. Garcia on the mound against New York and Wang.
I’m a little more suntanned and, in theory, a little more well rested after taking last week off. It was great to see that your on-line communications continued without me.
But I assume I am not the only one having trouble sleeping right now. We enjoyed a good (not great road trip), winning a couple of games we shouldn’t have and losing a couple of games we shouldn’t have.
Last night was not a very good start to an all-important stretch of games. One expert, who usually is pretty conservative in his estimates, claims we need to go at least 12-9 through August 27 to stay in the race.
We need to play better. We need to pitch better, and we need our bats to respond more consistently. Let’s see if we can get it done this homestand. I think we can. If we cannot, we will have only ourselves to blame. No one else.
I pulled off all the "votes" for the best Punch AJ lines and will have an intern go through your responses. Stay tuned for a winning line.
Is fast approaching. For those of you with tickets to the game as part of the group, bring your game ticket and patio ticket to the Gate 3 United Scout Seat entrance (look for the swinging gate) between 5:15 and 5:25 on August 15.
From there, we will get together for about 30 minutes in the Conference & Learning Center. At around 6 pm, you will be escorted to the Patio Party Area where you will have an hour or so to take advantage of the buffet.
Call Dustin at 312-674-5186 with any questions. See you there.
Not sure if anyone in Chicago saw it, but there was a great story in an Alabama newspaper about the reaction of Barons manager Chris Cron when a box arrived in the mail for him from Chicago.
Joe Crede had ordered a silver, diamond encrusted watch for Chris to commemorate the 2005 World Series Championship and thank Crony for his help in getting Joe to the big leagues. (Photo here by Mark Almond of Birmingham News.) Crede repeated the gesture for Nick Capra, another White Sox minor league manager.
And how can AL managers not pick Joe among the top three defensive third basemen in the league (see the most recent Baseball America)?
For all of you who purchased Chicago White Sox Charities World Series Ring raffle tickets, we will announce the three winning numbers this Thursday before the game with the Yankees. Check out the pregame show on Comcast Sports Net or whitesox.com for the winning numbers and details.
Congrats to Chicago for being named the No. 1 Sports City in the Nation by The Sporting News. Remember last year when we all were bemoaning our lack of attention? I’m not saying we have overcome that East Coast bias, but we have made a dent.