Going For Two
Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 5:10 pm
Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Dye, RF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Mack, CF; Uribe, SS. Buehrle on the mound.
So how nervous was everyone in the ninth inning last night? It could have been disastrous, but instead, you felt like "Bobby’s back." His velocity was there, guys didn’t have great swings at him … and low and behold, things worked out.
We need Mark to turn in a solid start tonight. Seems to me we have not hit Santana all that well historically, but he is only 1-0 with a 5.54 ERA against us this year.
We announced today that FOX-TV had picked up our home game on September 23, moving the start time to 12:15 pm from 6:05. Please note that. This change also means Friday night’s game against the Mariners will feature fireworks.
Also, we have made arrangments for the game on Saturday, Sept. 30, from Minnesota to be televised (network TBA). At first, this 11:15 am game (because of a Minnesota-Michigan football game in the Metrodome that night) was not going to be aired because of the FOX blackout.
Fair Is Fair
Since I have been known to point out issues I may have with certain columnists in town, I would be remiss in not mentioning that in today’s paper, one actually tells his readers how his quotes were obtained … a first that I can recall. One quote from Frank Thomas is sourced to The Sporting News and a second is written as "told reporters." At least a reader is made aware that the quote was not heard directly from the source’s mouth and that the columnist is relying on other sources. Not sure what brought about the change, but journalism professors everywhere applaud.
Not Quite Right
To clarify printed reports today, with his base pay and incentives, Frank Thomas will make about $3.1 million from the A’s this year … certainly a great deal for the Oakland team given the tremendous year the slugger has enjoyed (hopefully taking a turn for the worse with an o-fer this weekend).
On the other hand, Philadelphia is paying a part of Jim Thome’s salary in 2006, so that the left-handed slugger (which was a key on a right-handed dominant team in 2005) is costing the White Sox about $8 million.
I would say these are great bargains (given their production) for both teams. Both players are having comeback-player-of-the-year caliber seasons, both perhaps leading their teams to the playoffs, both great stories.
Seems a stretch to call it "Kenny’s Big Goof" as one columnist claimed.
Hotel packages to SoxFest ’07, scheduled for Jan 26-28 at the Palmer House Hilton (note new hotel) go on sale September 22 by calling the Hilton’s reservation number. The special SoxFest two-night stay rate is $249 (plus tax). A two-night stay allows you to purchase up to four weekend passes to SoxFest. This is the only way to obtain weekend passes. New this year … fans with hotel rooms do need to purchase the weekend passes ($75 per) are not included in the price of the room.
Individual-day passes will go on sale at a later date. By doing this we are trying to manage attendance (those of you who attended last year know what I mean about the crowds), move the event to a new venue and yet allow as many Sox fans as possible to attend at some point during the weekend.
Let’s Keep It Going Tonight …