Odds & Ends & Odds
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Lost In Translation
Juan Uribe never ceases to surprise. Late Friday afternoon, the AP ran a story from the Dominican quoting Juan as stating that he may have to miss the 2007 season because of charges made against him in October.
For those in the media who cover the White Sox (and for those of us who know Juan), he is very quiet by nature, not saying a whole lot in Spanish or via translator. Everyone was very surprised to see so many quotes from Juan and obviously, to read him questionning his availability for the 2007 season.
But in the Spanish-language version of the story, there are actually four comments from Juan, with the final one saying that he hopes this doesn’t make him late to spring training. So in that single story, his quotes ranged from missing the 2007 season to being late for spring training.
The next day a story ran with Juan correcting the impression that the 2007 season was in doubt. We certainly expect him to be in spring training. His representatives are hopeful that this case can be resolved before spring training or adjustments can be made so that his baseball status is unaffected. So while things can change over the next six weeks, this appeared to be much ado about nothing.
Each time this happens, it feels like a big game of telephone.
How intolerable will AJ be in spring training now that "his Gators" are National Champions in basketball and football? As I write this, he is making the rounds of the Chicago sports radio stations.
Good to see Harold Baines receiving consideration for today’s Hall of Fame announcement. Let’s see how much support he receives today, and hopefully, his candidacy will continue to grow.
Yesterday was the annual Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities luncheon at U.S. Cellular Field. The CBCC group, led by Bill Pierce, does a fabulous job during the year raising money to support cancer research in Chicago. Their big event each year is a baseball celebrity golf outing at the All-Star Break. At yesterday’s luncheon, hundreds of thousands of dollars were presented to Children’s Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Hospital to support their programs. Ron Kittle, who donates money to CBCC from his annual Golf outing, and folks from the Windy City Sox fans also attended and contribute to CBCC.
Pierce first became involved in CBCC years ago after retiring. I can’t imagine how many millions of dollars he has helped raise to fight cancer. A great pitcher, he is an even better person. He is in my Hall of Fame.
This from Mike Berardino’s column in The Sporting News (1/8/07):
" … a rival executive says White Sox GM Kenny Williams got good value in LHP John Danks and RHP Nick Masset, even though neither has thrown a pitch in the majors (Reifert note: Masset actually did pitch for the Rangers in 2006). ‘You’ll be hearing about those guys in another year or so,’ the executive says. ‘I really like Danks. His fastball is 90 to 92 mph and he can sneak it by you. If the other kid materializes, it could be a great deal.’"