Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007
After a computer hiccup from Tucson yesterday, finally, I am able to post. And finally, after a long, cold winter (especially in Chicago the last few weeks), the White Sox took the field this morning for a workout.
First the pitchers and catchers went through morning physicals with our media workroom turned into a lab, complete with the lingering smell of rubbing alchohol.
Several new faces in the clubhouse this year and part of the morning dealt with introductions. Several of the new pitchers, Andrew Sisco, Gavin Floyd among them, are huge (in a good way). With Matt Thornton and Andrew Sisco, you won’t find a team with larger left-handers.
Spring Training’s routine doesn’t change. Stretching, followed by playing catch, pitcher-fielding-practice (which after last October no one jokes about) and defensive drills. Then the pitching staff, which is broken into Group A and Group B throws bullpens on a row of mounds. Today was Group A’s turn, while Group B goes tomorrow.
Among the impressive sights on the first day were how Mark Buehrle threw the ball and the live arms of several of the young players.
Javier Vazquez only took part in the workout for a few minutes today before being sidelined with the stomach flu. Carlos Vazquez felt tightness in his hamstring so did not throw. Both are expected to feel better tomorrow.
After a long, too quiet winter for this blog (I apologize again), my goal is to begin posting each day with news, notes, quotes and comments from camp.
News that I am climbing back into the blog saddle again will be met with cheers and jeers from various readers, so feel free to let me have it.
Tucson’s temperature today is around 80 with not a cloud in the sky. Don’t hate the messenger. Don’t worry, Chicago, spring will come.