Monday, March 19, 2007
Sorry, between the off day (Thursday), demands on my time Friday and Saturday (broadcasts, meetings, etc.) and then yesterday (I rested), I haven’t posted for awhile.
I’m in Tucson today (so not at our game) but am heading up to Phoenix tomorrow for our game against the Athletics.
Jim Thome, Scott Podsednik and Jon Garland, among others, stayed here in Tucson to play in minor league games.
For those of you watching, I heard Juan Uribe picked up that rarest of spring training gems, an inside-the-park home run.
You also have gotten to see Adam Russell pitch again on today’s telecast. Keep an eye on this guy. He was a combined 10-6 last year at Winston-Salem and Birmingham. Adam is big, like 6-foot-8, 250 pounds big, and our minor league pitching guys now have him dropping down from the side from time to time. The closest comparison is Jose Contreras. Anyway, keep an eye on Adam and his pitching lines this summer. He has impressed this spring.
As I’ve said before, numbers can be misleading, particularly whey they involve Cactus League pitching. Yesterday’s outing by John Danks is a good example. He pitched well in the first inning and third. Was OK in the second and ran into trouble in the fourth. Not exactly what you want, but not quite as bad as the pitching line might lead you to believe.
Pitching Coach Don Cooper offered these thoughts today during the Comcast Sports Net broadcast.
"What that taught us about John Danks is that he’s got to change speeds," Cooper said. "In the early innings he was getting ahead of hitters. In the fourth inning he got fastball happy and forgot about his curveball and changeup."
Party In The Park
After Saturday’s game, the White Sox held their annual team picnic in back of the complex. In addition to food, drink and dip-and-dots (where were those when I was a kid), the afternoon’s fun included all kinds of kid-oriented giant blow-up toys. Many of the Sox players and staff, as well as families, came out to enjoy the weather and mingle with White Sox partners, staff and family.
Former coach Joe Nossek, in Arizona to visit his son, Scott, attended. It was great to see Joe and Jean.
Feel free to fire any questions you may have about the team, spring training, Tucson, etc. my way over the next day and I’ll try to answer what I can later this week.