Cut Down Day
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Roster Decision Day
Following today’s game, the club will make its final decisions on the 25-man roster, so stay tuned to whitesox.com for our official announcement.
Tomorrow, we play a noon game against the Rockies with one lineup while everyone else flies to Birmingham for our exhibition game tomorrow night. Then, it’s on to Atlanta for exhibition games Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
Do you think there is any chance AJ figures out a way to stay in Atlanta and watch his beloved Gators?
Sunday, the team works out in Chicago at noon, which then brings us to the day we have all been waiting for … OPENING DAY.
Some people have asked why we wait until after the game to announce moves. I have two examples, one sad and one gulp.
The sad one came just a few years ago when Brian Simmons, an outfielder who had earned a job on the big-league club, went down in a heap rounding second base in the final game in Tucson. It turned out he had ruptured his achilles (which I had also done). Brian re-habbed, but it is safe to say he never was the player he could have become.
Another time was during the season. We were making a player move after a game on the road. It was a travel night, so the newspaper writers weren’t even going to head down to the clubhouse after the game. Because of their deadlines, it reached a point where I either had to tell them the move while the game was still going on, or stay quiet and have them mad that they didn’t have the move. So I told them to try and help. The minute after I told them, a hitter lined the ball off our pitcher’s leg (the guy who was going to be sent down). As a result, instead of being sent down, he was heading to the disabled list. Now, the news was out (even though it didn’t happen) and we had to worry that early editions would be wrong. So I learned a lesson.
I’ve been back in Chicago this week preparing for Opening Day and getting our new press box in shape. I think people will be pleasantly surprised by what they see.