Opening Day, Monday, April 2, 2007
Nothing beats getting to the ballpark early on Opening Day. The tarp is off, the grass glistens and the rising sun over the left field wall lights up the ballpark. There’s something special about being inside a ballpark very early in the morning, and Opening Day makes it extra special.
Sizemore, CF; Nixon, RF; Hafner, DH; Martinez, C; Blake, 1B; Delucci, LF; Peralta, SS; Barfield, 2B; Marte, 3B; Sabathia, LHP.
Ozuna, LF; Erstad, CF; Thome, DH; Konerko, 1B; Dye, RF; Crede, 3B; Iguchi, 2B; Pierzynski, C; Uribe, SS; Contreras, RHP.
The White Sox dodged raindrops to work out yesterday afternoon from noon to 2 pm. The rain forced the Indians inside to the batting cages located just behind the White Sox dugout.
After the workout, Jose Contreras, Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland and Javier Vazquez posed just beyond center field for the cover shot on program edition #2. Jermain Dye, Paul Konerko and Jim Thome grace the cover of edition #1, which will be on-sale today.
I asked A.J. if he had figured out a way to get to Atlanta for the National Championship game tonight.
"Nah, I can’t get there in time," he answered. I guess helicopters can’t fly fast enough.
By the way, who did you pick for the National Champion? I had three of my Final Four correct as well as tonight’s game. I have OSU beating Florida, 74-69. We’ll see what I know.
Another hot topic yesterday was the re-location of the press box to the 400 level just down the right field line (starts at first base). The old press box has been turned into the Jim Beam Club, which is a stunning club/restaurant/seating area on the 200 level.
Well wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Shanda Farmer, daughter of White Sox radio voice Ed Farmer. Shanda, who was in a car accident in LA over the weekend, is home now recovering. Ed is going to miss today’s game to be with her, but he will fly in tomorrow and be on the air on Wednesday. We hope Shanda continues to do well.
Steve Stone is filling in for Ed today on WSCR.
Opening Day Notes
Bob Beghtol and Pat O’Connell of our media relations staff do a terrific job each day with notes for the media. They compiled many pages for Opening Day, so rather than try to pick the best to share with you, just check them out on our website.
WGN-TV has a hilarious segment today in which Pat Tomasilo interviewed Brett Smalls from The South Side Chicago Board of Tourism. Classic.
There truly is something special about Opening Day.