Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Erstad, CF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Mackowiak, LF; Uribe, SS. Buehrle pitching.
So a bad day (Podsednik onto the DL after hurting his right adductor working out on Monday’s off day) goes to worse (last night’s result). The great thing about baseball is that there is always another game the next day.
From ESPN Radio 1000 host and Tribune reporter Steve Rosenbloom:
"Yesterday, the Cubs learned something the White Sox already knew. Don’t pitch to Geoff Blum in the 14th inning."
From Greg Walker, our hitting coach:
"We will be fine. We will hit. We just can’t panic."
From Ozzie Guillen about Sammy Sosa during his pregame meeting with the media. Ozzie was asked about a young Sosa who was his teammate with the Sox:
"We called him Zorro. You know, zip, zip, zip. Strikeout."
During last night’s postgame comments to the media, Ozzie reinterated that he would always walk Texiera to pitch to Sosa, and that Sosa should be ready to hit.
It did sound like Ozzie said that Sammy needed to get ready to "get hit," but he and our department quickly corrected any misperception of his comments. Everyone in the room at the time understood what Ozzie was saying. However, several televisions and a radio station carried the comments without explanation or correction.
Just to be clear: Ozzie was not saying that Sosa would get hit by a pitch. Throughout his career, Ozzie has pointedly said that teams should never hit an opposing hitter for being successful against them.