Kansas City, Here We Come
Monday, April 23, 2007
Erstad, CF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Mackowiak, LF; Uribe, SS. Some guy named Buehrle on the mound.
Johnny Vander Meer
Very good story about Johnny Vander Meer and his accomplishment of throwing consecutive no-hitters on Page 2 of ESPN’s site today. To read the piece, click below:
Hall of Fame
I boxed up Mark Buehrle’s hat (still smelling of stale beer) and a ball from his no-hit start on April 18 and sent both items to The Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum in Cooperstown. The Hall has a baseball from every MLB no-hitter ever thrown. To this day, one of the cool moments in my career was taking a private, after hours tour of the Hall of Fame with the 1993 White Sox. I stood next to Wilson Alvarez as he looked at his encased ball and hat from his 1991 no-hitter in Baltimore. Made you understand the history of this game and what it means in about three seconds.
Rumor has Brian Bannister joining the Royals in time to start tomorrow’s game.
Buehrle has actually faced only 27 men in a game twice in his career. The left-hander also turned the trick on 7/21/04 in a 14-0 victory over Cleveland.
Congrats to Ozzie for celebrating his 500th game as a White Sox manager last week. Only three other Sox skippers had more victories in their first 500 games, Fielder Jones (304), Clarence "Pants" Rowland (303) and Al Lopez (286).
As much as Sunday’s conclusion hurt, I still had to remind myself that it was a pretty good weekend for the White Sox (and the Chicago weather). Two-game series are tough because you likely go 1-1, but let’s not let up against the Royals tonight and tomorrow. If you look at last year, we beat the Tigers regularly (12-7, 6-3 at home, 6-4 in Detroit), but they pounded the Royals, 14-4 (9-0 in KC), and we struggled in KC (4-5) in going 11-8 against the Royals overall.
Because of the Bulls playoff game, the Cubs game moves to Comcast Sports Net Plus while ours goes to Comcast Sports Net Plus Plus. Check whitesox.com for an up-to-date list of where to find CSN++ on your cable system. In most cases, I have been told it will be on the Total Living Network channel.