Sox vs. DRays
Friday, May 25, 2007
Erstad, 1B; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Mack, LF; Uribe, SS; Terrero, CF. Buehrle pitching and going for his 100th career victory.
Among Ozzie’s pregame comments to the media …
Paul Konerko will miss tonight’s game due to a death in his family … he is expected back for tomorrow … with James Shields and Buehrle throwing tonight, the scouting reports say the game will go quickly … Joe Crede is back in the lineup … Ozzie spent most of the off day trying to catch up on sleep … he didn’t expect there to be any issues between AJ and Mark tonight … "We’re not friends out on the field, we’re family" … he is debating starting Toby Hall on Sunday against Scott Kazmir and again on Monday at Minnesota against Johann Santana … Scott Podsednik remains far away from a return … likely sometime in July.
The Sox have won 11 of their last 17 … with 19 stolen bases, the Sox rank ahead of just Oakland and Toronto … "So much for the Go-Go Sox," Guillen quipped … we have hit .306 over the last 10 games but still rank last in the AL with a .232 team average … Sox are 14-9 with Jim Thome in the lineup … Guillen is five victories short of 300 for his career … JD (11 game) and Darin Erstad (10) enter tonight on hitting streaks …
Toby Hall and Rob Mackowiak are scheduled to attend the opening of this summers White Sox Training Center camps at our fields in Mt. Greenwood. During the event, which is open only to campers, the duo will work with special needs ballplayers on the Miracle Field.
Tonight and Sunday
We are giving away replica 1977 hats tonight and Ozzie Guillen bobblehead dolls on Sunday. We sent samples around to the morning television shows, so you may have seen Patrick Elwood of WFLD and Pat Tomasilo of WGN-TV sporting the hats and perhaps Oscar Gamble-like hair on this morning’s shows.
Thanks A Million
At tomorrow’s game, fans have the opportunity to write thank you notes to the men and women of our Armed Forces who are serving this country overseas. Our hope is to generate 20,000 out of U.S. Cellular Field, thanks to Pontiac and GM.
Are moving fast … if you haven’t ordered your commemorative brick as part of the planned Championship Plaza at Gate 4 (debuts next year), act now.
As you spend the weekend holiday with family and friends, let’s all remember those who sacrificed "to the last, full measure" so that we can enjoy our freedoms.