Sunday, May 13, 2007
Happy Mother’s Day
To all moms … enjoy your day.
Ozuna, DH; Uribe, SS; Dye, RF; PK, 1B; Crede, 3B; Iguchi, 2B; Sweeney, LF; Terrero, CF; Molina, C. Vazquez pitching.
Let’s hope last night’s ending gets JD rolling …
Walkman … the White Sox have walked just 22 times in the last 12 games (1.8 per game), all without Jim Thome in the lineup. In the first 21 games, all with Thome on the roster, the White Sox drew 97 walks (4.6 per game).
The White Sox are tied with Boston for third in baseball with 11 come-from-behind wins … Atlanta (13) and Tampa Bay (12) lead.
With 23 solo home runs (out of 37) the Sox rank third in the AL behind Tampa Bay (28 of 43) and Toronto (24 of 40).
On 5/13/57, White Sox pitcher Bill Pierce became the first member of the organization to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Earlier this year, our sculptor borrowed Bill’s 1959 uniform and game glove to use as models for Pierce’s sculpture, which will be unveiled on July 23. I met Bill and his wife Gloria before the game last night and passed the items back to the lefty.
I brought my 10-year-old to the game with me today. During BP, Ozzie gave Taylor the pink wristbands he was wearing for Breast Cancer Day. Made Tay’s day.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Beautiful night at the ballpark
A different look …
Erstad, CF; Uribe, SS; AJ, C; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; Mack, DH; Crede, 3B; Iguchi, 2B; Sweeney, LF. Buehrle on the hill.
Alex Cintron has gone back on the bereavement list and Andy Gonzalez is on a plane as I write this to take his place on the roster. He will arrive at the ballpark during the game.
My wife and kids will be at the game tonight, their first since the special night in April. And guess who is pitching?
Random Great Notes
The White Sox have gone 24-6 (.800) vs. the Royals since the start of 2004 …
Mark Buehrle enters tonight still looking to post his 100th career victory … with the win, he will join Red Faber, Joe Horlen, Ted Lyons and Ed Walsh as the only pitchers to record their first 100 career wins in a Sox uniform … Buehrle ranks 12th in our history with 99 wins …
Toby Hall begins his assignment with Class AAA Charlotte tonight …
John Garland, Mark Buehrle and Javier Vazquez, our three pitchers in this series, have combined to go 19-6 with a 3.21 ERA in 34 starts against the Royals since 2004 …
White Sox starters have lasted at least 6.0 IP in 17 straight games and 19 of the last 20 … the last time the team when at least 6.0 IP in 17 consecutive games was from 9/2-23/78 (20 games) …
Tomorrow, Joe Crede, Darin Erstad, PK, Gustavo Molina, Pablo Ozuna and AJ will use pink bats as part of MLB’s Mother’s Day initiative … players on both teams will war pink wristbands and the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness will be displayed on uniforms and by all on-field personnel … the pink bats will be auctioned off at a later date to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Friday, May 11, 2007, 5:29 pm
Erstad, CF; Ozuna, DH; Dye, RF; PK, 1B; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Iguchi, 2B; Uribe, SS; Terrero, LF. Garland pitching.
Lots of unpacking going on in the clubhouse after an eight-game, three-city road trip that seemed to take forever.
Now, the team is in Chicago for the next 17 days (15 games).
I saw John Danks at his locker and congratulated him on his first career victory. Then I noticed that four pitchers were listed for BP today — Danks, Vazquez, Jenks and Buehrle — in preparation for playing at National League ballparks starting against the Cubs on May 18.
Danks laughed, saying he had not batted since high school.
"It could get ugly," he said. "I won’t lie."
Inside the team lounge, Ed Farmer and AJ were going at each other … there’s a surprise.
It’s Dog Day tonight, which I have to admit I don’t get, but 500 very happy dogs and dog owners will be out to enjoy the night. No fireworks on home runs.
Cedric Benson is scheduled to throw out a ceremonial first pitch tonight, while Alex Brown is planning to take in the game tomorrow.
Ross Gload …
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Thanks for all the emails, messages and calls during my recovery. I underwent arthroscopic surgery on my right knee a week ago and laid low much of last week. All is well now and I am back on my feet, if limping.
Erstad, CF; Ozuna, DH; Dye, RF; PK, 1B; AJ, C; Iguchi, 2B; Crede, 3B; Cintron, SS; Sweeney, LF. Vazquez pitching.
Jim Thome, while still on the DL, is in Minnesota and plans to take some swings today. Juan Uribe, while not in the lineup, has re-joined the team.
One of the things we have tried (and are tyring) to add to our website this summer is more video. If you didn’t catch them, the last two newsletters contained some cool video stories shot during spring training. Those are now suppose to be on our website under fan forum. If you have a minute, check them out and let me know if you like them, want to see more of them or if you could care less. I’d like to know what you think.
A reminder as well that if you haven’t purchased your commemorative brick for the Gate 4 Championship plaza (to be unveiled next Opening Day), do so soon. Supplies are limited and we keep selling bricks (all of which benefits CWS Charities).
I have been told that both Leo de Caprio (spelling?) and John Cusak wore Sox gear to Saturday’s fight …