World Series Rematch
Friday, June 8, 2007
Owens, CF; Iguchi, 2b: Thome, DH; PK, 1B; AJ, C; Fields, 3B; Mack, LF; Terrero, RF; Uribe, SS. Danks pitching.
Dye needs another day for his knee.
The Astros just have to love coming back here to play us. It would really stink.
Tonight marks the return of El Caballo to U.S. Cellular Field. It was good to see Carlos. Let’s hope he is quiet this weekend.
The Sox and Astros have shared struggles recently.
Lance Berkman is appealing his suspension and is hitting third in the Houston lineup today.
Windy City Sox Fans
I went along with Ozzie to the Windy City Sox Fans luncheon at Polo Cafe this afternoon (if you haven’t eaten at Polo Cafe, you definitely need to. It is located at Morgan and 33rd on the left-hande side).
Ozzie signed autographs for the crowd and then did a Q & A session with WSCR’s Chris Rongey.
Among the best of his lines …
"Ozzie ball … remember that?" as Ozzie waved his hand in the air indicating how many years it’s been since we saw it.
He recounted his conversation with JD during last night’s game.
"You guys are boring," Guillen said to his right fielder with a chuckle.
"Remember, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish," Guillen quoted his right fielder as saying.
"We’ll," Ozzie answered. "Can you guys start tomorrow?"
On last night’s game …
"We played really well for seven innings and played like Fantasy Camp for two."
On his team’s late inning struggles …
"I am going to call Bud Selig and ask if the White Sox can play the seventh, skip the eighth and just play the ninth."
On Mark Buehrle’s pursuit of 100 wins …
"My wife and I drank that champagne (Guillen had been saving to celebrate) the other night," Guillen said joking. "I had been saving it, but I told her, let’s drink it, he might not win another.
"Now that I drank it, he’ll win No. 100.
"He should have won six of his last seven starts. Marks one of my favorite players on and off the field. He’s special, real special. He just wants to win for the team, not himself, the team."
On the Braves’ Class AA manager who was recently ejected for a theatrical display during a game …
"I called Bobby Cox to give him some strategy on the Cubs. I told him to hurry up and get ejected because I had a box of cigars to send him when he broke the record.
"I asked him if he could picture himself laying on the ground like that. He said, ‘yes, but who would pick me up afterward?’"
On what he likes best and worst about being a major league manager …
"What I like best is the game, the 2 1/2 to 3 hours of competition each night. What I hate most is the other 21 hours."
On using Bobby Jenks more …
"I can’t ask Bobby to take care of someone else’s responsibility and risk his being injured or not being available to us down the road."
On blame for the team’s performance to date …
"Who do you blame, the player making $15 million or the coach making $80,000? We’ve got the same ballclub as the one that won in 2005. We’ve just not performed. It’s always the coaches and managers who get blamed when the players don’t do their jobs. That just the way it is," he said with a shrug.
On Joe Crede’s health …
"I really appreciate the effort for him to play through the pain in his back. In the fifth inning of one game last week, he came up to me and said, ‘Ozzie, I don’t feel my legs.’
"Two days later he was back in the lineup."
To close the session, a fan told Ozzie:
"Ozzie, two years ago, you gave us the thrill of a lifetime. Thank you for that."
"My job is to get you another one. I want you to feel proud to be a White Sox fan and I want to win again so that I can make $50 million a year."
That’s all folks …