Tuesday Night With The Fish
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Gonzalez, LF; Iguchi, 2B; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; Fields, 3B; Terrero, CF; Uribe, SS; Cintron, DH; Hall, C. Danks pitching.
KW And PTI
General Manager Ken Williams appeared on ESPN’s PTI this afternoon with hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. KW echoed many of his comments from yesterday’s meeting with the media, including:
"The only questions about Ozzie Guillen’s status are coming from people outside the organization. I am firmly behind Ozzie, and all of our coaches for that matter. They’re the right guys to lead this team. We’re not out of this thing. We’re all right. We just need to step it up.
"He (Ozzie) can’t quit, and I’m not firing him."
"We need to start believing we are as good as we think we are. It’s important that we keep the faith. Our fans have been wonderful with their support during this stretch. We hope that continues as we ride this thing out. There is a sense of emergency. We need to step it up.
"I decided we were a ‘buyer’ in October of 2000, the day I took over this job. I really haven’t known any other approach. We are always trying to aggressively pursue championship caliber players.
"Even this winter when some of our moves were interpreted as cutting payroll, we did not see it that way. For us, it is about acquiring assets that are going to help us win championships, either now or in the future.
"We did what we thought was right (last winter). We feel very good about our starting rotation now and into the future.
"When I told Ozzie I was coming out here to talk to you guys, he asked me what I was going to say. I told him, ‘Is it all right to throw your hands up in the air and shrug your shoulders on national tv?’
"We need to start anew. Let’s go. From today forward, let’s see how good we can be."
The Zapruder conspiracy theorists were all over the air this morning about the speed gun readings last night both in the ballpark and on Comcast’s telecast. This was news to me, so on the ride in this morning I called our scoreboard guy and Comcast.
The scoreboard gun did not work the entire game for some reason (no one could figure it out), and the Comcast gun was intermittent early in the game before stopping sometime in the middle.
No one will believe us, but this had nothing to do with Jose Contreras’ velocity. This type of speculation makes for interesting talk, but that’s about it. And as far as I know, no media person asked about it before going to the airwaves …
Several insiders were shaking their heads after reading a piece in yesterday’s Trib. You had to look deep into the sports section to find it, but there it was: "Sox Make Right Call On Garcia, McCarthy," the headline read.
"When White Sox General Manager Ken Williams traded Freddy Garcia and Brandon McCarthy in deals for younger pitching, he said those trades with Philadelphia and Texas would help the Sox in 2007, as well as the future," the story explained. "While only John Danks is delivering immediate benefits in Chicago, he probably will be right." (bold emphasis is mine)
So why the head shaking? Well, how many front page stories did Sox fans read in December, January, February and March about what a mistake these trades were and how we were just dumping Garcia’s salary?
With Freddy likely out for a long time, if not the year, we have Danks, Nick Masset, Gio Gonzalez and Jacob Rasner to show for the trades.
KW is probably right. If he had a better PR guy (some people call me a puppet), he would get the benefit of the doubt more often.
Oney Guillen begins his professional career tonight at Rookie Bristol in the Appalachian League under manager Bobby Thigpen. Ozzie will be all over the internet after the game looking for a boxscore.
To Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times for his devoted reading of this blog. Thanks to a mention by Joe, the number of visitors and page views to this site spiked last week. As dedicated readers know, we welcome all participants (it just increases our advertising rates and revenues, which as you all know, go right back into payroll).
Do you want to have another one this summer before college starts again? If so, let me know. We do have a decision to make. Do we:
A. Want to do the same thing as last year? (which limits our availble dates and also the number of people who can attend)
B. Just want to have a Patio Party? (which limits the program but not the number of fans)
Let me know your preference.
(I’m thinking of asking Joe Cowley to be a guest speaker)