Saturday, July 14, 2007
Owens, CF; Cintron, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; AJ, C; Dye, RF; Mack, LF; Fields, 3B; Uribe, SS. Vazquez pitching.
It’s Latin night at Camden Yards.
Tonight’s starter, Javier Vazquez, has tossed complete games in each of his last two starts on 7/3 vs. Baltimore (1 ER) and 7/8 vs. Minnesota (3 ER) … he is the first pitcher to record back-to-back CGs since Jon Garland (4/25-5/1/05).
Vazquez ranks third in the AL with a .235 average against since the 2006 ASB, trailing only Santana (.211) and Bedard (.234). He ranks fourth in that span with 206 strikeouts.
PK is second in the AL in home runs since 6/1, trailing ARod, 12-11. Thome has nine.
With a 4.03 ERA, Sox starters rank third in the AL, just ahead of Baltimore (4.10).
With 487 home runs, Jim Thome ranks sixth on a impressive list of active home runs leaders … the complete list: Bonds, 751; Sosa, 602; Griffey, 586; Thomas, 501; ARod, 495; Thome.
Two outstanding minor-league pitching outings last night … Jack Egbert improved to 9-7 when he went 7.0 IP, allowing no runs, just two hits, no walks and 13 punch outs at Class AA Birmingham.
At Class A Kannapolis, Fautino De Los Santos, who appeared in the Futures Game, allowed one hit and no runs over 7.0, striking out 10. He did not talk a batter but did hit one. He has struck out 108 in 87.2 IP this summer.
Field of Greens
I’m stopping by the television and radio booths tonight to talk about our annual Field of Greens Golf Outing. The best-ball outing (so you don’t have to be a scratch golfer), scheduled for August 6 at Harborside Golf Course, is a great time and raises close to $100,000 annually for pediatric research at Comer Children’s Hospital at UC and at Children’s Memorial.
Foursomes are still available, you will be matched with a White Sox or Chicago sports celebrity, and cost $500 per golfer. If you are interested, call Laina Myers at 312-674-5391 to book a foursome. It’s a great day for a great cause.
Someone asked if we would be selling pink tees at the ballpark next homestand. Demand was so great that we sold out what we had at the ballpark. You can still get them on-line at whitesox.com, so for now, I suggest ordering there. We are discussing trying to sell at the park again, but it may not happen for a variety of reasons. I am told, the tops run a little small.
Again, proceeds benefit Chicago White Sox Charities.
Call for Authors
We are looking for a suburban, female White Sox fan who is willing to write a story about taking her family to the ballpark for a game … how do you get to the park, where do you park, what do you do before and during the game, what do you like to eat, how do you get home, what are the best things about the game and the ballpark, etc.
If you are interested, post a quick note here, in 50 words or less, on why we should select you to keep a one-game diary of a Sox fan. Humor and a passion for all things White Sox Baseball are pluses.
In the future, my thought is to have others write about their favorite ballpark trips. Initially, we thought of having a writer do the stories for us, but then we thought what’s better than having Sox fans write the pieces themselves. We’ll find a place to publish and have some fun with it.
Before the game, Ozzie was asked about ARod and expectations that his salary might top $30 million.
"Good for him," Guillen said. "I wish I was his son … but if I ever had that kind of money, one thing I’m not going to buy is a private jet. It’s Southwest for me."
(See Ozzie’s travel headaches from Thursday morning).
Jim Palmer and Ed Farmer were talking before the game, and Ed had the Hall of Famer sign a baseball for a pitcher on our staff.
Palmer listed HOF and his Cy Youngs along with his signature.
"Pretty impressive," said the pitcher.
My very first manager, Jeff Torborg, was in the house today visiting in our clubhouse and laughing with Ozzie. I started with the White Sox in July 1991 and Jeff was the manager until the end of that year.
I was young and naive (some would say I still am but that’s another story for another day), but I knew when he asked for a New York Mets media guide for our flight home after the season-ender in Seattle, something was up.
In re-reading your comments from recent days, everyone seemed to note how exhausting it was to try and follow the Buehrle negotiations. We all agree. That’s one of the reasons we try not to negotiate in the media and why we always try not to negotiate in season.
Negotiations, as are there nature, take highs and lows, left turns and right turns until they reach a conclusion. Even the day we ended up signing Mark, I went to work that Sunday not sure which way things would turn. The situation was that fluid.
For comparison’s sake, the Konerko negotiations post World Series win probably were not any different. But they were not nearly as public. You’d go crazy if you let yourself go up and down with each phone call, each discussion, each offer and each counter offer. We know, because we all — front office, player, manager, media, fans — just went through that. No fun, but what a great ending.