Sunday, July 29, 2007
Owens, CF; Cintron, 3B; Thome, DH; Dye, RF; Mackowiak, 1B; Uribe, SS; Pods, LF; Hall, C; Richar, 2B. Vazquez pitching.
Picnic In The Park
Our annual Picnic In The Park, brought to you by LaSalle Bank, takes place tonight after the game. The event sold out once again this summer. If you have not had a chance to experience the evening on the outfield grass, fireworks, etc., I highly recommend it. Proceeds from the event go to support Chicago White Sox Charities.
After the event, I am joining Ozzie and Ibis Guillen in a flight to Bristol, VA to watch Oney Guillen play for the Bristol White Sox on Monday night. Following that game, we fly to New York and arrive at about the same time as the team does.
I’ll try to catch up and post on Tuesday about our day in Bristol on Monday.
I happened to walk into the clubhouse with Mark Buehrle yesterday. The new dad had driven up from St. Louis during the day and then of course, pitched his usual 2 hour, eight-minute game. MB was showing off photos of his son to Ozzie and the coaching staff before the game.
"Good luck on the sleep," someone offered.
"So far, so good," Mark replied.
Best of luck to Tad over in Philadelphia. Honestly, I have struggled a little understanding the response of some to the trade. I will forever appreciate Tad for what he meant to our 2005 team, his willingness to change his role as a hitter when he arrived here, and the steady defense he played during his time here. But he was going to be a free agent after this season, with no compensation to the club, and this deal gives him an opportunity to reach postseason again. Rather than ripping the club, my guess is that he is happy and looking forward to his next two months. For us, this trade was as much about opening playing time for Danny Richar so that we can see if he can compete at the major league level. If he can, which we certainly hope, then that’s one less need going into 2008. One thing I have learned, is that you should be very skeptical about players who come up in September, shine and are given major league jobs entering the next spring. September baseball — often played against teams out of the race and featuring many new additions to the roster — just doesn’t give you the same read on a player as July and August. Now, we will know.
Had we hung onto Tad through the end of the year, the end result likely would have been that … we would have paid him an additional $1 million, after September 1 he would have not played as much as Danny Richar played more and more, and then he would have left after the season to try free agency. I understand the disappointment in seeing a favorite player leave, but I would argue he is in a better situation for August and September, and the White Sox are in a better situation vis-a-vis Richar.
The only other criticism is that we did not get enough for Tad. To this, my response is that the market truly does set itself. All 30 GMs are constantly on the phone this time of year, gauging the market for all of their players, looking at a myriad of possibilities. According to KW, there wasn’t a market for Tad prior to Chase Utley’s getting hurt. When he did, it gave us the opportunity to move Tad and clear the spot for Danny.
The only other option I see for teams (and I certainly am no expert) is to wait until the very last minute on Tuesday in the hopes that some other team becomes deparate, through injury or a move by its competition, and is willing to overpay dramatically for a player. Of course, the risk there is that the deadline passes with no deal.
Is set for September 27. If you want to be a part of the evening (or maybe just want to come and yell at me to relieve frustration), contact Dustin Milliken at 312-674-5186.