Saturday, September 8, 2007
Owens, CF; Pods, LF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; Cintron, 3B; Uribe, SS; Richar, 2B; Hall, C. Contreras pitching.
Congratulations to Lance Broadway on his major-league debut and Heath Phillips on his first career win in last night’s wild contest.
Last night’s game marked the first time in major league history that both teams entered the inning tied, scored at least six runs, and ended the inning still tied (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau). Given the thousands of baseball games played over the years, anytime something happens for the first time, I am amazed. Credit to the guys at Elias for finding this so quickly, and credit to Pat O’Connell of our media relations staff for staying at the ballpark past 1 am to finish off last night’s game and prepare to todays.
Of course you start a nine-game September home game with a 13-inning contest.
Last night also marked the first time a White Sox team down by six or more runs in the ninth inning came back to tie the game (research thanks again to Elias).
Jim Thome hit is 496th home run as part of the exciting ninth inning. The LaSalle Bank sign above right field now features a "Thome Meter" countdown to his historic 500th home run.
Juan Uribe, "Profundo" connected on his 100th career home run in the second inning.
I stopped into the clubhouse to say hello to Ozzie before the game and ask how he was doing.
He is still very frustrated and angry about the season. He’d just reached a point in the season where he exploded during his postgame tirade in Texas.
"I have to be myself," Guillen told me, saying he couldn’t keep the anger inside any longer. "All during the trip, I saw fans cheering us on. In Texas, we were down by like 10 runs and there were guys in the stands urging us on, chanting, ‘Let’s Go White Sox.’ I felt awful, embarrassed by how we’ve played and that we let ourselves, Jerry, Kenny, our fans, everyone, down."
Guillen said his email after his eruption ran 10-to-1 positive. "Fans were writing saying, ‘What took you so long. We knew you cared. Way to go.’
"I’ve just got to be myself."
Anyone else think the 2007 Tigers are eerily like the 2006 White Sox trying to repeat?
Been There Before
We spent a lot of time over lunch last week trying to think of a comparison to this season. The closest we could come was 1995 when our team came out of the work stoppage of 1994/1995 and fell completely flat. It was the end of the 1990-1994 team. Our expectations then certainly didn’t match this year’s team (we hadn’t tasted a World Series yet), but the overall disappointment in not even being competitive was there.
I’ve written many times here about the development occuring around the ballpark, both in Bridgeport and Bronzeville. Many fans know what I’m talking about, but many other fans and our critics judge our neighborhood based on 1970 stereotypes. I chuckled this week when I turned the corner at State and 35th to see a Starbucks sign up as part of new construction. The sign read, "Open in 3 Days." (Opens Monday). Times to change. I can’t wait to see our neighborhood in 3-5 years.
College Football Saturday
Darin Erstad sat intensely in front of his locker several hours before today’s game watching his alma mater take on Wake Forest.
With Erstad, Jerry Owens (WR, UCLA) and Josh Fields (QB, Oklahoma State) in our clubhouse, we have the skilled positions covered. I know Scotty P was a high school football running back growing up in Texas.
I haven’t been a real consistent correspondent lately. Work has been busy … we already are planning for 2008 … and my spouse (whose soccer team is 3-0 entering today’s game) seriously hurt her ankle last weekend. With school starting on Monday for my kids, the past week has been insane. Sorry to not write much during the last road trip.
Don’t forget to buy your tickets for Blog Night 2007 on Sept. 27. Tickets are $31 and can be ordered through Dustin at 312-674-5186.