Cool Night in September
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Owens, CF; Fields, 3B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; Pods, LF; Uribe, SS; Richar, 2B; Hall, C. Garland pitching.
Blog Night 2
I am looking forward to tomorrow night’s Blog Night 2 event before our game with the Kansas City Royals at 7:11 pm.
Moose Skowron, Ed Farmer and assistant GM Rick Hahn will join us for a 45-minute session before the game. And of course there will be giveaways for the group.
Many years ago, Jerry Reinsdorf received an autographed Mickey Mantle Yankees jersey. The framed uniform hangs in his suite at the ballpark.
Since then, each time Jerry has had the chance, he’s had members of the 500 home run club sign the jersey. 21 members are on the uniform, including Ted Williams, Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, etc. Earlier this year, Frank Thomas signed when the Blue Jays were in town.
Today was Jim Thome’s turn. It’s fun to see the guys get very, very nervous as they hold that permanent sharpie above the cloth. They get a kick adding their name to a Hall-of-Fame list.
Jim signed without a hitch.
"That was more pressure than hitting the home run," he joked.
And while we still are on the topic of Thome, White Sox employees, from Jerry Reinsdorf to the newest intern, arrived at work Tuesday to find personalized signed photos of Jim’s 500th home run swing sitting on everyone’s desk.
His idea, Jim ordered the re-prints and then spent hours of his off day on Monday inscribing and signing the pictures. Employees were stunned.
What a class act.
Sox fan Richard Roeper penned a funny column in Tuesday’s Sun-Times, titled, "Many in city are immune to Cubs fever; Even if this is finally the year, Sox fans still got there first."
It’s worth the read.