Sunday, September 30, 2007
Owens, CF; Fields, 3B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; Pods, LF; Uribe, SS; Richar, 2B; Hall, C. Contreras pitching.
Day In The Life
So to give you a sense of the season’s last day in the clubhouse, here was my Sunday morning …
I grabbed a quick breakfast in the clubhouse lunch room, sitting down with PK. We talked a little about his new house in Phoenix, which should be finished sometime in November.
I stopped in to see Ozzie and the coaches. A gaggle of Venezuelan journalists are in town (mainly to cover Magglio, who will be the second of their countrymen to win a batting title in the big leagues) but also to see Ozzie. He held court for nearly an hour. Several of the journalists commented on our Spanish-language site and the possibility of adding content to it.
I wandered back to the training room to say hello to Herm Schneider and Jim Thome. I asked Jim if he liked the ceremony last night and what he thought of the special ring Jerry had commissioned to commemorate the milestone.
"Complete class," Jim said. "How about my daughter singing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballpark?’ Man …"
"Consider it all practice for 600," I said and we shared a laugh.
I worked the clubhouse, saying goodbye to everyone. Saw AJ and congratulated him on the contract extension.
Several of our players ducked outside to say hello to a few special fans and greet a group of ballpark employees who were being recognized.
Ozzie came into the dugout for his final media session of the season.
"Two things in baseball," he said. "Don’t believe what you see in spring training or in September.
"If you are in it in September, every game counts. If you are out of it, nothing counts."
Boxes and packing were everywhere as players, staff and media worked their way around the clubhouse.
Ed Farmer walked by and I wished him a quick flight home. Many of our guys are out of here later tonight, while a few will hang around until Monday.
I don’t care how poorly your season went (and this one was tough), it is always melancholy to see it end and to see a team part ways. You never know who among the group will be back for spring training 2008.
Ken Williams addressed the media in a season-ending session yesterday. You read many of the comments in today’s newspaper. I took notes (and we took video). My plan for tomorrow and the coming days is to send this out for you so you all know where we are hoping to head this offseason.
Otherwise, enjoy the final pitches of today’s game and start planning for Opening Day 2008.