Playing With Numbers
Monday, January 7, 2008
A group of us from the front office attended the funeral service for devoted White Sox fan and Tribune sports/celebrity columnist Terry Armour on Friday morning. Turnout was overwhelming.
Terry’s mom, Elaine, was the cause of his lifetime Sox fandom.
"He loved his White Sox," she said. "Did you know that when they won the World Series, he cried. He actually cried."
And she added with a chuckle that she wanted one flower arrangement to read, "Now that you’re up there, put in a good word for us to win another."
I was saddened this weekend to learn of the passing of pitcher Gerry Staley, one of the bullpen stars from the 1959 pennant-winning White Sox team.
You can read the article from his local newspaper here
by clicking on this link.
I also took a trip up to Highwood on Friday to check out the latest work on the art piece that will be installed in the middle of our Gate 4 brick plaza in early April.
The bronze and black granite piece is really going to look great.
Weekend passes to SoxFest go on sale tomorrow at $70 each. In the past, we offered single-day passes, but we felt fans who did not have weekend-long passes would prefer to have two-day passes rather than single day. And we’re able to offer a few more this year, so we actually will take care of more fans. Visit whitesox.com for the info.
A Tale of Two Players
Let’s see if you can figure out who the following two players are (these are their averages over the past three years in the majors):
Here is a list of minor-league pitchers traded by the White Sox since October 2000 (let me know if we missed any):
Fautino De Los Santos
I guess my point is this. I don’t think many White Sox fans have lost sleep over trading the pitchers on this list. Off the top of my head, I remember gnashing of teeth when we traded Myette, Fogg, Guerrier, Valentine, Meyer and Lumsden. Josh Fogg has been the most successful ex-Sox minor-league pitcher, but even Josh has moved on from Pittsburgh to Colorado since originally being dealt.
Fans and critics are concerned about trading away prospects. From what I have experienced, reality seems to consistently fall short of promise when it comes to actualizing potential.
The best Sox minor-league-pitcher-to-successful-big-league-pitcher in my time here is Mark Buehrle. And it’s safe to say he was "below the radar" for almost all of his career.