March 2008

Surprise Monday

Monday, March 3, 2008

Today’s Lineup

Richar, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Fields, 3B; Dye, RF; Liefer, DH; Quentin, LF; Anderson, CF; Eldred, 1B; Armstrong, C.  Danks pitching.

Also throwing:  Wassermann, Jenks, Logan, MacDougal, Dotel.

Hermosillo

Guys had a great time in Hermosillo yesterday — other than the result — and laughed about how much easier it would be to get to Hermosillo compared to today’s bus ride to Surprise.

Comcast

Today is the first spring telecast by Comcast Sports Net Chicago, Ken Harrelson and Darrin Jackson.

It will be a first look for many of you at Alexi Ramirez.

Photo

Already the smart-aleck remarks have begun about my sorry new blog photo …

"I thought you wanted people to buy tickets," one friend wrote.  "Why have that be the first thing people see on your site?"

Love the support.

Good Morning, Hermosillo

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Hermosillo Bound

With half of the White Sox, including manager Ozzie Guillen, flying to Hermosillo, Mexico, for today’s 1 pm game there against the Dbacks, the rest of the White Sox, including yours truly, are preparing for our 1 pm game at TEP.

Minnie Minoso and Jerry Hairston are joining the team in Hermosillo.  Minnie and Jerry both starred in the Mexican League as players.  Hairston, who is in the Hermosillo team’s Hall of Fame, met his wife there and was married at home plate, prompting then-GM Roland Hemond to quip about the switch hitter, "I wonder what side of the plate he stood on?"

DYK the White Sox actually trained in Mexico City in 1907?  Hermosillo won the Carribean World Series representing Mexico in 1976 with Hairston on the team.

Today’s Lineup in Tucson

Ozuna, 2B; Cabrera, SS; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Quentin, LF; Bourgeois, CF.  Vazquez pitching.  Also throwing today:  Linebrink, Ohka, Vasquez.

Pitching in Hermosillo:  Masset, Day, Carrasco, Haeger, Russell and Childers.

Odds & Ends

The White Sox 3-1 record in Cactus League play is our best start since also going 3-1 in 2004 … leadoff hitters have gone 7-17 (.412) with four doubles, five RBI, four walks and seven runs scored.

We have scheduled B Games at Colorado on 3/6 and vs. the Rockies on Field 4 on 3/10.

Planes vs. Bus

Today’s trip to Hermosillo (via plane) will likely still be shorter than tomorrow’s trip to Suprise (via bus) to take on the Royals.  John Danks takes the mound, along with Wassermann, Jenks, Logan, Macdougal and Dotel.

Ban

No comments about the new photos on my Blog, OK?  We needed to change it up a little, so this is the best we could offer during spring training …

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