Alive and Kicking
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
After coming down with the flu the last week in Tucson, packing, traveling to Memphis for the Civil Rights Game (what an experience) and then landing in Chicago, I’m back to posting. And of course, MLB has made all kinds of changes that have forced me to catch up a bit.
What a game with all kinds of twists and turns. In the end, it’s one game, but we shouldn’t have had a chance and end the day feeling like it was one we coulda won.
Looking forward to game two tonight in Cleveland.
Lineup: Swisher, CF; Cabrera, SS; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Ramirez, CF; Crede, 3B; Uribe, 2B. Vazquez pitching.
Old Stereotypes Die Hard
The Associated Press came out with its annual estimates of team payrolls and player salaries today. Those “ever-cheap” White Sox again rank fifth in baseball, according to the AP numbers, in payroll at 121 M.
The Top 10: Yankees, Tigers, Mets, Red Sox, White Sox, Angels, Cubs, Dodgers, Mariners, Braves.
Notes From Opening Day
Jim Thome recorded his 41st career multihomer game to become just the third player in White Sox history to hit two home runs on Opening Day, joining Sammy Sosa (1991) and Minnie Minoso (1960).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was just the second time in Thome’s career that he has hit two home runs in one game vs. a left-hander, with the first occurrence on 6/20/04 off Kansas City’s Dennys Reyes at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Thome entered the game 0-11 lifetime vs. Sabathia, who himself gave up two home runs in one game to a lefty for just the second time in his career. Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki was the first to accomplish the feat off Sabathia on 7/30/05 at Safeco Field.
Mark Buehrle made his sixth career Opening Day start, second-most in Sox history behind Bill Pierce’s seven, and Paul Konerko made his club-record eighth straight Opening Day start at first base.
The 18 combined runs were the most in a Sox season-opener since 1960 when they defeated Kansas City, 10-9, at Comiskey Park behind Minoso’s two homers.