Saturday, April 12, 2008
Just spoke to Roger Bossard, king of all groundskeepers. Sounds like today (and tomorrow for that matter) will be a lot like Friday night in terms of weather. He thinks we’ll get both games in but it will be cold and wet.
Swish, CF; OC, SS; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Quentin, LF; Crede, 3B; Uribe, 2B. Floyd pitching.
It takes an awful lot to make Jim Thome that mad …
According to witnesses on that side of the monument, the best part of the unveiling was the looks on our players’ faces as the drape came off.
Best part for me was seeing Paul Konerko pick up his son and have the youngster touch the bronze image of his dad hitting a World Series grand slam.
That granite and bronze, not to mention those memories, will be there forever.
What was the Governor thinking? Why would he want to address a few thousand White Sox fans on a night like that?
Due to the cold weather, light rain and a faulty sound system, the best-laid plans that were the ceremony quickly fell to the wayside, although in classic South Side fashion, it worked for our fans.
We had planned to play John Rooney’s call of the final out from Game 4 and then have the players pull the covering as the fireworks went off above us. We also planned to have our players and staff applaud our fans.
It would have been a great moment. Instead it was still a great moment for our fans.
Lesson learned: Even I can’t screw up unveiling a World Series Monument.
We probably could have held the ceremony at 3 am in mid January in a blizzard and fans would have attended and been happy.
People really seemed to love the plaza and the monument.
After the ceremony, fans milled around everywhere.
“I found it!” one women shouted, standing over her brick.
Two proposals occurred, with one new couple throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
At 7:30, we snuck back out to have a champagne toast to thank all the workers involved in the project.
Even then, 100 or so fans stood on the plaza, in the light rain.
After the game as we left, fans filled the plaza as lightbulbs flashed.
In 18 years with the club, this is probably my biggest accomplishment, or at least one that hopefully brought the most joy to our fans. That, or this was going to be my tomb …
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the Monument on your next trip to USCF.
It’s for you …
By the way, reading my Tribune today, there was no photo of the Monument to be found, just a lead note in the sports section. The Sun-Times ran a separate story with a photo (appreciate the coverage). But if you’re the Trib, how can this not be worthy of a photo?
I haven’t had a chance yet, but I’m going to go back and see how many photos of the Ernie Banks statue ran when it was unveiled?
And ours was for a World Series title …
Maybe it is because we spelled everything correctly? (at least I haven’t heard of anything yet)