Unveiling Day at Champions Plaza
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Swish, CF; OC, SS; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Quentin, LF; Crede, 3B; Uribe, 2B. Vazquez pitching.
Hope you enjoy the pics above of the new Championship Moments monument located in the new Champions Plaza located outside of Game 4.
Seeing the Sun
No precipitation expected today but it is cold. Roger Bossard was laughing this morning that he used almost a ton of diamond dry on the infield yesterday, nearly 100 bags. He and his crew were here at 6:15 am to shovel off much of it and prep the infield for today’s game. It’s one of the reasons he’s recognized as the best in the business.
Stats and Stuff
With 59 runs scored (in only 10 games), we lead the AL, while our .347 OBP ranks second behind Toronto … with a .251 batting average, the team is tied for 9th … our 4.81 ERA is 12th (which surprised me some) … we’ve allowed only four home runs … our .987 fielding percentage is tied for third, and our 17 double plays (15 against the Tigers) are second … our infield defense has been very, very impressive thus far.
Keep Your Arm Up
I spent part of Friday night talking to Bill Pierce. I asked him about mechanics and what keys he used as a pitcher.
“We had Ray Berres, one of the best in the game, as our pitching coach,” Bill told me. “And he wasn’t really big on mechanics. The one thing he always told us was: ‘Keep your arm up. Keep your arm up.’
“Because if you get out and around your curve ball or your slider, it just spins.”
I asked Bill about pitching in cold weather.
“I liked it,” he said. “As a pitcher you can put hot rub on and wear a long-sleeve shirt. Meanwhile hitters were going up there with cold hands. And those sliders in on their hands …”
He smiled and his eyes twinkled.
Six White Sox coaches and players will wear uniform #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson on Tuesday against Oakland.
In addition to Ozzie Guillen, Harold Baines and Jeff Cox, Jermaine Dye, Jim Thome and Nick Swisher will honor the trailblazer.
In First Place
Who would have thought that Baltimore, the WHITE SOX, Oakland, Florida, St. Louis and Arizona would be leading their divisions at this point?