Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Swish, CF; OC, SS; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Quentin, LF; Crede, 3B; Uribe, 2B. Contreras pitching.
The Yankees will be without A-Rod tonight and tomorrow, reportedly, as he has returned to Miami to be with his wife who is delivering the couple’s second child.
Did you know … the NY Mets have played three times since we last played a game … the Sox lead the AL in runs scored per game at 5.44 and rank last in stolen bases with three … with a .242 team batting average, the club is 13th, but a .336 team OBP is fifth … our .988 fielding percentage is tied for second in the AL … Sox pitching over the last nine games: starters: 6-2, 1.44 ERA … relievers: 0-1, 2.00 ERA.
Attended the Children’s Home + Aid society’s annual award luncheon today at the Palmer House Hilton as Andrea and Jim Thome and Jennifer and Paul Konerko were honored before 500-600 guests.
“This might be the first time since I was 12 that I’ve been honored for something other than sports,” Konerko laughed. “Usually, I’m honored for things I do inside the two white lines. This feels pretty good.”
Andrea spoke touchingly of meeting and spending time with foster kids and their host families.
“We know we can make a difference in their lives,” she said. “And they make a difference in ours.”
Konerko spoke of the importance of this cause to both families (his wife Jen’s family has helped raise foster kids) and said he looks forward to remaining involved in the charity — and with the Thomes — long after his playing career is over.
To donate to this year’s Bring Me Home Campaign (which raised $83,000 in 2007 with hopes of topping $100,000 in 2008), visit www.childrenshomeandaid.org.