May 2008

Sweet Home, Chicago

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tonight

Tonight’s Lineup

OC, SS; AJ, C; Q, LF; Dye, RF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Crede, 3B; Swish, CF; Ramirez, 2B.  Contreras pitching.

Correspondence

Sorry, I was a bad correspondent while the team was going 7-3 on that West Coast road trip.

With just 16 home games, the White Sox have played the fewest in MLB.

Pregame

Members of the team got together on the outfield grass before stretch to see a special video.  The piece, snagged by Toby Hall, showed outfielder Brian Anderson working out with his personal trainer during the offseason.  It was classic BA and classic “dig me.”  I can only imagine the abuse BA is going to take from his teammates, and in classic BA style, he is going to smile the entire time.

“Jeez, that’s a lot of work just to sit on the bench,” one sympathetic on-looker mentioned. 

“When I played, I just drank beer in the offseason,” one manager said.

Notes

Of interest (or not)

Cleveland leads the AL in ERA at 3.36, while the Sox rank third at 3.61 …

The Sox do play 31 of their next 44 games at home …

Starting tonight, the Sox play 13 straight games against teams with a .500 or better winning percentage …

Chicago is 10-10 vs. clubs with a winning record …

 

 

End of a Quick Homestand

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Today’s Lineup

As posted in the White Sox clubhouse …

 

Ramirez, SS; Q, LF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; Swish, CF; Crede, 3B; Uribe, 2B; Hall, C.  Pink-chinned John Danks takes the mound.

I had a chuckle last night when I read Mike Downey’s column on chicagosports.com. Read it here.

I know this isn’t Craig’s List or Ebay, but anyone out there need a used outdoor space heater?  Decent condition, slightly “loved.”

Best part of Mark’s bat-to-heater explosion last night was that he used one of Uribe’s bats.  Juan is very, very protective of his bats and keeps them all down at the far end of the dugout away from everyelse’s lumber.  So the idea that Mark grabbed whatever was nearest to him — in this case Juan’s bat — do inflict his damage is classic.

 

Trying to Get Things Rolling Again

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Tonight’s Lineup

OC, SS; Q, LF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Swish, CF; Crede, 3B; Uribe, 2B.  Buehrle pitching.

Today’s News

Actually very quiet, which was incredibly nice for a change.  Sat in the dugout before the game and listened to KW, Steve Stone and others talk about pitching mechanics.  How pleasant.

Earlier today, Nick Swisher (ring leader), Toby Hall, John Danks and Bobby Jenks had their facial hair dyed pink in honor of Mother’s Day.  Swisher, Danks and Hall also will make a donation to the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation (Chicago) on behalf of all White Sox players.

Ozzie joked that if it meant the team got hot, he’d paint his beard pink as well.  You might see everyone around here sporting pink soon.

A group of children from Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a national organization whose mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it, attended as part of the Nick Swisher Foundation’s “Swish’s Wishes” program, and assisted with the players’ hair coloring.

And for the skeptics in the group, this event was planned even before Toronto.

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Parting Shot …

Then I’m done.  Wouldn’t it be interesting if a female reader of this blog went through the Sun-Times and jotted down all the sexually-oriented material objectifying women that someone might find offensive …

… as one journalist told me today, “I can’t even let my kids read the newspaper.”

 

 

What A Day

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Tonight’s Lineup

OC, SS; Quentin, LF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Swish, CF; Crede, 3B; Uribe, 2B.  Floyd pitching.

Today

Well, today sure was interesting.  Indiana primary this evening, thousands dead in Southeast Asia and yet we make Page 1 of the local tabloid …

Before tonight’s game, KW and Ozzie met with the media to discuss the latest story about our team’s admittedly inappropriate — stupid might be the right word — attempt to break our slump in Toronto.

Williams did reinforce that the effort was “inappropriate,” “disappointing” and “irresponsible,” particularly given the negative images and issues surrounding women in our society.

“We all need to be a little more sensitive,” Williams said. 

The GM met with Guillen over a two-hour lunch earlier in the day to talk about the team and the recent roadtrip.

“We addressed the issue,” Williams said.

Guillen and several Sox players stressed that the incident was intended to be a “team joke,” and was not meant to hurt anyone.

Certainly, the majority of the Chicago press corps was in attendance, so you’ll be able to read several opinions and versions of the afternoon’s comments from the dugout and clubhouse.

So what do you think we’ll all read tomorrow?

Interesting Study

For what it’s worth, a story like this is interesting to me from a journalism standpoint.

A Chicago columnist offered her opinion, and other media have chosen to respond to that story, either picking up on her theme or challenging some of her opinions.

What I find so interesting is how the internet has allowed you — fans or people with an opinion — to reply and respond immediately, passionately, thoughfully (or not so thoughtfully, in some cases).  No longer is the public left without a voice.  The internet allows you to speak strongly, to the team, to the media and to one another.

I’ve spent much of today monitoring websites and chat rooms.  If you have the time and care enough, check out fan reaction on whitesox.com, whitesoxinteractive and even the Chicago Sun-Times website.

Fans are certainly heard.

 

Monday in Toronto

Monday, May 5, 2008

Tonight’s Lineup

OC, SS; Quentin, LF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; Swisher, CF; Crede, 3B; Uribe, SS; Hall, C.  Vazquez pitching.

Sorry

Crazy-busy today and no time to post.  Will try to write more the next three days.

When it rains, it pours.  We can’t seem to make or catch a break right now.

 

Toronto Series

Friday, May 2, 2008

Tonight’s Lineup

Swish, 1B; OC, SS; Thome, DH; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Q, LF; Crede, 3B; BA, CF; Uribe, SS.

Random Notes

Friday, May 2, 2008

Idle Thoughts

Notice how many bats are shattering lately.  You started to see it more and more in recent years, but it seems worse than ever this spring.  Last night, Kobayashi of the Indians had to dodge what amounted to a spinning spear during Cleveland’s win over the Mariners.  Not sure what can be done, but it is scary, nonetheless.

Hate these four-game series because it is so difficult to win three games from anyone. 

Roster Move

Adam Russell joins the bullpen this weekend in place of Alexi Ramirez, who will spend the weekend in Chicago.  It likely wasn’t the getting into Canada that was going to be the problem for the Cuban defector, but the returning to the States part.

Class AAA Charlotte happened to be in Buffalo, so “Fargo” (Scott Johnson, our Triple A trainer/traveling sec/chauffer) drove Russell to Toronto today.

Can’t you just imagine the look on the border guard’s face.  First, he sees Johnson and Russell (6-8, 250 pounds) leave the country.  Then a couple of hours later, back comes Johnson without his passenger.

“Do you have anything to declare?”

Gratuitous Mention

At dinner the other night with Bulls PR chief Tim Hallam and his wife, Nancy, Hallam smarmily asked if I would mention him in my blog, so here you go.  Dinner at Rosebud Steakhouse was tremendous.

Proud Moment

Not sure everyone saw, but earlier this week, Chicago White Sox Charities made grants of $3.2 million for 2008, taking our all-time giving amount to over $12 million.

None of this would happen without the support of White Sox fans (buying bricks, buying 50-50 tickets, supporting events) … so thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

 

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