Thursday, July 10, 2008
Rounding Third, Headed to Home
Third base coach Jeff Cox is waving everyone in … word this morning is that JD remains in second place in Final Man balloting but still can catch Longoria.
So, I know fatigue has set in — both mental (judging from some of the comments yesterday) and physical. Keep voting, and let’s send him to the ASG along with Aaron Rowand.
Here is what sources have told me … Tampa Bay played on Monday when all other candidates were off, helping Longoria to an early lead that he has not surrendered. Coupled with that, a group out of Boston, The Boston Dirt Dogs (or something like that), endorsed Longoria right away as an anti Giambi and have voting in large blocks …
But all that said, JD still has a chance to keep clicking.
Among our Vote for JD ideas that didn’t get off the ground:
Having Mayor Daley or Senator Obama record campaign pitches for our outfielder (logistics and tight timing made this impossible)
Placing “Vote for JD” messages in the Wrigley Field and Kauffman Stadium scoreboards … Wrigley had no inventory on that little message board in center and Kauffman Stadium needed a longer advance to place a message (so we were told).
Apparently, KC teammates of Jose Guillen have had fun placing Vote for JD posters and stickers in his locker …
While at dinner on Tuesday with my wife at Salpicon (one of our favorites spots on Wells), the hostess asked, “Are you still with the Sox?”
“I am,” I answered.
“Well, I voted for JD about 100 times today. He really deserves to go.”
Same day, one of our PR staffers is out with a Cubs friend at a bar up North to watch the Sox game.
Two guys walk up behind them.
“Hey, we got Harden,” one said.
“He’s left-handed isn’t he?” asked his friend.
“Yes,” replied the other.
Then the two left.
“That’s what makes me embarrassed to be a Cubs fan at times,” said the friend to our PR staffer.
Why An Airplane
There seemed to be some question as to why we’d send an airplane up in KC with a “Vote for JD – Whitesox.com” sign …
Well, here’s an explanation …
1. The team wasn’t home; it was in KC
2. The “stunt” — which had to happen prior to the game due to FAA regulations — was intended to snag media attention back in Chicago and possibly nationally
3. Another intent was to let JD know we still were campaigning for him and to give his teammates something to have fun with, maybe at his expense.
So that’s why we did it an I’m glad we did …