Elvis Night Extravaganza
Friday, August 22, 2008
OC, SS; AJ, C; Q, LF; Dye, RF; Thome, DH; Missle, 2B; Jr., CF; Swish, 1B; Uribe, SS. Danks pitching.
I finally got a chance to listen in to an Ozzie pregame today, where he spent a lot of time complimenting the Rays, a much different franchise, he noted, from when he played there.
“They are one of the best stories in baseball this year,” Guillen said, “Maybe in the past 10 years … well, not better than us when we won in 2005, and maybe Boston when they won, but a good story …”
He nominated TB manager Joe Maddon for manager of the year.
“It’s not even close,” he said. When a reporter mentioned Guillen for the award, he scoffed.
“It’s a great honor and I love having the trophy in my home to look at, but players win that award for you, not the manager. It’s a player award. There are some pretty horse(bleep) managers who have won Manager of the Year.”
Anyone else tired from staying up to watch the Angels-Twins game last night? Torii, ya killed me. Nothing like staying up late and then going to bed angry because of someone else’s game … Chris Chelios of the Redwings will be in the ballpark tonight with the Stanley Cup … Dave Wills returns to his hometown this weekend … a very few ticket remain for tomorrow and Sunday, so act now so you are not shut out.
Laughing before the game, some staff members remembered El Duque’s heroic effort in Game 3 of the 2005 Division Series at Boston. With the bases loaded, El Duque was summoned in from the bullpen …
“Can you imagine what it was like,” someone offered. “The phone rings in the bullpen and guys are shaking in fear on the bench. Duque stands and says, ‘That is for me.” (imagine a heavy Cuban accent)
After getting out of the jam and after the White Sox won that game to advance to the ALCS, Duque offered …
“Those situations, they are easy,” he explained. “Everyone wants to be the hero, so they swing at anything and get themselves out. Just throw sliders out of the strike zone.”
And what about that final 3-2 pitch to Damon with no place to put him, pretty tough to throw that slider then?
Front door slider. Probably the only strike he threw durng the at-bat.
A piece of White Sox history.
Apparently, my request for W-L records has caused some division, even within families.
So, to clarify …
1. The tickets must have been purchased (you know who you are on this one)
2. The tickets had to have been used (no fair counting a game, say like Picnic In The Park, when you didn’t use the tickets and helped cost us a victory by not going … again, you know who you are).