Thanks to everyone for reading, responding and showing us how much you care about the Chicago White Sox.
It’s been another fun season. I’ll pick up again with this blog sometime this offseason. Enjoy the rest of October. It’s a great time to be a baseball fan.
Fade to Black
Monday, October 6, 2008, 2:08 p.m.
OC, SS; AJ, C; Dye, RF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Griff, CF; Ramirez, 2B; Wise, LF; Uribe, 3B. Floyd pitching.
“If he’s throwing strikes and attacking the strike zone, I’ll take my chances with Gavin.”
Monday, October 6, 2008
Kudos to all of our fans who continue to show their Sox Pride by blacking out the ballpark. Our players are talking about it, the opposition is talking about it, national media have covered it and MLB officials are still talking about it.
People are amazed that 40,000-plus people responded as a whole over a matter of just hours (I’m not), and people think the effect, on TV and in the ballpark, is so very cool.
It definitely provides a home field advantage and that is the point.
Well done, Sox fans.
We had approx. 2,000 tickets for sale this morning to today’s game and they were gone in 2 minutes. It was stunning to watch on a computer screen in the ticket office. These were tickets that were returned to us from MLB and other clubs once they realized they would not need their full allotment.
Received a call this AM from a friend flying home to DC after attending Game 1. He said all of the Hudson News stores were tearing down Cubs postseason displays and quickly erecting Sox postseason displays.
After dropping the kids off at school, I sat down to watch ESPN to see their coverage of our game. Some things never change. They got to the Sox-Rays coverage around 8:15 a.m., after stories on the mighty Dolphins and Houston Texans.
In case anyone ever forgets that players are human beings …
Monday, October 6, 2008
A limited number of tickets to today’s game are available at 10 am at whitesox.com ONLY. Act quickly. These are individual game tickets that were given back to us from other teams based on their demand.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
OC, SS; AJ, C; Dye, RF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Griffey, CF; Ramirez, 2B; Wise, LF; Uribe, 3B. Danks pitching.
Backs Against The Wall
Well, we’ve been here before and we’ve responded pretty well, so let’s hope today stays consistent with the past week of White Sox baseball.
Odds & Ends
For what it’s worth, the Sox are 27-25 all-time in nine postseason appearances (5-5 in series) … since 1919, the Sox have gone 40 years between playoff appearances, then 24, 10, seven, five and three.
If the White Sox and Red Sox both win today, tomorrow’s game time will move to 7:07 p.m. to accommodate the TBS telecast (we’d be the only game in the country).
Friday, October 3, 2008
I had zero time to post yesterday and then couldn’t get my computer to link up at the hotel. Blame it on the ghosts.
OC, SS; Swish, LF; Dye, RF; PK, 1B; Thome, DH; Ramirez, 2B; AJ, C; Uribe, 3B; BA, CF. Buehrle pitching.
Odds & Ends
Omer Munoz will again coach 1B and we hope Harold can re-join us in Chicago … as the flag was unfurled during yesterday’s pregame festivities, AJ ran in the outfield to warm up … I happened to be watching as he caught his toe and went face first into the turf … “Please don’t be hurt, please don’t be hurt,” I thought to myself … Wise’s home run was an absolute missile into the right field stands … the Cabrera/Balfour stuff was over quickly … OC said after the game, he was surprised at what Balfour said as he threw each pitch, tried to challenge him to get inside his head and lost the battle … Ozzie to me before the game, “You might be dressed nice (we wear suits for the postseason), but that doesn’t make you good-looking” … the Rays have really done a good job with the Trop in terms of game presentation and the scoreboard … I was surprised that it wasn’t really that loud but some of our employees out in the stands said it got loud around them with the incessant cow bells … the White Sox flew a large group of employees down on a charter for these two games like the team did in 2005 … former Sox pitcher and Tampa resident Nick Masset was in the crowd yesterday … before the game KW and Ozzie both were still commenting on our home fans from Tuesday night … “We wouldn’t be here without our fans,” he said … I’d say the “Blackout” was a big hit …
Opening on the road, we just need to win tonight to go home 1-1 … we have the right guy on the mound tonight for that and he throws from the side we need.
(and by the way, being a huge, huge believer in Karma, I am not counting any of the other series over until the final out. Strange things happen in baseball.)