April 2009

Ozzie Postgame

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Postgame comments from Ozzie Guillen after the White Sox beat the Mariners, 6-3, to win the series, 2-1.

On Gavin Floyd:

“He was not sharp enough, but he was good enough to let us compete.  He mad big pitches when he had to … huge.  Gavin did a tremendous job when he had to.

“Everytime he goes out there, we feel we are going to win the game.”

On the Offense:

“Our offense got a little bit better in the second half of the game.  I thought Quentin’s two-out base hit in the eighth was the most important hit.  He gave us a little more cushion.”

On the upcoming series with Texas:

“We’ll face a pretty good hitting ballclub, but I have my ace going against them.”

On injuries potentially piling up with Brian Anderson leaving today’s game and Jim Thome’s status for Friday still uncertain:

“We have good enough talent here to cover the holes.  I don’t want my players making excuses.  We’ve done a good job here of not crying about it.”

Mariners Matinee

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

First Things First

Happy 75th birthday to Luis Aparicio.

Today’s Lineup

Lillibridge 4, Fields dh, Quentin 7, Dye 9, PK 3, AJ 2, Betemit 5, BA 8, Alexei 6.  Floyd pitching.

Game 2 Lineup

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Game 2 Lineup
BA 8, Fields 5, Quentin 7, JD 9, PK 3, AJ 2, Betemit 3, Alexei 6, Lillibridge 4.  Danks pitching.

DH Game 1 Lineup

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Game 1 Lineup

Owens 7, Fields 5, Quentin dh, Dye 9, PK 3, BA 8, Alexei 6, Miller 2, Lillibridge 4.  Colon on the mound.

Reminder:  WGN TV, WSCR, WRTO radio

DH Info

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Today’s DH

Gates open at 3 pm. 

First game will be televised by WGN, the second on CSN+ (because of Bulls Game 5).  WSCR has both games as does WRTO radio (in Spanish).

I am pretty confident you would be able to find at least one TV on the Club Level tuned to the Bulls game tonight.

Twitter

Sitting at my desk last night, hammering out makeup details, and the phone rings.  It’s Maria, who is leaving the ballpark and just wanted to thank me for twittering that the game was rained out.

So if you want breaking information, read this blog and also sign up for my tweets at twitter.com.  My new name is InsideTheSox …

Rained Out

Monday, April 27, 2009

Tonight’s game with the Seattle Mariners has been called because of rain.  It will be made up as part of a doubleheader at 4:05 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday).  Tickets/parking for tonight can be exchanged for any future game … see whitesox.com for details.

Rainy Monday

Monday, April 27, 2009

Tonight’s Lineup

Lillibridge 4, Fields 5, Quentin dh, Dye 9, Konerko 3, AJ 2, BA 8, Alexei 6, Owens 7.  Danks pitching.

Fun Facts

John Danks is 14-9 with a 3.11 ERA and 175 strikeouts in 36 starts since the start of the 2008 season.  He leads the AL in 2009 with a .138 opponents batting average and ranks second with a 0.95 ERA.

Alexei Ramirez hit his fifth career grand slam on Saturday in his 152nd career game.  According to our friends at Elias Sports Bureau, Ramirez is the second-fastest player in major league history to hit five grand slams, behind only Detroit’s Rudy York (139 games).

Hizzoner

Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.  He celebrated a birthday and his 20th anniversary of becoming Mayor of Chicago on Friday by taking in a Sox game.  He visited with Sox players, manager Ozzie Guillen and Jerry Reinsdorf around the batting cage prior to the game.

Bragging Rights

Who’s taller?  Chris Getz or Ozzie Guillen.

“He is,” Guillen said.  “I know you don’t think so, but we had a bet, and he’s taller.  It’s just that he always has Dye, Konerko, Quentin and Thome around him, so he looks small.  But I look more elegant.”

Getz plans to test his fractured finger tomorrow by swinging the bat.

Thome Slowed

A bruised left heel is limiting Jim Thome to pinch-hitting duty for the next day or so, according to Guillen.

Captain America

Brian Anderson is 7-11 (.636) in his last three games and 12-26 (.462) with two doubles and four RBI in his last seven games.

Wizard of Oz

Ozzie, Josh Fields and Matt Thornton visited the Easter Seals of Metropolitan Chicago Therapeutic School & Center for Autism Research at Damen and 13th Street this morning in honor of Autism Awareness Month.  Joined by students at the school, the three Sox released balloons into the windy Chicago sky.

Guillen, who was named to Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago Board of Directors, toured the school with his two players, posed for photos, signed autographs and visited classrooms.  The school is one of a kind and the kids are always so happy to see Ozzie.

“This all started with a hat,” Guillen explained.  “I wore the hat because a clubhouse guy in Oakland has a kid with autism.  From there it was emails, letters and voicemails from parents thanking me.

“All these kids deserve is a chance to grow up and live their dreams,” Guillen said.

Chicago White Sox Charities has offered support to ESMC over the years, including a $1 million grant in 2008 to build a recreation ball field for the school’s students.

Soggy Sunday

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Today’s Lineup

Lillibridge 4, Fields 5, Quentin 7, Thome dh, Dye 9, PK 3, AJ 2, BA 8, Alexei 6.  Contreras pitching.

Saturday Rain Clouds

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The great thing about baseball is that there is always a game the next day (weather permitting).

Today’s Lineup

Getz 4, Lillibridge 8, Quentin 7, Dye dh, Konerko 3, Fields 5, Miller 2, Anderson 9, Alexei 6.  Buehrle pitching.

Roster Move

Prior to today’s game, pitcher Lance Broadway was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte.  After last night’s game, pitcher Jack Egbert was optioned to the Knights.

Sweet Home Chicago

Friday, April 24, 2009

Tonight’s Lineup

Getz 4, Fields 5, Quentin 7, Thome dh, Dye 9, Konerko 3, AJ 2, Alexei 6, BA 8.  Fields pitching.

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