Two Moments

Monday, April 7, 2009

Sox Win!

Nothing quite like a dramatic Opening Day victory, except maybe a late October victory (I heard that somewhere).

Two moments stuck with me from today’s game.

Obviously, the second was Jim Thome’s three-run, game-winning blast.

I saw Jim in the clubhouse long after the game had ended.

“That had to feel good,” I offered.

“Yeeaahh,” he said with a big grin.

Remember how much Jim said he liked to play baseball.

It shows.

The second came earlier in the afternoon.

82-year-old Billy Pierce was introduced to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.  He stopped short of the mound.  Wearing his 1959 No. 19 uniform, he dipped down to touch his fingers to the ground and then rubbed up the baseball.

He fired the pitch to open the 2009 season.

But that wasn’t the moment.

The moment came next.

As Pierce walked off the mound to cheers, manager Ozzie Guillen stopped him. 

“Stand here,” Ozzie said, indicating he wanted Billy to stand at home plate for the National Anthem.

Pierce demurred.

“He didn’t want to stay,” Guillen said later.  “But I told him he had to.  He deserved it.”

So as the scoreboard ran a tribute to former Sox players/executives and media who passed away over the last year and as the National Anthem played for the very first time this summer, Billy Pierce stood in a spot he earned and deserved.

At home plate at Sox Park.

For a minute he was 25 years old and it was 1952.

That was the first moment I’ll remember from 2009.

 

14 Comments

That was such a heartwarming story about Billy Pierce and Ozzie. Ozzie’s got heart.

A perfect example of why I love this blog so much.

THanks Scott!

MariE

That is an awesome story about Ozzie and Billy Pierce. Perfect example of why I love this blog.

MariE

Awesome win today! Neat story about Billy and Ozzie – both touching and emotional! I’m so glad baseball is back!!!

Ok… a couple of things about today. First 2 negatives. I thought that the 2008 banner presentation was pretty lame. A bigger deal should have been made out of it. Just to show some video (and to not include key pieces like Griffey, Swisher, OC because they are not on the team) and then 2 little firework blasts wasn’t impressive. I have come to expect good presentations from the sox and that was lacking.

2nd- I sit in 536 row 4…. I could not read the out of town scoreboard and i have 20/20 vision. I think the problem was it showed 4 games at once…cut it to 2. Because if i couldn’t see it from the fourth row, what is some guy with worse vision from the 15th row going to be able to see? Nothing. It is a beautiful board. Just very tough to read.

I liked the addition to the opening montage…. excellent job. The Billy Pierce thing was a class act. When the guy from us cell threw out the first pitch i thought Billy didn’t make it. To have him throw the pitch out while all the guys were right there and then let him stay for the anthem was awesome.

And of course the game- Buehrle battled, Richard was outstanding, Dotel was outstanding, Getz impressed me, Fields impressed me, Thome was awesome as usual, JD had a couple nice hits. Wise was terrible and deserved to get boo’d….sorry he was brutal.

One awesome thing that will never be seen that I thought was genius- when Fields was on first and Wise bunted foul… Olivo ran back and dove to the backstop to try to catch it- he almost had it but the ball fell out of his glove as he hit the glove….. Fields tagged up and was headed to second. He would have made it too. GREAT BASERUNNING. It really impressed me that he had the foresight to do that. Of course Olivo dropped it so it didn’t matter. Impressed me nonetheless.

Get em tomorrow! Go Sox!

Kenwo, you’re not the only one who isn’t completely impressed with the new scoreboard: http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=110687

When I saw it in action on TV, my first thought was “Wow, that’s switching games pretty fast…”

Anyone who questions the class or the character of Ozzie need go no farther than this story to find their answer. I don’t care how often he changes pitchers, or how many games he leaves Wise at the leadoff spot. That guy can manage my baseball team.
http://southsidehitmen.mlblogs.com/

My take on the ballpark changes: I actually like the out-of-town scoreboard, but agree that it’s tough to read without binoculars (which I always carry). However, the degree of info provided is a big plus and it’s a great addition to the ballpark. I also really like the new entrance and staircase at Gate 5. It’s a much classier, grander look than what was there before, and selfishly, I like it because it makes my departure even quicker! Kudos for adding more elotes stands. It used to be a pain to trek over to the first base side for corn. Now I just go to the top of our section. Me likey. My only negative comment? The gift shop. $55 for a t-shirt is… um.. outrageous. I thought the prices were steep last year, and they seem to have gotten worse.

For the most part, I liked what I saw today on the field, and am looking forward to seeing many more great things from the team. Sure hope the fans cut Wise a little more slack, though. Yes, it was disappointing that he couldn’t put down the bunt at a key moment. And his at-bats were awkward. But booing on Opening Day? Jeez. Where’s the love?

Hello Everyone,

Just letting you know I am reading, just not commenting much. Been busy, even missed our trip to spring training this year (Our son got married March 7th). So, pretty happy with what I watched yesterday, I hope the bull pen keeps that up.
Someone needed to tell Wise, at least by the 2nd strike out to lay off the high pitches, jeesh Stevie Wonder could see that.
I’ll be reading

See ya Dave

I was in Section 531, row 19 and the out of town scored was very hard to read from up there. I was hoping when i get back to my regular seats it would be better but I guess not. The only other complaint I had was there was no water pressure after the game started in the upper deck. The women’s bathrooms were not flushing. Hopefully they have this problem fixed for tonight or at least by the weekend when I’m back in the park. : )

Nice to see the White Sox win and I do love the moment of silence and the names of the peope that have passed away.

Hi Scott,

I just thought since people were talking about the scoreboard, you may want to read this thread. I realize its a fan blog, but I think there are a few good points made here.

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=110687&referrerid=2172

Hi Scott,

I just thought since people were talking about the scoreboard, you may want to read this thread. I realize its a fan blog, but I think there are a few good points made here.

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=110687&referrerid=2172

Hi Scott,

I just thought since people were talking about the scoreboard, you may want to read this thread. I realize its a fan blog, but I think there are a few good points made here.

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=110687&referrerid=2172

Had the chance to speak with Billy after the game. Told him that he bounced that breaking ball and needs to work on it for next season!

You won’t find a classier person or a better representative for the White Sox then Billy.

Mark Liptak

Had the chance to speak with Billy after the game. Told him that he bounced that breaking ball and needs to work on it for next season!

You won’t find a classier person or a better representative for the White Sox then Billy.

Mark Liptak

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