Amazing Moose

Wednesday, April 9, 2009

The Great Moose Skowron

Everyone knows how I feel about Moose Skowron.  He is the funniest guy at the ballpark most days.  Sometimes, he is even trying to be funny.

I wandered out to watch BP and catch some fresh air.  Moose was there and we talked as the Sox finished hitting and the Kansas City Royals warmed up.

“Look at that,” Moose said as the Royals players stretched with large rubber bands during their pregame.  “When I played, we didn’t do (bleep).”

“What did the Yankees do to prepare for a game?” I asked.  “Did you stretch or play catch?”

“We played catch to get ready for batting practice,” Moose replied.  “And we always took infield.  When Ted Williams took batting practice, we all stopped and watched.  That’s how much respect we had for him.”

“How about spring training?”

“We never ran,” he said.  “When you came out of a game, you ran three sprints and then walked back to the clubhouse.  That was it.

“Now, I walk through the clubhouse and see all those machines, geez,” Skowron said.  “In spring training, we had one field, a half field and one batting cage to hit in.  Joe DiMaggio brought Marilyn one time to watch us take batting practice.”

Skowron toured the Sox new hydrotherapy room, which features a hot tub, cold tub and underwater treadmill.

“I can’t swim,” Moose said.  “If I played today, I’d drown.”

Skowron said he gave Dewayne Wise a pat on the back today.

“I told him I went 0-40 once, then got a broken bat hit and went 1-21 … 1-61 overall and still hit .319 for the season.  It was my second year.  I went 19-21 at one point in Cleveland.”

Trivia 2

This question from Jerry Reinsdorf today at lunch (eventually, I nailed it):

Name the player who played for one franchise in three different cities?

15 Comments

Scott,
That is a great trivia question! Nice job, Mr. Reinsdorf!

The Braves is the team that that came to mind immediately, being one of the few franchise that played in 3 cities.
So two names came to mind: Hank Aaron and Eddie Matthews.
Hank, however never played in Boston, so the answer must be Eddie Matthews!

What do I win?

There goes our perfect season!!!! If I remember correctly, though, we never played too well last year when on WGN. Let’s get them tomorrow Boys… Go Sox’09… j.k.

There goes our perfect season!!!! If I remember correctly, though, we never played too well last year when on WGN. Let’s get them tomorrow Boys… Go Sox’09… j.k.

Woo-Hoo, I finally got a double post…… Go-Go White Sox’09….

You can’t pitch much better then Gavin did tonight. His problem was that the Sox offense continues to be in a funk.

18 total runs in their last eight games (dating back to March 30th of spring training) with six of those coming in a single game.

The question will be, how long will Ozzie go with Wise at the top spot.

Mark Liptak

Uh-oh. We’re all in trouble now. Liptak is quoting spring training stats!!!!!

As for Wise, I certainly hope (and believe) that Ozzie will give him more than two days. Talk about being put under a microscope. Give the guy a frickin’ chance, will you?????

“I am not a smart man Jenny” But I believe a lead-off man should know how to bunt! You need a fundamentally sound offensive person in that position, is it really “Wise”?

I think this offense will be able to put up some big numbers, but I also think that Konerko is history, I don’t know what happened, but I don’t see a big change coming up, and it has been quite a while. Oh I really, really hope I am wrong.

Hey, JK, I wondered if I was the only one who thought the Sox seldom win when they are on WGN. It kills me, because that’s almost the only time I get to watch them.

Hopefully, they win tomorrow, and win this series.

Go SOX!!!

Peggy

Question for my blog buddies:

Anyone who uses a Mac purchase the MLB Premium package?
If so, is it working well on your Mac?

I ask because last year, I couldn’t even get audio from the clips on the Sox site on my Mac. I had some emails with the MLB tech guy, and the audio got better, but never really good.

I’m thinking of making the purchase, but want to make sure I can get some value from it.

Thanks for any advice!

Peggy

Gavin looked great last night… It was also nice to see Thornton and Linebrink come in and have a cakewalk of an inning. Grienke, Cruz and Soria were just a tad better. I don’t think the problem with Wise is him playing… I think it is the fact that he is leading off that the fans are going crazy about. If he was buried in the 9 spot- no one would say anything. He has looked extremely terrible though. Last night, everyone but Dye looked terrible- so it is tough to single Dewayne out.

Go get em this afternoon! My brother and dad will be there while I am at my last day of school before spring break! Bring home a winner!

I’m going to try to listen on the radio…see if my students will cooperate! :-)

T.C.:

Please remember I’m talking about the LAST week of spring training…not March 1st, not March 15th…the LAST week.

Supposedly by that time the players are “ready to go” right?

I repeat this team has been in an offensive funk the past ten days and it shows doesn’t it?

Hopefully they break out of it this afternoon but overall the bats have looked sluggish and late on pitches. Make fun of it all you wish but this isn’t spring training anymore (at least the last I looked…)

Mark Liptak

T.C.:

Please remember I’m talking about the LAST week of spring training…not March 1st, not March 15th…the LAST week.

Supposedly by that time the players are “ready to go” right?

I repeat this team has been in an offensive funk the past ten days and it shows doesn’t it?

Hopefully they break out of it this afternoon but overall the bats have looked sluggish and late on pitches. Make fun of it all you wish but this isn’t spring training anymore (at least the last I looked…)

Mark Liptak

You’re right Mark. It isn’t spring training anymore. These games count.

But anything prior to Tuesday was nothing but a meaningless exhibition game.

People who worry and overanalyze after two games of a 162-game season have more to worry about than just baseball!!!!! Mabye their own mental health . . . . . . . . . . .

Article writing is also a excitement, if you be familiar with after that you can write if
not it is complex to write.

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