April 2009

Finale in Baltimore

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tonight’s Lineup

Getz 4, Fields 5, Q 7, Thome dh, JD 9, PK 3, AJ 2, Alexei 6, BA 8.  Colon pitching.

Thanks, Elias Sports Bureau

John Danks, who beat the Orioles on Wednesday, is only the third pitcher in White Sox history to throw at least six innings in each of his first three starts of a season, while allowing four or fewer hits and no more than one earned run in each of those games.  The others were Joe Dobson (1952) and Jack Lamabe (1966).

Friday Night

Reminder, the team returns home tomorrow night and the first 20,000 fans entering the ballpark will receive a very cool poster celebrating JD and PK’s 300th home runs.

Saturday is the first fireworks show of the year and Sunday is a Kids Day (autographs for kids pregame and run the bases postgame). 

 

Catching Up From DC

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The White House

Thanks to the hospitality of David Axelrod, senior advisor to the President, and Ellie Schafer, director of the White House Visitor’s Office, I am sure most of you read about the team’s unforgettable visit on our off day Monday.

Regardless of your political tilt, visiting The White House is always special and actually meeting the President was truly amazing for our guys.

The team came up on a bus from Baltimore while I flew into DC to meet them, hanging out at the historic Willard Hotel and the Old Ebbit Grill (sp?) until they arrived.

After clearing security, the group of about 30 of us were ushered into the East Wing where we met Axelrod, who welcomed the team.

From there, we broke into two groups for our tours, which included for the first time — at least for me — a glimpse of the in-house theatre (ESPN was showing on the big screen).  We were guided through the various downstair rooms, including the library and rooms filled with beautiful paintings, china and priceless silverware.

I wish I had a chance to speak to Alexei about his thoughts as he walked the rooms and hallways.

Players and their wives posed for photos in front of famous paintings (see George Washington on the dollar bill … only reversed), windows to the outside with a view of the Jefferson Memorial and Washington monument.

At one point, a pitcher who shall go unnamed, accidently banged into a door.

“Great, go ahead and break the place,” a teammate joked.

We headed upstairs to the state rooms, visiting the East Room, the State Dining Room, Green Room, Red Room and one of three circular rooms in the White House.

In one room, the guide indicated that the pieces of furniture were copies of those from Thomas Jefferson’s administration found by Jackie Kennedy, or at least all were replicas except one.  She turned to indicate the original 1800s piece — a long, beautiful blue and gold couch.  There was Josh Fields sitting comfortably … or should I say, uncomfortably.

Everyone laughed as Josh tried not to move too quickly.

From the State Dining Room, you could look down on the Rose Garden and Oval Office.

We wandered into the Family Dining Room, where our tour guide admitted he had rarely been.  You could see elevators.

“The White House has three,” he explained.  “One is the President’s personal elevator.”

“Is that it?” I asked, pointing to one that featured an armed guard nearby.

“Not sure,” he replied.

“Why don’t you try to get on so we can find out?” I asked him.

After working our way through the main floor, we walked outside on the north side of the building, toward the west wing.  That’s where you saw some of the TV and still photo coverage of our tour.

Then we headed back inside, to the East Room, to meet the President. 

The staff photographer told us all where and how to stand and we all took our positions.  You could feel the nervous energy in the room.

President Obama walked in asking, “How are the White Sox?”

Smiling, he and Kenny Williams exchanged a hug and then KW presented him with a Sox jersey.

The President reminded some of the team that he had first met them in January 2006 when we visited after winning the World Series.  While he didn’t want to put any more pressure on us, he challenged the team to win it again so that we could come back in January and celebrate with him.

Then before posing for photos, President Obama did a most gracious and thoughtful thing.

He went around the room, person by person, shaking hands, asking each member of the travel party to introduce themself and then shaking their hand.  They were moments none of us would ever forget, especially Octavio Dotel.

As you probably read, the President was about hallway through the group when he reached Dotel.

“Mr. President,” Dotel said, “Can I give you a hug?”

“Sure,” President Obama replied, and the room erupted in laughter as the zany pitcher hugged our President.  Surprisingly — at least to those of us who know Dotel — the Secret Service did not move in for the tackle.

Then after posing for a group photo, first with all of us and then with the players, he was off to other, much more important business.

Amazing to me that he would be so graious and kind as to give us a few minutes out of his busy day. 

After that, the White Sox made a dent in the White House gift shop and boarded the bus back to Baltimore, all with a memory they will never forget.

Service Day

I hope you already are aware of our White Sox Volunteer Corps.  If not check out whitesox.com for details.  Anyway, the very first event, a Service Day where 500 volunteers are needed to work on two sites about a mile from our ballpark, is scheduled for Saturday, May 9.  If you’d like to sign up, join Sox players, front office and other fans in helping others and get a nifty Volunteer Sox cap, please sign up now.  Over 2,000 fans have signed up for the Corps, and we only need 500 for this first event (there will be others), so sign up soon if you want to take part.

Thursday

Our night game with the Orioles is now on CSN+ due to the NBA playoffs.

Makeup

That rainout in Detroit will now be made up as part of a split doubleheader in Detroit on July 24 (game times 12:05 CT and 6:05 CT).

Posters

Very cool posters commemorating the back-to-back 300 career home runs by JD and PK will be given to the first 20,000 fans attending Friday’s game. 

Sox Caps

If you read, in March we sent White Sox caps to various world leaders, inviting them to join our team (and by the way The President’s team).

We’ve started to get letters back, which are great.  Can you imagine the Prime Minister of Great Britain or the President of Russia greeting our President with a White Sox cap on?

Pitching vs. Toronto

Friday: 7:11 p.m. CDT, CSN+

LHP Brian Tallet (0-0, 4.26) vs.

LHP Mark Buehrle (2-0, 3.00)

Saturday: 6:05 p.m. CDT, WGN

LHP Ricky Romero (2-0, 1.71) vs.

RHP Gavin Floyd (2-1, 4.74)

Sunday: 1:05 p.m. CDT, CSN

RHP Roy Halladay vs.

RHP Jose Contreras 

Feedback

We get all kinds of great feedback from our fans in many different ways, some of it is positive, some not as positive, but all of it is useful.

This from a fan who recently brought his grandfather to a game

 

Twitter

Someone smarter than me (I read somewhere to always hire people smarter than you are), came up with the bright idea to have my twitter account match my blog (to avoid confusing me more than you).  So from now on, I am: InsideTheSox.  I am told that if you already signed up to my old MO, nelliefox2, you automatically will be switched to my new account.  Let me know if that does not happen.

 

 

White Sox at Baltimore

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sox Lineup

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

Posting this and then writing more to post in an hour or so …

Sox at Baltimore

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tonight’s Lineup

Getz 4, Fields 5, Q 7, Thome dh, JD 9, PK 3, AJ 2, Alexei 6, BA 8.  Contreras pitching.

Roster Move

We’ve designated Mike MacDougal for assignment and recalled Jack Egbert in time for tonight’s game.

I’ll try to post more tonight about our amazing day at the White House yesterday.

Also, a reminder that I am using twitter if you want updates.  Name:  nelliefox2.

Hey Guys, We Won

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tonight’s Lineup

Getz 4, Fields 5, Q 7, Thome dh, Dye 9, PK 3, AJ 2, Ramirez 6, BA 8.  Colon pitching.

A Few Random Thoughts

I read a few of the fan posts from yesterday and just wanted to remind everyone that we actually WON that game.  We’ll lose our fair share over 162 games, so please, let’s save the “all is lost” criticisms until we lose one that we should have won, not when we win one that we could have lost.  Games like last night lead to division titles in September.

Some other thoughts …

Where would we be without Josh Fields so far this April?
How about John Danks?
Anyone notice the game-winning run last night came as the result of two execution plays, both with runners in motion?
Let’s enjoy a dome victory when we get it …
A higher payroll doesn’t mean better players, just older (or with more service time), ergo younger (less service time) players generally mean a lower payroll
Payrolls do not determine World Series champions (in my opinion that’s pitching, defense and timely hitting no matter what the guy’s being paid)
While it is a small sample size, check out BA’s fielding stats.  According to the Fielding Bible, his numbers are similar to other names tossed around as center fielders (and BA’s tend to be above MLB average for his position).  If what you want from the position is defense and a pretty good outfield arm …

Just a few thoughts for a Friday afternoon.

Cheers

Scene of the Crime

Thursday, April 17, 2009

Retraction

OK, that headline might be a bit tough.  And not really sure it was a “crime” last October.  Just bad memories.

Today’s Lineup

Getz 4, Fields 5, Quentin 7, Thome dh, Dye 9, PK 3, AJ 2, Ramirez 6, BA 8.  Danks pitching.

Blog Night

Is scheduled for July 21, so save the date.

I was about to commission a new t-shirt design for Blog Night when I thought, “Hey, wait a minute.  Why not see if one of these creative readers wants to take a shot at it first.”

So, for those designers who happen to read this blog, take your best shot if you’d like.  If the panel likes it (right now, it is a panel of one … me), we’ll make shirts for everyone who attends.  If nothing seems to fit the bill, I’ll have my crack designers work their magic.

Finale in Detroit

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sox Lineup at Detroit

Lillibridge 4, Fields 5, Quentin 7, Thome dh, Dye 9, Konerko 3, AJ 2, Ramirez 6, Brian Anderson 8.  Jose Contreras pitching.

New Rotation Order

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Rain out

With today’s rainout in Detroit, the White Sox have switched up their starting rotation.  Jose Contreras will still go tomorrow, but John Danks will now start the opener in Tampa Bay, followed by Bartolo Colon, Mark Buehrle and then Gavin Floyd on Sunday.

Raining in Detroit

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Weather

It’s raining pretty heavily in Detroit about one hour before game time.  Let’s hope we can get this one in since our bats are hot.

Today’s Lineup

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

Jerry Owens arrived in Detroit to take the roster spot of Dewayne Wise, who was placed on the disabled list with a separated right shoulder after making a diving catch in yesterday’s victory.

Condolences

To the teammates, friends, families and fans of Harry Kalas and Mark Fidrych, who both passed away unexpectedly yesterday.  For me, The Bird was synonymous with Monday Night Baseball.

 

Day Game in Detroit

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sox Lineup

Lillibridge 4, Fields 5, Quentin 7, Thome dh, Dye 9, PK 3, AJ 2, Ramirez 6, Wise 8.  Floyd pitching.

Ozzie said before the game that Chris Getz’ right arm was sore from being hit and that he thought it was likely that Getz would miss today and tomorrow but that they would see how Getz felt again on Tuesday morning.

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