May 2009

Entertaining Twins

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tonight’s Lineup

Pods7, Fields5, JD9, Thome dh, PK3, AJ2, BA8, Getz4, Missile6.  Buehrle pitching.

Roster Move

As you can see by our lineup, Brian Anderson is back from his rehab in Charlotte, while Brent Lillibridge was optioned to the Knights.

Speaking of Charlotte

Jose Contreras’ pitching line from last night:

W, 9.0-1-0-0-3-5

He carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning and needed just 99 pitches for the CG SHO.

Blog Night IV

For STH, just shoot me an email and I will arrange for you to be admitted to the pregame “festivities.”

Hooray for Kids

This just in:

FOX AND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TO MOVE UP START TIMES FOR
WORLD SERIES AND AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

 — First Time a Regularly Scheduled Weeknight World Series Game
Will Start Before 8 p.m. Eastern Since 1971 –

     NEW YORK – The 2009 World Series and American League Championship Series on FOX will start before 8 p.m. ET on weeknights, it was announced today by FOX and Major League Baseball.
     The last time a regularly scheduled World Series game on Monday through Friday started before 8 p.m. ET was 38 years ago when the Baltimore Orioles faced the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 5 of the 1971 World Series.
     The FOX pre-game show will start at 7:30 p.m. ET for weeknight games with first pitch scheduled for 7:57 p.m. ET. Games on Saturday will start no later than weekday games and could start earlier. Games on Sunday will take place following the conclusion of the NFL on FOX as in year’s past.
     “Our goal is to schedule games to allow the largest number of people to watch and this change puts our games in the window we believe will work the best for our fans,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “We appreciate the work that FOX has done to make this happen and I expect that fans of all ages will respond favorably to this adjustment.”
     “Prime time postseason games on FOX have always been scheduled for a window that maximizes the potential audience from coast to coast,” said FOX Sports President Ed Goren. “The fact is that over the last few years, games have been ending a bit later than we’d like. This new schedule, made possible through the cooperation of our stations, affiliates and Major League Baseball, should help fans of all ages see weeknight games from start to finish.”
     The World Series will now have the earliest start time of any U.S. major sports championship excluding the Super Bowl.

Toronto Finale

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sox Lineup

Pods 8, Nix 7, JD 9, Thome dh, PK 3, AJ 2, Ram 6, Getz 4, Fields 5.  Richard pitching.

Let’s get one …

Sunday Hopes

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Today’s Lineup against Halladay

Pods7, Getz4, JD9, PK3, Thome dh, Missile6, Fields5, Miller2, Lillibridge8.  Floyd pitching.

Randoms

Fans seem to be having fun at yesterday’s Family Field Day and enjoyed getting to go inside the White Sox clubhouse.

Congratulations to Ozzie Guillen Jr. on today’s graduation from UIC.  I certainly know mom and dad are proud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Musings

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Today’s Lineup

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

Idles

Sitting in Panera Saturday morning waiting for my daughter to finish a high school placement test.  Feeling quite old.

Afterward, heading over to the ballpark for Family Field Day and Garage Sale for Chicago White Sox Charities.  Because of all the rain (over the past week and yesterday), Roger decided we couldn’t allow people into the outfield because it was still so soft.  Instead, we were able to open the rarely-seen home clubhouse for people to visit.  Our hope is that a clubhouse visit trumps even a game of catch on the outfield grass.

 

Lovely Toronto

Friday, May 15, 2009

Tonight’s Lineup

Nix 5, Getz 4, Quentin 7, JD 9, Thome dh, PK 3, AJ 2, Missile 6, Pods 8.  Danks pitching.

MLB News

JD was suspended two games by MLB for hitting he umpire with his helmet on Wednesday in Cleveland.  He is appealing the two-game suspension and can play until a ruling is made on his appeal.

 

Garage Sale Info

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Last Night in Scranton

Jose Contreras earned the victory with 6.0 IP, allowing no runs on three hits.  He walked five and struck out five.  Brian Anderson was 2-4 with a triple in the 2-0 win for the Knights at Charlotte.

Annual Garage Sale

For those memorabilia collector’s out there, Saturday is our annual Family Field Day and Garage Sale at U.S. Cellular Field.  The Family Field Day portion of the day is sold out but the Garage Sale is open to the public and features some pretty cool stuff.

Fans will find jerseys from guys like Jim Thome and Ken Griffey Jr., bats from Carlos Qunetin and Jermaine Dye, helmets and even A.J.’s used catcher’s gear.  There are programs, yearbooks and media guides, World Series embossed baseballs and game-used balls from series with the Cubs, Yankees and Red Sox, among others.

All proceeds benefit Chicago White Sox Charities.

The Garage Sale is open from 9-2 p.m. in the Patio.  Fan should enter at Gate 2.

Day Thoughts

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Random Ruminations

With Mark Buehrle and Cliff Lee on the mound today, this game has a chance to be a quick one!

In reading some of your posts to my recent blogs …

Sure glad Corky Miller played last night!  Obviously, with night/day and two left-handers, Ozzie wanted to give AJ last night off, knowing he would go against Lee today.  Corky continues to impress with his bat and his arm.

I have been a little surprised by how down everyone has been about the team so soon.  No question the past 10 games or so have been a down stretch, but we’ve been battling through a number of nagging injuries and have not fielded our Opening Day club for awhile now.

Interesting to note that at 15-17, we match our record from last year (actually, last year, we lost our 33rd game to fall to 15-18).  In 2008, we were 18-21 on 5/13 before ripping off eight straight wins to go to 26-21, +3.0 in the division.

We’ve missed BA.  While I know he still has doubters out there, when he was hurt Anderson was hitting .288/.383/.327 in 18 games.  That OBP tops Coco Crisp (.382) and Willy Taveras (.377) and would trail only Adam Jones (BAL) and Melky Cabrera (NYY) among AL center fielders.  It’s way too early to build any argument based on stats, but I want to see our club play together for a week or two before projecting judgments out over the entire season.

We still need to pitch to win … bullpen’s been very good to great.  Starting pitching inconsistent.

 

 

Matinee in Cleveland

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Today’s Lineup

Nix 4, Pods 7, Dye 9, PK 3, AJ 2, Fields 5, Betemit dh, Alexei 6, Lilli 8.  Buehrle pitching.

As I’m sure you know by now, Carlos Quentin was a scratch last night with a sore heel.  While he might be available to pinch hit over the next two days, Ozzie indicated he likely won’t start again until Friday in Toronto.

Elias Note

Jim Thome hit two home runs in the White Sox win over the Indians last night, the 42nd time in his career he has gone deep at least twice in the same game.  Only three active players have more career multi-homer games than Thome: Ken Griffey, Jr. (55), Alex Rodriguez (52) and Carlos Delgado (49).

 

 

Sox Love

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Brooks Robinson

Some Sox love from Brooks Robinson and the Hall of Fame …click here to read about his recent appearance at the National Press Club.

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