June 2009

White Sox/Dodger Matinee

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Today’s Lineup

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

Smiling Faces

How great to see our 1959 heroes — Bill Pierce, Jim McAnaney, Jim Landis, Jim Rivera and Luis Aparicio (and their better halves) — at the ballpark this morning in honor of the team’s 50th anniversary of that amazing pennant-winning season. (50 years!)

The group is going to say hello to Ozzie and our current players, visit with the media, take part in the pregame celebration (which includes each of the five throwing a first pitch to a member of our 2005 World Series Championship team) and then go upstairs to a private, small autograph-signing for fans that benefits Chicago White Sox Chairities.

Future Stars

Future game rosters were announced today with C Tyler Flowers (USA) and 3B Dayan Viciedo (World) representing the White Sox.


Sox vs. Dodgers

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tonight’s Lineup

Pods 7, Missile 6, JD 9, PK dh, AJ 2, BA 8, Nix 4, Beckham 5, Fields 3.  Floyd pitching.

Out In The Community

062409-PBATS-099-1.jpgWednesday, June 24, 2009

Morning at the Ballpark … For Chicago’s Kids

Earlier this morning, Herm Schneider and Allen Thomas of the White Sox training staff and Sox players Jermaine Dye and Brian Anderson hosted a P.L.A.Y event for local kids at U.S. Cellular Field. 

PLAY, which stands for Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth, is a public awareness campaign of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), in conjunction with the Taylor Hooton Foundation.  The PLAY campaign promotes healthy living and decision making among children in America. 

Dye and Anderson joined nearly 100 kids from the White Sox R.B.I program who were at the ballpark learning about fitness, stretching and injury prevention.  Dye talked to kids about how important preparation is in baseball.

“We use to show up right before the game and just play, that’s not how it should be done,” said Dye. “You have to stretch and be loose.  We’re going over a lot of those types of things today.”

Anderson, meanwhile, had some fun taking part in the calisthenics and drills being led by Thomas, the team’s strength and conditioning coach.

“It’s great being out here,” said Anderson.  “I’m working up a pretty good sweat for it only being 10:30 in the morning, but the kids have not complained one bit about the heat.  We’re having a lot of fun.”

The day concluded with lunch in the patio where the kids were able to partake in a Q and  A with the Sox players and Orlando Hudson of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who also stopped by to speak to the kids. 


062409-PBATS-050.jpgBrookfield Zoo

White Sox players Jayson Nix and Scott Podsednik, along with Southpaw and the Chevrolet Pride Crew, visited the Brookfield Zoo today. They signed almost 400 autographs to fans who braved the heat to come out and support their Sox.


50 Years Ago

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tonight’s Lineup

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

Nice to get back to our regular lineup in an AL park (with hot weather).

Interleague Notes

Sox are 7-4 in interleague play in 2009 … own a 7-2 edge over the Dodgers all-time in regular-season play (3-0 at U.S. Cellular Field) … Jim Thome, with 55, owns the most interleague home runs in baseball, and Paul Konerko, with 43, is tied for fifth … the White Sox boast the best interleague ERA at 2.42, 0.30 ahead of St. Louis.

Vote, Vote and Vote Again

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clicking here.


Blog Night IV

If you haven’t heard, Blog Night IV is on the schedule (thanks to the many people who already purchased).

Event is Tuesday, July 21, White Sox vs. Tampa Bay.  Tickets are $19 and of course there will be a special (if that the right word) pregame session in the Interview Room (aka Conference & Learning Center) with special guests and special prizes.

Sign up today (or at least soon) since tickets are limited.  Go to this link on whitesox.com and use the password: Blog.

If you are a season ticket holder or already have tickets for that game, just shoot me a note and I’ll see how we can make it work for you.




Day of Rest

Monday, June 22, 2009

A day of rest for the White Sox before the Dodgers and Cubs visit U.S. Cellular Field.

Check out Sox first-round pick Jared Mitchell from LSU tonite on ESPN as his Tigers begin a best-of-three series with Texas for the National Championship.

Thought you might enjoy his sense of humor:

Click here

You might also find a few great plays by the athletic outfielder.


I Hate to Lose

Thursday, June 19, 2009

Reading through all of the Twitter and blog reaction to our loss today, there’s not much I can say.  Yuck.

I’m off to Cincinnati with the team and am looking forward to winning a series there and attending the Civil Rights Game and all of the related activities.


Cubs-Sox, Game 2

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Today’s Lineup

Pods 7, Missile 6, JD 9, PK 3, AJ 2, BA 8, Getz 4, Beckham 5, Floyd pitching

Try This Again

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Today’s Lineup

Pods 7, Missile 6, JD9, PK 3, AJ 2, BA 8, Getz 4, Beckham 5, Danks pitching.


Not really sure why yesterday’s post went up three times (and wasn’t sure how to delete two of the redundancies).  I apologize if you wasted time reading all three, but if you actually read all three, you might have other issues to deal with …

An employee/reader here pointed it out to me once I had arrived at Wrigley.  I accused her of “user error,” and she met me this morning at the water cooler with some snide comments about my choice of shirt colors (bright orange, which works well if I am hunting, working on a road crew, heading into the woods looking for my golf ball or heading to Wrigley where I need to stand out in a crowd).

Piling On

Comments about Wrigley during the rain delay yesterday:

“Can’t we just stay on the bus, it would be more comfortable … and we’d have more room.”

“We don’t have a clubhouse,  We have a closet.”

“If you have to go to the bathroom during the game, you need to get a taxi.”

Come to think of it, if I was grand poobah of a baseball team, I’d make the visiting accommodations as miserable as possible, but of course, I went to Iowa where football coach Hayden Fry famously painted the walls of the visiting locker room pink to take the edge off the opposing team’s aggression on Saturdays.

Come Clean

Well, Sammy Sosa took care of yesterday’s pregame topic.

Ozzie made a good point, I think.  If you are one of the 104 players who tested positive, and you know you did, why not come out right now and tell the world?  The test was in 2003, so many of the players have likely left the game.  I understand why it wouldn’t matter to them (although they could potentially influence others by admitting what they did, why they did it and how it was a mistake).  If you are still playing or if you have hopes of the HOF, why not come clean?  I think people would respect your confession and move on, and maybe, just maybe, you would convince someone else not to take the risk to their body or their career.


I asked yesterday on my twitter (@InsideTheSox) and repeat it here:  send me your favorite/best memories from past Cubs/Sox meetings.  They can be personal or not.  I can’t promise that the best will receive something, but you just might get an email from me on the side.  I’d love to hear a few stories (hint: laughter works best with this “judge.”)


Tripping North

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Here We Go Again

It’s time for yet another Sox-Cubs series (has it really been 13 years?), and surprise, surprise, much of the pre-series media coverage centered on Ozzie’s view of Wrigley Field.

While it is definitely a tired subject in my mind, Ozzie’s opinion of the ballpark was generated by his own experience: parking, walking to the clubhouse, the clubhouse, his office, the walkway down to the dugout, the dugouts, the batting cages in the outfield and the field itself.  For the most part, these areas are among the worst in baseball.  Add to it the press box area and the walk up and down from the press box, and you understand why anyone who works there doesn’t really like the place, particularly when it is compared to most of the other ballparks in baseball.  I told my wife this morning, the very worst thing you can have is pre-game rain at Wrigley.  First game of the series, lots of media, crowded clubhouse, damp conditions, nowhere to go, nothing really to do.  It’s a bad recipe.

Most of my complaints about Wrigley are centered on its age.  I have now been doing this long enough to have experienced two truly awful ballparks — when seen from the inside out:  Tiger Stadium was the worst, old Cleveland Stadium a close second.

The elevator ride up old Tiger Stadium was the worst five minutes of my life.  It still sends chills up and down my spine.  First, there was the issue of if you would make it.  The ricketty old elevator seemed to be gasping for breath as it went up the five levels.  Riders also gasped for breath.  The elevator operator, a lovely older woman, must have started her day dousing herself in baby powder.  In the cramped elevator, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with nine other sweating journalists, a small fan above her blowing out the baby-powder scent, filling the space by forcing any remaining oxygen out of the compartment.  Soon CO2 took over.  By the time you arrived at the roof — yes the press box was on the roof — you practically sprinted up the walkway to the press box.  But, oh, that walkway!  The carpet was coated and the space smelled of … cooking grease.  These aromas are so set in my mind that even as I write this, I needed to get up and go get a drink of water.  Yuck.

And Cleveland … the press box, which was situated down low, close to the action, featured very special windows.  Big cast iron style, they swung up on a hinge, locking over your head into the ceiling with a hook.  It didn’t take much of an imagination to see this thing come swinging down during a moment of the game, decatapitating all who sat below it, guillotine-like.  I am not exaggerating.  I used to check the hooks before I sat down to work.

And once they were hooked up during the season, the Indians policy must have been to leave them up, never closing the windows.  I surmised that because water would pool in the windows, leaving an inch or so of liquid to congeal, all summer long.  And what grows in standing water?  Mosquitos … and midges.  Pleasant.

So Wrigley?  It’s bad.  But not the worst.

(Please note, any time I start to whine about this kind of thing, my friends and family — mainly family because my friends left me long ago — remind me that I get to work in a major league ballpark, to shut up and deal with it)


How truly amazing that after 66 meetings, this series is tied, 33-33, with both teams going 19-14 at home and the Sox holding a 323-322 edge in runs scored (one run!).

We enter tonight on a three-game winning streak (remember that last year?!), having outscored the Cubs, 21-9.  The Sox have won eight of the last 12 series.

No truth to the rumor that the Astros were going to loan us Carlos Lee for this series.

Be Kind

To one another over the next three days. 

Rainy Thursday

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Today’s Lineup

Pods 7, Missile 6, JD 9, Thome dh, AJ 2, Beckham 5, BA 8, Getz 4, Fields 3.  Floyd pitching.

Konerko Update

Is receiving a shot today in his jammed right thumb, which has bothered him off and on in the past.  He is day-to-day and hopes to return to the lineup soon.

2,000th Game

Official scorer Bob Rosenberg is throwing out a ceremonial first pitch today in honor of scoring his 2,000th baseball game.  Ozzie Guillen insists on catching it.

Ask Doug Laumann

Feel free to shoot me any questions for Sox scouting director Doug Laumann about this year’s draft and our club’s picks.  Doug will sit down and answer any questions on whitesox.com in a few days (once we’ve collected enough questions).  Fire me an email, comment here or DM me in twitter.


Roger says the rain should be out of here and the game should start around 1 pm (or within a half hour of start time at the lastest).