June 2009

Deja Vu

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

1990s Redux

So I’m standing on the field today before the game talking with Ozzie Guillen and Robin Ventura.  We say hello to Gene Lamont.  Frank Thomas walks up, smiling, and Magglio Ordonez comes by to say hello to all of his former teammates.

It was like a decade of my life was condensed into five minutes.

Sox vs. Detroit Wednesday

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tonight’s Lineup

Pods 7, Missile6, JD9, Thome dh, PK 3, AJ 2, Beckham 5, Getz 4, BA 8.  Danks pitching.

Draft Day II

Our scouting department was thrilled with how Day 1 of the draft went with the Sox picking LSU OF Jared Mitchell with our first round pick.

The first number KW called to reach Jared actually went to his home.  Jared’s father answered, and after seeing the caller ID, enthusiastically said … “Chicago White Sox.”

When KW tracked down Jared with his next call to contgratulate him and welcome him to the organization, KW asked, “Have you talked to your dad yet?”

Jared said his phone had just blown up with calls and that he hadn’t had a chance to catch his dad yet.

“Call your dad,” Williams told him.  “Talk to your dad.”

The draft continued today, with plans to cover rounds 4-30.  That makes for a very long day in the draft “War Room.”

“I pulled into my garage at 12:45 am,” one of our staff said, “and we were back here at 7:30 a.m.”

An annual draft sight is to see a entire board filled with hundreds of magnetic strips containing player names

Reunion Weekend

Robin Ventura, making his annual visit in support of Prostate Cancer Awareness, and Frank Thomas, interviewing some of the Sox for his new gig at Comcast Sports Net (Frank is providing the channel with special coverage during the upcoming Cubs/Sox clash), will both be at the ballpark tonight.

It will be good to catch up …



Getting Our Guy

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Jared Mitchell

The White Sox selected Jared Mitchell, an outfielder from LSU, with the 23rd pick of the first round in tonight’s MLB First-Year Player Draft. Mitchell, who the Sox had targeted, projects as a center fielder in the big leagues, and MLB Network analysis identified Mitchell as having the highest projection for a position player in the first round of this draft.

Sorry, I was late posting tonight — my daughter’s eighth-grade graduation got in the way — so I’ll skip the lineup. You likely already know that LHP Aaron Poreda was promoted from Class AA Birmingham in time for tonight’s game and Bartolo Colon was placed on the disabled list.

Sox/Contreras Win, Split DH

Jose Contreras allowed one hit over 8.0 IP as the Sox won the nightcap from Detroit, 6-1, splitting Monday’s doubleheader.

Postgame comments from White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen:

“I think it was exciting for everyone, especially the guys, his teammates.  We were happy for him because he threw the ball the way we know he can throw the ball.

“He turned a really bad day into a nice day.  He did a tremendous job for us, saved our bullpen and won the game.

“He had the best split he’s thrown in a long time.  He threw it for strikes when he wanted to.”



Game 2 Lineup

Monday, June 8, 2009

Pods 7, Missile 6, jd 9, Thome dh, PK 3, Beckham 5, getz 4, BA 8, Castro 2.  Contreras pitching.

Wes Whisler was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte between games to make room on the roster for Contreras.

DH Game 1

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sox vs. Detroit

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


Paul Konerko and Jim Thome were very pleased with the turnout at Lizzie McGuire’s last night for their reception to benefit Children Home + Aid and Foster Care.

DH Notes

The Sox and Tigers have played 10 DHs since 1991 (five in each city) and have another scheduled for 7/24 in Detroit… the Sox are 6-2-2 in DH with Detroit in that span.

Sunday Thoughts

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Today’s Lineup

Pods 7, Missile 6, JD 9, PK 3, Fields dh, Castro 2, BA 8, Getz 4, Beckham 5.  Colon pitching.


So despite the frustrations of this homestand thus far (2-4), we actually are closer to first place as of this morning, than when we completed the sweep at Kansas City.  Go figure, but the club was 24-25, -4.0 after the game on 5/31 and begins today 26-29, -3.5 games. 

Not counting the division leaders, only three teams in the AL are closer to the top in their division: Yankees -0.5, Minnesota -2.5 and Toronto -3.0.

So as Ozzie and Paul Konerko noted this week, it could be a lot worse given how we’ve played to date.

I still want to see us play for a couple of weeks with our entire team in place.

Good to hear Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, on the national FOX telecast, lauding our bullpen, specifically Matt Thornton and Bobby Jenks.  Well deserved.

Draft Notes

The White Sox own four of the first 71 picks in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, which begins Tuesday at 5 p.m. CT (note the move to the evening from the afternoon).

The Sox will pick 23rd in the first round and also own the No. 38 and No. 61 picks as compensation for losing Type A free agent Orlando Cabrera, and the 71st pick in the second round.

MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire draft, which covers three days from June 9-11.  MLB Network will carry the first round from Studio 42 in Secaucus, NJ, with those picks simulcast on mlb.com.  Ron Kittle and Moose Skowron will represent the White Sox at the draft.  Ironically, neither was drafted. 

“I was before they had a draft,” Skowron said.  “We went to the highest bidder!”

Once Tuesday night is completed, the draft will continue with rounds 4-30 at 11 a.m. CT on June 10.  Rounds 31-50 will occur on June 11, starting at 10:30 a.m. CT. 


Clayton Richard starts Game 1, and Jose Contreras will start Game 2.


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Today’s Lineup

Pods7, Missile6, Thome dh, PK3, AJ2, Fields 5, Nix9, Getz4, BA8.  Floyd pitching.


JD serves the second and final day of his suspension today … we are scoreless over our last 23 innings and are 0-22 in scoring position the last two days … amazingly, we are hitting .281 on the road and .216 at home … things have to change!  We need the weather to hold off, we need to win this game and we need to score a few runs along the way.  Is that asking for too much on a Saturday afternoon?  With 48 home runs, Jermaine Dye is tied with Tampa’s Carlos Pena for most home runs in the American League since Opening Day 2008.

Draft Preparations

The books and cards are complete, our top amateur scouts are in town and the draft war room is set up for Tuesday’s First-Year Player Draft.  The Sox pick 23rd in the first round and our scouting staff will basically be in meetings from now until the first pick discussing players, comparing notes and evaluating the country’s top talent.  It’s a fun time to just be a fly on the wall …

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 (is 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 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. 


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Series Opener with the Indians

Friday, June 5, 2009

Tonight’s Lineup

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

Dye Suspension

MLB denied Jermaine Dye’s appeal and he will begin his two-game suspension tonight, concluding it tomorrow.

Thanks for Pitching In

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White Sox Volunteer Corps Event

Thanks to everyone who pitched in and helped at today’s second sold-out Volunteer Corps event.  Over 80 volunteers joined Sox staff and Sox players Chris Getz, Scott Linebrink (and family) and Clayton Richard (and spouse) at the Greater Chicago Food Depository where the group stuffed bags of food for CPS kids in need.

Staff at GCFD explained that these bags were passed out on Fridays to kids who otherwise might go hungy or have their diets suffer over the weekend.  Without our manpower, the goody bags would not be distributed.

We all were in awe of the size of the facility — not to mention its cleanliness — and just the scope of need in the Chicago area.  The huge wharehouse is completely emptied roughly every 30 days.

Here are some photos from the morning well spent …




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