Start of Act II

Friday, July 17, 2009

Sox Lineup

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

Sights Seen

As I drove up to the ballpark around 1 pm … Jose Contreras at the ATM machine just outside the ballpark’s front door …

Scotty Pods’ dad dropping him off at the ballpark for work …

I checked in with Mark Buehrle about his All-Star Game experience and chance to talk with President Obama.  He was laughing about how the President told him he was going to wear his Sox jacket to throw the first pitch.

I had heard — from a very good source — that the President was planning to show his Sox Pride in St. Louis, but figured there was always a chance something could get in the way. So on Thursday — the last time I saw Mark — I told him that when he saw the President in the clubhouse before the game, he should offer him anything and everything … hat, jersey, glove, pants, anything “White Sox.”

“Maybe I could wait until he got to the mound and then run it out there,” Buehrle joked, and we both laughed that he wouldn’t even make it to the foul line.

And in the end, the President came through big time, showing his Sox Pride.  I can’t speak for you all, but there was a house in Connecticut with a bunch of kids screaming about the White Sox. Pretty cool.

This from ESPN.com’s Gene Wojciechowski today:

“If I were the Sox, I’d have that Obama All-Star appearance on Chicago billboards as soon as possible. The slogan: ‘The Most Powerful Man In The World Wears Sox Gear. Why Not You?’”

Blog Night

Thanks to the many who bought tickets to Blog Night IV on Tuesday.  For those of you attending, go to the Conference & Learning Center Entrance at Gate 3.  Gates open at 5:30 and the pregame event will begin at 6 pm (ish).

 

40 Comments

I’m here, where’s everybody else? 3-3 when I walked in from my late golf game and thankfully JohnnyD got out of his jam….. Now show me something Boys…. Go Sox’09….j.k.

Now he’s two for two in getting out of jams. How about breaking it open Boys????

Atta Boy Jimmy……..

That’s opening it up, now put it away…. Go Sox’09…j.k.

I’m here – - was outside enjoying the company of my neighbors and the cooler temps!

Hi Kris. I was feeling very lonely………… Thanks for the runs….

When I first looked at the start of the game nobody had posted so I figured you were out doing something on a Friday night. Maria and Kenwo are at the game, as is my mother, Jen is at a Poison concert, not sure where our pal Josh is.. they’re all here in spirit though I’m sure!

I’m here. Sorry I’m late – out to dinner with the ‘rents. Very nice game so far, except for that two-run homer that the Orioles got.

How far from Baltimore are you Josh?

What happened? I leave for a couple of minutes to clean my dishes and it’s now 6-5?????? Come on Line…. Go Sox’09…

I guess he wasn’t warmed up enough…

Wow, that ball was STRUCK!!!!!

Holy moley, mama is lovin this up!!! Way to go Jimmy!

WOW!! Way to go Thome!! The hilarious part about this is that my sister called from work and was like, “Did Thome just hit a grand slam?” Apparently they have it on in the back there. I literally laughed out loud.

Quick! What does Tony Soprano and j.k. have in common? I’ll tell you. We both have ducks in their back yards!! A mallard flew i with the storm…. now go Sox’09….

Is that rain heading our way? We get Egrets, pretty little white birds… dogs just luv to chase em!

Nice job by Getz and Beckham. Get far enough ahead of the Orioles so that they can’t catch us!

That’s just the nightly monsoons we get this time of year. I don’t know if they go to Texas or if they just move back into Mexico for another run tomorrow evening….. j.k.

What’s the word on CQ? Anything new?

Well the bats are well rested, but we need to get our arms looking better. We can’t hope to win if we give up 5 runs every night……

Or 7….. Come on Matt….

Or 8 runs…… Come on, come on Matt…..

Man, it’s a good thing that we have such a big lead. We’re really going to need it.

Some days just doesn’t come easy….. three more outs to go and we pick up a game on the Tigers….. Now in a perfect world, the Yankees sweep Detroit and we do the same to Baltimore, then come Monday, we are 1/2 game out of first. Hold that thought…. Go Sox’09….j.k.

This is another winning ugly situation! Everytime you walk away, the score changes!

All we have to do is hold ‘em for three more outs and this game is ours.

I thought we told you to never leave, Kris! haha……. See what happens, and it’s ALL YOUR fault……… More haha….. go Sox’09…..

That’s a good win….. Well done Team with special kudos to Jim Thome……

Dwayne, hope you’ve enjoyed your stay with the SOX cause soon (and you’ve earned it) you’ll be playing out the rest of the year in Charlotte, or perhaps even Birmingham.
Memo to GB: Until you learn how to play third base how about moving a step to your right. I’ve seen more balls hit by GB down the line in two months than I saw in Joe Crede’s career.

Good job tonight. I say good and not excellent because of the fielding issues. We really need to get a handle on that. But we still won, and I say that’s a nice way to start off the second half of the season. Hopefully we can make that more of a commonality than it was in the first half. Go White Sox!!

I had to eat – - I was just like 10 steps into the kitchen!

This ballgame is a done deal – - thank goodness! I know mom, Maria and Kenwo enjoyed this very much!!!

Buster, you need to learn more about roster moves before you make your brash statements.

Wise is out of options (just as he was a year ago). The Sox can only release him or designate him for assignment. If designated, he will have to clear waivers before he can accept an assignment to Charlotte. And chances are very good that if the Sox designate him, someone will pick him up. So, in other words, if the Sox move him off the 25-man roster, they will most likely lose him. He does not have to worry about finding a place to live in Birmingham.

And when did you become the Sox’ infield coach? Beckham has come a long way in a very short time. And his offensive contributions have more than sufficiently made up for his defensive learning mistakes.

It has never ceased to amaze me over the past four seasons when people ripped Jim Thome.

All the guy does is hit 30 or more home runs a year, drive in around 100 runs, walk more than anyone else on the team and make pitchers totally change their approach to the Sox’ lineup by pitching him differently than anyone else.

What more can the Sox ask for from a cleanup hitter??

Add to that his first class approach to the game and his team-first attitude. He is one of the best mentors for young players in the game today.

I’m thrilled to have him on the club and I’m sure that the Sox’ pitching staff is as well.

And the 32,000-plus at the game tonight (including Kris’ mom, MariA, Kenwo, MarieE and others) were probably thrilled as well.

Sorry TC, I forgot I should clear all my comments with you first. You’re absolutely right. Wise certainly won’t clear waivers. There are lots of teams looking for a 30 year old career minor league cf hitting .189 with 6 rbis in 40 games.
P.S. Wise already has a home in Birmingham.

As far as Beckam goes I didn’t say he hadn’t come a long way, and unlike you I don’t say he is guilty of defensive learning mistakes. I said HIS POSITIONING IS WRONG! Until he learns how to play third (not his natural position), and stop balls hit to his right, he needs to move slightly to the right. I would much rather see singles into left TO HIS LEFT, than doubles down the line to his right because he is positioned incorrectly.l

Sorry TC, I forgot I should clear all my comments with you first. You’re absolutely right. Wise certainly won’t clear waivers. There are lots of teams looking for a 30 year old career minor league cf hitting .189 with 6 rbis in 40 games.
P.S. Wise already has a home in Birmingham.

As far as Beckam goes I didn’t say he hadn’t come a long way, and unlike you I don’t say he is guilty of defensive learning mistakes. I said HIS POSITIONING IS WRONG! Until he learns how to play third (not his natural position), and stop balls hit to his right, he needs to move slightly to the right. I would much rather see singles into left TO HIS LEFT, than doubles down the line to his right because he is positioned incorrectly.l

Hey guys, sorry I wasn’t around, but I was watching the game at a bar with some buddies of mine. Hell of a night for Thome, 2 HR and 7 RBI’s. Our pitching seemed lax at points during the game, but I’m glad our offense picked us up tonight. And Kris, to answer your question, I live about 4 hours away from Baltimore. If the games weren’t in the middle of the week when we played them earlier this season in Baltimore, I would have done my best to be there. Good W tonight and let’s get them tomorrow. Go White Sox!

My hubby was at the game tonight with his buddies, one of which got a haircut for charity (although not a mullet!) and he was texting me the scores throughout the evening as I was visiting a friend who through error of birth is a cub fan so no Sox game on the tv. But I will watch the replay on MLB as I always do and I will see all who are going on Tuesday to Blog Night. Hopefully we will be tied or in 1st place by then. (can you have any doubt it will happen?) Especially with the big boys carrying the team on their shoulders (PK, Thome, etc.) and with TCQ back in the dugout, although not quite back on the field. (soon, I hope–maybe this weekend?) For anyone watching on Fox tomorrow, I will be in row 3 of the Scout Seats to the right of home plate (tickets won at a charity auction).

GO WHITE SOX!!

Buster, thanks for telling me about Wise’s home in Alabama. I was not aware of that.

And I was not asking you to “clear” your comments with me prior to your posting. I just wanted to point out that Wise could not be optioned to one of the Sox’ minor league affiliates.

I don’t look at his stats. I just see the way he plays and I will be surprised if someone doesn’t pick him up.

But, I’m sure that he will be the odd man out unless Ozzie gives in to carrying only 11 pitchers instead of 12. But with the teams that make up the next couple of weeks of the Sox’ schedule, I will be very surprised if Ozzie gives up an arm in the bullpen.

Wise’s play in the ALDS last year is enough to convince me that he can play in the big leagues for somebody. Plus he hits from the left side and can play all three outfield positions.

And Beckham’s positioning (and all the other infielders) is normally controlled by Joey Cora so maybe Joey is the one to whom that comment should be directed.

some things never change…. and politics be damned, I’m glad the President wore his Sox Jacket. Makes ya proud!

First, I was thrilled to see President Obama wearing his Sox jacket. And Michelle is right, he does look cute in it :-)

Nice to see the win tonight. I worked late, so I wasn’t able to join the crowd here, but I’m always with you in spirit!

Can’t make it to Blog Night, due to client deadlines, but I’ll be there in spirit, too. Look forward to a full report from all who attend, and pictures, if possible.

Let’s keep a winning streak going!!!

Go SOX!!

Peggy

I just had one of those old, sneaking hunches of mine last night when Thome came up in the bottom of the 6th…that something was going to happen…

Man, oh, Manischewitz… DID IT EVER !!!

This man, as I’ve stated before, is incapable of hitting a routine home run… It is either a laundry line drive, or a towering, titanic, Killebrew-like blast…

He also looks as though he is still having fun for an old man playing a kids game…

Give the O’s credit, though… they did not quit after the explosions were over… their bats are extremely dangerous, especially at the wrong times… The first six in last night’s lineup… Roberts, Markakis, Adam (NOT Pac Man) Jones, Huff, Scott and Mora can, and do, inflict a lot of damage… Unfortunately for Balto, their pitching staff can ALSO inflict a lot of damage from the opposition bats… the Indians are the only other staff worse than Baltimore’s…

So we will see what happens today…

I look forward to seeing all of you Tuesday night at Blog Night IV… Those whom I’ve met before, and those whose acquaintance I’ll make for the first time… Hopefully, Skowron won’t be as hard on me this year as last…

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