Start of Act II
Friday, July 17, 2009
Pods 7, Missile 6, JD 9, Thome dh, PK 3, AJ 2, Getz 4, Beckham 5, Wise 8. Danks pitching.
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?’”
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).