July 2009

Another Wet Night

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tonight’s Lineup

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

Congrats

I congratulated both Mark Buehrle (All-Star) and Paul Konerko (three homers) this afternoon. Wish Paulie would have gotten that shot at No. 4 last night!

Rain 

I always get shaky when I write it, but … Rogers says we should be fine weatherwise tonight.

Pena

Arrived and is wearing uniform No. 57 for your White Sox.

Blog Night IV

Time is running out.  The deadline for Blog Night IV tickets is this Thursday at 5 p.m. CT.

If you haven’t heard, Blog Night IV is Tuesday, July 21, White Sox vs. Tampa Bay.  Tickets are $19 and of course there will be a special pregame session in the Interview Room (aka Conference & Learning Center) with special guests and special prizes.

Thanks to everyone who has already purchased tickets.  Sign up today (or at least by Thursday) since tickets are limited. 

Go to this link at whitesox.com and use the password: Blog

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

Double Duty Classic

And stop by the ballpark at 1 pm on Friday to watch some of the top inner-city talent in the country take part in the Double Duty Classic as players wear throwback uniforms from the Negro Leagues.  It’s a great option for young kids and a great way to sit close to a ballgame on a beautiful day (we hope) at USCF.

In The House

Roland Hemond is in the house today to join Jermaine Dye in presenting scholarships to the University of Phoenix.  Roland has long seen the University of Phoenix as a way for professional baseball players to finish their degrees during the playing careers so that they have something to fall back on post career.

Postgame Wrap — WOW

PK

Paulie Konerko set personal bests with three home runs, seven RBI and hit his eighth career grand slam in tonight’s win.  This was the 12th time a Sox player has hit three home runs in a game, first since Jose Valentin in 2003.  This was the first time a Sox player hit three homers in a game at U.S. Cellular Field.

Postgame thoughts from Konerko:

“I’m glad we got Mark some runs tonight.  He was begging in the dugout.

“It’s starting to get fun.  We’re competing instead of playing the game worrying about stats.  We always felt that if we were in it at the All-Star Break, our best baseball would be ahead of us.”

From Manager Ozzie Guillen:

“I’m embarrassed.  Earlier (before the game), I mentioned a couple of names of guys who should be going to the All-Star Game and didn’t say Paul Konerko, our most consistent guy.”

Trade News

Right before first pitch, the Sox acquired RHP Tony Pena from Arizona for minor-league first baseman Brandon Allen.

Read the press release here.

Guillen explained the trade in his usual manner, humor:

“I thought Tony Pena was a first base coach,” Guillen joked.  “There’s three Tony Penas in baseball.  We don’t need a shortstop and our first base coach is pretty good ..”

Guillen explained that Pena would provide another option in the bullpen, adding depth to protect from late-season injuries and wear and tear and allow him to limit workloads.

“That’s one piece we’ve been missing all year in our bullpen.  In the American League, if your bullpen responds well, you’re going to win a lot of games because so many are decided late.”

Following the game, the White Sox designated LHP Jimmy Gobble for assigment.

Home Runs

Man, don’t you just hate how this team is soooo dependent on home runs?

 

Cleveland In For a Quick Three


080707-0285.jpg
080707-1202.jpgTuesday, July 7, 2009

Tonight’s Sox Lineup

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

All-Star

Congratulations to All-Star Mark Buehrle on making his fourth All-Star team.  It will be special for him to take the mound in St. Louis.

Blog Night IV

Time is running out.  The deadline for Blog Night IV tickets is this Thursday at 5 p.m. CT.

If you haven’t heard, Blog Night IV is Tuesday, July 21, White Sox vs. Tampa Bay.  Tickets are $19 and of course there will be a special pregame session in the Interview Room (aka Conference & Learning Center) with special guests and special prizes.

Thanks to everyone who has already purchased tickets.  Sign up today (or at least by Thursday) since tickets are limited. 

Go to this link at whitesox.com and use the password: Blog

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

Volunteer Corps

Thanks to members of the White Sox Volunteer Corps who are headed to Rush University Medical Center tomorrow to donate blood.  Gordon Beckham and John Danks will stop by to thank our fans and the Rush employees who are giving of their time and bodily fluids.

If you’d like to make an appointment for tomorrow to donate, go to www.givebloodgivelife.org, click on the State of Illinois on the map.  The second paragraph includes info on tomorrow’s event.

Double Duty Classic

Some of the very top amateur baseball players from across the country will be at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday for the second Double Duty Classic.  Admission is free. Gates open at noon, game time is 1 p.m. and pregame entertainment will be provided by the King High School Marching Band and the South Shore Drill Team.  The top minority high school players will make up the two teams and each team will wear replica jerseys from the Negro Leagues. 

Michael Wilbon of ESPN, Ken Williams and former Negro Leaguers will join the youth players for a pregame forum.  Jimmie Lee Solomon of Major League Baseball will attend the game, which is intended to celebrate and honor the Negro Leagues and the annual East-West All-Star Game played at old Comiskey Park. 

080707-0280.jpg

 

Sox at KC

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tonight’s Missile-less Lineup

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

Winning Is Contagious

There is nothing like being around a baseball team that is playing well.  The days seem to fly by.  You can’t wait for the next game.  You arrive at the ballpark expecting to win.  Everyone’s happy.  There’s energy and enthusiasm.  Nothing is better (at least professionally).

Bricks

For those of you who purchased commemorative bricks as part of Phase 2 …

Installation is underway and should be done by Monday at the latest.  The plaze really looks good and all of the bricks will be in place.  If you recall, we hustled to install Phase 1 in time for Opening Day last year.  The weather wasn’t overly cooperative and we just got it done.

We continued to sell bricks all last summer as part of Phase 2 and the response was tremendous.  Net proceeds of the sale go to Chicago White Sox Charities and we have raised well over half a million dollars through this Championship Plaza. 

My point is that if you purchased a brick as part of Phase 2, you will be able to see it on the next homestand.

ACES

I spent my morning at Northwestern University watching our Amateur City Elite baseball team compete in a holiday tournament.  While our team of young players lost to an older team, it was great to see the kids out competing wearing our White Sox uniforms.

DDC

The second annual Double Duty Classic is scheduled for July 10 at 1:05 pm at USCF.  If you have a chance, or know some kids who might enjoy the experience, come on out.  Admission is free.  Gates open at noon and entertainment at Gate 5 will include the South Side Drill Team and the King High School Marching Band.  Michael Wilbon of ESPN is moderating a private forum for the players and Ken Williams will take part.

The game will feature some of the very top minority baseball talent in the nation, with kids coming from NYC, St. Louis and other cities to compete on a Major League Field wearing replica Negro Leagues uniforms.

It really is a fun day to come out to the ballpark and celebrate the history and tradition of Negro League Baseball and the East-West All-Star Game.

 

Finale By The Lake

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tonight’s Lineup

Pods7, Missile 6, JD 9, Thome dh, PK 3, Castro 2, Nix 4, Beckham 5, BA 8.  Contreras pitching.

Random Thoughts

How many of us were praying for that rain to hold off last night … at least through the fifth.

Great to see so many hard-hit balls last night.

And to beat Cliff Lee …

Sox go for the sweep tonight.

How lucky is the Chicago sports media to have Ozzie?  Never a dull moment.  Always a good quote regardless of the story.  I was talking with one veteran columnist during the series at Wrigley and he listed Guillen and Mike Ditka as the two greatest Chicago sports voices of all-time.

Don’t have a column for the day?  Go talk to Ozzie.

Want a funny comment to close your story?  See Ozzie.

“I love the media,” Guillen often says, pointing out that the attention means money in his own pocket.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 104 other followers