Watch for Flying Elvii
Friday, August 21, 2009
I really don’t get it, but it certainly has become a White Sox tradition. Tonight is our annual Elvis Night at US Cellular Field, which means impersonators, bands, flying Elvii and great scoreboard features.
Before the game, someone asked Ozzie if he listened to Elvis growing up in Venezuela …
“Nope, Michael Jackson,” Guillen answered. “Now, if they had a Michael Jackson Night, then I’d wear ‘The Glove’.”
Congrats to Matt Thornton’s fivesome on their triumph at yesterday’s annual Field of Dreams Golf Outing, sponsored by Miller, to benefit Chicago White Sox Charities.
A few lighter moments from the outing at Harborside Golf Course:
Jeff Cox, proud winner of Closest to the Pin, didn’t think anyone in the clubhouse would believe him, so we made up a sign he could post in the coaches locker room. His prize: a signed Jermaine Dye jersey (which Jeff promptly passed off to a member of his group).
Ozzie Guillen playing with Marty Henegan of the Hilton Corp. During the round, Marty got to sample Venezuelan rum for the very first time and boasted to Ozzie that he would be at the Sox game on Friday night and owned an Elvis jump suit. Now some things that happen in Vegas should stay in Vegas, so Marty, all 200-and-something pounds of him, showed up to today’s batting practice and showed off his white Elvis jump suit, size 42-not-big-enough.
Mid-interview, Ozzie broke up laughing as he saw his golf partner.
“That guy has (guts),” Ozzie laughed.
We just wished that Marty had worn the white boxers and not the blue ones.
Amazingly, Marty was soon the subject of interviews with several local TV outlets.
What a country!
Speaking of what a country …
I sit down next to Moose and Jerry Reinsdorf in the Scout Seats and hear Moose yelling at Jim Palmer.
“Hey, Palmer,” he calls. The HOF pitcher doesn’t hear him.
“Jerry doesn’t believe me,” Moose explains to me. “I hit the very first home run off Palmer when he was just a rookie. He remembers.
“And when I rounded the bases, Orioles manager Hank Bauer (a former teammate of Moose’s who was a lifelong friend) was standing on the top step of the dugout applauding. Pissed Palmer off,” Moose said with a big, big smile.
Ozzie wanted to give him tonight off so that Carlos had two full days of rest. He’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow.
Since 5/22, Gavin Floyd is 8-3 with a 2.46 ERA (fourth in AL) and 99 strikeouts over 16 starts.
Jake’s next scheduled start in Sunday at Gwinnett for Class AAA Charlotte.