Series Opener at Fenway
Monday, August 24, 2009
Tonight opens a big four-game series at Fenway Park for both teams. During the usual pre-series meeting with the team today, Ozzie told the team it needed to stick together, believe in themselves and one another and have fun. The talent is here, he said before the game, this team has been through it before, we just need to not panic. He continues to believe in this team and that this team can win a World Series.
We launched a special “microsite” on whitesox.com today, called Rookie Watch. You can find it at whitesox.com/rookies. The site — designed and built by MLBAM — features video interviews with Gordon Beckham, Jayson Nix and Chris Getz, interviews with teammates and staff about the players, video highlights, bio info and even the ability to sort the top AL rookies by stats. Check it out. We thought it was the best way to promote our three rookie position players to the general public and to the writers who choose the Rookie of the Year.
Funny to see Mark Buehrle sitting innoculously alone in a Starbucks in Boston. No one even noticed he was there.
Nothing like the visiting clubhouse at Fenway after an afternoon shower, well, except maybe Wrigley’s visiting clubhouse (but we’ll leave that to Ozzie to comment).
As one person noted, “With the millions of dollars they make around here (one parking sign was for $40 just across from the ballpark), you’d think they’d spend something to fix up the visiting clubhouse. Major League Baseball should do something about this.”
What teams around the league should do is make their own visiting clubhouses as miserable as possible for the Red Sox (old, dirty carpet, no room, stale air) and then put them back together once they leave town. Call it home field advantage.