Final Home Game
Sunday, September 27, 2009
What A Difference A Year Makes
Driving into the ballpark this morning, I thought of how different the end of 2009 felt from last year at this time when we were finishing a crucial weekend series with a game looming on Monday with the Tigers and a possible playoff-game for that Tuesday. Granted we still have a week of road games to conclude this year, but it just really struck me this morning how much I missed the excitement, energy and adrenaline we all experienced in 2008. Perhaps by missing out on it in 2009, we’ll appreciate it even more in 2010!
I am pleased by the number of Sox fans I speak to who already are excited about the 2010 season in the sense that they look forward to seeing Jake Peavy pitch every five days and are excited about how good our rotation will be. Certainly we need to figure out why the middle of our lineup struggled so much for most of 2009 (especially the second half) and recreating your bullpen is an annual challenge for every team in baseball, but I do think people are excited. I’d like to hear how you all feel as we start to close the book on 09 and look for 10.
Just to be clear, my television is not tuned to football this morning! I actually watched the United States (with White Sox reps Kirk Champion, Ehren Wassermann, Lucas Harrell and Josh Kroger) win a gold medal at the IBAF World Championships in Italy, beating the Cubans.
I texted my congrats to Champ, who replied that our guys really stepped up and that he really missed buffalo wings!
Ah, I told him, in reply, I am sure the Chianti is tremendous, so everything balances out.