Monday, October 26, 2009
Four years ago today, White Sox fans, October 26, 2005 …
Sorry, that posted kinda large, but maybe that’s appropriate (and I don’t know how to make it smaller)
Hotel room packages/tickets went on sale this morning at 10 am and sales were brisk. Interest already is strong for January’s event (January 22-24 to be exact).
The great Gordon Beckham claimed his second rookie award today when he was named the MLBPA’s 2009 Player’s Choice Outstanding AL Rookie. Voting for this award, like that of the Sporting News, is by MLB players.
Each winner receives $20K to donate to a worthy charity. Word is that Gordon is splitting his award between a charity that fights Parkinson’s and The Joyce Thome Foundation.
Ozzie and the World Series
I’m off tomorrow to NYC to join manager Ozzie Guillen and the FOX crew for the 2009 World Series.
Ozzie joined Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Ed Goren of FOX today for a conference call promoting the series and Ozzie’s role in the pre and postgame coverage.
Among his comments:
Ozzie on possibly cursing on air: Don’t worry. We have a bet. I’m going to win a lot of money.
Ozzie on the World Series: This could be one of the best. Both teams have speed, power and pitching.
More Ozzie on the World Series telecast: I only curse and say bad stuff about my team.
Guillen: It’s going to be fun. I’ll do my best and be myself. I’ll talk about what I know. The only thing I know in life is baseball.
More Guillen: Ratings will be up in Venezuela, Columbia and Puerto Rico with people tuning in to watch!
Ozzie Guillen on his FOX World Series gig: It’s a great opportunity to work with a group who has been doing the World Series for so long.
Ozzie on instant replay: I think you have to trust the umps. I don’t think we need to move anything right now.”
Ozzie on the Game 1 starters: I have seen them a lot. They have different ways of competing. CC is better than he was in the past. Lee was having trouble one year, went to AAA, came back and was amazing. These two have grown up so fast.
FYI, Arizona Fall League devotees, White Sox player development staff decided to cut Dayan Viciedo’s AFL season short due to tendinitis in his elbow (not considered serious in any way). Brent Morel is taking his place.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
SoxFest Packages on Sale Oct 26
Mark your calendar. SoxFest room and ticket packages go on sale at 10 am Monday, October 26, only via whitesox.com.
Saturday/Sunday and individual-day passes will go on sale in the future. As SoxFest veterans know, the very best way to enjoy the weekend is to get a two-night stay at the Palmer House Hilton. That way, you get exclusive access on Friday night.
Tuesday, October 12 (I think), 2009
Arizona Fall League Begins
Play starts today in the Arizona Fall League and seven White Sox are on the Peoria Javelinas. OF Jordan Danks, 3B Dayan Viciedo and INF CJ Retherford (Hawk’s favorite) are the position players, while the Javelina pitching staff includes Justin Cassel, Sergio Santos, Jacob Rasner and Matt Long.
If you want to follow the Arizona Fall League on twitter, try @MLBazFallLeague
You are not.
A quick read through your postseason baseball picks shows we may not have a winner of this winter’s prize.
Stay tuned, though.
For those who asked, I am trying to track down a video tape of KW’s Second City appearance Friday night.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
To the Minnesota Twins on capturing the AL Central title in dramatic fashion last night with a 6-5 win over the Tigers.
As a baseball fan, I love the first days of the Division Series, with up to three great baseball games a day. For me, it’s like the first games of the NCAA college basketball tournament, only better, because the games generally are better, more compelling. The only thing that is better is when the White Sox are playing in October. Getting better but still not over it yet …
OK, so they are not words that automatically go together, but try “Ken Williams” and “improv comedy” in the same sentence. The Sox GM is helping out a very worthy local cause, Gilda’s House, by appearing in an improv show this Friday night. For information and to see who else is appearing, click here.
Readers, submit your picks for this postseason. Post your winners of each matchup, DS through WS. When the dust settles after the World Series, we’ll crown a champion in some appropriate way.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
My personal thanks and appreciation to all White Sox fans for a terrific season in 2009. Thanks for attending, watching, listening, reading, tweeting, following and basically, offering your passion to this team. While the season was frustrating on many counts, I do love this game because even in years where a team falls short of winning a division, baseball offers such great moments: Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Game (and DW’s catch), President Obama taking the mound at the All-Star Game in St. Louis wearing a Sox jacket and the emergence of Gordon Beckham as a feel-good star of the future. Maybe it’s the way the season ended, but I wish we could start 2010 right now … I can’t wait to see Jake Peavy, MB, John Danks and Gavin Floyd (plus whomever) take the mound each day next summer.
I’d love to hear from you all about any of your own personal moments/highlights from the season and maybe what has you fired up — assuming you are — about 2010. I’d love to read your replies.
Regardless of who you cheer for or follow, you have to love the drama, excitement and tension of a one-game playoff. I’m looking forward to watching today’s game from Minneapolis. Who are you cheering for and why? And which team do you think will capture this winner-take-all contest?
Let me know your thoughts …