World Series Preview
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.