Random Thoughts

December 3, 2009

Lessons

As most of you know, KW’s son, Kyle, is a wide receiver on the Arizona State football team.  Last Saturday, in the final college game of his career, Kyle had a game to remember — catch after amazing catch — only to come up short in the fourth quarter as the Sun Devils lost to rival Arizona.  Barry Rozner of the Daily Herald spoke to KW about his son, the play and the game, and as always, I really appreciated KW’s perspective.  You might enjoy it as well. (although I am going to give KW a tough time about his favorite sport comment)

SoxFest and Arbitration

Easy on the conspiracy theories. One reporter and a poster here commented on the fact that Bobby Jenks was not on the early list of Sox players attending SoxFest Jan. 22-24 at the Palmer House Hilton even though he lives in Chicago in the offseason.  There was speculation it has something to do with offseason comments by our closer.

The fact is we never invite arbitration-eligible players to SoxFest, at least not until we reach a contract agreement with the player.  It’s been that way for years.  We just don’t want to put players in that position during an offseason in which there is a chance they could go to arbitration.  As soon as we reach an agreement with any player — and obviously we always want to work out a deal — that guy will be invited to SoxFest.

It’s nothing personal with Bobby or any of our other guys in that situation. Don’t read too much into it.

 

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3 Comments

Thanks for the clarification Scott. One of the reasons I follow the site.

A big hello to all of my fellow blogging buddies. I hope the holiday season is treating you all very well. With the Deadskins’ awful year this year, I am aching to get back in baseball mode again. Why can’t February and spring training get here any faster?

I do have to say the pickups of Omar Vizquel and Andruw Jones are not necessarily bad moves (especially considering what we paid for Jones). Vizquel, like Kotsay, will be an experienced veteran coming off the bench and will be a good mentor for our young guys. And I see Jones as a decent fit for the DH spot and maybe right field. I’d still like us to address the leadoff situation, if we can’t reach a deal with Pods, as well as our right field and bullpen issues. Either way, I just want it to be baseball season again.

If I don’t speak to ya’ll again this year, let me wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Go White Sox ’10!

It’s been awhile, so I thought I’s say hi to everybody out there. You ARE still out there aren’t you? Anyway, it’s cloudy and cool here today, with snow probable in the mountains. Only a couple more months and the new season can get started…. and none to soon either.

Stay warm and healthy and have a happy Holiday season, ya’ll….. Go Sox’10…j.k.

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