Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
To all White Sox fans. The White Sox wore green hats today for their game against the Dodgers. The hats from today’s nine starters will be available in an on-line auction that begins on Saturday, March 20. Proceeds from the acution benefit Glendale’s “From The Heart” charity.
During batting practice each day, our strength and conditioning staff runs players through various agility drills. Yesterday, the drill consisted of each player shuffling to his right and left, picking up baseballs that were bounced in his direction. The hitch? Players wore a belt with a heavy rubber band extending off each side as a teammate held tight.
Different groups treated the drill differently.
Each member of Juan Pierre’s group pretended to be an NBA star.
“Practice,” Pierre shouted as he went through the drill. “You’re talking about practice?!”
In another group, AJ and Carlos Quentin were jousting, seeing who could make the fewest errors.
One of those classic moments in the Arizona sun. You gotta make practice fun.
To VP/Assistant GM Rick Hahn, who was ranked No. 1 by Baseball America as the top GM candidate in the game (although come to think of it, the last thing I want is for Rick to get a GM job elsewhere, so maybe I should have preferred he stay off the list!)
With today’s roster moves, the White Sox roster stands at 39.
Is our lone off day of the spring, so please, no emails, calls, tweets, direct messages …
Two celebs were in camp today, Country Western star Toby Keith and Israel del Toro, a White Sox fan and member of the Air Force injured in Afghanistan in 2005, who often comes by to visit the team. Keith was seeing his good friend Jake Peavy, while del Toro met with 30-some members of the staff and team to talk about his experiences and his recovery from his serious injuries.
Several players thanked del Toro for speaking to the team.
Glendale Ticket Offer
We are making a special ticket offer to fans who follow the Sox through Social Media. You can get 2 tickets for $22 (regularly $20 each) for either Saturday’s game with San Diego (March 20) or the game on March 28 against KC.