Glendale

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.

For details, click here.

Practice!

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.

Congrats

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!)

Roster Moves

With today’s roster moves, the White Sox roster stands at 39.

Tomorrow

Is our lone off day of the spring, so please, no emails, calls, tweets, direct messages …

Celebs

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. 

To check out the offer, click here.

14 Comments

Hope you enjoyed your day off Scott!! Well deserved. I’m heading down to Phoenix later today and catching the Brewers and Giants game—can’t wait!! I have my camera all packed to take plenty of pictures. Opening day is sneaking up gang. How is everyone feeling about the club? Still seems pretty quiet on the boards.
See you in the desert!!!
Donna

Regarding the Guillen family vs. Sox organization situation, my thoughts on it are as follows.

The media which is “condemning” the organization for their secrecy is the same group that will immediately hang the Sox organization by their gonads the minute something gets out on facebook or twitter that isn’t “politically correct.”

Whether what the Sox want is fair or not is meaningless.

You work for the Sox you follow the rules of the organization. Period.

I don’t know where Oney is coming from but he is seriously out of line with his comments. If any “regular” person did this they’d be kicked out the door of wherever they work.

I agree with comments I’ve seen at other sites that these “toys” like twitter and facebook are dangerous and taking the focus away from what the players, coaches and manager should be focused on. Winning games. Period. And the way this club has sleepwalked through a number of spring games they look like they need to start focusing better before things start to count.

Mark Liptak

Regarding the Guillen family vs. Sox organization situation, my thoughts on it are as follows.

The media which is “condemning” the organization for their secrecy is the same group that will immediately hang the Sox organization by their gonads the minute something gets out on facebook or twitter that isn’t “politically correct.”

Whether what the Sox want is fair or not is meaningless.

You work for the Sox you follow the rules of the organization. Period.

I don’t know where Oney is coming from but he is seriously out of line with his comments. If any “regular” person did this they’d be kicked out the door of wherever they work.

I agree with comments I’ve seen at other sites that these “toys” like twitter and facebook are dangerous and taking the focus away from what the players, coaches and manager should be focused on. Winning games. Period. And the way this club has sleepwalked through a number of spring games they look like they need to start focusing better before things start to count.

Mark Liptak

i didn’t really see anything that Oney wrote as bad… he criticized williams restaurant- big deal…. he messed a bit with Cora- it was all in fun… AFTER he quit he called 3 people geeks… but again that was after he quit….. and who was he calling a geek? Scott? Boyer? well they are geeks… so i don’t see the big deal there. haha. I think its all a bunch of BS to get their reality tv show ratings.

Can anyone help me ? My daughter got an autograph from a Sox player who wore number 90. Who was it?

Another day, another tie at the old ball park. This isn’t hockey is it? No, there aren’t that many ties in hockey anymore. Only two weeks to go ladies and gentlemen, and the games will count. No more ties! Only wins! Go Sox’10…j.k.

Greeting from beautiful and very sunny Arizona!! Well after taking in the Blackhawks game Saturday, along with many of the Sox players and manager, I took it my first game today!! More to that in a minute, but have to share a story about my experience before the Sox game. Those who have been here may or may not know of Westgate next to the stadiums. Shopping, food, bars all in convenient walking distance to the hockey and football stadiums. AWESOME concept!! Anyway we were walking throught there and my husband spots John Danks and Matt Thornton walking through the crowd. It was one of those moments where I was torn between really wanting to get a picture of them, and respecting their privacy. I decided to nicely ask if they would take a picture with 2 of my kids. They could not have been nicer and said sure. Well, John goes to pose with the kids and Matt steps away and I looked at him and said “you too Matt!” He was like “oh you want me too ok” So humble, so sweet! It made my kids day, ok and mine too! You guys know how I like my pictures!! ;) Anyway wanted to share what great guys they were,

On to baseball! Went to Maryvale Park to see the Sox and Brewers play. No Camelback, but nice–much nicer than Hohokam Park. Good food, very nice people, little games between innings like at regular season games, t-shirt toss, and plenty of shady areas to retreat to–even in the lawn. The Sox must have either been split squad or lots of guys with an off day because not lots of the big name guys there. The game ended in a tie, but nobody seemed to care. Just happy to be watching baseball in the sun! The highlights for me:
–The relaxed attitude of the coaches and team. So accessible, so friendly
–Getting to see Baby Danks play!
–Mark Kotsay and about 4 others standing at the dugout steps yelling at an adult to give the ball they threw up to the kid it was intended for until he was shamed into doing so
–Kenny Williams Jr stealing not one but 2 bases
–Watching the older gentleman in front of me do the YMCA
–Watching Freddy pitch a decent game

Off to the Ranch Tuesday. Hoping to see some practice in the morning and then watch the Sox beat the Giants. I’m getting pumped for baseball season!!

Scott Jr. er I mean, Donna. very nice little report: concise, interesting and good inside info. Mr. Reifort better watch it or you’re taking his job away. Have fun the rest of the week, and I’m glad the weather is cooperating for you and the family…… Go Sox’10….j.k.

I think everyone in the organization needs to be worrying more about baseball, winning the division/WS and the Twins.

Out of lurk mode.

Regarding Ozzie and his family and all this tweeting and website nonsense. Someone should give him a history lesson on how the Bears non-dynasty was ruined in the 80’s because everyone’s personal interests and greed over rode their desires to win football games. Ozzie and the sox (and us fans as well) have a good thing going here and I’d hate to see it all p!ss3d away over a pittance of money and some technology no one will remember in 20 years.

Dan

Back to lurk mode.

I think Ozzie handled the situation with Oney just fine. He’s no longer employed by the Sox and it is time for him to find a job.

Ha JK! I am no Scott jr but did have a great time. We went to the Ranch Tuesday. Unfortunately, rained that day so the big boys weren’t practicing, but did get to take in some of the minor league practice. I’m not sure who was enjoying it more, the little kids who asked for autographs from players they didn’t even know, or the minor leaguers who were more than happy to sign. Last year we got one Gordon Beckham’s autograph during these sessions so who knows if this year one of these boys comes up to play too–Viciendo? Hyniack? We’ll see! If you have never come to spring training, seriously consider it. It is a whole different vibe and your access to players is much more so than during regular season. The guys are more willing to come sign and seem much more relaxed. Kotsay was joking with the fans. Beckham and Paulie promised to come over after stretching and did. The whole left field line was loaded with players giving autographs. Even the game feels different. I was taking pictures during the game (of course) and one of the ushers told me I could move up closer if I wanted. Don’t think I’d hear that at the Cell!! So again my highlights, this time at the Ranch:

–Food as good as the Cell (and even a yummy Dodger Dog!)
–Kotsay throwing knuckleballs at Beckham
–Music just like at the Cell
–Getting to see our opening montage and getting Thunderstruck
–Seeing Harold Baines Jr take an at bat
–Watching Ozzie chat up with people in the stands between innings
–The “senior stroll” after the game around the bases
–The really great ushers and security staff who shared what they could to make it a great experience

Go to spring training if you can, it’s a great time. Counting the days till opening day! I’ll be going for the first time ever–can’t wait!
Donna

Well, Donna, My turn comes this Friday and Saturday, when the Sox take on the D-Backs and Rockies in Tucson. I’ll try to be as insightful as you, but I doubt I can measure up to your lofty standard….. Scott: eat your heart out, it’s Donna-O, Donna, Donna, O-Donna from now on ( to paraphrase a certain musical number from 30 or so years back). I’ll see you in Tucson with the Boys I hope, otherwise, go Sox’10….j.k.

Ok JK, looking forward to your take! Floyd didn’t give us a very good outing at the Ranch but Teahen seems to be getting his swing back and Jenks seems to be doing better. They seem to be working out some of the kinks as I guess that is what the spring is for. I expect to hear how things look from your eyes!!

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