Catching Up in March
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Here I was, worried that it had been a week since I’ve been able to post anything, and I come on to read your comments only to see that Donna has stepped in and filled the void! Well done. And it appears the Mr. Tucson, JK, might even prefer her reports to mine. Love it! (JK, sorry I won’t be coming to Tucson this weekend. My family loves that town … Sabino Canyon, Ventana Canyon, Old Pueblo Grille, all the great restaurants …)
I am disappointed that Donna (and maybe others on the site) were down in Glendale and did not look me up to say hello. Next time you are here, find me. I love seeing friendly faces.
Anyway, we are down to 32 players in camp with eight days left in Arizona (counting today). Unlike other springs, it does not appear that KW, Rick Hahn, Ozzie, et al will have too many roster decisions next week, but time will tell.
Good To See
Bobby Jenks throwing well his last time out and Mark Teahen starting to swing the bat well (he is hitting as I write this). You could see it coming with Teahen in recent days as he started to hit the ball hard for outs, then balls started to find holes and gaps. He put a charge into one yesterday in a big 10-run outburst.
The other terrific stories this spring have included pitcher Sergio Santos (live arm), Andruw Jones, Carlos Quentin and Gordon Beckham’s quiet move to second base.
Twice this spring, we’ve held conference calls with White Sox personnel and the major blog sites who cover the White Sox. Today, Director of Player Development Buddy Bell spent 30 minutes on the phone talking about the White Sox system.
He mentioned that Juan Pierre had spent time with our minor leaguers this spring talking about base running and stealing bases, while Omar Vizquel is going to talk to middle infielders later this week. You can’t beat that kind of expertise.
The first call was a couple of weeks ago with Hahn.
I’ve Laughed at …
The recent personal criticism that I monitor media about the White Sox. Yes, we do. It’s part of our job. If something is said or written about the White Sox — positive or critical — in any form of trackable media, we want to know about it. We see it as our responsibility on behalf of the entire organization, and we’d be failing to do our jobs if we did not fulfill this responsibility.
The truly ironic point here is that we weren’t made aware of the recent twitter issues through any kind of monitoring service. Actually, it came to us, and ultimately became public, through traditional media following Social Media sites. But that is not as much fun.
But no one really cares how the sausage is made …
I walked by Ozzie Guillen’s office this week only to see his golf cart parked tight up against the doorway … and his doorway is in an interior hallway, pretty far from the nearest outside entrance.
Surprisingly, he was inside.
“Golf cart?” I asked?
“(blank) players,” he said, laughing.
Just another practical joke in Soxdom.