Odds and Ends
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
So how mad were most (all?) of us after Sunday’s loss at Minnesota, feeling like we’d missed an opportunity to gain another game on Detroit and the Twins. But, the great thing about baseball is there is always a game the next day. Low and behold, two days and two wins in Seattle later, and we’ve picked up two games on both the Twins and Tigers. Crazy.
Some of you may have read, watched or listened to coverage at the All-Star game about Kenny Fullman, a youth baseball coach in Chicago and for our Amateur City Elite team who was honored as our “All-Stars Among Us” with a trip to this year’s All-Star Game. If you didn’t, here are a few links to newspaper coverage of Kenny:
It’s fast approaching, so if you are interested, you had better order your tickets soon!
Blog Night V on Sunday, August 1 when we face the A’s (actually, it is a 1:05 p.m. game, but Blog Day doesn’t quite sound the same).
A couple of people have asked what happens at Blog Night. Here’s my pitch, but other fans, feel free to offer your thoughts of the ever-more-popular event …
We come to the ballpark early and meet in the Conference & Learning Center. Fans enjoy the chance to meet one another and put faces with screen names. I try to find some interesting speakers for the group — in the past I think we’ve had Jerry Reinsdorf, Kenny Williams, Rick Hahn, Ozzie Guillen, Steve Stone, Darrin Jackson, Ed Farmer, Moose Skowron, Ron Kittle (are all these names correct and did I miss anyone)? Then we have some fun with door prizes, question and answer, etc.
After that, it’s on to a ballgame and a White Sox victory.
Second Half Stories
This weekend, I was in my car and caught a national radio host complaining about the lack of compelling story lines in Major League Baseball (this, it should be noted, while he spent much of his show talking about the fact that Tim Tebow has the most popular jersey in the NFL). He challenged his producer to come up with some story lines. When the producer could only offer two, the host closed his show by claiming the lack of story lines showed a lack of national and fan interest.
Since part of my job, in theory, is to promote baseball, I was annoyed.
So here are some of my staff’s story lines to watch for during the second half (not necessarily White Sox specific and in no real order):
- Three-team races in the AL East, Central and NL East; a potential four-team race in the NL West
- Will the AL Central need 163 games to decide a champion for the third straight year?
- Success of the Texas Rangers despite the ownership questions
- Surprise San Diego Padres
- Can the Braves win it for Bobby Cox (see below)
- Final seasons for mgrs Bobby Cox and Lou Piniella and questions about Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa.
- The dominance of pitching (no-hitters, Perfect Games, etc.)
- The Cincinnati Reds
- Stephen Strasburg’s rookie season
- Who is going to win the NL Cy Young race out of a loaded field
- Amazing turnaround of the Chicago White Sox
- A-Rod approaching 600 career home runs
- Miguel Cabrera and Josh Hamilton in a legitimate Triple Crown race
Any others you might want to add?
I’ll offer some White Sox-specific thoughts tomorrow.