Friday, July 30, 2010
I am sure you all heard by now, but the White Sox acquired RHP Edwin Jackson — he of the 2010 no-hitter and a 2009 All-Star with the Tigers — in exchange for RHP Daniel Hudson and minor league pitcher David Holmberg. Hudson was a great guy and we wish him well, but I do believe our chances to win the division in 2010 are better today than they were yesterday with this move.
As for anything else, the next day and a half (deadline is 3 pm CT tomorrow) will be filled with rumors, misdirection and speculation. Stay tuned for the ride.
To be pretty quiet this week, but I have been sitting in meetings with the baseball operations staff, our scouts and the MLB Network as Kenny has discussed options heading up to the deadline. Not sure how the MLBN is going to turn hours of footage into The Club, but it will be interesting to see how the editors work.
As a result of today’s trade, RHP Lucas Harrell will make his Major League debut tonight on the mound. Lucas is a sinker/slider type pitcher who has shown that he can get ground balls and GIDPs when needed. It will be fun to see how he does tonight in his debut.
Lots of good stuff available when you have won 11 straight at home, including:
Sox are a major-league best 33-11 since 6/9 … with a win tonight, Sox could be a season-high 14 games over .500, best since end of 2008 … Sox are 18-1 in their last 19 home games … Paul Konerko has homered in four straight games, one short of the team record (held by Luzinski, Kittle, Thomas and CLee) … the last Sox pitcher to win his debut was Kip Wells, way back in 1999 … J.J. Putz had his club record streak of 27 straight scoreless outings end last night … the Sox have hit 48 home runs in their last 25 games at home.
The Chicago Sun-Times did a terrific job covering the Frank Thomas announcement earlier this week. A great cover and a very nice “letter” from Frank to White Sox fans ran inside the paper. It did remind me of an incident from long ago, probably in the mid to late 1990s.
This was when the Sun-Times, and others, had taken to mocking Frank from time to time by calling him, “The Big Skirt.”
We were at Wrigley Field and the team was stretching before BP. There were fans — some loud, some calling for autographs. Suddenly, there was a loud group of men, two maybe three, and my memory is they were wearing skirts or kilts and carrying signs of some kind. They were yelling at Frank, taunting him with the “skirt” reference.
A reporter from the Sun-Times walked over to me.
“I’m embarrassed,” the person said. “See those guys, they work for the Sun-Times sports department.”
I wonder if they still do.
If so, thanks for doing such a nice job with the Frank coverage this week.