Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday was Frank Thomas Day – Frank’s #35 was retired and fans scooped up the commemorative FT bobbleheads. Frank threw out the first pitch as well. Here are some highlights:
Here’s some video of the day as well:
http://www.twitvid.com/CVZQY Frank’s first moments as he walks onto the field.
http://www.twitvid.com/R0HBF Carlton Fisk and Billy Pierce do the honors and unveil Frank’s likeness on the outfield wall.
Monday, August 30, 2010
There was a great deal of activity here at the park over the weekend, starting with Friday night’s Blackhawks Night. All four championship trophies were here, with representatives from the Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks and of course the Sox as well. Here are some highlights from the pregame ceremonies:
Here are some links to video taken on Friday:
http://www.twitvid.com/S5EQ4 The four trophies are ready for their close-up.
http://www.twitvid.com/OGFV1 Coach Q in the booth with Hawk and Stone
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
This is my third post of the day as I try to work my way through a homestand’s worth of email, photos, etc. I plan to drop in some new stuff throughout the week just to try and keep you up to date.
Big Game, Big Series
Not sure if I view the next three games as make or break (and I am nowhere near the panic button yet), but this is a big series and tonight is a big game against the Twins.
First key is that we have John Danks on the mound. I was surprised his career numbers against the Twins aren’t better (6-6, 4.96) because it sure seems like he has pitched better than that. Of course, everyone remembers the Blackout Game in 2008. In John’s four starts this year against Minnesota, he has gone: ND 1ER/6.0 UP; L 3/7.0; W 6/6.0; and W 1/8.0.
John ranks second in MLB for lowest opponents batting average for a LHP against right-handed hitters at .193. Cliff Lee is second in the AL at .220.
At the end of the day on August 17 of 2009, your White Sox were 61-58, in second place 2.0 games out of first. At 62-55, Detroit led the division, while the eventual 2009 division champions, the Minnesota Twins, were third, 6.5 games back at 56-62.
So a lot can and does change …
Let’s win tonight …
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
On Blog Day, one lucky attendee won the chance to throw out the first pitch at the game. Our winner sent this note about her experience:
I don’t even know where to begin describing that day! It was so exciting. When Hawk came in to draw the name for the next prize, I was sure someone else’s name was going to get called. I’ve always had the worst luck and never win any raffle or drawing I put my name into. When he first said, “Kelsey” I had to do a mental double take. Wait, who?? It even took me a few seconds to get up and out of my seat! After I was handed the ball and shook Hawk’s hand, I went back and sat in my seat. I tried so hard to listen to Hawk’s stories, but my ears were simply buzzing with nerves and excitement and I had trouble paying attention. (But don’t mention that to Hawk!) After I was lead onto the field and waited on the side, the full idea of what I was about to do started to set in. Having to throw out the first pitch for the White Sox, my favorite team since I can remember, was nerve-wracking enough, not to mention the thousands of fans, and throwing to the one and only Mark Buehrle! Once I saw the players start to warm up, my nerves quickly turned to excitement. 13 years of softball also aided in my confidence! Hearing my favorite players’ names on the park’s speakers is pretty cool, but I never thought I’d ever get to hear my name! After I jogged out to the field and threw my pitch (not half bad, might I add), I got to meet up with Mr. Buehrle myself! I beamed when he said “Nice throw” and got a picture taken with him. The chance to throw the first pitch was something I couldn’t have even dreamed up. I am so thankful to this blog for giving me this awesome experience. And to my mom, the avid blog reader, for bringing me to countless Sox games over the years, especially the Blog Nights, which are always one of my favorite games. It’s a story I know I’ll be telling for years to come!
Another tidibit of info I found pretty funny. One night I received a text message from my aunt who was attending an annual charity event where attendees can bid on donated items. She told me that someone paid $6,000 to throw out the first pitch at a Cubs game!! I couldn’t believe it. I got to do that for free!
Thanks again for everything!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I mentioned the other day that some of the White Sox visited the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on their road trip to Baltimore. Here are some photos from the visit, where players presented patients and staff with signed baseball cards, jerseys and hats.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Fun At the Ballpark
So, I walk out onto the field during BP this afternoon, and the first person who yells at me is my good friend, Moose Skowron.
“Hey, Scottie,” he says, “Look at the scoreboard. Your lineup has two DHs.”
Sure enough, he is correct. So I call the scoreboard room and explain the typo. But then, I had an idea (yes, that happens occasionally).
“Hey, put Skowron in the lineup at DH.”
Minutes later, presto. Moose is in the lineup in place of Teahen. Camera click. He laughs and all of our coaching staff begin to take notice.
“Grab a bat,” Greg Walker tells Moose. “Get up here and take some cuts.”
“Let’s go,” Joey Cora says. “Come on.”
Moose just waves his hand at them and tells me nervously, “You’d better change that.”
Stand Up and Stand Out
Oufielder Juan Pierre, White Sox ACE coach Kenny Fullman and ACE players road the White Sox float in this morning’s Bud Billiken Parade.
Thanks From PK
Paul Konerko met with the sweepstakes winners from the Turn Hollywood Into Pauliewood campaign before the game, thanking each of them personally and presenting each with a signed Konerko jersey and a photo. Of course, those winners represent all of you who voted for Paul and he extends his thank you to everyone.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Pierre7, Ramirez6, Rios8, PK3, Quentin dh, AJ2, Viciedo5, Jones9, Beckham4. Danks pitching.
If you didn’t see this video in the most recent e-newsletter, pretty cool look at the role defense has played for the White Sox so far in 2010.
While it doesn’t get much attention, a group of our players — Scott Linebrink, Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Mark Kotsay and Matt Thornton — visited Bethesda Naval Hospital while the team was in Baltimore.
Here’s a note we received after the visit:
I’m not sure how to get in touch with the players that visited Bethesda Naval Hospital on August 7th, but thanks to them for taking the time to cheer up our wounded warriors. My son is a US Marine and thankfully is not wounded, but a very good friend of his lost both of his legs in Afghanistan and was certainly cheered by the visit and autographs and caps! Thanks for taking the time to do that! You have new life long fans that are surly not going to be fair weather fans!!! Please keep doing this whenever you can. You have NO IDEA how much this means to the men and women who have sacrificed so much. Dave T
And our guys found this posted outside a room at the hospital:
To All Who Enter Here
If you are coming into this room with sorrow or to feel sorry for my wounds, go elsewhere. The wounds I received, I got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the friends of a country I deeply love. I am incredibly tough and will make a full recovery. What is full? That is the absolute, utmost physically my body has the ability to recover. Then I will push that about 20 percent further through sheer mental tenacity. This room you are about to enter is a room of fun, optimism, and intense rapid regrowth. If you are not prepared for that, GO ELSEWHERE!
Chicago White Sox Charities Week
This week is CWS Charities Week at the ballpark, culminating with live on-air auctions on Saturday (WGN-TV) and Sunday (Comcast Sports Net).
Christine O’Reilly, Executive Director of CWS Charities, stopped by the WGN Studios today to talk about the events planned for the next few days.
Tonight, you can stop by the Charities booth in center field and buy game used baseball and lineup cards.
If you donate $100 by August 15, you will receive an autographed photo and be eligible to win the Ultimate VIP White Sox package.
You may have heard about our first-ever Celebrity Bowling event with the White Sox on August 23. Sports are going fast, so sign up today by clicking here.
To my wife, Amy, who made the mistake 20 years ago of getting married on August 11 to someone who ended up with a career in baseball. I’ve told the stories before, but our first anniversary was spent answering the phone in a Baltimore hotel room after Wilson Alvarez’s no-hitter earlier in the day (so much for dinner at Sabatino’s) and our second was ruined by an extra-inning game in Anaheim that foiled dinner on North Beach in SF later that night. At that point, we quit celebrating on the date and now look for off days!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Thanks to everyone who attended Blog Day V, and thanks as well to Moose Skowron, Hawk Harrelson and Rick Hahn for stopping by to speak to the group. But a very special thanks to Maria et al for the very thoughtful gifts. The baseball (see below) that you all sent around the country and autographed might be one of the best gifts I’ve ever received from fans. The thought and effort that went into it is awesome. Thank you. And as for the drawing … Rick Hahn walked out with it and I might never see it again (but thanks).
If you signed this baseball, please add your name and city to the comments section of this post.