Sunday, March 13, 2011
Diminutive White Sox shortstop Omar Vizquel homered Sunday in one of the biggest surprises in camp.
But for anyone in the Sox clubhouse at 8:30 am Sunday, Vizquel was just following instruction.
The White Sox held an emergency meeting Sunday morning, and with the team settled in, manager Ozzie Guillen qued the video tape.
A series of YouTube baseball instructional videos began to play featuring Domingo Ayala. Players were laughing at the videos and spoofs, one of which was a how-to when it came to hitting home runs.
In the video, Domingo explains that once you’ve hit a homer, you don’t begin to run until you’ve walked down the line 15 feet, reached into your shirt and pop your gold necklace out for all to see. The final step, Domingo explains, comes when you hit home plate and offer thanks to God by looking skyward and pointing toward heaven.
Guys were laughing and chuckling at the skits, so when Vizquel homered, you saw our dugout errupt in laughter. Everyone waited to see if he walked, popped his necklace and thanked God at home plate.
After the inning, Vizquel departed the game to a standing ovation from White Sox fans down the right field line.
He flexed his bicep in response.
Vizquel is a man of many talents, as he created a hand-painted pottery bowl to raise funds for a children’s charity in Glendale.
In a silent auction on March 24, bowls will be auctioned off to raise money for the St. Mary’s Food Bank’s Kids Cafe, whose mission is to alleviate childhood hunger in Arizona. Westgate City Center’s residents and local celebrities like Vizquel donated their time and talents to create special bowls for the auction.
The event at Westgate’s WaterDance Plaza is free and open to the public.
While backing up his golf cart on a back field today, pitching coach Don Cooper backed right into a light pole, drawing a loud “oooohhh” from the crowd.
“Workman’s comp,” Coop called out, rubbing his neck.
Prior to today’s game, the White Sox and Dodgers observed a moment of silence out of respect for Japan’s victims of the earthquake and Tsunami.
When news of the terrible natural events reached Arizona earlier this week, Sox GM Ken Williams reached out through an intermediary to check on former Sox players Shingo Takatsu and Tadahito Iguchi.
Everyone in Japan is in our thoughts and prayers.
B Game Info
The White Sox and Indians played a Sunday morning B Game today, with the Sox winning 11-8 behind two home runs and five RBI by Stephen Gartrell and a home run and four RBI by Jordan Danks. (All info courtesy of Pat O’Connell, who sat through the entire contest):
? Pitching Lines:
? Brandon Hynick (2.0 IP, 3 BB, K)
? Kyle Cofield (2.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R/5 ER, BB, SO, 2 HR)
? Shane Lindsay (2.0 IP, BB, 2 K)
? Miguel Socolovich (1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R/2 ER, BB, 3 K)
? Nate Jones (2.0 IP, H, BB, 2 SO)
? Hitting Highlights:
? Stefan Gartrell (2-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, HBP)
? Eduardo Escobar (2-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R)
? Jordan Danks (2-5, HR, 4 RBI [grand slam], R)
? Alejandro De Aza (3-5, 2B, R)
? Brent Lillibridge (3-5, RBI)