Giant Day

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Media Training

Media Relations Director Bob Beghtol, Assistant Director Pat O’Connell and I spent the morning speaking to our minor leaguers about how best to deal with the media and the demands of a social media-driven world.  Gordon Beckham and Ozzie Guillen were kind enough to stop in to both sessions — we meet with Class AAA and Class AA players in one group and Class A players in another — and nothing tops the opportunity for our young players to hear it from the very best sources, guys in a major league clubhouse.

As part of the presentation, we offer some of the worst oops cases of athletes damaging their careers on twitter or facebook.  The examples drew a few laughs and quite a few winces from the crowd.  And we talk about who does it best …


Later in the morning, Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf met with beat reporters who travel with the team.  To read Scott Merkin’s story at, click here.

Scout Meetings

Many of our club’s top amateur scouts were in town today for meetings and to take in the game with the Giants. 


Former Sox star Aaron Rowand visited the Sox facility after the game for a chance to say hello to many friends.

Sad News

The White Sox offer our heartfelt condolences to the family of Jim Tyree, who passed away today after a valiant battle with cancer.  Jim and his wife, Eve, were devout fans of the Chicago White Sox.  One of Jim’s short term goals, we were told, was to attend Opening Day at U.S. Cellular Field.  As we all stand and observe a moment of silence on April 7 before the season officially begins, we will remember Jim and the many, many Sox fans lost over the winter.

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