Starting Interleague

Friday, May 20, 2011

Warming Up

Walking into the ballpark today, I saw the ever-present Joe Pasta and laughed.  For the past few weeks, each day I walk by Joe and he is either wearing a parka, wearing several coats at once or huddled in his car.  Today was different.  The sun was shining and it seemed like spring.

“It’s warming up,” I said to him. 

“Inside the ballpark and outside,” Joe laughed.

Here Come The Dodgers

The White Sox bring a three-game winning streak into tonight’s game with the LA Dodgers as the teams meet for the fifth time in the regular season.  The Sox lead the all-time series, 9-3, going 5-1 in Chicago.

The Sox are 143-104 (.579) all-time in interleague play, going 76-46 at home and 67-58 on the road, the second-best winning percentage in baseball behind the Yankees (.588, 144-102).

Chicago is 11-1 in its last 12 interleague games and 18-3 in the last 21.  The Sox are 9-2 in their last 11 home games against the NL.  The Sox went a major-league best 18-3 in interleague play last year.

The Sox rotation is a combined 48-23 with a 3.27 ERA all-time in interleague play.  Mark Buehrle’s 23 interleague wins are tied for the most all-time with Jaime Moyer, while Gavin Floyd’s 1.71 ERA is the second lowest behind Jason Isringhausen’s 1.69 mark (min. 70.0 IP).

Paul Konerko ranks fourth all-time with 49 interleague home runs, trailing only Jim Thome (57), Ken Griffey Jr. (55) and Carlos Delgado (50).

Heroes

Former Sox players Jon Garland and Juan Uribe, both members of the 2005 World Series championship club, return to U.S. Cellular Field for the first time since leaving the organization (actually Garland was with the Angels but did not pitch; he is scheduled to throw Saturday).

A special video thank you is planned for pregame Friday.  Then, we hope to beat them over the three games.

I may have mentioned it before here, but there is a famous story about Uribe in the Sox clubhouse.

It seems a certain outfielder — since departed — was taunting Uribe about the fact that the outfielder was featured on a bobblehead while Uribe was not.

Uribe silenced the clubhouse abuse and drew cheers from his teammates when he replied: “I have a statue.”

You can’t walk into (or out of for that matter), U.S. Cellular’s Gate 4 main entrance without seeing Uribe’s tremendous catch from Game 4 of the World Series.

Said It All

During a recent golf game with a certain White Sox radio announcer, a PGA Tour caddie, myself and another friend, the friend hit a tough second shot on Hole #15 at Cog Hill’s Dub’s Dread.  His ball ended up behind a tree on the right side of the fairway, blocking his approach to the green on the par 5 hole.

“What would a pro do here?” the friend asked the PGA caddie.

“He wouldn’t be here,” was the reply.  We all broke out in laughter.

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