Sunday, May 22, 2011
Odds & Ends
Friday night’s scoreboard video (congrats to Jeff Szynal and company) was terrific as it celebrated Jon Garland and Juan Uribe’s time with the White Sox and thanked them for 2005.
Both Jon and Juan watched the video from the Dodgers dugout and then tipped their caps in response to the standing ovation from the White Sox crowd.
I had the chance to say hello to Jon before BP on Friday. He was very touched by word that he and Juan were to be honored.
Golf In Venezuela
Thursday and Friday’s fog brought this hilarious story from Ozzie Guillen about golf in Venezuela.
“Where we play, one of the courses,” Guillen recounted, “Is very hilly. You are in the mountains.
“And it’s always foggy on a few of the holes. But the caddies are great. They know the course.
“Here’s what they do. On the tee, they put down a piece of paper or something to mark your line. They put it a few feet in front of you and then tell you, ‘hit it here.’
Guillen is demonstrating this on the floor of the coaches’ room as he explains.
“So you tee off by hitting the ball into the dense fog.
“‘Shhhh. Listen.’ And everybody stays silent waiting for the sound of the ball to hit.
“Ok, you’re in the fairway,” the caddies say. “Or, uh-oh, you better hit again. Or, sand, but you’re safe.
Too Much Information
So we were surprised to see coach Mike Gellinger head out to coach first base yesterday instead of Harold Baines.
What’s wrong with Harold? everyone asked.
We dutifully call down to the training room to find out what’s wrong.
“He’s been bothered by some tendinitis in his Achilles tendon,” is the report.
So we announce to everyone in the press box and on air that Harold is not coaching first base because of his sore leg.
An inning or two later we get a call from the training room. While it is true that Harold is suffering from a sore heel, his heel is actually sore and in Baltimore because his son is graduating from college!
So, we explain again.
Today, I saw Harold in the coaches room before the game and congratulate him.
“Three down and one to go,” the proud father said, showing me a photo of his son from the ceremony.
I forgot to ask him about his Achilles tendon.
Fans may or may not have heard, but our Moose Skowron has had a tough at-bat or two recently as he has been fighting cancer. Moose has been getting treated, feels great and is confident he’s got this beaten. Today’s Chicago Tribune features a tremendous story on Moose. It does a great job of capturing his personality, some of his hilarious stories and just how great an athlete Moose was during his playing career. Well worth the read.
For any of you who want to send Moose a quick thought or note, feel free to post here and I will deliver. Moose came out to the game yesterday to say hello and enjoy the White Sox victory and I called him today to congratulate him on the story. He thought it came out quite well …