Sunday, June 5, 2011
One of this season’s “All In” television commercials features footage of the game last year when Paul Konerko was struck in the face by a pitch, yet stayed in the game and later homered. During the spot, PK shows tiring runners a film clip of his resilience and they are motivated to keep running.
Paulie has played with an occasionally sore wrist for some time now — it’s just one of those things veteran professional players battle — but it grew worse Friday night. Scratched from the lineup, he headed over to Rush Hospital for a procedure on the wrist. Amazingly, we were told he could possibly pinch-hit once he re-gained feeling in the wrist. Saturday, it was still sore and he sat out the game, but here he is Sunday, driving in a run with a first-inning double.
The June 6 edition of The Sporting News included a profile Q&A of White Sox great Robin Ventura. Among his answers that caught my eye as “typical Robin” were …
Favorite Physical Attribute About Myself: I did make a living hitting, so my eyes — not the color but the function.
And least: I have a very large back yard — that was usually the butt of every joke. Pardon the pun.
Robin mentioned in the piece that he bookmarks mlb.com, Baseball America and capitalonecup.com. Other RV answers:
My bucketlist: I like sports. Having played, now I get to go to games as a fan, and I enjoy going and watching things.
My motto: When people are stressed out, I just tell them to relax.
A perfect answer from RV, the most laid-back professional athlete I have ever met. Check out The Sporting News for the entire interview and keep your eye open for other RV news this summer.
Yet another amazing defensive play by infielder-turned-outfielder Brent Lillibridge last night.
The Oakland Raiders
Did you know White Sox closer Sergio Santos grew up a fan of the Oakland Raiders? Must be something about black and silver.