Pain, Suffering and General Soreness
February 29, 2012
Day 2 of full squad camp ended around 1:30 p.m. in Glendale and several veterans were already anticipating the pain, soreness and suffering that typical arrives in the first week of spring training. White Sox position players won’t have too long to wait for game action, however, as the White Sox will split up to play at intrasquad game Saturday late morning. More details will come tomorrow or Friday.
Manager Robin Ventura again praised left-handed pitcher Chris Sale following the workout.
“He has great stuff,” Ventura said. “It’s not a comfortable at-bat for guys going in there left-handed. His offspeed pitch is something else. The sky’s the limit. I’m excited to see him face someone other than us.”
White Sox fans in the Phoenix/Glendale area should head out to CR-G on Saturday for a free, four-hour (9 am-1 pm) FanFest featuring in-stadium batting practice and autograph sessions by both the White Sox and Dodgers.
Concourse activities will include the Free Agent Sports Marketing Sports Card and Memorabilia Show, speed pitch, fan photos, kids’ inflatables, a Phoenix Coyote booth featuring Howler, a Glendale fire truck, and a Cactus League signing with Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry.
Promotional items include bobbleheads for the first 250 kids age 12 and under, Coyote ticket drawing for their March 3 game, spring training ticket raffles and other sponsored giveaways. Arizona Sports 620 Radio will broadcast from CR-G during the event.
The White Sox workout and take batting practice from 9-10:30 before some of the team signs autographs from 10:30-11 a.m.
This morning, CR-G played host to the annual Cactus League Breakfast, with Steve Stone, Ned Colletti of the Dodgers and Buddy Bell of the White Sox speaking to a group of several hundred (note that it was about 38 degrees this morning on the concourse at CR-G, so coffee was in high demand, even if to just hold). But the star speaker was none other than Tommy LaSorda, longtime Dodgers manager and guest speaker extraordinaire. He did not disappoint.
Among the stories recounted by the colorful LaSorda:
“Many years ago, I got an urgent call to come to a dinner in Washington D.C. to honor then-President Ronald Reagan, a dear friend,” LaSorda explained. “They needed me to speak. So I fly all the way to Washington to attend this dinner for about 3,000 people, something like 37 senators, dignitaries of all types and of course, the President.
“And there are only two speakers. I am suppose to go second.
“The first speaker is Margaret Thatcher. She blows the audience away with a great speech and gets something like three standing ovations, loud applause, huge cheers.
“Now, it’s my turn. As I walk up to the podium, I say to myself, ‘You better think fast.’
“So I tell the audience … ‘As I flew here to DC to deliver this speech, I thought to myself that this is such an august and dignified group that I needed to write down my speech – usually I just talk – but this was important enough that I needed to write this speech down. And so I worked late into the night. Finally, around 3 a.m. I thought I’d done it. I’d written the perfect speech.
“When I work up this morning, I realized I’d lost the speech. I couldn’t find it anywhere. Now, I see that Margaret Thatcher found it.”
And another …
“One year, my Dodgers team was really struggling. We’d just lost our seventh game in a row. I came into the clubhouse and guys were really down. Some had their heads in their hands. So I decided I needed to give them a speech to pep them up.
“C’mon guys, I said. Things aren’t so bad. Even the 1927 New York Yankees, the greatest team in baseball history with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, once lost nine games in a row and you’ve only lost seven. Things will turn around.’
“I’m late leaving the clubhouse to drive home with my wife. She asks what took so long and so I explained the story.
“Wouldn’t you know that we go on to win our next 10 games. After the 10th win, my wife and I are driving home from the game and she says, ‘Wow, what you told the players about the 1927 Yankees sure seemed to work. Did that team really lose nine games in a row?’
“’How should I know,’ I told her, ‘I was born in 1927 …’”