Busy Day

 

 Friday, March 9, 2012

Anytime the Cubs and White Sox play, it means a hectic, busy day … at least for the PR folks.  Today was no different as the White Sox dropped a 5-1 decision to the Cubs at Glendale before a crowd of over 10,000 fans.

 Chris Sale started and was the loser for the White Sox.

“They’re all going to be hard on themselves when they give up runs,” Manager Robin Ventura said after the game.

The White Sox play two on Saturday with a 1:05 pm game against the Rangers and a 7:05 pm contest with the Dodgers.  The day game can been seen on whitesox.com and heard on WSCR SportsRadio 670 am.

Sir, Do You Have Any Curveballs?

The routine is the same each day.  Some poor, unsuspecting kid knocks on the door of the coaches locker room.

“Is Mr. Cooper here?”

“Yes?”

“Do you have the curveballs?” the kid asks innocently.  “AJ or Herm or fill-in-the-blank said you had them.”

Laughter all around.  Never fails, except once …

One of my proud moments as a dad came a few years ago in spring training when my son served as batboy.

Down in the dugout for the game, he wisely kept his head down.  Too easy a target if they knew he was my son.

The request for curveballs naturally came along to test him.  His reaction?  “What, you think I’m stupid?!?!”

 First Win Non-Celebration

“I was kinda expecting Gatorade or something,” Ventura joked after yesterday’s first ever spring training win.  Well, I did grab the lineup card out of the dugout for him …

Welcome Back

Longtime White Sox coach Joe Nossek is in camp this week and part of next to offer his insights to Ventura and the coaching staff.  He proudly sported a special White Sox cap.

“This is one Paulie gave me when he made his first All-Star team,” Nossek recalled, pointing to the special logo on the side.  “Paulie just had a few made.”

When Joe was with the club, he and Konerko had a daily baseball trivia question routine with each trying to stump the other.

Bad News

Bad news on the MRI on outfielder Brandon Short’s left shoulder.  He ran into the center field wall yesterday at Texas and suffered a separation, but the MRI showed damage to his labrum as well which will necessitate surgery and knock him out for the 2012 season.

Art of the Pale Hose

Friend, White Sox fan, PR practitioner extraordinaire and Art of the Pale Hose blogger Art Berke is out in Glendale this week for his annual White Sox spring training baseball mix.

I keep encouraging Art to write a book of his experiences, but at the very least, check out his blog .

Danks

As I walked into the clubhouse today before lunch, John Danks walked out, carrying a bat and a helmet.

What?

Sure enough, it was bunting time for Danks with special bunting instructor Bryan Little.

“What? You think you can hit?” Gordon Beckham hollered at Danks as he took his stance in the batter’s box.

“This is easy,” Danks responded as he laid down a perfect bunt.

“If it starts boring inside, just get out of the way,” Little accurately advised.  “And get the first one down.  After that, it just gets messier.”

Shoutout

Per her request, here is a shout out to my daughter who is spending the weekend in Champaign at a high school Model UN conference, representing Payton High School.  As a proud graduate of the University of Iowa, I told her there are very few places on this planet worse.  Sorry.

Friday, March 9, 2012

 

Busy Day

Anytime the Cubs and White Sox play, it means a hectic, busy day … at least for the PR folks.  Today was no different as the White Sox dropped a 5-1 decision to the Cubs at Glendale before a crowd of over 10,000 fans.

Chris Sale started and was the loser for the White Sox.

“They’re all going to be hard on themselves when they give up runs,” Manager Robin Ventura said after the game.

The White Sox play two on Saturday with a 1:05 pm game against the Rangers and a 7:05 pm contest with the Dodgers.  The day game can been seen on whitesox.com and heard on WSCR SportsRadio 670 am.

Sir, Do You Have Any Curveballs?

The routine is the same each day.  Some poor, unsuspecting kid knocks on the door of the coaches locker room.

“Is Mr. Cooper here?”

“Yes?”

“Do you have the curveballs?” the kid asks innocently.  “AJ or Herm or fill-in-the-blank said you had them.”

Laughter all around.  Never fails, except once …

One of my proud moments as a dad came a few years ago in spring training when my son served as batboy.

Down in the dugout for the game, he wisely kept his head down.  Too easy a target if they knew he was my son.

The request for curveballs naturally came along to test him.  His reaction?  “What, you think I’m stupid?!?!”

First Win Non-Celebration

 

“I was kinda expecting Gatorade or something,” Ventura joked after yesterday’s first ever spring training win.  Well, I did grab the lineup card out of the dugout for him …

Welcome Back

 

Longtime White Sox coach Joe Nossek is in camp this week and part of next to offer his insights to Ventura and the coaching staff.  He proudly sported a special White Sox cap.

“This is one Paulie gave me when he made his first All-Star team,” Nossek recalled, pointing to the special logo on the side.  “Paulie just had a few made.”

When Joe was with the club, he and Konerko had a daily baseball trivia question routine with each trying to stump the other.

Bad News

 

Bad news on the MRI on outfielder Brandon Short’s left shoulder.  He ran into the center field wall yesterday at Texas and suffered a separation, but the MRI showed damage to his labrum as well which will necessitate surgery and knock him out for the 2012 season.

Art of the Pale Hose

 

Friend, White Sox fan, PR practitioner extraordinaire and Art of the Pale Hose blogger Art Berke is out in Glendale this week for his annual White Sox spring training baseball mix.

I keep encouraging Art to write a book of his experiences, but at the very least, check out his blog at http://artofthepalehose.mlblogs.com/.

Danks

 

As I walked into the clubhouse today before lunch, John Danks walked out, carrying a bat and a helmet.

What?

Sure enough, it was bunting time for Danks with special bunting instructor Bryan Little.

“What? You think you can hit?” Gordon Beckham hollered at Danks as he took his stance in the batter’s box.

“This is easy,” Danks responded as he laid down a perfect bunt.

“If it starts boring inside, just get out of the way,” Little accurately advised.  “And get the first one down.  After that, it just gets messier.”

Shoutout

 

Per her request, here is a shout out to my daughter who is spending the weekend in Champaign at a high school Model UN conference, representing Payton High School.  As a proud graduate of the University of Iowa, I told her there are very few places on this planet worse.  Sorry.

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