Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Saturday, March 17, 2012

To all of our the Irish, pseudo Irish and wannabe Irish White Sox fans out there.  Enjoy the day!

 

Once again, the White Sox will be wearing green ball caps in honor of the day, and following the game, the team will auction off the caps to benefit a Glendale, Arizona charity, “From the Heart.”

 

Here are the details:

 WHITE SOX TO AUCTION GREEN CAPS

IN SUPPORT OF GLENDALE COMMUNITY AGENCY

Proceeds from Autographed, Game-Worn St. Patrick’s Day Caps Benefit Arizona Community

CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox will auction autographed, game-worn green caps from the starting lineup of the March 17 spring training game vs. Seattle with proceeds from the sale benefiting “From The Heart,” a Glendale, Ariz.-based agency.

Fans will have the opportunity to bid on the caps at whitesox.com, beginning Monday, March 26 at 12:01 a.m. CT.

“From The Heart” assists social service agencies that promote the positive development of youth, strengthen families and assist Glendale residents of all ages in addressing urgent needs.

“Our goal is to do something that truly supports our spring training home of Glendale, Ariz.,” said Christine O’Reilly, White Sox senior director of community relations and executive director of White Sox Charities.

The auction will conclude on Sunday, April 1 at 12:59 p.m. CT.  For more information, or to make a bid, visit whitesox.com.

Flash Back

I have to admit to a 2005 flashback yesterday when Geoff Blum stepped into the batter’s box for the Dbacks during our game at Salt River Field in Scottsdale.

His stint with the White Sox may have been brief, but that one blow will echo forever.

Former Sox

It has been a week of former Sox sightings in spring training.  From Mark Kotsay and Carlos Quentin in Padres uniforms, to visits from Jose Valentin (he looks like he could still play) and Tony Phillips, several former Sox have been by to say hello.

Skipper

So great to see and talk to Jeff Torborg, who Robin Ventura invited to camp as a guest instructor for a few days.  Jeff was my first manager with the White Sox in 1991.

“It’s great to be back,” Torborg said.  “The other day at Cleveland, we were sitting back on the bench talking about pitching.  How to make this guy better and that guy.  It got me excited and reminded me of how much fun baseball can be.”

Along with Joe Nossek, Torborg and I were talking about 1991.  I started my job with the White Sox on July 22.  Nine days later Robin hit that grand slam to beat Texas.  Within two weeks, Wilson Alvarez threw his no hitter in Baltimore.  A month later, Bret Saberhagen no hit us.  Wow, I thought, this job is something else.  If I only knew …

Anyway, Torborg and Nossek remembered that 1991 team.

“The day after Wilson’s no hitter, we had a wrap around in Baltimore,” Torborg said.  “We were ahead, and I used Bobby (Thigpen) in the eighth inning because I wanted him to get Sam Horn.  He blew Horn away, but then in the ninth inning he gave up a home run on a low fastball to the Orioles catcher, (Chris) Hoiles I think it was, and then we lost in extra innings.  After that, we went to New York, blew a game and lost something like 14 of our next 16 games.”

As he talked I was impressed by his memory of events 22 years ago, and I also recalled how painful that stretch was because I felt like we had the best team in the division that season.

Weather Report

Hold onto your hats tonight.  Winds are suppose to pick up during today’s game and then hit 45 mph gusts around 6:30-7 pm tonight.  There is an 80 percent chance of rain for tomorrow – and as one Valley native noted, “there is never an 80 percent chance of rain around here, ever.”

Word from Gordon

Earlier this week, Sox infielder Gordon Beckham answered questions from our twitter followers.  Watch the video here:

We plan on holding similar twitter Q&A’s this season, so make sure to follow us on twitter and fire away with your questions.

RV

If you missed Scott Merkin’s article about player reaction to the first few weeks of the Robin Ventura era, it’s worth a read here:

Big Hitter

Do you think that John Danks has taken advantage of his bragging rights after driving in two runs with his single yesterday?

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