Sunday, March 25, 2012
Today was “Tour Day” at Camelback Ranch Glendale as a team of Little League White Sox from a Phoenix neighborhood visited the team before the game, meeting Jerry Reinsdorf, Gordon Beckham, Paul Konerko, AJ Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez.
“I think they are in shock,” laughed head coach Ron Carmichael, of his charges, who open their season Wednesday against the rival Diamondbacks.
“You guys try to win as many games as you can, and we’ll do the same,” Konerko said with a smile. When asked by the team’s first baseman about making the throw across the diamond to third, Konerko said, “Tell your pitchers not to let guys get on base and then you don’t have to make that throw!”
Several of the kids talked with Ramirez in Spanish and asked for an autograph from Jackson Miranda, the team’s manager of cultural development and a translator for Ramirez.
“I’m not sure who translates for whom at this point,” joked Miranda, who passed on signing and told the kids to get Ramirez’s autograph instead.
White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf spoke to the kids, explaining how he became involved in baseball, buying the White Sox with a group of friends. He talked about becoming a baseball fan as a kid in Brooklyn and Jackie Robinson. “Maybe someday baseball will return to Brooklyn,” Reinsdorf told the kids with a chuckle. “What’s the most important thing to remember about baseball?” he asked. “Have fun.”
The White Sox acquired outfielder Greg Golson from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations earlier today. With Brandon Short out of the year, the Sox were in need of outfield help at Class AAA Charlotte.
RHP Jesse Crain took the mound today for pitcher fielding practice and the coaching staff and his teammates erupted in mock applause. He demurely acknowledged the recognition with a smile and wave of his glove. Crain has been sidelined for the past week or so after straining his right oblique. Happy to finally get off the training room table, he threw a bullpen session as well.
Remembering Eddie Collins
Hall of Famer Eddie Collins, who starred for the White Sox from 1915-26, died on this date, March 25, in 1951.