Late Split Squad

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Seems strange to be playing a split-squad game today (home vs. San Diego, road at Colorado), this late in the spring.  I opted for the game in Scottsdale (closer to my spring home) in part since that was where Robin Ventura was heading, along with Paul Konerko.  Salt River Field is sold out again today with stunning Arizona spring weather and the grass berm full of people.  What a great setting for spring training baseball!

Funny to see Tyler Saladino, Jordan Danks and Jim Gallgher in today’s lineup since they were reassigned to minor league camp this week, but that’s what split-squads require.

Saladino is scheduled to be featured on National Public Radio this summer as he describes what life is like for a minor league player.  He did his first interview yesterday – to show you what a class act he is, he stuck around camp for two hours even after being told he was being sent down just to do the interview.  Then he headed off for a hair cut.  This certainly wasn’t the spring he expected.

Wish I Was There

Congratulations to the Walter Payton College Prep girls’ soccer team on retaining the 2012 Hydrant with a 7-0 win over North Shore College Prep yesterday.  One of the big downers of spring training is all the kid activities I miss …

Glory Days

White Sox General Manager Ken Williams turned back the clock on Wednesday.  He ran into Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki before the game and Tulowitzki said hello from his dad, also named Ken.

“He pitched against you in high school,” the player told Williams.  “He played at Milapitas High School.  Said you hit a few home runs off him.”

Williams realized it was Tulowitzki’s dad who served up the longest ball he claims to ever have hit, a home run out of centerfield at PAL Stadium that landed on an elevated highway beyond the field.

“Tell your dad I said, ‘Hi’,” Williams said.  “Longest ball I ever hit.”

Once the exchange was over, I leaned over to Williams and said, “You know what this means? … This means you are old.”

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