The Return

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

So strange to return to Houston and Minute Maid Park.


Lots of memories here, “Oh, yeah,” said Paul Konerko, one of just two members from that 2005 World Series winning team still active with the Sox (AJ is the other).

In some ways, 2005 seems like yesterday – especially when you are here – and in others it seems a long time ago.

I still remember the last two plays of the game, both sparking gems by Juan Uribe.  The on-field reaction.  The dash with Jerry Reinsdorf, Eddie Einhorn and others down the suite hallway to the elevator.  The ride down that seemed interminable.  Being escorted into the weight room adjacent to our clubhouse for the presentation of the Commissioner’s trophy.  That was the moment, surrounded by co-workers with Jerry, Kenny and Ozzie on the stage with Bud Selig.

The White Sox were World Series Champions!

Random Items From BP

Ranch seemed to be the favorite sunflower seed flavor.

A few White Sox fans turned out to cheer on the South Siders.

“This is going to be a fun BP,” said one Sox who watched and listened to the Astros hitting session.

Tyler Flowers crushed a ball in BP high off the left field façade.

Familiar faces in Carlos Lee, Lucas Harrell and Mike Barnett.

Reliever Jesse Crain resides in Houston, while Adam Dunn lives nearby in The Woodlands.

A Few Stats

Paul Konerko is 15-24 (.625) with four runs and three RBI over his last seven games and is hitting .406 (26-64) with six RBI in 20 contests overall.

AJ Pierzynski is 9-21 (.429) with three home runs and eight RBI in his last seven games.

Eduardo Escobar is hitting .370 (20-54) with six RBI in 21 games.

Nate Jones has made seven consecutive scoreless appearances (6.2 IP) with 15 strikeouts.  Hector Santiago has allowed just one earned run over 9.0 IP, and seven of his eight appearances have been scoreless.  Addison Reed has made seven scoreless appearances this spring.

Robin On Opening Day

Before tonight’s game, manager Robin Ventura projected Friday’s Opening Day lineup … DeAza, Morel, Dunn, PK, AJ, Rios, Alexei, Dayan and Beckham.

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