Counting Down …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Ballpark was buzzing today with final preparations and touches prior to tomorrow’s Home Opener against the Tigers at 1:10 p.m. Manager Robin Ventura chose to not hold a workout today, opting instead to allow players and staff to settle in before coming out to the park tomorrow morning. Pitcher Chris Sale and pitching coach Don Cooper did come in this morning to hold Sale’s side day of throwing, and a few other players stopped in over the course of the day just to set up their lockers. Of course, the ever-present head trainer Herm Schneider was present as well.
Ventura stopped by to organize his newly painted office, and yes, if you happened to be driving east on 35th Street around 1 p.m., that probably was the new White Sox manager you saw walking with his family up the street. Rumors were he was looking for a hot dog stand for lunch!
Go Bulls, Go Hawks
Many Sox players and staff are headed to the United Center for tonight’s Chicago Bulls showdown with the Miami Heat. I am sure the Blackhawks playoff game also will be on in the suites, as most of the Sox players root for both squads.
For whatever reason, I haven’t been getting too many comments to these blog entries this spring – but thanks to the thousands of fans who are reading on a daily basis. So here’s a try … tell me your best White Sox Opening Day tradition! Some of the best entries will receive something from me … let me look around in my office and come up with a prize or two.
Miller Lite Bullpen Bar
To answer one reader, yes, the Miller Lite Bullpen Sports Bar opens two and one half hours before gametime from Thursday-Sunday, meaning it does open before the ballpark on some days.
Early Start (or sometimes it is good to be the boss)
The first of our staff arrive at the ballpark tomorrow morning at 2:45 am (so you wanted to work in sports?) to help local television crews enter USCF and set up for morning live shots. WGN-TV is scheduled to telecast from Bacardi at the Park from 6-9 am, while WBBM (4:30-7 am), WMAQ (5-7), WLS (5-7) and WFLD (7-10 am) all will be out at the park. Make sure to listen as well to WSCR 670 AM as Mully and Hanley will be broadcasting from Morgan’s near UIC and then The Dan McNeil show will be live from the ballpark beginning at 9 a.m.
Leave Em Laughing
Two recent great commercials on the internet/TV. This one shows a friendly competition between teammates Gordon Beckham and A.J. Pierzynski.