Missed Opportunity

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I missed a chance yesterday.  Harold Baines could have been beaten.  Baines, Mark Salas, Joe McEwing and I snuck out yesterday morning to battle the wind and Harborside International Golf Course in a competitive round of golf.  And Baines, you see, is the best.  He’s the one we shoot for.

“This isn’t personal,” I said to McEwing, Harold’s partner for the round.  “This isn’t about you.  It’s about him,” I joked, pointing to the quiet one.

Several times each spring and season, we’ve paired up in two-man golf competitions and once, only once, have we gotten Harold.  The date was September 27, 2009 at Bolingbrook Golf Course.  The key was that this win came in the final round of the year, meaning we did hold bragging rights all winter long.

But yesterday, Baines faltered and opened the door for me and Salas.  And we choked.  Blew it.  Couldn’t make a putt to save our lives.  And therefore Baines and McEwing enjoyed lunch on us yet again.

“I need a short game lesson,” I moaned after missing yet another.

“Evidently,” the winner responded with a smile.

In Case You Missed It

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland had some complimentary things to say about the White Sox (and some not so complimentary things to say about baseball prognosticators) over the weekend.  Here’s what he said to media:

“Since 2006 when I got here (Detroit), this has been one of the best teams in the league every year.  And they will be right there,” Leyland told Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune.  “They picked us fourth last year and we won 95 games.  So don’t pay attention to those people.  They pick and they talk, but they don’t know what they are talking about.


“Look at their pitching staff.  Look at the arms they throw out there.  Look at some of the arms they bring out of the bullpen.  You know, Paul Konerko is one of the best hitters in baseball.  You know Adam Dunn is going to do a lot better than he did last year.  I mean, this is a good team.  Ramirez is one of the best shortstops in the league.  This is a real good team.  Pierzynski is one of the best catchers, gets a lot of big hits.  I don’t know why anybody would not pick these guys as a solid, solid contender.

“I mean, we have a good team,” Leyland concluded.  “Don’t get me wrong.  So do they.  They’re proving that.  The people who make those picks … I don’t pay attention to that.”

Anti-Bullying Message

Robin Ventura, Alexei Ramirez, John Danks and Gordon Beckham teamed up to record an anti-bullying message for youth.  See it here.

Highlight Film

 Alexei Ramirez provided his own highlight film last night.  Catch all two of these amazing plays.

And then this …

Other Notes

  • White Sox starting pitchers own a 2.43 ERA at home this season
  • AJ has recorded an RBI in a career-high seven straight games, the longest streak by a Sox player since PK in eight straight
  • Gavin Floyd owns a 1.97 ERA in his last five starts at home
  • AJ leads the AL with an .829 slugging percentage, is tied for the lead with 13 RBI, ranks second hitting .400 and is tied for third with four home runs
  • Can you name the last White Sox player to lead the AL in RBI?
  • The Sox have thrown out four of five basestealers
  • Jake Peavy owns a 21:2 strikeout to walk ratio


Loved hearing Leyland say the things we’ve been thinking. Of all the stats you list at the end, the most exciting to me is throwing out 4 of 5 basestealers. It seemed so hopeless last year. Glad that’s being emphasized with the new regime.

Saw Gavin Floyd when he was in Lakewood NJ as part of the Phillies Low A Affiliate Lakewood BlueClaws. He was CLAWsome then and I am glad to see he just keeps getting better, well glad as a BlueClaws fan at least.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great perfecto by Humber!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats to Phil Humber, great game Hum-babe! Scott any chance the Sox could do a giveaway with Phil Humbers perfecto on DVD? I know the Tigers did a stadium give away from Verlander’s first no hitter on DVD. (I bought one on eBay) It would be nice keepsake for the fans.

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