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.”
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