Congratulations Philip and Jake

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Congratulations to tonight’s starter Philip Humber and his wife, Kristan, on the birth of their first child, son John Gregory last night during our game.  That’s a heckuva way to start a season … Perfect Game and first baby.

Congratulations as well to Jake Peavy on being named the American League’s Pitcher of the Month for April by going 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA.  The award is the fifth monthly honor of his career.  With Peavy, Humber (Player of the Week for his Perfecto) and PK (Player of the Week this past week), the White Sox have enjoyed a nice run of national recognition.

Home Run In a Phone Booth

Alejandro De Aza hit the most amazing, wind-blown, smoke-hidden double you’ve ever seen last night.  If you didn’t catch it (because the Indians couldn’t), click here: http://www.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=21080365&c_id=cws&partnerId=aw-6248658214734654885-1024

 

RV

Here are some of manager Robin Ventura’s comments to the media before today’s game:

On Jake Peavy’s start to the season and his Pitcher of the Month award:

“He’s definitely earned it. He’s been great. I don’t think you can ask for anything more out of him. ERA and just the way he’s pitching, plus the innings and the complete games, looking at him in spring training and what he went through in that process of getting healthy, it’s great for us but it’s real good for him too.”

On Gordon Beckham’s game last night:

“That’s something that can get him started. It has to start somewhere and that’s something that builds confidence. The home run is nice, but the two other hits for me were bigger than the home run. It’s the way he did it, the way the at-bats progressed, that kind of stuff is more promising and looks better than just one home run.”

On if he feels more comfortable now than he did last month:

“Yeah, it’s a month into it, so you get more into a routine and understand your guys, who you’re playing and all that kind of stuff. The baseball part, I still feel the same as far as what’s going on and being aware of things. Who you’re facing, how your guys are feeling and stuff like that are good.”

On the hardest part of being a new manager:

“The hardest thing? It’s different. It’s not like I’ve done it before, but again you’re learning different people and you want to put them in successful situations and that’s the thing you’re looking for. It’s not always that easy, but you have to find a way for them to be positive and get them in the right spot so they can actually be good.”

On if he’s found that he needs to manage each player differently:

“You treat people differently. Paul (Konerko) gets treated different than everybody else. I treat everybody fairly, but he’s just treated differently because he has a track record and watching him go about his business, I don’t feel like I need to watch him on a daily basis. Conversations I have with him are pretty simple, but everybody else, younger guys you kind of watch and you get a different feeling one way or another about them.”

On how involved he is in instruction with his other coaches:

“Things I understand (I get involved in). Like, I understand third base and first base better than they do, so I’m probably more instructional in that than I am with other things. I don’t talk about the catching or the outfield, but things that I understand better than them I’ll probably get more into instruction, just looking at things and mentioning things to either Brent (Morel) or Adam (Dunn), Paul he knows first base better than I do, so I don’t talk to him about it.”

On if he talks to and shares his ideas on hitting with Hitting Coach Jeff Manto:

“Yeah, we have a lot of the same ideas and philosophies that are just constants and that’s part of being a staff and what we want to do as a team, a lot of it is the same and I don’t see a difference there. But sometimes it’s better to hear it from someone else than it is to hear from the same person over and over again.”

On if Konerko could be a player manager or a manager down the road:

“He couldn’t do it. I know he couldn’t do it. He could be a manager down the road, but he couldn’t play and do that.”

Why?

“There’s just too much work to do.”

Could you have done it?

 “Absolutely not.”

On if he’s surprised other people did it and did it successfully:

“Yeah, I am. I think it’s a little different now. It’d be hard for someone to do it now.”

On what would be the hardest part:

“Doing this right here, everyday. Having to do this, answer questions about it and then go out and perform.”

On how he rates the media:

“It’s alright. I can handle this.”

3 Comments

Congrats all the way around!! Nice to see Gordo have a good night last night. Hoping its the spark that starts him up

I thought Humber was going to have a good season after the perfect game but he has been terrible ever since. 20 earned runs in his last three starts.

To add to Blake’s comments, our recent seasons when one of our pitchers throws a no-hitter haven’t been positive.

2007 – Mark Buehrle vs. TEX – Season Record: 72-90, 4th place
2009 – Mark Buehrle vs. TB – Season Record: 79-83, 3rd place
2010 – Edwin Jackson (with ARI then traded to CWS) vs. Tampa Bay – Season Record: 88-74, 2nd place

Okay, so maybe if we think positive and look at the trend (4th, 3rd, 2nd…), then this year may be great. Just need to get rid of the little funk we’ve been in to start this month. Go White Sox!

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