Today’s Menu: White Sox Baseball, Food and Weather
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
White Sox 3 7 1
Giants 4 9 1
Plays of the Day
Tyler Flowers had two singles and an RBI while Alejandro De Aza and Leury Garcia both singled in runs with Garcia’s being the bunt variety…on the pitching side, Felipe Paulino gave up a pair of runs on five hits in 3.2 IP, but struck out five and Jake Petricka (1.1), Maikel Cleto (1.0), Daniel Webb (1.0) and Zach Putnam (1.0) pitched scoreless ball.
The Cuban Way
Apparently, that’s how they do it in Cuba.
Following an eighth-inning strikeout, catcher Hector Gimenez stepped out to throw to first base (the ball had hit the ground) for the out.
He fired it down to Jose Abreu at first. After recording the out, Abreu fired it right back at Gimenez, who was about 60 feet away and not really expecting it.
As the crowd let out a gasp, the throw sailed past Gimenez and up against the Sox dugout screen.
So apparently, in Cuba, you throw the ball around the infield a little differently after a strikeout.
Sox Notes of Note
Prior to today’s game with San Francisco, the White Sox made the following eight roster moves:
Optioned LHP Charlie Leesman to Class AAA Charlotte and OF Jared Mitchell and OF Trayce
Thompson to Class AA Birmingham; Reassigned C Miguel Gonzalez, RHP Deunte Heath, RHP
Omar Poveda, LHP Scott Snodgress and OF Keenyn Walker to minor-league camp. With the
moves, the White Sox have 47 players remaining in major-league camp: 23 pitchers, four catchers,
14 infielders and six outfielders…the Sox will televise 10 of their final 14 Cactus League games beginning with Friday’s contest vs. the Indians on Comcast SportsNet at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT).
The Chicken Parmesan: “Solid, If Not Spectacular”
People think that spring training is great, and for the most part they are absolutely right–until about 6 pm each night. That’s when you need to figure out what you are doing with your evening.
I golf, which fills some early evenings, although once games start these opportunities are few and far between.
I don’t really do the bar scene, but like most people I do like to eat. And thanks to my kids and the Food Network, I have garnered quite a reputation for trying places to eat.
“Forget baseball, you should write a food blog,” a certain Executive Vice President said to me recently. (Note: that’s not the first time someone has suggested a different line of work to me, sometimes not as kindly).
So, for fun, and to break the monotony, here’s a review of last night’s dinner with Roger Bossard, the greatest groundskeeper in the world.
After 15 holes of golf at the Wigwam (we never get 18 in due to impending darkness), we headed to a little Italian place at the corner of Litchfield Road and Indian School called Bella Luna.
Nice atmosphere, with as much outside seating as inside, it is your classic New York Italian restaurant.
Roger is in a rut. Every time we go, he orders the lasagna, explaining to me that he married an Italian girl, and “this is good lasagna.”
I opted for the chicken parm last night (a reasonable facsimile of my dinner is pictured below) and it was solid, if not spectacular. The other night’s veal saltimbocca was better (if anyone really cares).
My only warning is that portions aren’t huge, so you might need a quick stop at Jack In The Box on the way home.
It is worth noting that ANY dinner tastes better when someone else is buying. Unfortunately (for me), Roger was only buying because he kicked my butt on the golf course (at least on the Par 3s)!
Roger heads home at the end of this week so this was a going-away dinner of sorts. He acknowledges that he is going to be challenged in getting the U.S. Cellular Field infield thawed out by Opening Day, but knowing Roger, my money is with the world’s greatest groundskeeper (and a pretty good golfer as well).
White Sox vs. Angels at Tempe (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Jose Quintana, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Ronald Belisario, LHP Eric Surkamp, LHP David Purcey, LHP Frank De Los Santos. Starter for Los Angeles: RHP Garrett Richards.
Quote of the Day
@DanHayesCSN: Big day for #WhiteSox tomorrow on pitching front: Coop hopes to get 4 innings, 60 pitches out of Quintana. Belisario also debuts.
Photo of the Day
Apologies to my friends and family who are suffering through another winter storm in Chicago (this is actually my street back home)–while I’m basking here in the beautiful Arizona sunshine at spring training. Don’t hate me!