Sale, Kershaw in Marquee Matchup
Saturday, March 15, 2014
White Sox vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (9:05 p.m., CT). Starting pitchers: In a matchup of aces, it’ll be LHP Chris Sale vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw. Also scheduled to pitch for the Sox are LHP Scott Downs, RHP Ronald Belisario, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Maikel Cleto and LHP David Purcey.
Sox starting lineup: Adam Eaton CF, Marcus Semien 2B, Jose Abreu 1B, Avi Garcia RF, Adam Dunn DH, Dayan Vicedo LF, Alexei Ramirez SS, Matt Davidson, 3B, Tyler Flowers C.
This evening’s game at CR-G is sold out as was this afternoon’s Dodgers-Padres contest. More than 13,000 fans will be on hand tonight.
Coop: Part 1
Here’s the first of a three-part series on csnchicago.com providing an “Inside Look” at pitching coach Don Cooper. Parts 2 and 3 will be posted in the next couple of days.
Sox Notes of Note
The Coach, Mike Ditka, visited the Sox clubhouse before the game, will throw the ceremonial first pitch and will stop by the Comcast SportsNet television booth in the third inning…Gordon Beckham has suffered a strained left oblique. He’ll refrain from baseball activity for seven days…Eaton has reached base safely in his last seven games…Andy Wilkins is hitting .545 this spring with a homer, five RBI and four runs scored in 11 games…Alejandro De Aza is batting .360 and .467 in road games…Tomorrow’s starter, John Danks, has pitched eight scoreless innings in two Cactus League starts. He’s one of eight CL pitchers with a 0.00 ERA with two or more starts…Zach Putnam has made six scoreless appearances.
Bob Grim and Cheese Pizza
So one of my better friends with the team (at least until he reads this) is Bob Grim, our senior director of business development and broadcasting. Bob is in town this weekend for our first spring training telecasts, and we had agreed last week to grab dinner after Friday’s game.
“Perfect,” I thought to myself (do you need quotes if you are thinking to yourself?) “Night game on Saturday. We can head out to Fleming’s for a nice steak and a bottle of wine. “ I made the reservations.
Bob arrives at the ballpark Friday and I tell him about the plan for dinner.
“Okay, but I don’t eat meat. It’s Friday,” he said.
I had forgotten that Bob is very devout, perhaps even rivaling the Pope.
“That’s fine,” I countered. “They have salmon and maybe pork chops.”
“I only eat fish on the east coast,” he responds (Bob is from NYC, Archbishop Molloy, St. John’s, etc.)
And I could tell vegetables were absolutely out of the question.
“But there is this great Brooklyn-style pizza place, Grimaldi’s,” he said. “Let’s go there and I can get cheese pizza.”
So I faced a decision. I called the great folks at Fleming’s and explained – completely upfront – why I had to cancel the reservation.
“My date is Catholic,” I told the manager. And he laughed.
“Well, we have fish and …”
“Already tried,” I interrupted, and he laughed again.
As we walked into Grimaldi’s along with our mutual friend Art Berke, the bubbly hostess said, “Oh, you guys must be here for Tommy Lasorda. He’s signing right over there.”
“Not quite,” I replied. “We’re here for the cheese pizza.”
It was disappointing to miss out on a night at Fleming’s, but at least Bob picked up the check. Many friends, non-friends and perhaps even some former friends, wrote and texted based on a previous post that ANY meal you don’t have to pay for is a great meal (and that I shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth … or something like that). I think they are probably right.
Quote of the Day
Listen to Robin Ventura talk about the 2014 White Sox with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern on MLB Network Radio.
White Sox vs. Rangers at Surprise (3:05 p.m., CT). Starting pitchers: LHP John Danks vs. RHP Yu Darvish. Also scheduled to pitch for the Sox are RHP Andre Rienzo, LHP Eric Surkamp, RHP Cody Winiarski, RHP Putnam and LHP Purcey.
Photo of the Day
Happy 55th Birthday to Sox legend Harold Baines.