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This collection of entries is from the Category "Baseball".

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Why do they sign has beens? The White Sox agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent RHP Bartolo Colon. 8:19 PM Jan 14th from txt

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Monday, September 29, 2008

White Sox 8 - Tigers 2
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Sunday, September 28, 2008

White Sox 5 - Indians 1
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Saturday, September 27, 2008

White Sox 6 - Indians 12
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Saturday, September 06, 2008

White Sox 7 - Angels 6
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Saturday, August 23, 2008

White Sox 3 - Rays 5
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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Baseball Park Fan Survey

Sports Illustrated did a survey of fans to determine the rankings of Major League ballparks. They had 10 categories and weighed each of them the same: Affordability, Food, Team Quality, History & Tradition, Ballpark Atmosphere, Fan Intelligence, Fan Hospitality, Promotions, Getting To The Game and finally Neighborhood.

Interesting... and since this is all about the "fan experience" at the ballpark, it's interesting to see where the parks ranked - and for what. A little unfair to the Washington Nationals as the survey was for RFK Stadium and not the new Nationals Park.

The survey was for your hometown park. Of the respondents, almost 15% were season ticket holders, and almost half went to at least 5 games a year. That means under 50% went to at least 5 games, so their fan experiences could have been based solely on one or two games... or even worse: what they've heard about the experience.

The Chicago ballparks? US Cellular Field - 8th, Wrigley Field 15th

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Monday, February 11, 2008

STH secret presale...

w00T! Single game tickets went on sale this morning for the White Sox for Season Ticket Holders (not he general public. I love having the opportunity to get at tickets ahead of everyone else) . We grabbed-up tickets to opening day (since our package doesn't include it) and grabbed tickets for Elvis night in August.

I'm feeling better - it's feeling more like spring again... except for that snow and below zero temperatures...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Stealing a Taco

On the way home from work today, I had to stop by Taco Bell.

Now... why would I do that... and why would you care?

Because everyone in the United States is getting a free taco today. Now... again... why?

Because Taco Bell ran a promotion that was called "Steal a Base Steal a Taco". In a nutshell, if anybody in the World Series steals a base in a World Series game, America gets a free a free crunchy seasoned beef taco .

So - there it was: last Thursday, Game 2, bottom of the 4th. - Thank You Boston Red Sox rookie center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (he walked after two out, and stole second in a 2-1 win by Boston over Colorado)

The place wasn't crowded at all... you could only cash-in today from 2pm-5pm. I can't imagine what the chain's 5,800 stores were like during all of this.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Another season over

Boston sweeps Colorado in the World Series... and thus brings to a close another baseball season...

My heart goes into hibernation until the spring...

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

So sorry.

The Natural Order of things has returned to normal in Chicago.

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

White Sox 3 - Tigers 13

Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

White Sox 3 - Tigers 2

Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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Sunday, August 05, 2007

A bit of relief?

On Thursday morning, I lamented about I how I was feeling due to Baseball in Chicago.

I feel only SLIGHTLY better today.

The Sox won 4 straight, sweeping the Detroit Tigers knocking them out of first place, and are 7-3 in their last 10.

The Cubs lost tonight, are 5-5 in their last 10, and dropped a game out of first place.

Now, look... this has been just a crazy year... and I'm not saying that these teams are finally doing what I had expected them to do... far from it.

It's Chicago. It's August.

ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. You just never know.

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

A city full of ties

My world is crumbling in front of me...

My team, the Chicago White Sox are tied for last place in the AL Central Division (13 games out with the Kansas City Royals).

And... there's that "other" team... the Chicago Cubs are tied for first in the NL Central Division with the Milwaukee Brewers (6 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals).

I feel ill.

And, with the Cubs up for sale, I have to admit that there's a noble campaign going on: a group of Chicagoans working to facilitate a fan-owned buyout of the Chicago Cubs and restore the voice of the fans within baseball - 4FansSake.com

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

White Sox 1 - Blue Jays 4

Chicago White Sox Toronto Blue Jays

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

White Sox 2 - Blue Jays 0

Chicago White Sox Toronto Blue Jays

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

White Sox 6 - Twins 3

Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

White Sox 3 - Twins 1

Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

White Sox 2 - Angels 5

Chicago White Sox Anaheim Angels

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

White Sox 0 - Angels 3

Chicago White Sox Anaheim Angels

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Friday, March 02, 2007

He can be worth how much?

Have you heard about this story about a minor league pitcher?

Matt White. 29 years old. Only pitched 9 2/3 innings in the majors, over 9 professional seasons in just 7 games. Journeyman. He's a non-roster invitee to Dodgers spring training. Can he make the team? Doubtful, I think. But, I think he'll do OK...

Flash back 3 years ago. His great aunt was going into a nursing home and needed to raise some cash. He bought a 50-acre mountain-top lot of hers for $50,000.

He starts to clear 4 acres of the land to build a house, but had problems because they kept hitting these large flat rocks. There was so much rock, that he called a local geologist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to find out what it was.

It's mica schist, a slate-like shiny metamorphic stone used for patio decks and other construction.

OK, cool... you can sell it. It sells for $100 a ton. Now, it's gonna cost money to get the rock removed.

But... let's do some quick calculations...

$100 per ton... The geologist estimated there were 24 million tons of the stone on his land.

This journeyman pitcher, that didn't make more than $300,000 in his entire career... is sitting on... potentially...

$2.4 BILLION of rock.

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

One year ago today...

What happened a year ago tonight?

The Chicago White Sox won the World Series.

It's now time to crown a new champion... and we become.. nothing. Losers. Not even in the playoffs when we should have been.

I'm rooting for St. Louis.. I don't want want the Detroit Tigers to win... that way, in my twisted head, the White Sox will still be the last American League winner of the World Series...

Twisted...

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Sticking it to Chicago baseball fans

The title refers to the 2006 World Series.

You see, no matter which Chicago baseball team you favor, root for, die for... this year's World Series has to feel painful.

Why?

Well, if you follow the White Sox (as I do), then having the Detroit Tigers - the team's nemesis from your own division - as the American League rep, just stings like hell.

Now... if you follow that "other" Chicago baseball team (the Chicago Cubs), then you're in the same situation: the team's nemesis from your own division - the St. Louis Cardinals - as the National League representative.

Both representatives from their Central Division. OUR division.

Ouch.. that hurts... (WE should be there!)

posted at 10:44 PM | Link | Baseball | § |

Thursday, October 12, 2006

White Sox + 7-Eleven = 7:11

Oh, crap... more ways to get corporate sponsorship (and revenue) at a ball game: White Sox enter partnership with 7-Eleven. Now, guess what times Night Games will start at U.S. Cellular Field during the week during 2007?

Yep. 7:11 pm. For the next three years.

Now... how about even more expensive seats at the park? They're MOVING the Press Box behind Home Plate. The old Press Box on the mezzanine level of the ball park is being converted into a new club lounge featuring 220 premium seats, with a lounge and restaurant-type food service. The new seating area will retain the movable windows of the press box. The seats will cost $250 each and will be available only in a full season-ticket plan, and went on sale Monday. The press gets to move to the 400 Level of the stadium along the first-base side.

The team's only other off-season renovation will be the continued replacement of blue seats to green seats throughout the park. About damn time! We'll finally get our new seats... and rumor has it that they will actually be pitched/turned/twisted to face more toward the plate.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Adding Insult to Injury

Less than 24 hours after being eliminated from play-off contention, guess what I got in a DHL Express packet today?

Yep.

My playoff tickets.

Bastards.

posted at 08:28 PM | Link | White Sox | § |

Monday, September 25, 2006

Officially Over

The White Sox played Cleveland tonight - Lost 14-1.

The team was officially eliminated from the playoffs.

I knew it was coming... it doesn't diminish the hurt that I feel about a team that played so far under their potential.

No ALDS. No ALCS. No World Series.

Crap... I enjoyed them so much last year.. I got used to them.

As far as I am concerned, he season is over. They are dead to me now.

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

White Sox 12 - Mariners 7

Chicago White Sox Seattle Mariners

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

White Sox 11 - Mariners 7

Chicago White Sox Seattle Mariners

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

White Sox 2 - Indians 5
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Saturday, September 09, 2006

White Sox 10 - Indians 8
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Sunday, August 27, 2006

White Sox 6 - Twins 1

Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins

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Saturday, August 26, 2006

White Sox 7 - Twins 8 - 11 Innings

Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

How dare you

So, after a WONDERFUL weekend of sweeping the Detroit Tigers, and LOSING to the Kansas City Royals (UPDATE: We lost EVEN WORSE tonight!). what come in the mail today?

THE INVOICE FOR POSTSEASON TICKETS.

Damn you!

Have our seat assignments.. still downstairs but out toward the right field foul pole. Included - parking for all ticketed events, seats to all 3 (possible) American League Division Series, Home Game 2 of the American League Championship Series and Home Game 2 of the World Series.

Excited? Well... yes... if the team would just PLAY a little better..

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

White Sox 7 - Tigers 3

Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

White Sox 4 - Tigers 3

Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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Friday, August 11, 2006

White Sox 5 - Tigers 0

Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Not a winner

0 – 7 – 2 – 8 – 3 – 1
0 – 1 – 5 – 6 – 2 – 3
0 – 2 – 0 – 8 – 6 – 7

Chicago White Sox Charities 2005 World Series Ring Raffle. 3 fans get a REAL World Series Ring... with their name on it.

Nuts. Didn't win.

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Grinder Bash

The White Sox threw a party for season ticket holders today (actually, on Thursday and Friday, too). They used to do this almost every year. They suspended this or a few years, because the park had renovations being done, almost year long. Now, that the season ticket base has grown so dramatically, the team decided to throw another party.

I LOVE these things. There's something special about being in the park - when the team isn't there playing ball. I took my buddy Barry to share this unusual event.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

White Sox 5 - Rangers 0

Chicago White Sox Texas Rangers

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

White Sox 3 - Rangers 1

Chicago White Sox Texas Rangers

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

What to go A.L.!

Another Amercan League All-Str winner! Thanks, Ozzie! What a way to win - in the top of the 9th!


(Boxscore)

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

White Sox 6 - Red Sox 5 - 19 INNINGS

Chicago White Sox Boston Red Sox

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Saturday, July 08, 2006

White Sox 6 - Red Sox 9

Chicago White Sox Boston Red Sox

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

White Sox 10 - Astros 9 - 13 Innings

Chicago White Sox Houston Astros

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

White Sox 6 - Astros 5 - 10 Innings

Chicago White Sox Houston Astros

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Annual Yard Sale

Get up early (for a Saturday) and hit the road for the South Side...

It's that time again... time for the White Sox Annual Yard Sale at the park (U.S. Cellular Field).

The line was long when we got there, but it was awfully spread out, with lots of people bringing chairs to sit in while they wait.

The best thing about the event is that all the proceeds go to White Sox Charities.

With that in mind, we went looking for clothing.. we had bought jackets here in the past (yes, authentic, player-worn jackets), and they didn't have ANY this year! They really brought out the odd stuff... banners used around the city for "Rally Monday", the rally downtown before the World Series, empty bottles of Champagne from each of the locker room celebrations during the playoffs ($60-$100), full sheet World Series Tickets (un-printed with seat info). I wanted some bunting that was displayed at the park (MLB authenticated), but that was $50 each and the bunting was small.

They had the regular selection of things - used hats, bats, helmets, an AWFUL lot of catcher's gear this year compared to last, lots of equipment bags, helmet bags... and of course what everybody goes after - jerseys. The real deal.

We weren't even close to being the first one's in line, and back in January, at Sox Fest, they always set up a "Garage Sale" room that people must have rifled through, because the jersey selection - though large - didn't have a lot of jerseys by the somewhat major players, let alone the major players. If you wanted a jersey of a pitcher that was barely in the majors for a few weeks, there were a ton of them (including ones for the World Series complete with World Series patch on the sleeve). There were prior years players that they haven't got rid of yet. Lot's of BP windshirts and "tops" (wouldn't call them jerseys).

The surprising pieces to me were at the extreme left of the left rack in the row of racks.

Here were the jerseys of Major players now gone. Jerseys you would have NEVER seen in any rack in any year. These were put aside as special and if you were lucky, you could ask to get one. The one that caught my eye? FRANK THOMAS. NEVER would have been in the rack. Now that he's gone, he's there. Now granted, it was REALLY expensive (I think $1,000), but it was still in the rack. I knew that I had hit the right part in the rack... they guys that are gone... tons of Carl Everett jerseys... Shingo Takatsu... guys who were good and made a difference. But the one guy I thought that made a difference and we hated to see him go, was the one I was after. I snatched it up and walked away from the racks quickly. The Jersey? Aaron Rowand.

That's all we bought this year... nothing else caught our eye... the great thing is that THIS year at checkout, you got a form to fill out stating that the items you bought were to benefit a charity, thus ding..ding..ding..ding..ding Tax Writeoff.

I just love going to the park for special events, like this one, when there isn't a game. It's just feels special. There was another event going on that you had to pay to participate - playing catch in the outfield. It's reall typical for Dads to bring their youngsters, with their mitt and balls, and you're allowed onto the field for an hour to play catch. the day before Father's Day. How cool is that?

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

White Sox 8 - Indians 10

Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

White Sox 4 - Indians 3 - 11 Innings

Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians

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Sunday, June 04, 2006

White Sox 2 - Rangers 10

Chicago White Sox Texas Rangers

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

White Sox 4 - Cubs 7

Chicago White Sox Chicago Cubs

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

White Sox 7 - Cubs 0

Chicago White Sox Chicago Cubs

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Sunday, May 07, 2006

White Sox 3 - Royals 2

Chicago White Sox Kansas City Royals

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Saturday, May 06, 2006

White Sox 9 - Royals 2

Chicago White Sox Kansas City Royals

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

White Sox 7 - Twins 3

Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

White Sox 9 - Twins 2

Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

White Sox Ticket Sales

Had to write something here for the White Sox fans out there...

... as of yesterday, the Sox have now passed last year's season total for tickets sold.

April 19. Not bad for advance sales. Hopefully we can live up to expectations...

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

White Sox 6 - Blue Jays 4

Chicago White Sox Toronto Blue Jays

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Saturday, April 15, 2006

White Sox 4 - Blue Jays 2

Chicago White Sox Toronto Blue Jays

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

White Sox 2 - Indians 8

Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians

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Monday, April 03, 2006

Still in Fist Place

I woke up and felt the need to see if the White Sox were still playing.

Sure enough, they were.

They got themselves into a 3-3 tie in the top of the 4th when the rains came. No, DELUGE.

Total Rain Delay time: 2 hours 57 minutes.

Sox won 10-4 around 1:10 in the morning.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Game On!

YEEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!!

Sitting at my desk and listening to baseball on the radio!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK, it's preseaon.

OK, it's a different station covering the games.

OK, it's a different broadcast team covering the games.

But, it's baseball!!!!

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Monday, February 27, 2006

The Idiot

I've never been a fan of Frank Thomas.

Now, he may be destined for the Hall of Fame. He really did contribute for years for the Chicago White Sox. He was a big deal.

Was.

He also could have had this city wrapped around his little finger. If he would just shut-up, or say a few things a certain way. Maybe even actually do a few charity things. No. He squandered what he had. He got hurt. He stopped producing meaningful numbers. He wasn't a go-to guy, he was a goat.

His time had come a long time ago, passed, and yet he lingered a bit too long. When the team finally gets together and wins the World Series for the first time in 88 years, his 35 games/109 At-Bats/.219 average barely contributes.

And now he's in Oakland.

Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams called former slugger Frank Thomas" an idiot'' over the weekend, because Frank continues to whine about the way he was treated. A selfish man, who refused to play first base, who hadn't played a full season since 2003, didn't like the way he was treated.

Yeah, we treated him well. Too well. He should have been gone years ago under that "diminished skills'' clause of his contract.

Idiot. Shut-up and play for your new team. You're showing your whining to your new team now, and I hope they're listening. No "I" in "team", my friend.

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Friday, February 17, 2006

Less tickets on sale today

The White Sox put up tickets for sale to the general public today. They also said that - for the first time on franchise history - they have sold 2 Million Tickets before Opening Day.

We already have sell outs:

All games available except Sunday, April 2 vs. Cleveland Tuesday, April 4 vs. Cleveland Saturday, May 6 vs. Kansas City Friday, May 19 vs. Cubs Saturday, May 20 vs. Cubs Sunday, May 21 vs. Cubs Friday, July 7 vs. Boston Saturday, July 8 vs. Boston Sunday, July 9 vs. Boston Thursday, August 10 vs. New York, which are sold out.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

WE DON'T CARE IF YOU'RE A SEASON TICKET HOLDER...

I'm full of all kinds of emotions right now, the major ones are anger and hurt.

For the first time since becoming a Split Season Ticket Holder for the White Sox since January of 1996, Carol and I will be missing Opening Day.

Why?

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Friday, January 27, 2006

Fest-less

Just got off the phone with our pal Janie. None of us is going to SoxFest, which starts in under an hour. Of all years to not pay attention to when tickets were on sale, the year in which the World Series should not be one of them. It would have been a great night... or weekend, but I screwed-up. We screwed-up. Nuts.

Came home to find the invoice to sign-up for the Stadium Club for the year. For a split-season ticket package it went up over $100 to $550. It's worth it for the beginning of the season when it's cold & rainy. It's worth it for those 90 degree summer days. And boy is it worth it in post-season. We split it with Janie & Gary and it works out. Pretty upset the price went up, though...

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Changes at TPFKAC™

Hearing rumors about some of the changes going on at Comiskey... "The Joan"... "The Cell"... US Cellular Field... whatever. (Still pissed-off about the name of the place and it's been three years).

Went looking through WhiteSoxInteractive and found some disturbing stories.

I've been waiting years to change the color of the seating from that pool blue to green, the way ballparks should look. I got all excited when they made the announcement that it was going to happen. So it started last year, and it was supposed to progress through last season. Never did. This off-season, they've gone through, starting upstairs, and ripped out all the seats and replaced them (as of this writing, they're not complete - the last two sections are to done - somehow they received the wrong seats). The started working downstairs - but only up to the dugouts. that's right, my section WON'T be getting new seats this season for the second year in a row. there's no explanation why. Here's where the rumor and speculation come in: in the majority of "modern" ballparks, the seats in these areas are specially built so they are canted toward the infield, sort of like setting the seats at a 12 degree angle while keeping the whole row straight. Now, if that's what they're doing, then I'll shutup and relish in the canted seat next year. If that's not what happening, and they're just stalling again, then I'm going to be pissed, because who sits in these seats? The Partial Season Ticket Holders, who are slowly starting to feel screwed by the team (the possible inability to get Opening Night tickets was the beginning of the mistreatment).

On a different subject, what may be the most disturbing news for me.

Nancy Faust will not be playing organ at all of the games in 2006. In fact, she's only playing day games. Nancy says it's her idea. Perhaps it's the beginning of a retirement after what will be 37 years of playing the organ.

I know that people want to hear something more modern, like the clips that are played for the home players when they come up to bat. (Nancy plays pieces for the visiting teams batters).

It's baseball. You've got to have organ music.

You gotta have Nancy.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

20,000 and climbing

The White Sox announced that Season Ticket sales have passed 20,000, the highest in franchise history. This is allowing General Manager Ken Williams to raise the payroll to $95 million, certainly something that can't hurt the team. The downside? Because of the way MLB handles postseason tickets, anybody buying a full Season Ticket after January 15 (or Partial after January 9) will NOT get any options to buy Postseason tickets. A waiting list has been created for people that want to get the postseason options. WAITING LIST. The Sox have a WAITING LIST for Season Tickets (soft of). I NEVER thought this would happen in this town. There's also a RUMOR floating around (it's just a rumor) that - because of the number of Season Tickets being sold - the popular Dog Day promotion may be canceled because there will be too many Season Ticket Holders that will need to be displaced when the bleachers are vacated to make room for the dogs and their owners. Another rumor going around - due to the new City of Chicago Smoking Ordinance, U.S. Cellular Field will now be smoke-free. (As a non-smoker, all I can say is "YES!")

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

How much change is good change?

Here's were it's all going to start for the 2006 White Sox - the first player movements.

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Friday, October 28, 2005

Wearing the Championship

People swarming over Championship apparel
Carol left me in charge of getting our World Series championship apparel, so I went over to Dick's Sporting Goods after work. Last time I was there they didn't have anything with any playoff logo on it. Guess that all changes when a team becomes World Champions - they carved-out a really good sized area in front of the store and loaded it with merchandise. Apparently this is going on all over town - sporting goods storing opening hours earlier than normal and the merchandise is just being scooped-up.

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Streaming Video is a good thing

Local TV stations in Chicago started their coverage of the White Sox celebration (a celebratory motorcade from the park though the neighborhoods to the Board of Exchange, followed by a "Ticker Tape Parade" down La Salle street (like they still use ticker tape... I heard they're using shredded-up Chicago Sun-Times newspapers... in my opinion a good use of the Sun-Times, but that's gotta look crappy) and a rally in the midle of La Salle and Wacker, right at the river.

Anyway, some of the local stations (Channels 2, 5, 7, and 9) are streaming their coverage over the web so I'll be able to watch from my desk!

Update: Sign in the crowd downtown: JOE CREDE I WANT TO GO TO THIRD BASE WITH YOU

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Water Canons

I guess the White Sox just landed at Midway and the cool thing was that their plane (looked like an American Airlines 757) was welcomed with a traditional Fire Department Water Canon salute (it's where the fire department water canon trucks will setup opposite each other off of a taxiway and shoot a curtain of water into the air over the taxiway that the plane taxi's underneath). It's cool to watch because that's something that only done on very special occasions and I've never seen it done at a Chicago airport.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS
WORLD SERIES BLOG

CHICAGO WHITE SOX - 2005- WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS


Not much to say here... I'm kinda overwhelmed and overcome with emotions, I guess.

To follow one team all your life and finally see them win the championship.

Priceless.

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That's 3

Damn it. Fell asleep in the friggin' chair watching the game. Woke up when the local Fox news was on after the game. Checked TiVo, but it stopped after Uribe's at bat in the 14th, right after Blum's homerun. (have been TiVo-ing all of the games and copying them off to DVD... just for "posterity")

14 innings (The only other World Series game that lasted 14 innings was on Oct. 9, 1916, when the Boston Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 2) Five hours and 41 minutes. (longest (time) in World Series history). 482 pitches. 17 pitchers (the previous high of was 13 for a World Series game). Most walks in a World Series game - 21. Most walks by one team was a record, too, for the Sox - 12. Most players used in a World Series game - 43. The 30 men left on base, 15 by each team, were the most in a World Series game. Most combined Double Plays - 6. Scott Podsednik became the first player to have eight official at-bats in a Series game. First World Series game played in the state of Texas.

I knew it was going to be a rough game. If the Sox didn't win, I wasn't too concerned thinking that the Astros and fans would be pretty pumped. They were but everyone sure fell silent ion the 5th when we scored 5 runs to take the lead after being down 4-0 (especially off their "superstar" pitcher Roy Oswalt, who everybody was raving about, to the point of giving him a win for the game handily without him even throwing a pitch - like he was predestined and nobody could touch him).

Hope I can stay up and watch the game tonight!

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

World Series Shopping

We're having company over tonight - a perfect time to get out of the house to let Carol clean it without ME being around.

Besides, I've got places I need to go and see.

After all, the World Series is in town for the first time in 47 years.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

If the sky's gonna fall, at least let's make the place look good...

The Picasso statue in Daley Plaza is wearing a Sox hat.

The two lions in front of the Art Institute are being fitted for hats and will be wearing them shortly.

(I don't know this statue) the hoofs of a downtown sculpture titled "The Bowman and The Spearman" are to outfitted with white socks in time for tomorrow night's Game One against the Houston Astros.

The mayor's office is distributing 20,000 Ozzie Guillen masks. (That's supposed to make the place look better?)

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Today has become "The Sky Is Falling" day

Today, the White Sox and the media are laying it on thick. The World Series is coming to town, but if you don't have a ticket, don't bother getting anywhere close.

The first game starts tomorrow night. The police & FBI are blocking of the streets for a block around the park. Nobody without a ticket gets inside the area. On top of that, there will be random car searches. I remember 2 years ago the searches they were doing around the park prior to the All-Star Game. The real unnerving part? They had guys with Geiger counters checking for radiation coming from the cars... makes you wonder if they heard"chatter" about a "threat". And, jeez, the World Series is a pretty big public event... Great...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Houston, eh?

So we finally find out what opponent we have for the World Series:

Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros

It's going to be a long, well fought series.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Tickets? HA!

World Series tickets went on sale at noon today.

Gone in 18 minutes.

Thank God we have ours already. There weren't a lot of tickets available anyway - I've heard 2,00-4,000.

Still don't know who we're playing.

Update: Well, it's Houston.

Update: Here's the word on tickets from the Inside The White Sox blog, written by Scott Reifert, their Vice President of Communications:

I've gotten quite a few questions about how the tickets are distributed. The White Sox get our allotment for STH, etc. Then MLB takes a big chunk for the following: MLB sponsors, licensees, broadcasting partners, the media, all other 28 teams, every MLB player, umpire, etc.

What's left goes on sale to the public, which was just over 10,000 tickets available to the general public for the four games. If you figure there were 140,000 people trying to get 2,500 opportunities (since each could buy four tickets), you can determine how tough the odds are and how many fans were disappointed.

Update: This should put us in our place. 10,000 tickets in 18 minutes? How about Tickets for Wrestlemania 22, to be held in Chicago on April 2nd of next year at the Allstate Arena, were put on sale last week -- and sold out in less than two minutes. And that was 15,000 tickets.

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD

CHICAGO WHITE SOX - AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS - 2005


MLB ALCS BLOG

I didn't think we'd win 4 straight and actually go to the World Series! 4 straight games of complete game pitching?

This is unheard of.

Paul Konerko gets the ALCS MVP trophy.

No World Series appearance since 1959. 46 years. 16,825 days between qualifications.

No World Series win since 1917. 88 years. (let's not get ahead of ourselves)

I wish I could explain to you the feeling of following a team all your life and the team finally makes it to the championship. It's unbelievable.

Yes, there's tears. Tears of joy. I can't explain it. Relief. Pride. Excitement.

(Boxscore)

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Friday, October 07, 2005

Sweep? Sweep? SWEEP!
MLB ALDS BLOG

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Sunday, October 02, 2005

OK, now that the season's over...

For the first time in a while (actually, only 5 years but it's long enough) it's time to get ready for post-season baseball.

But it took until today to figure out what was going on. We swept the Cleveland Indians (which I was surprised/shocked about).

We end the season TIED for the best record in all of baseball (best in the AL at least - we tied with the ST. Louis Cardinals) - 99-63. I think that's an OK comeback from our little "slide". (The Cardinals had the best record in baseball at 100-62. We came pretty damn close after losing our best record to them in August)

So, here's how the AL plays out for the ALDS First Round:

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

As John Rooney would say... "Another White Sox Winner!"

Chicago White Sox

MAGIC NUMBER 1 but it doesn't matter...

CHICAGO WHITE SOX - AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL DIVISION CHAMPIONS - 2005


Chicago White Sox 2005 American League Central Division Champions
Chicago's victory reduced its magic number to one, clinching a tie for the American League Central title. But even if the Indians were to sweep the three-game set at Jacobs Field this weekend, thus clinching a playoff berth, the White Sox would win the tiebreaker for the AL Central crown with an 11-8 edge in head-to-head play.

The reason the White Sox and Indians wouldn't play a one-game playoff is because, with the Red Sox and Yankees playing each other this weekend, one team would be guaranteed to finish out of the playoffs if the Indians swept the White Sox. And in instances in which two teams from the same division are guaranteed to make the playoffs, MLB does not use a one-game playoff, instead relying on head-to-head records to break the tie.

Alight, this is pretty damn exciting. I feel great. MY team is number one, and the Chicago National League Baseball Club is nowhere to be seen this year. We've taken all the crap you North Siders have dished out, and this particular year you've got nothing. Your team didn't even get to .500. So shut the hell up this year - next year, we're on again. This year - SHUT UP.

However, I will graciously extend my arm to help out anybody willing to jump on the bandwagon to see how far we can ride it this year.

I realize I live in Chicago. I realize we don't have the greatest history when it comes to championships with any professional team in the city. We may get no further than this round. This is OK. Like I said, come 2006 it's "Game On" all over again.

Here's two seemingly opposite stats that bring the whole year in focus as a great start and a sickening slide at the end: Only the 10th team in history to be in first place every day of the season, and the only team in history to have a 15-game lead drop below three games, And we still won it with 3 games to spare.

It sure is nice feeling being on top. Again.

I'm just excited that we get to raise a flag on Opening Day next year. I just wonder what it will say?

(White Sox 4 - Tigers 2 - Boxscore)

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Magic Number 2 1 2

Oh, crap... I don't know how my body is going to survive the stress.

One more game against Detroit.

3 final games against our nemesis Cleveland.

Magic Number is reduced with each White Sox win or Cleveland loss.

Magic Number to clinch the division.

Update: Magic numbers are so confusing... If we want to limp-in, the Magic Number is 1.

BUT - If we win tomorrow, and Cleveland wins the rest of 3-game series against them, WE TIE for the AL Central. But then, the White Sox would win the tiebreaker for the American League Central by an 11-8 record in head-to-head competition.

Oh, and let's muddy the water with a coin-toss: If we limp-in with a Wild Card spot, The Sox won a coin toss to host a possible one-game Wild Card playoff contest against either the Yankees or Red Sox on Monday (because the Yankees or the Red Sox are guaranteed 2 losses this weekend - they 're playing a 3-game series against each other)

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Sunday, September 25, 2005

White Sox 4 - Twins 1

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

White Sox 8 - Twins 1

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Great. Taunt me.

My 2005 Post Season Tickets - of course, with the important stuff blocked-out!
So, guess what came in the mail yesterday.

My playoff and World Series tickets.

I think that stabbing pain I had yesterday (which hasn't gone away, it's just "significantly muted") was to show me what a Cub Fan feels like.

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Sunday, September 11, 2005

White Sox 1 - Angels 6

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Saturday, September 10, 2005

White Sox 5 - Angels 10

Chicago White Sox Anaheim Angels

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Sunday, September 04, 2005

White Sox 2 - Tigers 0

Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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Saturday, September 03, 2005

White Sox 6 - Tigers 2

Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

White Sox 6 - Yankees 2

Chicago White Sox New York Yankees

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

White Sox 0 - Yankees 5

Chicago White Sox New York Yankees

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Invoice - $995

I came home from work today and there it was in my mailbox.

An invoice.

For Post Season tickets.

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Ted Radcliffe - 1902-2005

Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe is wheeled-out by Harold Baines to throw out the first pitch on his 100th birthday! July 7, 2002 102-year-old Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe watching the game
Baseball lost it's oldest player today (103!). I used to see him around the park - he loved going to White Sox games (his retirement center was only a half mile from the park).

Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe was an old Negro League player who got his nickname (from Damon Runyan) from playing a double-header - catching the first game of the double-header and pitching the second game!

A little bit of history is gone from the park. I hope he enjoyed watching this season. I wished he would have seen the whole season this year - including what just may happen this fall.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Stupid Yankee Fan

A fan sits suspended in the netting behind the plate as he reportedly fell into the netting from the upper deck in the 8th inning as the Chicago White Sox played the NY Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Newsday photo/ Paul J. Bereswill)
Carol and I were watching the Sox game tonight when something really bizarre happened.

It was the bottom of the eighth - the Sox were winning against the Yankees in New York.

All of a sudden, you hear the fans get riled-up. The TV crew takes to a shot of - some fan that fell out of the upper deck and is now laying in the net attached to the backstop! Holy crap!

Update: There are reports that the kid jumped. 18-year-old Scott Harper of Armonk, N.Y. told three friends he was sitting with that he was going to test whether the net would hold his weight -- and then he jumped, police said.

Harper was arrested and police expect to charge him with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Idiot.

I do like these comments, though:

"I've never seen anything like that before," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think that's New York, you know, anything can happen."

"That was the only exciting thing that happened today," Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said.

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Sunday, August 07, 2005

White Sox 3 - Mariners 1

Chicago White Sox Seattle Mariners

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Saturday, August 06, 2005

White Sox 4 - Mariners 2

Chicago White Sox Seattle Mariners

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Friday, August 05, 2005

White Sox 2 - Mariners 4

Chicago White Sox Seattle Mariners

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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Schaumburg Flyers

Every year, Carol's company has an outing to see a Schaumburg Flyers baseball game. Today, it was another one of those days that we've been having - 90's, high humidity. Not conducive to watching a baseball game (an Independence League baseball game at that). Just as Carol was stepping out of the shower to get dressed tonight (she's still on "vacation") a thunderstorm moved through and the heavens opened-up. It was obvious it was one of those localized storms, or it could have been a remnant of a front that - what seems to be a daily occurrence - pushes through the region but as soon as it hits the Chicago area, it just breaks apart - never producing any lasting rain. I wanted to meet some of her new coworkers, so, admittedly, I coerced Carol into going tonight.

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Sunday, July 24, 2005

White Sox 6 - Red Sox 4

Chicago White Sox Boston Red Sox

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Saturday, July 23, 2005

White Sox 0 - Red Sox 3

Chicago White Sox Boston Red Sox

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Monday, July 18, 2005

Magic Number

61

I don't get it. The Chicago Tribune is posting the Magic Number for the Chicago White Sox. It's just days after the All-Star Game. This is Chicago. Nobody goes out on a limb like this when it comes to sports teams in town.

But here we are - the Sox still have the best record in all of baseball, again the first team to 60 wins. As of this morning, they're 12 games ahead of the 2nd place team (Twins). I'm not expecting to retain the "best record in baseball" title much longer - the St. Louis Cardinals are just 2 games behind in the win column and they have been stronger than the Sox.

And now the media have started noticing the local team that's actually in First Place and I'm getting that "jinxed" feeling, when you don't say certain things even when they're right in front of you, so you don't jinx the situation and have it change.

And there it is - Magic Number 61 - the number of White Sox wins and 2nd place team losses needed to win the division.

It's only July and they're calculating and publishing a Magic Number.

Scary.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

ASG

After actually attending the All-Star Game in my own hometown, watching the game on TV SUCKS. There are a lot of ceremonies that aren't televised. Hell, they don't even broadcast the Canadian National Anthem anymore! And who threw out the ceremonial first pitch? Don't know - wasn't broadcast. Too many friggin' commercials to run so you don't see anything. Then, when the game is on, there's not enough attention paid to the game. Example - when Kenny Rogers ended his stint on the mound, they interviewed him in the dugout - and never mentioned who the hell was at the plate. Here's a guy, maybe his first time to the All Star Game, who is up to bat and strikes out and the TV crew never says a word on who the person was - it was all about Kenny Rogers, why he was at the game, what he thinks of the crowd reaction... They even screwed up some of the graphics - Early in the game, Fox showed a graphic of the "defensive alignment" of the American League starters. Everyone was there EXCEPT White Sox starting pitcher Mark Buehrle - who was replaced with Chris Carpenter, the starting pitcher for the National League. The audio sucked all night. The little "lipstick" cameras mounted in the ground are cool and give you a different perspective on the game, but they were really dark and almost useless.

I'm jaded. I just didn't enjoy the coverage, In fact - I turned it off more than halfway through the game. I didn't care that I hadn't yet seen 3 of the 4 White Sox players that were there.

(Boxscore)

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Sunday, July 10, 2005

White Sox 8 - Athletics 9 (11 innings)

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Saturday, July 09, 2005

White Sox 1 - Athletics 10

Chicago White Sox Oakland Athletics

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Sunday, June 26, 2005

White Sox 0 - Cubs 2

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Saturday, June 25, 2005

White Sox 2 - Cubs 6

Chicago White Sox Chicago Cubs

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Friday, June 24, 2005

Hedging

Let me go on the record here, before anything gets started this weekend.

It has nothing to do with NextFest at Navy Pier, or the wonderful gastronomical Taste Of Chicago that kicks off today.

No, it has to do with baseball, interleague play, and the damn Cubs-Sox series.

I hate this event. Just hate it. I just can't stand the people that show up at the park, get plastered, and start shouting asinine comments at people and just looking for a damn fight. It's both sides of the aisle, both sides are guilty. I just hate the environment. Makes it quite difficult to try and enjoy the game.

We're in the middle of a pretty damn intense heat wave. Temps today are supposed to be around 96, with a Heat Index of 105.

Things happen in an environment like that.

Now, that being said, I don't have a good feeling about the outcome of these games either.

The Sox start the series 9 1/2 games in First Place in the AL Central, with a record of 49-22, the best in all of baseball.

Means nothing in this series. It's all about the outcome of these three games. And even though we lead the series 2-1 so far, I'm not sure we''ll come out winning this series. There's something in the back of my head that feels we can't do it right now. We've won the last 7 games - can we continue it? It seems like a longshot to come out on top for the weekend.

I don't know, it's just a feeling.

That's it. Go about your business.

UPDATE: Score of today's game: Sox 12 - Cubs 2

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Sunday, June 19, 2005

White Sox 4 - Dodgers 3

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Saturday, June 18, 2005

White Sox 5 - Dodgers 3

Chicago White Sox Los Angeles Dodgers

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Friday, June 10, 2005

Cubs-Red Sox Spin

All I've been hearing in the local media is this damn Cubs homestand against the Red Sox, and how they haven't met since the fateful 1918 World Series (a nice summary is at The SportingNews). Well, I'm taking solace in the fact that, yes, they haven't met since then, but the Red Sox have never played in Wrigley Field. Huh? Why? How? Well, during the 1918 World Series, the Cubs management decided to play their home games some place that had more seating capacity - Comiskey Park!

Update: Cubs take the series 2-1, loosing the Sunday Night ESPN game 8-1.

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Sunday, June 05, 2005

White Sox 4 - Indians 6 (12 innings)

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Monday, May 30, 2005

White Sox 5 - Angels 4

Chicago White Sox Anaheim Angels

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Sunday, May 15, 2005

White Sox 2 - Orioles 6

Chicago White Sox Baltimore Orioles

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

White Sox 6 - Orioles 9

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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Sox Yard Sale

The annual Yard Sale in the Patio Area at U.S. Cellular Field Going through a rack of player jerseys
Time for my annual commute to the White Sox Yard Sale (formerly Garage Sale) at U.S. Cellular Field. Again, this year it was held in the Patio area while Family Day was held out on the field itself, where the outfield was covered with families running around playing catch. How cool it is to watch these families - dads and sons and daughters just playing catch in the outfield of a major league ballpark. It really is special. Sort of a weird passing of the torch, inspiring the young ones to get involved in baseball.

Anyway, there weren't many racks of game-worn jerseys this year - I think there was only 3 or 4. The "deals" in jerseys would be the most recently traded or released players - this year, that would be Carlos Lee and Jose Valentin - both players had at least half a dozen jerseys on the rack that went quickly. This year, I picked up a jacket for Carol (a gray "Away-Style" version) and one for me (the standard black "Home-Style" version). at $75 each, they were a steal. I can't find any ID in Carol's jacket, but I found a "46" in mine - I guess that would be Neal Cotts.

Good turnout. I don't know why people buy player's hats. Just don't want to wear something that sweaty. And bats? Most of them were cracked, but some were still in good shape. Had some catchers gear, too. Actually the best deal is the Media Guides from all of the MLB teams for 25 cents each.

Odd things? Bricks from old Comiskey, Parking Lot signs, and very worn On-Deck circles (pads).

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Sunday, May 01, 2005

White Sox 8 - Tigers 0

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Saturday, April 30, 2005

White Sox 4 - Tigers 3

Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

That's more like I'm used to...

A strong start, a blown lead, 2 hit batsmen, a battle back, let them in a bit, somebody that played shortstop who never played there in their career, and a loss, with 14 hits 3 errors.

Yeah, that's more like it...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

First time in how long?

The White Sox are scaring me. Still on the best start ever - 16-4, 8 straight wins, they're 10-2 on the road, and they're on the West Coast which - historically - has killed us (Oakland won seven of nine against the White Sox last season). And last night was against Barry Zito and we still get a win. Not only that, our catcher (Chris Widger) - who played last season with the Camden Riversharks in the independent Atlantic League before he showed-up at spring training as a non-roster invitee - gets his first homerun in the majors since April 9, 2000!!! (A.J. Pierzynski was able to get the ball from the fan to give to Widger.)

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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Best start ever?

This is getting pretty dam scary... The White Sox improved to 14-4, the best 18-game start to a season in their 104-year franchise history. Almost all of these games are against AL Central rivals.

I'm just happy having them win each series they're in.

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Sunday, April 17, 2005

White Sox 4 - Mariners 5

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Saturday, April 16, 2005

White Sox 2 - Mariners 1

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Monday, April 04, 2005

OPENING DAY - White Sox 1 - Indians 0

Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians
YES!!!! It's Opening Day!!!! All is right with the world!!!

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Monday, March 14, 2005

Getting closer...

Watched baseball over the weekend. Watched baseball. Comcast is broadcasting 20 pre-season games! No one's done that around here before... and it just gets you cranked-up for next month when the season actually starts... Oh, and the Sox beat the Cubs this afternoon, and things feel better than I thought...

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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

11 days until Spring...

... and not only that, my life had started again during my "blogging hiatus". Yes, baseball spring training had started last week. I have a small radio that I take to the hockey and baseball games that I keep in my backpack, so I'm lucky to hear a game being broadcast over ESPN 1000 (even though the interference from all of the damn electronics around here - depending on where you sit/stand - isn't all that bad). What's even better, though I haven't seen one yet, is that Comcast Sports is actually broadcasting 20 pre-season games. I can't wait to sit down and watch.

And you know what came in the mail yesterday? Yes! Our Season Tickets. We were shocked to find out that our seats moved! Our ticket rep moved us up 2 rows from 16 to 14, and we're still in seats 1 & 2. Up side: closer to the field. Down side: we've moved away from Victor! Damn!

We got our Stadium Club passes a week ago - we are splitting the cost this year with our pals Janie & Gary. We'll finally have a place to go (again) when the weather turns crappy at the beginning of the season.

It's too bad that I'm not feeling all that good about the team this year, and so far this spring isn't helping matters.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Ahhhhhh... it's begining...

PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT TODAY!!!!!!!

Yes!!!! Baseball has cranked-up and my life somehow feels more complete just knowing that I can watch preseason baseball on TV in just 19 days...

Now, if Jose Canseco could just take his book and disappear...

...sort of like the NHL - which officially canceled the entire season today.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Green

The new seats being installed at U.S. Cellular Field
I've got an early Christmas present! It's something I've wanted for years. I thought I would never get it, because it costs an awful lot of money and the person in charge doesn't like to spend the money.

I've always wanted a green Comiskey Park. Since it opened in 1991, I've HATED those damn blue seats. It's just another thing that made the place... uninviting for baseball. Now, slowly, over the past couple of years I've seen it - the slow change. When the scoreboard was rebuilt, the facing was changed from blue to green. Some signage around the park changed from blue to green. The padding on the walls around the field changed from blue to green.

And now, they've started replacing over 40,000 seats! YESSSS!!!!! No more swimming pool blue - we'll be sitting on forest green seats, like a real ball park of old.

Unfortunately, they're being phased-in, with the lower deck (where we sit) being last.

But at least it's being done!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

I think it's safe to say The Curse is broken

Boston Red Sox
Congrats to the Boston Red Sox for sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series!

I think it's safe to say that you have broken the Curse of the Bambino!

Did I just see Jimmy Fallon and Rachel Dratch on the field after the game?

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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

YES!

Boston Red Sox
Congratulations, BOSTON! You made me watch your games because of the way you played and it was an honor to watch! You did something no one in Baseball (and it turns out - no one in Basketball, either) to come back 0-3 to win 4-3. A tip of the hat to you!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Now, THAT's baseball!

Boston Red Sox New York Yankees
My baseball season may be over, but man are these great games to watch! OK, yes, they're epic, but, damn, the play and the twists and turns just suck me in to watch, which I haven't done in years!

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Sunday, October 03, 2004

Season Over

Well, the baseball season is officially over for me. I mention this every year because this is the official time when I slip into a funk until pitchers and catchers report to camp next year. My team - the Chicago White Sox - finished 83-79, 2nd in their division 9 games behind the Twins and out of the Wild Card race by 15 games. To be blunt, they had been out for at least a month and realistically even longer than that. We had the first half of the season and just crumbled in the second half. Everyone did - offense, pitching, even defense. But still, it was a good year.

Baseball is life and mine is in suspension until next year.

*sigh*

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Sunday, September 26, 2004

White Sox 5 - Royals 1 - Final Home Game

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Saturday, September 25, 2004

White Sox 5 - Royals 1

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Sunday, September 19, 2004

White Sox 6 - Tigers 1

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Saturday, September 18, 2004

White Sox 9 - Tigers 8 - 12 innings

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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Marlins 8 - Expos 6

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Monday, September 13, 2004

Marlins 6 - Expos 3

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Sunday, September 05, 2004

White Sox 6 - Mariners 2

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Saturday, September 04, 2004

White Sox 8 - Mariners 7

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Friday, September 03, 2004

Japanese advertising

Shingo Takatsu pitches to Ichiro Suzuki in the 9th
I'm watching the white Sox-Seattle game on Fox Sports Net from U.S. Cellular Field and I just noticed that the rolling advertizing sign behind the plate has Japanese advertising in it!

I'd like to think it's because of Shingo Takatsu, but I'm sure it's because of Ichiro Suzuki. Or perhaps, both.

I've NEVER seen that before in the park.

On a side note, I read today that there a rumor that the Cubs will apply to the Historical Commission to be able to put a rolling advertizing sign on the brick behind the plate at Wrigley Field. Ha! Join the ranks of ugly advertising inside the park, dear Cub fans...

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Monday, August 30, 2004

How'd he do that?

I didn't watch the ballgame this afternoon. The Sox were playing Philadelphia in a makeup game. I'm just having trouble getting behind the team right now, as everything and everybody has been sliding downhill. One of these guys is Joe Borchard. We've been hearing about this guy for years and years that he's the future for the outfield - in 2001 he was named by Baseball America as the No. 1 Prospect in the White Sox organization, No. 2 Outfielder in the minor leagues. He played 16 games in 2002 and 16 in 2003, and 34 this year. His batting average was .222 in 2002, .184 in 2003 and is .163 for this year (.139 over the last 10 games). In 30 games in the outfield this year, he's made 2 errors and has a fielding percentage of .957 (worse than Jose Valentin, another one of our defensive geniuses). It's easy to see why I'm questioning why the hell we have somebody like this in the lineup.

In the 2nd in today's game, with a man on base and one out, he does something that has been pissing me off just like so many others on this team - he swings on the first pitch.

This time, though, he hits a HUGE 504 foot homerun to right-center that easily cleared the bleachers and landed halfway up the concourse. It's the longest ever at U.S. Cellular Field. Ever. (Before that was 495' from Frank Thomas July 23, 2003 against Minnesota off of Johan Santana. Barry Bonds had one at 475' on June 10, 2003 off of Jon Garland)

Oh, what did he do the other 3 at-bats? Struck out each time.

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Thursday, August 26, 2004

White Sox Scout Seats?

Artist rendering of the new Scout Seating area at U.S. Cellular Field
I just got an email from my White Sox ticket rep.

They're building a new seating area behind the plate with all kinds of new amenities.

If you want the front row, the cost of the seat is $200. Otherwise, it's $170.

After a season like this one where I felt the team just folded and collapsed, I guess all I can say is "Good luck to you selling those seats!"

What do you get for that price?

  • Premium reserved parking outside of Gate 3
  • Premium buffet in the 5,000+ square foot private restaurant/lounge with all beverages included
    Private access to seat location
  • Wait service at the seats for food and beverages
  • Comfortable, wide seats
  • Self-service island featuring popcorn, ice cream, peanuts, soda, water, etc.
  • One of the best seats in the house, some of which are closer to home plate than the pitcher!

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    Sunday, August 22, 2004

    White Sox 5 - Red Sox 6

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    Saturday, August 21, 2004

    White Sox 7 - Red Sox 10

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    Friday, August 20, 2004

    White Sox 1 - Red Sox 10 - ELVIS NIGHT!

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    Sunday, August 08, 2004

    White Sox 3 - Indians 2

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    Saturday, August 07, 2004

    White Sox 5 - Indians 6

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    Saturday, July 31, 2004

    Baseball despair

    One week ago, I was at a ballgame for my favorite team - The Chicago White Sox. Everything was right with the world.

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    Sunday, July 25, 2004

    White Sox 2 - Tigers 9

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    Saturday, July 24, 2004

    White Sox 7 - Tigers 6

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    Monday, July 12, 2004

    Disco Demolition

    Exactly 25 years ago right now, The Chicago White Sox had to forfeit a game at old Comiskey Park

    Local WLUP "shock jock" Steve Dahl along with partner Garry Meier had a promotion at old Comiskey Park: Show up for a Double Header with the Detroit Tigers and bring a Disco record and get in for $1. The record would be put into a pile and blown up in between games to signify the end of disco.

    All hell broke lose after the event - fans rushed the field, tore up turf, even set fires in the upper deck.

    Detroit manager Sparky Anderson protested field conditions and game was called-off and later forfeited by

    WTTW is broadcasting a one-hour special commemorating the event right now. I guess you can get a DVD of the show by going here.

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    Sunday, July 11, 2004

    White Sox 4 - Mariners 3

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    Saturday, July 10, 2004

    White Sox 3 - Mariners 2

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    Sunday, June 27, 2004

    White Sox 9 - Cubs 4

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    Saturday, June 26, 2004

    White Sox 6 - Cubs 3

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    Saturday, June 19, 2004

    Sox Yard Sale

    Working one of the racks of game-worn jerseys at the White Sox Yard Sale Just a VW on the Dan Ryan
    Went to the White Sox Yard Sale at the park. Normally it's usually around the 2nd week of March, but because of the extensive construction around the park, they postponed it until today. And instead of being a Garage Sale, it was billed as a Yard Sale held in the Patio area. It seemed like the number of jerseys available has finally gone down after a couple of years, so it was getting hard to find a "good" one, though they were there for a price. The regular jerseys were about $150, but the "good" ones are at least $350. It didn't matter - I didn't have any "good" money with me, even to purchase a cheapo jersey. I was there to pick up any All-Star Game tchochkies that was still still left over. i was able to get an All-Star Media Guide which I wanted - for 25 cents. Spent a few more bucks on some All-Star Bobble Heads (miniatures of the ones that were deployed around Chicago to celebrate the All-Star game last year).

    The odd items this year? Parking lot and stadium signage, seat parts, players luggage (huge, hard-sided Samsonite), bricks (from where?), and scoreboard modulator pieces (no idea which scoreboard).

    While this was going on, there was Family Day in the Park in the outfield, where families can go (for a price - $20/adult $10/child) to play catch in the outfield for an hour. We've done this every year as part of season ticketholder parties, but it's never been done with the public. The place was packed. But there was something I had never seen before - it wasn't fathers bringing their young kids to play catch. The people that stood out were the 20- and 30-somethings that brought their fathers to play catch. An early Father's Day present that could really be something precious to have.

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    Sunday, June 13, 2004

    White Sox 10 - Braves 3

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    Saturday, June 12, 2004

    White Sox 10 - Braves 8

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    Wednesday, June 02, 2004

    New FUNdamentals at USCF

    The proposed new FUNdamentals area on the left field concourse at U.S. Cellular Field
    I was going to comment on this last week, but never got around to it...

    The White Sox have this great area for kids called FUNdamentals, with batting cages, pitching cages and base running areas, all staffed by White Sox instructors. A lot of people may not even know it exists - it's by gate 3, so if you don't go in that gate, you may never see it.

    The Sox announced that as part of the proposed rehabs of TPFKAC™ (U.S. Cellular Field) for next year, they are going to rebuild FUNdamentals and put it over the left field concourse.

    It looks like a great location (it also looks like you just might be able to watch the game from up there) and will definitely give the area more exposure and better access.

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    Sunday, May 30, 2004

    White Sox 11 - Angels 2

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    Saturday, May 29, 2004

    White Sox 1 - Angels 5

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    DOG DAY!

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    Sunday, May 16, 2004

    White Sox 11 - Twins 0

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    Saturday, May 15, 2004

    White Sox 1 - Twins 4

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    Thursday, May 13, 2004

    White Sox 0 - Orioles 1 - Game 1 - White Sox 6 - Orioles 5 - Game 2

    Chicago White Sox Baltimore Orioles
    Oh crap... do we feel STUPID...

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    Sunday, May 02, 2004

    White Sox 3 - Blue Jays 2

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    Saturday, May 01, 2004

    White Sox 4 - Blue Jays 3 (Game 1) - White Sox 6 - Blue Jays 10 (Game 2)

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    Doubleheader???

    Chicago White Sox Toronto Blue Jays
    Oh, great. The Sox got rained-out last night. Since Toronto is in the East, we only play them once a year, so they have to make-up yesterday's game today.

    So like I said earlier in the week, the weather is going to suck. Let's see... what is it outside now? 46 degrees. Wind is about 10mph. Wind chill = 41. Oh, and that infamous cooler near the lake. It was going to be crappy sitting out in this to watch a night game, what the hell is this going to be like for two freakin' games???

    We may have to discuss this...

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    Sunday, April 25, 2004

    White Sox 6 - Devil Rays 5

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    Saturday, April 24, 2004

    White Sox 1 - Devil Rays 4

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    Tuesday, April 13, 2004

    Home Opener - White Sox 12 - Royals 5

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    Saturday, April 10, 2004

    Two in a row...

    Two in a row...
    Sorry... not much going on in my life, so watching baseball is key.

    Two wins in a row against the Yankees.

    I like it.

    Sorry, Erin.

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    Friday, April 09, 2004

    That's better...

    This one felt good...
    So the Sox and Cubs start the day even - both with 1-2 records and in 4th place in each of our divisions (OK, tied for 3rd actually). I feel good about that. <snicker>

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    Monday, April 05, 2004

    Oh, so this is how it's going to be...

    What a way to start the season...
    How the hell can this happen?

    The White Sox are in Kansas City and lead them 7-3 going into the bottom of the 9th.

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    Thursday, March 25, 2004

    Ducats

    Our White Sox Season Ticket stuff
    Well, after a very long day at work and a long drive home, I find that we've received one of my most favorite packages of the year...

    Our White Sox Season Tickets! Same old box, no new information, same seats, nothing I'm really looking forward to this season... just another season of baseball and hope...

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    Wednesday, March 24, 2004

    The Cell's not done

    Saw on the Channel 7 News tonight that it looks like the upper deck renovations at The Cell seem to be way behind schedule for the home opener on April 13th. Take a peek at the story.

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    Sunday, March 14, 2004

    You can put it on your TV.... YES!!!!

    You can put it on your TV.... YES!!!! The White Sox on WGN
    Yes! Chicago White Sox Spring Training on WGN!!!

    Yes!!! My life's clock is ticking!!!! Yes!!!

    (I'm ignoring the fact the the Sox were on yesterday, because they played the Cubs in Mesa, so the telecast was a Cubs telecast and I hate Chip Carey so much, that it was impossible to watch...)

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    Friday, February 20, 2004

    ...<silence>... *tick* *tick* *tick*

    That's the sound of my life's clock ticking again.

    Pitchers and catchers have reported!!!! Woooo Hoooo!!!!!!

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    Monday, February 16, 2004

    The "new lid" at "The Cell"

    The new upper-deck roof is being added at U.S. Cellular Field
    Since I was on the South Side today, I swung by Comiskey (sorry, I will probably always call it Comiskey) to see how the upper deck rennovations were going. The place is a ness. 35th Street is down to two lanes to accomodate the cranes. It's not done and they still have a ways to go. I'm not sure if I like it, but at least it's something to try to fix the park.

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    Monday, November 03, 2003

    Familiar face

    Chicago White Sox
    Well, the Sox made a decision - one that a few people find surprising - former shortstop Ozzie Guillen was named Manager of the White Sox. A few things I remember about watching him play - he has heart, intensity, he never wanted to walk (I always saw him go after pitches - and make contact - that were all over the place), and had this odd little "goofball" side of him, always working hard but having fun in the process. The downside? No management experience - though he was Third Base Coach for the Champion Florida Marlins this year. I hope this works out...

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    Saturday, October 25, 2003

    My clock has stopped

    Well, the Florida Marlins won the World Series over the Yankees. Good for them! I have one complaint, though. At least, I think it's a complaint. We listened to the postgame on ESPN radio on the way home from the hockey game. All I could hear in the background is the sound of New York New York by Frank Sinatra, being played over and over and over... Now, somehow it feels wrong to me to hear this. I associate this song with the Yankees. It's like they're drilling this into anybody within earshot to say, "Hey, screw you, this is New York", trying to either 1) soothe the absolutely shocked fans who just couldn't believe that their damn team lost or 2) put down Florida saying, in a way, to hell with you - it should be the Yankees who won. The flip side to this is a specific line of the song - "If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere" which, actually, is a tip of the hat to the Marlins. I'm just so conflicted right now...

    But, now it's over. My clock has stopped - that invisible clock that quietly ticks inside of me to the beat of the baseball season has gone silent, and won't be heard again for months. This is an extremely melancholy time for me. Baseball is life for me. It's weird. I can't explain it and I don't think I ever could. My body follows no other clock. No other sport has this effect on me. Not even the passing of the seasons have this kind of effect.

    My clock waits silently for the first pitchers and catchers to return to their spring training facilities months from now.

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    Wednesday, October 15, 2003

    Cubs Lose! Cubs Lose!

    Yes, you won the division this year, but it's been 58 years since winning the NL pennant and 95 years since winning the World Series The Florida Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs 9-6 "L" is for "Loss" as the blue flag flies from the center field scoreboard
    Congratulations on winning your division. Sorry you didn't go any further.

    To their fans: It's the Cubs. There's always next year.

    Heh.

    Heh heh heh.

    Oops. Sorry.

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    Priceless

    Priceless
    Sorry. This showed-up in my morning emails. I know I'll regret putting it up, but after last night, what's a disgruntled White Sox fan to do...

    Now, everyone out there, leave poor Steve Bartman alone. He "did not even see Moises Alou".

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    Tuesday, October 14, 2003

    The Cell gets a trim

    Chicago Tribune photo - October 14, 2003
    Carol left part of the Metro section of the Chicago Tribune on my Aeron chair by the computer this morning. There it was - a picture of seats being ripped out of the upper deck at "The Cell" a.k.a. U.S. Cellular Field, "The Joan", and my TPFKAC™. It said that they were pulling the seats "in preparation for decreasing the upper deck's size for the '04 White Sox season." Well, it's a start - I'd rather see them just take the whole frickin' upper deck off (which, structurally, looks like they could do it) and just rebuild the thing with a better pitch and maybe a new "roof". The only issue may be trying to cover the concession areas below the seating.

    Hell, I was just happy to see something that said "White Sox" in the paper after all this damn Cub Fever crap gong on in town...

    Bitter? Hell, yes...

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    Monday, September 29, 2003

    Jerry's gone

    Chicago White Sox
    Not surprised. Not surprised at all.

    White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams relieved manager Jerry Manuel of his duties today.

    My life clock has stopped. My baseball season has come to an end. My team is now without a manager and who knows who will still be part of the team when they report to Spring Training in less than 5 months.

    *sigh*

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    Sunday, September 21, 2003

    White Sox 4 - Royals 10

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    Saturday, September 20, 2003

    White Sox 1 - Royals 7

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    Thursday, September 11, 2003

    White Sox 2 - Twins 5

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    There is ONE thing in my life that makes me feel American - Baseball. If you know me, you know that baseball is truly intertwined in my life, and there's nothing more American - to me - than baseball. So, I drove to Riverside, picked up Janie & Gary and we went to a ball game.

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    Wednesday, September 10, 2003

    Magic Number: 17

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    OK, folks, look... you have no idea how exciting this is to Chicago baseball fans... New York - you've had your subway series. Big friggin' deal. It's not like the Yankees or Mets have been out of contention for decades, so screw you right now...

    The last time the White Sox and the Cubs have both been in First Place in September was...

    1906

    That's when the Sox beat the Cubs in the World Series. The third World Series.

    The last time the Cubs won the World series was 1908. Since then, both clubs have finished behind the league winners by under 10 games together only twice.

    Since 1940, both teams had winning records at the end of the season only five times.

    This is a big deal!

    So, here it is September 10.
    White Sox Magic Number: 17
    Cubs Magic Number: 19 (or, as the t-shirts say around "The Cell" - 911)

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    Tuesday, September 09, 2003

    Magic Number: 19

    Chicago White Sox
    I was reading the sports section of USA Today and saw something that I had forgotten about:

    Magic Number: 19

    Wow. It's actually there in print. Normally, the Magic Number is something we always chased, but there it was.

    It's September.

    We're in First Place.

    And we have a Magic Number...

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    Sunday, September 07, 2003

    White Sox 7 - Indians 3

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    Saturday, September 06, 2003

    White Sox 8 - Indians 5

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    Monday, September 01, 2003

    September Baseball

    It's September. It's Chicago. Historically, this has been a bad month for baseball for us. The Cubs, even if they've shown hope and promise earlier in the season have usually faded by now, or are in the process of fading. The White Sox, if they haven't been contending in the first half of the season, are nowhere to be found, usually prompting fire sales or "white flag" trades.

    Welcome to 2003.

    As I write this, The Cubs are in third, 1½ games behind division-leading St. Louis and Houston. However, they're at home with only a .500 record at home, and are in the middle of a 5-game series playing St. Louis, so there could be some movement this week. In contention? Possibly.

    The White Sox, having the day off, are now in first by 2 games, ahead of both Minnesota & Kansas City. The Sox have 25 games in 27 days coming up, playing 7 against Kansas City and 7 against the Twins, not to mention 5 against the Red Sox and 3 against the Yankees. Hopefully their 43-23 home record will help. In contention? Possibly.

    This is rare, folks. If neither team makes it into the post-season, fans will be pissed but they'll eventually chalk it up to the state of baseball in Chicago.

    If one of the teams make it, there will be some very ungracious slamming of the other team, their management, and their fans.

    If both teams make it, all hell will break loose in this city and God help us all.

    I'm giddy....

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    Sunday, August 24, 2003

    White Sox 0 - Rangers 5

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    Saturday, August 23, 2003

    White Sox 13 - Rangers 2

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    Playoff Invoice

    Guess what I got in the mail today from the Chicago White Sox?

    An invoice.

    For playoff tickets!

    Holy crap, I sort of didn't expect it. Since we're only Weekend Season Ticketholders, we don't get a full set of tickets. We get 3 AL Division Series games, 1 AL Championship Series game and 1 World Series game. World Series game! Oh, and parking, too.

    I'm giddy. Now, I'm a realist. I'm not expecting to actually get to the World Series. But... how cool is this!!!!

    Now all we have to do is scrounge around for the money.

    PLAYOFF TICKETS!!! I must remember to not count my chickens...

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    Friday, August 22, 2003

    White Sox 7 - Rangers 1

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    Sunday, August 17, 2003

    The Prince Of Darkness at Wrigley

    Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne sing Take Me Out To The Ballgame
    Holy effin'™ cripes... Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne just "sang" The Seventh Inning Stretch at Wrigley Field...

    Oh. My. God.

    Update: If you must, here's an MP3 for you. (1.71 Mb). You have to hear "Lets go out out to the ballgame" and you have to listen closely to hear the lyric: "I don't remember what I have to do..."

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    Wednesday, August 13, 2003

    Flyers Baseball

    Carol has a company outing to see the Schaumburg Flyers tonight, se we went to socialize and watch some baseball. Before the game, the Flyers have tents set up for companies to use for their parties. We had some great Bar-B-Q pork with Famous Dave's sauce. Yummm.

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    Sunday, August 10, 2003

    White Sox 5 - Athletics 1

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    Saturday, August 09, 2003

    White Sox 2 - Athletics 7

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    Thursday, August 07, 2003

    30 months of probation???

    The father of the shirtless father & son thug team the attacked Royals First Base coach Tom Gamboa last September was sentenced yesterday to 30 months of probation, community service, undergo addiction counseling, take part in parenting classes and remain under a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew for the next 90 days.

    That's it.

    This guy pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated battery back in May. He and his son rush the field and start beating the crap out of Gamboa. Gamboa has a permanent hearing loss in his right ear from the attack. The guy's son was sentenced to five years' probation and 30 hours of community service but a judge has recommended he be sent to a prison boot camp following a probation violation.

    The went onto the field of play and blindsided the coach, and all they get is probation. This is just so wrong. This sends all the wrong signals to the obnoxious drunks in the stands who get up the liquid courage to go onto the field. The judge cited the behavior of baseball players encourages fan violence at ballparks. Huh? A first base coach incited this? Here's a quote from Judge Leo Holt, known around the Cook County Criminal Court building, as Judge "Let 'Em Go, Leo" Holt:

    "What fan has not seen a pitcher intentionally hurl a baseball at a player's head at 90 miles per hour? Who has not seen a batter leave home plate headed for the pitcher's mound, bat in hand, bent on mischief and mayhem? ... [Baseball] ranks alongside mom, apple pie, hot dogs and Chevrolet. It is America's summer pastime. It teaches teamwork, sportsmanship and a host of wholesome and desirable character traits, but baseball is not immune from the frailties of human conduct.''

    Now, as a side note, it's important to know that people have actually died because of how this judge has ruled in the past. He's had rulings overturned. In recent years he has complained that prosecutors systematically move high-profile murder cases away from his courtroom—because he has a reputation as being friendly to the defense.

    (I wonder if the court date was done to coincide with Kansas City being in town again? I can tell you that having them back in town just seems to bring out the weirdness in Sox fans... thank God they don't allow the people with upper-deck tickets to have access to the main level... 5 people were arrested on Monday because of fights in both the right-field and left-field corners of the upper deck)

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    Thursday, July 31, 2003

    Penalty Box Police baseball

    Tonight, Carol & I went to the Schaumburg Flyers game with a whole bunch of "Penalty Box Police" friends from the Chicago Wolves games. We did this last year and had a good time.

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    Sunday, July 27, 2003

    White Sox 9 - Devil Rays 1

    Chicago White Sox Tampa Bay Devil Rays

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    Saturday, July 26, 2003

    White Sox 6 - Devil Rays 10

    Chicago White Sox Tampa Bay Devil Rays

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    Friday, July 25, 2003

    You're messin' with my life...

    Last week, Carol & I were soaking up the great vibes of attending Major League Baseball's All-Star Game festivities.

    This morning, players reported to Training Camp. Football training camp.

    I'm not ready. It's baseball season. My life's Baseball Clock is still ticking. My White Sox have just won 8 in a row as of tonight. (Frank Thomas hit his 400th career home run). Football won't exist for months for me.

    Go away... let me enjoy my sport...

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    Tuesday, July 22, 2003

    White Sox 5 - Indians 2

    Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians

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    Sunday, July 20, 2003

    White Sox 10 - Tigers 1

    Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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    Saturday, July 19, 2003

    White Sox 6 - Tigers 2

    Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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    Thursday, July 17, 2003

    Long-timer old-timer

    We always see him at the park. I mean always - almost like we can't get rid of him.

    Now, he's done it again.

    77-year-old Minnie Minoso stepped-up to the plate for the St. Paul Saints against the Gary RailCats (NOT an MLB affiliate - this is the independent Northern League, along with our local Schaumburg Flyers).

    He drew a walk.

    He has now played professional baseball in seven decades.

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    Tuesday, July 15, 2003

    MLB 74th All-Star Game

    MLB 74th All-Star Game
    Another crummy day at work, another crummy drive into the city. The vehicle inspections seem a little bit more thorough. Gates opened at 4 for the 7 o'clock game. We had a long wait ahead of us, but we didn't care. It wasn't a wait - it was an experience.

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    Monday, July 14, 2003

    Gatorade All-Star Workout Day and CENTURY 21 HR Derby

    So, after a bad half-day at the office, I went home, picked-up Carol, and drove down to "The Cell". Being a weekday, traffic on the Kennedy was a mess. We still got there just before the gates opened for the day. Today, however, was a new experience.

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    Sunday, July 13, 2003

    RadioShack All-Star Sunday

    Our drive to "The Cell" wasn't bad, with the traffic being light, even around the ballpark. All of the park's "official" parking lots were "Coupon Only" (which we had), so it kept a lot of the traffic away from the area. Our coupon was for a different lot than our Season Ticket coupons, so we parked north of the park instead of south. That allowed us to view the outside of the park a bit better, and that's when I finally saw it. I don't know how long it's been this way, but it's now official. Gone was the banner that hung over the "Comiskey Park" that was carved into the concrete. It now says U.S. Cellular Field. Not because of a temporary banner - it was now carved into the facade. Damn.

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    Saturday, July 12, 2003

    John Hancock All-Star FanFest

    John Hancock All-Star FanFest
    We drive downtown to McCormick Place South for FanFest. The walk from the parking lot takes almost 20 minutes. It's a HUGE hall, and it's full of baseball stuff. It's Not like SoxFest, with local vendors selling, well, "junk" and a few seminars and autographs. No, this is Baseball. This is Mecca. My Mecca.

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    Quick update from All-Star Fan Fest
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    Wooo Hooo!!!! You know what starts today??????

    2003 All-Star Game - This Time It Counts
    Even though that it actually started yesterday, today is the first day of All-Star Game festivities for us!!!!

    Yes, we have tickets to all of the All-Star Game events. Today is John Hancock All-Star FanFest at McCormick Place - 300,000 square feet of interactive games, exhibits, memorabilia, merchandise and other baseball-themed attractions.

    And it all culminates with the All-Star game Tuesday night.

    If you love baseball, this is going to be a great couple of days!!!!

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    Thursday, July 10, 2003

    Sausage Battery

    Screen Capture of the Sausage Race incident at Miller Park last night
    At Milwaukee Brewers games, there's a weird little piece of Americana that happens between the 6th and 7th innings - the Brewers/Klement's Racing Sausages. Basically, it's 4 people dressed-up in sausage costumes the run a race. Hokey, yes, but somehow this just seems all-American, and All-Midwestern (if there was such a term), and is just part of the legacy of baseball that we see all over the minor league systems, brought forward to the major leagues.

    Last night, however, turned... weird.

    Pittsburgh first baseman Randall Simon was booked for misdemeanor battery for hitting the Italian Sausage as she went by the Pirates' third-base dugout. As the Italian Sausage went down, she took down the Hot Dog as well.

    That's just not right.

    (They both were treated at the scene for scraped knees.)

    Oh, and the Bratwurst won.

    Screen Capture of the Sausage Race incident at Miller Park last night
    Update: The sausages didn't want to file criminal charges, so the sheriff cited Simon with Disorderly Conduct and fined him $432.

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    Tuesday, July 01, 2003

    Fine tuning the team

    Chicago White Sox
    After watching the Sox game tonight, I'm starting to see a glimmer of hope with the team. Now, GM Kenny Williams has had a busy day making some trades that could make things interesting...

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    Sunday, June 29, 2003

    White Sox 2 - Cubs 5

    Chicago White Sox Chicago Cubs

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    Sunday, June 15, 2003

    White Sox 0 - Padres 1

    Chicago White Sox San Diego Padres

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    Saturday, June 14, 2003

    White Sox 6 - Padres 5

    Chicago White Sox San Diego Padres

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    Saturday, June 07, 2003

    Baseball collision

    I actually had the Cubs game on the TV. That wasn't scary enough, but what I saw happen on the field was really scary. It's the top of the 4th Inning, 1 out, a 1-0 count on Jason Giambi, who pops up the next pitch. The popup is in the infield, in front of the mound. Kerry Wood sort of goes for it, but first baseman Hee Seop Choi comes in to make the grab. The two of them collide, and when Choi comes down, his head bounces hard off the the foul line dirt between 3rd and home. Well, he looked like he was out (as in unconscious). The trainers rushed out there and got in his face to see if they could get a reaction (I couldn't really tell), then they place a hand on his chest, sort of to make sure he was breathing and they took his pulse (carotid and wrist). He looked in really bad shape. They opened-up the big doors in right field and brought in a Fire Department ambulance (fortunately, there's a firehouse a few doors across the street and a few doors down from the left field corner). They eventually got him on a gurney, got him in the ambulance, worked on him a while, and they finally left. It shook up the teams and the fans. You never want to see a player get hurt. Oh, BTW, he held onto the ball for the out.
    Update: He's in fair condition with a concussion.

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    Friday, June 06, 2003

    8 Games
    Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa has been suspended for eight games for violating Major League Baseball Rule 6.06 (d) in a game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on June 3, 2003, Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations, announced today.

    Sammy immediately appealed the suspension, allowing him to play in what is being described as a "historical" series against the New York Yankees. Hmmmm... it's supposed to rain this afternoon...

    Update: Yankees 5 Cubs 3. Sosa 1-for-4 2 strikeouts. (Boxscore)

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    Tuesday, June 03, 2003

    Corktroversy

    Screen Capture of ESPN coverage of Sammy Sosa's postgame press conference
    So much for going to bed early... it's all over the news. In fact, lead story on each of the newscasts: Sosa ejected after cork is found in shattered bat. First inning of the game tonight (Boxscore), Sammy Sosa comes to the plate with Alex Gonzalez on 2nd and Mark Grudzielanek on 3rd, and with a 3-2 count from former teammate Jeremi Gonzalez he hits a ground ball to 2nd and his bat explodes. Sure enough, there's cork in it. Sammy is ejected.

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    Wednesday, May 28, 2003

    One down, one to go

    William Ligue Jr. pleaded guilty to aggravated battery against Kansas City Royals coach Tom Gamboa last September 19th at Comiskey Park (yes, back before "The Joan", at TPFKAC™). Now, lets see what happens to Ump Jumper Eric Dybas.

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    Sunday, May 25, 2003

    White Sox 8 - Tigers 5 - 12 innings

    Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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    Saturday, May 24, 2003

    White Sox 0 - Tigers 1

    Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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    Monday, May 19, 2003

    White Sox 2 - Blue Jays 12

    Chicago White Sox Toronto Blue Jays

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    Friday, May 16, 2003

    Yes! The motto of my life!

    The motto of my life
    Tonight, Carol & I were at Galyan's shopping for walking shoes. We passed through the department of baseball clothing and it just jumped right out at me! I saw it on the rack and it called to me. Too bad it was a kids size, but there it was - a t-shirt with a basball on it and writing around it. After 46 years of my life, I finally found the shirt that said what I've been saying here about my love of baseball and my "clock".

    Life begins when the season starts

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    Monday, May 12, 2003

    American Stories

    I was looking for something to watch while I was on the computer tonight, trying to clean-up some email. Usually on a Monday night I'd probably watch Crossing Jordan, but just couldn't get myself to watch that Three's company movie on NBC. I switched over to Channel 11 (our local PBS affiliate), and saw that Ken Burns American Stories was on. They were broadcasting "Inning 6" of his Baseball series. I hadn't seen this series in years (it was originally broadcast in 1994). I love looking back at baseball. I just love baseball, I can't help it. Watching this just makes me feel good. Baseball showed everything that was right with America... at least as it was up to about 30-40 years ago. It makes me feel whole. I can't explain it. (Was I a ball player in a prior life? Why do I feel good at a ball park? Why am I drawn to this game?)

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    Saturday, May 10, 2003

    Live from Baseball As America

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    Saturday, May 03, 2003

    White Sox 2 - Mariners 12

    Chicago White Sox Seattle Mariners

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    Wednesday, April 30, 2003

    Fog Delay

    Screen Capture of the White Sox game - shot from the Center Field camera in the fog Oakland Athletics first base coach Brad Fischer (35) watches the game against the Chicago White Sox during the third inning on Wednesday, April 30, 2003, in Chicago. The game was delayed 14 minutes due to heavy fog after the third inning. (Brian Kersey/AP) Oakland Athletics manager Ken Macha, from left, Chicaho White Sox's manager Jerry Manuel and crew chief Rick Reed discuss delaying the game after the third inning on Wednesday, April 30, 2003, in Chicago. The game was delayed 14 minutes due to heavy fog. (Brian Kersey/AP) U.S. Cellular Field is partially obscurred during a 14-minute fog delay during the Oakland Athletics Chicago White Sox game on Wednesday, April 30, 2003, in Chicago. (Brian Kersey/AP)
    I'm trying to watch the White Sox game on Fox Sports Chicago right now. The operative word here is trying. There's some hellacious fog rolling in, and the crew is having to use different camera angles so that you can actually see the ball. Before they started the top of the 4th, the umpires called a delay due to the fog. It's bad.
    Update: Oakland 4 White Sox 1 - Temperatures fell from 68 at the first pitch to 50 by the end of the third, 14-minute delay following the end of the third inning and Jerry Manuel asked the umpire crew for a delay (that was granted - after all, Magglio Ordonez lost Eric Byrnes' fly ball for a go-ahead triple) which lasted 31 minutes.

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    Sunday, April 27, 2003

    White Sox 3 - Twins 1

    Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins

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    Saturday, April 26, 2003

    White Sox 7 - Twins 4

    Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins

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    Tuesday, April 22, 2003

    Field of Morons

    Brothers Al (right) and Tom Skutnik, both of Chicago, hold a pair of boxer shorts they say were torn by security guards who ushered Al off the field Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Both Al and Tom ran onto the field and were arrested and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing. (Tribune photo by David Klobucar) Copyright © 2003, ChicagoSports.com Chicagoan Al Skutnik talks about his reasons for running onto U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday night. (Tribune photo by David Klobucar) Copyright © 2003, ChicagoSports.com
    Carol told me about this article in last week's Trib that I didn't see, so I had to find it and read it online.

    Oh, this so pisses me off...

    The Skutnik brothers said they did it because they love the game, and only meant to excite the crowd when they partially disrobed, leapt from the stands and raced across the playing field Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
    Whaaaat??????? Excite the crowd??? It's illegal, you friggin' moron!
    "You go to a game to have a good time. You just want to pump up the crowd," he said.

    "I love the game. I just wanted to be close to the baseball players," said Tom Skutnik, 20. "The game was awesome. We ran out on to the field, it felt good with everybody rooting us on."

    Of course, during the interview, they're wearing Cubs jerseys and hats... and the Ump Jumper (Eric J. Dybas, 24, of Bolingbrook) is a Cub fan, too...
    A close friend and roommate, Tony Consalvo, 21, said he was surprised by the accusations leveled against Dybas, who he said is an avid Cubs fan. Consalvo said Dybas isn't usually the type to cause trouble, especially on Tuesday's night's scale.

    "Every once in a while, when he gets a few beers in him, he acts a little bit nutty," Consalvo said. "He's a cool guy. He has a lot of talk in him but he usually doesn't do anything about it."

    A little bit nutty... well, at least these idiots are banned from the park now...

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    Sunday, April 20, 2003

    White Sox 4 - Indians 7

    Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians

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    Saturday, April 19, 2003

    White Sox 12 - Indians 3

    Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians

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    Friday, April 18, 2003

    Of knuckleheads and bobbleheads

    Well, the Chicago Tribune has picked-up on the Ump Jumper in "Of knuckleheads and bobbleheads" and the potential promotions that they would like to see at TPFKAC™:

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    Wednesday, April 16, 2003

    Ump Jumper Top 10

    Late Show with David Letterman
    Dave just isn't letting it go... again... just like last time. Tonight's Top 10 List:

    Top Ten Excuses From The Guy Who Attacked The Umpire

    10. "I thought it was 'Attack A Defenseless Umpire Night'"
    9. "Let's see you drink 15 beers and not do something stupid"
    8. "Look at all the endorsements the shirtless father and son lunatics got"
    7. "I wanted to impress Royals shortstop Angel Berroa"
    6. "Umpire? I thought he was a vampire"
    5. "It was Royals-White Sox game -- somebody's gotta make it exciting"
    4. "You never heard of a little thing called 'spring fever'?"
    3. "Pete Rose bet me I wouldn't do it"
    2. "You're just not yourself when you've got shingles"
    1. "From my angle, he looked exactly like Uday Hussein"

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    The Ump Jumper

    Well, the Chicago Tribune has dubbed the idiot last night the "Ump Jumper". Seems apropos. The haven't charged the idiot yet. But it also seems that the fallout has just begun:

    Kansas City general manager Allard Baird told The Kansas City Star his team would not take the field Wednesday unless he was satisfied with the security. Royals spokeswoman Chris Stathos said Wednesday the team would report to the stadium, but that the decision to play would be made at game time.
    Oh, great. This is escalating just because of a bunch of punks that just don't get it. The Cubs' GM has a great point:
    "You still couldn't prevent a person, one lunatic or whatever you want to call it, from trying to get his 10 seconds of fame. I don't think you could ever say you're going to prevent it completely in any stadium: football, basketball, baseball, whatever," he said.

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    Tuesday, April 15, 2003

    No!!!! Not Again!!!

    Security arrives as an unidentified fan attacked first base umpire Laz Diaz as the eighth inning ended. (Tribune photo by Charles Cherney) Copyright © 2003, The Chicago Tribune Security takes away the unidentified fan that attacked first base umpire Laz Diaz. (Tribune photo by Charles Cherney) Copyright © 2003, The Chicago Tribune Security officials are surrounded by Kansas City players as a fan is removed from the field after attacking first base umpire Laz Diaz. (AP photo) Copyright © 2003, The Associated Press The White Sox fan who attacked the umpire is taken away by Chicago police. (Tribune photo by Charles Cherney) Copyright © 2003, The Chicago Tribune The man who attacked first base umpire Laz Diaz sits handcuffed in a Chicago police car. (Tribune photo by Charles Cherney) Copyright © 2003, The Chicago Tribune

    Nooooo!!!!!! Kansas City comes to town to play the White Sox... and another fan jumps out of the stands, this time he attacked first base umpire Laz Diaz. Shades of the Tom Gamboa attack by the shirtless father and son team last September. Know what's the pisser??? This was the fourth time during the game when fans ran out onto the field!!! We are soooo screwed. I wouldn't be surprised if Major League Baseball made a formal complaint, or at least a request, to get the whole security "thing" under control before the All-Star Game rolls into town. This just so pisses me off. These weren't baseball fans. these weren't Sox fans. these were assholes that decided to go to a baseball game and just screw around. Well, buddy, I hope your ass gets thrown in jail for a while. Stay the hell out of my park!

    Note: I blame the White Sox for this. Look, I know these kind of "fans" exist at Wrigley, but you don't see this happen nearly as often. Why? The design of the park. The walls are brick, usually a good height, and depending where you are located, your seats may be a bit above the ground, all making it difficult to get onto the field. A few years ago, in their zeal to squeeze more revenue from the fans that actually show up at TPFKAC™, the White Sox added rows of seats down each line. By doing that, they brought the level of the seats down to field level, and put up a rail that - if you stand right next to it - hits you below the knee. That's right - to get onto the field, all you have to do is step over a rail that is only as high as your knee. WTF???? Who the hell's idea was that? Well, guess what? There's more fan incursions now than there used to be - gee, I wonder why??? So, White Sox, what are you going to do about this??? I am sooo pissed...

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    TPFKAC™

    Look, I'm going on record here... I can't get myself to call that place US Cellular Field yet. It's still Comiskey to me, so cut me some slack until I "transition". Maybe I should be calling it "The Park Formerly Known As Comiskey™" or TPFKAC™.

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    Monday, April 14, 2003

    No Bull?

    One of my favorite baseball movies has got to be Bull Durham. There's so much in that movie about how I feel about the game. Great quote, great storyline. Well, The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum located in Cooperstown, New York was going to hold a celebration April 26-27 marking the 15th anniversary of the movie. Notice the word "was". I am ssoooooo pissed. Why? They canceled the celebration. OK, now why did they cancel???

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    Wednesday, April 09, 2003

    All-Star Game Tickets

    MLB 74th All-Star Game
    I got home from work to find... an invoice from the Chicago White Sox. there it was - my invoice for All-Star Week tickets. Yes, the whole week: Radio Shack All-Star Sunday (All-Star Futures Game and Legends and Celebrity Softball Game), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day (All-Star Batting Practice and Century 21 Homerun Derby), and, of course, the 74th MLB All-Star Game, parking for each day, and tickets for the John Hancock All-Star FanFest at McCormick Place.

    Because we've only got weekend season tickets, we won't be in our normal seats (since there's three season ticket packages occupying the same seats), so we will be out in Section 105 - Right Field. Downside: not out normal box seats, a bit further away from the action. Upside: WAY COOL LOCATION for the Homerun Derby!!!!

    I've got to get this invoice back to them with some money...

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    Sunday, April 06, 2003

    White Sox 10 - Tigers 2

    Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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    Saturday, April 05, 2003

    White Sox 7 - Tigers 0

    Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers
    OK, so would you trade your 37 degrees and cloudy with light rain for 32 degrees and partly sunny?

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    Friday, April 04, 2003

    White Sox 5 - Tigers 2

    Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers
    OK, this was NOT fun. The traffic was much lighter than I had expected, so we got to the park 1 hour before the 3:05 game time. It's cold, windy, raining.

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    Monday, March 31, 2003

    Baseball at work

    I've got RealOne Player open and listening to MLB Gameday Audio of the White Sox season opener in Kansas City. Of course, I don't like the content (we're losing), though the quality is fine. Opening Day at the office... ahhhhh...
    Update: Royals 3 White Sox 0

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    Sunday, March 30, 2003

    Can you hear that? It's my clock! It's ticking again!

    Well, at 7:16 PM CST, all became alright in my little, twisted world. Why? Because at 5:16 PM PST, John Lackey pitched a ball to Doug Glanville, and the 2003 Season of Major League Baseball is underway. Aaahhhhhh... baseball...
    Update: Final - Texas 6 Anaheim 3

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    Saturday, March 22, 2003

    White Sox Open House

    Well, here it is spring, and it's only fitting that Carol & I head down to Comiskey park for a Season Ticket Holder Open House for the team to show-off what they're doing inside the park for renovations.

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    Monday, March 10, 2003

    Tickets!

    2003 Season Tickets Package
    I got home from work to find a package from 333 W. 35th Street. YES!!! Our White Sox Season Tickets came! Let's see what's new... there's 4 Sunday games with TBA times - meaning we'll have to see if there's interest at the end of the year to be on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. Dog Day is Saturday April 19, Paul Konerko Bobble Head Dolls on Friday July 18, a new night - Rat Pack Night Friday July 25, White Sox Comic Books Sunday August 10, and Elvis Night Friday August 22. We also got tickets to a party in two weeks to see some of the renovations at the park. The season is getting closer!!!!

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    Saturday, March 08, 2003

    White Sox Garage Sale

    Took a drive down to Comiskey Park today to go to the White Sox annual Garage Sale, just to see if there was anything interesting, not to mention to see if there was anything interesting around the park.

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    Friday, February 28, 2003

    The sound of the crowd after ash strikes horsehide...

    I've had an extremely stressfull and crappy day at work... until now. I've brought my little Sony Walkman and I'm listening to Spring Training Baseball - Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks. Ah, baseball...
    Update: Ah, the first loss of the year. Sox lose 14-5 (Boxscore)

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    Monday, February 17, 2003

    Damn, not again...

    23-year-old Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler died this morning less than 24 hours after complaining of dizziness during a workout and collapsing.

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    Saturday, February 01, 2003

    Front Page!

    Chicago Tribune - February 1, 2003 - Front Page
    There it was - right there. The Chicago Tribune. Not even the Sports section. FRONT PAGE. Above the fold. Comiskey Park benched by Sox By Jim Kirk, Tribune staff reporter. Tribune staff reporters Teddy Greenstein and Gary Washburn contributed to this story. My quote, right there on the front page!

    "I don't like naming rights," said Northwest Side native Michael Lans, 46. "I don't like the idea. It will always be Comiskey to me. But the revenue is good. It would be nice to see some tweaks."
    Almost word for word. I mean, Teddy started with me and he was scribbling with his own shorthand on his memo pad, but basically, though I said more, that was what I said last night at SoxFest. I've never seen myself quoted on a front page before. It's a really weird feeling.

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    Friday, January 31, 2003

    SoxFest 2003

    Carol got off work early, came and picked me up so I could leave early and on an ugly, wet Friday we drove downtown to the Hyatt Regency Chicago to attend SoxFest 2003.

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    Saturday, January 25, 2003

    Comiskey Park Update

    Last month, when we were on our meat run to Michigan, we were on the Dan Ryan and passed Comiskey Park. That was the first time I noticed it - there was something different about the park. The Upper deck looked the same, so there was no structural change there, but something else was going on. So, since I had nothing else to do today, I drove down to Comiskey to check it out.

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    Saturday, December 07, 2002

    The Big Hurt

    Chicago White Sox
    So, Frank Thomas returns to the White Sox after he can't find a team to take him. No big surprise. I have mixed feelings about this guy. Yes, he's a great power hitter - but he hasn't been that way recently. There was a time where he led the league in walks because he was so feared. Not any more. He's too moody. He's had some injuries over the last few years, leading to some pretty bad stats. An, even though I'm a White Sox fan and follow the American League, he's now just a Designated Hitter and, well, that's just not right. (Even though, in the past, if he played First Base, his stats went up, though he always denied it.) So, the Sox have actually torn-up his contract and reworked it for a couple of years with both sides getting to exercise "mutual options" for renewal. So, Frank, if you're back, you better start doing something and become the leader of that team - something you have never done in the past 13 years on this team.

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    Sunday, October 27, 2002

    Angels World Champs

    Anaheim Angels
    The Angels win the World Series 4-1. A great series - nice and tight, give and take. Fox had a great shot of Giants manager Dusty Baker's 3½-year-old son Darren in the dugout - crying. Theis World Series was the first time two Wild Card teams played each other. As for Anaheim, they've never won the Series in their history. Last year, Anaheim was 41 games out!

    posted at 10:21 PM | Link | Baseball § |

    Saturday, October 26, 2002

    Another Lazy Saturday

    A nice lazy Saturday - exactly what Carol needs. We spent the day watching the Breeders Cup from Arlington Park. It was great hearing so many people say how great the facility is. Too bad it was cloudy and cold - the place looks beautiful in the sun. A new event record was set for All Sources Handle for the Breeders' Cup - $115,523,156. $13,568,233 was handled just at Arlington. There were 6 winners of the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6, all purchased at Catskill OTB in upstate New York, with a payout of $428,392. Wow.

    Paramedics responding to the house behind us
    Just as the Breeders' Cup Classic was getting underway, paramedics pulled up at the house behind us. We never see fire department equipment in the neighborhood. Never. Looks like they took the homeowner away on a backboard with his head braced. I have no idea what happened.

    Watched pieces of the World Series, Trading Spaces, and the Chicago Wolves hockey game on CLTV tonight, all at the same time (I love my remote). Wolves lost in overtime. Angels came-back and forced a Game 7. The jury is still out on Hilda Santo-Tomas (I think it was 1-1 tonight with Hildi - the huge dot portrait and the tall coffee table in Philadelphia: East Avenue just didn't work for me, but the kid's bedroom with the climbing wall and tent in Virginia: Gentle Heights Court was way cool)

    posted at 10:35 PM | Link | Mundane § |

    Monday, September 30, 2002

    Season over

    Major League Baseball
    That's it - the White Sox lost yesterday. The season is over. Yes, there's playoff games and the World Series, but when your team ends its season without post-season play - it's over. (Oh, but if your team gets into the Post-season - that's a whole other matter - the joy, the excitement, the constant following of everything your team does, as well as those in your league, and even dare to think it - those teams in the other league just in case...)

    I get all melancholy at this time of year. I measure my life by the seasons - baseball seasons that is. Yes, hockey is just around the corner (my minor league favorite - The AHL's Chicago Wolves - lost their first preseason game Saturday night 6-3), but I don't feel my body clock pacing hockey. It ticks to baseball. When the season is over, I count the days until pitchers and catchers report to camp, the days until the first Cactus League opener, the days until the first pitch of the new season, the first pitch of the home opener... I love baseball... I love being at the park and watching the games, watching how it progresses, the ebb and flow, the grass, the sounds, the tastes, the passing of time... how hard it was to leave Comiskey Park this week...

    I am always reminded of my favorite quote from a fictitious Terence Mann, talking to a fictitious Ray Kinsella:

    "The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again. Oh people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come."
    Oh, to be in my seat again...
    posted at 08:32 AM | Link | Baseball § |

    Thursday, September 26, 2002

    Last Home Game

    Chicago White Sox Boston Red Sox The upper deck seats are covered with a blue tarp New paint test samples on the face of the upper deck, the back of the club level, and around the lower suites. Scaffolding to strip and paint the roof in the upper deck White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams being interviewed The guy running the radar gun for the NESN broadcast. Nice ear lobes. An 89 mph fastball from Danny Wright Danny Wright pitches to Lou Merloni Frank Thomas gets buckled on a pitch from Josh Hancock Magglio Ordonez hits a 2-run homerun off of Josh Hancock Magglio Ordonex trots home for his home run Nomar! Just get in the batter's box! The White Sox win 3-2 Goodbye, Comiskey Park... until next year... <*sniff*>
    I couldn't help it - I had to go to the White Sox game this afternoon. It was the last game of the season at home, and I felt compelled to go. Got a single ticket in the 11th row behind the plate. When I walked into the park (which was pretty empty at the time), you could tell the work on the upper deck was on it's way - all of the seats on the third base side had been covered in a blue tarp, and some scaffolding had been erected - looks like they're going to strip and paint the roof. Whoopee - new paint (too bad they don't have the money to fix the upper deck, like change the pitch, change the seating...). And speaking of new paint, the paint samples I saw Sunday night aren't the same paint samples that are there today - maybe they've gone from four colors to two in their selection process. I get some sausages (Polish with grilled onions and a Brat with kraut, which later I found out was an Italian Sausage instead) and go to my seat. Just before the game starts, this guy sits down in front of me with a bunch of equipment, and some other people are running an extension cord and some coax cable to his seat. He's working for NESN (the sports network that covers the Boston games) as a radar gun guy. this guy is definitely not a baseball fan, as he really acted like he wanted to be somewhere else all game. He must have got no more that 80% of the pitches on the gun, as he was fidgeting and bored and not paying attention. Oh, and it looked like he had pennies in his earlobes. Anyway, the game was great. Danny Wright held Boston to two hits in seven innings. Magglio Ordonez got a homerun off of first-time starter Josh Hancock. Keith Foulke got his career 100th save. Sox win 3-2. When Frank Thomas came up to bat in the eighth, the fans gave him a standing ovation - it could be his last at bat as a White Sox (because of the "Diminished Skills" clause of his contract (officially referred to as "revised payment rights") may be activated in the off-season). Then, the game was over, the season was over. I walked around the park almost by myself - there was only 12,304 in attendance and there were less people there now than when I was there last month for what could have been the last game before the strike. It was sad. I was sad to leave the place and I can't tell you why. I didn't want to leave. I just wanted to find a seat and just sit there - by myself. Me and the park. Me and Roger Bossard's turf. Me and the crappy blue seats. I felt safe. I felt comfortable. I couldn't stay - I had to go. And as I'm walking down the ramps, my eyes start to water behind my RayBans. Goodbye Comiskey. See you next year.

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    Wednesday, September 25, 2002

    Shirtless Top 10

    Late Show with David Letterman
    Dave just isn't letting it go.... tonight's Top 10 List:

    Top Ten Shirtless Father And Son Explanations

    10. He was obstructing our view
    9. Autographed Tom Gamboa baseball would be worth more if he were dead
    8. We're sorry, you'll have to talk to our shirtless lawyer
    7. You try staying in your seat during a White Sox-Royals game
    6. Dr. Phil says fathers and sons form stronger bonds when they commit senseless acts of violence
    5. When two shirtless idiots can't attack anyone they want, the terrorists have won
    4. People do crazy things after nine beers
    3. For generations our family has proudly beaten first-base coach Tom Gamboa
    2. Getting in shape for hockey dad season
    1. Couple Mets players gave us some crazy weed, man

    posted at 11:05 PM | Link | TV § |

    Sunday, September 22, 2002

    Birthday cake and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

    Diane getting ready to blow out her candles Carol driving on the Dan Ryan to Comiskey Park
    Went to my parents house for lunch. My sister Diane was over with Melinda so we could celebrate her birthday (remember, she was out of town on her birthday, though Carol and I already got her a present). Carol is driving this weekend since my car has that damn space-saver spare on it. I'll be getting new tires (yep, a full set) later this week. I think she's upset that she's driving, even though I've been driving to my parents and the ballpark all summer. She's pretty tired and stressed out right now. I didn't see too much of Dad. He didn't talk much, seemed tired and not as energetic as he has been. Hopefully, that was just today. His hospice nurse quit, and he has a new one - hopefully he wasn't the cause!

    Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins Tonight's Promotion: Fan Appreciation Night and Fireworks sponsored by LaSalle Bank John Miller of ESPN talking to the Twins during batting practice One of ESPN's remote cameras, on the rail of the White Sox dugout Tonight's lineups on the scoreboard Four different paint test samples on the face of the upper deck. The original unpainted concrete can be seen below.
    Hardly anybody in the parking lot when we pulled into Comiskey Park tonight, our last game of the season. The game time was moved to 7:05 just a few weeks ago, so ESPN can broadcast the game. They really bring out the equipment for the broadcast - they added 3 cameras around the plate, all remote control (one on the backstop, one at each dugout), one in straight away center, above the batter's eye for that special Strike Zone analysis shot. Plus three cameras in the regular center field position, a roving camera on the outfield concourse... Parabolic Mics everywhere in the outfield and camera wells - on guy in the camera well next to the White Sox dugout got hit with a ball - it went through the parabolic mic dish! I was looking around the park and noticed that they started test painting the concrete on the upper deck. There's four different colors, all gray. That's part of the off-season rehab. Nothing major - there's not enough money to really fix the upper deck. Did you know it would cost $4 million to replace the blue seats with green ones? It was Fan Appreciation Night - the team gave out gifts to some of the fans. We weren't one of them. The Sox SWEEP the Twins 8-2. It doesn't mean anything, as the Twins already clinched the division, but it was a show of PRIDE. Mark Buehrle got his 19th win (19-11), Frank Thomas, D'Angelo Jimenez, and Magglio Ordonez each had a home run. Afterwards, fireworks and saying goodbye to all of our Season Ticket buddies hoping to see them sitting somewhere around us next year. It was our last season ticket game this year, but I think I'll go to the Thursday afternoon game against the Red Sox, since that is the last home game. I just can't seem to let go of baseball this year...

    posted at 11:25 PM | Link | White Sox § |

    Saturday, September 21, 2002

    White Sox 14 - Twins 4

    Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins The ramp to the upper deck is closed It's weird seeing the empty upper deck Replacement turf from the Rolling Stones Concert Either MLB people (or construction people) checking out the park from the upper deck When you see people dressed alike from across the park, don't you want to know who they are? Keith Folke pitching in relief Our Season Ticket Buddy Karen came over to say goodbye for the season
    Our final weekend of baseball at Comiskey Park. Extra security at the entrance and the checks were a bit more thorough (because of the Thursday Night Idiots). The upper deck is officially closed in preparation of some minor (unfortunately) remodeling for the All Star Season next year. There are people from Major League Baseball that have been touring the park as an advance team for the All Star Game (July 2003). The field is in pretty good shape, considering that the Rolling Stones played here a week ago yesterday. Roger Bossard, the groundskeeper, only had to replace 700 yards of turf - he was prepared to replace 2,000 yards. Even though the Twins clinched the division this week, the Sox weren't going to let them go quietly. The Sox won yesterday 10-2. Today, the Sox won 14-4. Jon Rauch (the tallest player in Major League Baseball at 6' 11") got the win. Magglio Ordonez had two home runs, Jose Valentin and Carlos Lee each had a home run. Great game - the boys played well, even though the Twins tried to come back. Keith Foulke finally got his ERA under 3.00 (2.99). Looks like he's coming back.

    posted at 06:57 PM | Link | White Sox § |

    Thursday, September 19, 2002

    Shirtless thugs

    AP PHOTO: Kansas City first-base coach Tom Gamboa (right) tries to defend himself. AP PHOTO: One of the two men who attacked Kansas City Royals' coach Tom Gamboa Thursday at Comiskey Park directs a fist Gamboa's way. Gamboa, whose hand is visible at lower right, prepares to fend his attacker off. AP PHOTO: Players and coaches from the Kansas City Royals rush onto the field to aid first base coach Tom Gamboa. AP PHOTO: Security removes one of the men from the field. AP PHOTO: Tom Gamboa is led into the clubhouse by a trainer after two men jumped from the stands and attacked the Royals coach.
    OH, CRAP... I'm upset and angry... During the top of the 9th at the White Sox - Royals game tonight a father and son charge the field and attack Royals First Base coach Tom Gamboa. They were sitting in the first row - there's no way security could have stopped them. What kind of family life do they have when a father and son attack a baseball player? I wish the media would stop calling these guys "fans". They were spectators - baseball fans would never do something this ugly. Great. Another black eye for Chicago, Chicago baseball, and the White Sox. Bastards. Hope they both get jail time.

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    Sunday, September 08, 2002

    White Sox 7 - Indians 6

    Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians Today's Promotion - Night Lights from ComEd Gary watching me take a picture of the empty stands Attendance worse than yesterday - 15,067 Willie Harris playing shifted in short right for Jim Thome Aaron Rowand laying down a bunt Something's up - GM Kenny Williams in owner Jerry Reinsdorf's suite
    Back at Comiskey. The Indians haven't had a 4-game sweep of the Sox since 1948. Great. It could happen today. The weather is hotter and hazier than yesterday. The park is emptier than yesterday - 15,067 paid. The game starts similarly - The Sox lead 2-0, only to go down 4-2, and the next thing you know, we're losing 6-3. Bottom of the 9th, 2 on, 2 out - who comes to the plate? Frank Thomas. This guy has done nothing this year. A DH with a .245 average. I can't remember the last time he's done anything in a clutch situation - strikeouts, ground outs, pop outs. What does he do? 3-run home run to tie it! Magglio Ordonez gets on base, and then Joe Crede - with two strikes against him - singles home Mags. Sox win 7-6! No sweep! And they gain a game on Minnesota

    After the game, the Sox released Royce Clayton. So that's why Kenny Williams was hanging around in Jerry Reinsdorf's suite...

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    Saturday, September 07, 2002

    White Sox 2 - Indians 4 (Oh, and Gracie, Greeks and B&B)

    Gracie looks a bit confused Gracie is ready to go
    Time to pack-up Gracie. She looked a bit confused this morning, almost like she knew something was up but couldn't figure out what it is. But, then again, I think that Gracie's just not wired right. We got her packed up in the car and she just wouldn't settle down. She also didn't seem to recognize the neighborhood around my parents house. Odd. We got there and as soon as we walk into their house, she went nuts. Chelsea and her started wrestling as soon as they saw each other, like they missed it other. We couldn't stay long, since it's a baseball day and Fox has the coverage, so it's an early start.

    Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians Today's Promotion - White Sox Baseball Hats by PrimeCo Season Ticket Holder Gift - Nellie Fox Bobble Head Doll Just because we've won doesn't mean we don't still buy Sox Split tickets from our guy - Joseph Poor attendance - 16,622 Stadium Organist Nancy Faust had to leave the door open because of the heat The Little Pink Guy from PrimeCo

    At Comiskey, it's time to play the Cleveland Indians again. Seems like we just saw them, but that was back at the beginning of July. I mentioned back then how I didn