Hurt So Good

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be at the Sox game against the Yankees. I normally would not have gone, but it was Frank Thomas day so I wanted to be there. I found a ticket late Saturday night on StubHub that was too good to pass up. I didn’t realize how good until I walked down to my seat. I thought I was in row fourteen. I was in row fourteen, but row thirteen was in the United Scout Seat section. I had a great view of the ceremony as you can see. I really liked the backdrop of the above picture. Frank was very emotional during his speech, but it had to be a hard thing to do. I am sure in his mind he could still be playing. I am sure all of this will have sunk in when they unveil his statue next season. If they have him batting his back leg better be off the ground. Continue reading

White Sox Finally Score Some Runs, Can’t Stop the Yankees

Yesterday I went to the Sox game to see the boys take on the Yankees. John Danks was pitching against C.C. Sabathia. I really thought that we were going to see a pitching duel. What we saw was Johnny Danks giving up runs. He gave up eight runs and put the Sox in a hole that they couldn’t get out of. The day started off much better than it ended though. My brother and I went to the game early to watch batting practice. I had my mitt and he didn’t so I thought that I had a pretty good chance to get a ball before he did. We stopped in right center where I usually stand to try and get a ball. After a couple of near misses Derek Jeter hit a ball that popped off some hands in the first row, and right in front of my brother. He reached over the seat to pick it up, and was ahead 1-0. That is the only ball that we got on the day, but he later gave it to me as a birthday present. Continue reading

Great Seats, Bad Result

I have been busy since since Wednesday night so I have not had a chance to post about the game yet. We had great seats three rows back from the White Sox dugout for the 25th anniversary of my first game on the 25th. I thought that it would be a great night that perhaps Andruw Jones who wears the #25 for the Sox would help make it memorable by hitting a homer, or otherwise helping the Sox win. Sadly he went 0-3, and the Sox lost 4-2. They had a great chance in the ninth to tie up the game with a two out rally, but it was too little too late. Sometimes the outcome of the game can enhance the fun, but it does not determine how I think of the day. We had a great time watching the game from a new perspective. Continue reading

My First Time

Twenty five years ago today my father took me to my first baseball game. By the time I first set foot inside Old Comiskey Park I was already a baseball junkie. The great finish by the 1983 White Sox helped get me started. Seeing the team at the winter caravan which came to my town that off season really started me loving this team. I even won one of the door prizes which was an autographed ball by Minnie Minoso, Mike Squires, Ron Kittle, The Hawk, and Ribbie and Rubarb. 1984 was the first year that I started collecting baseball cards as well. Of course all of the cards that I really wanted had White Sox players on them. My summer was spent watching the White Sox on a small black and white TV that got WFLD in good enough to watch. This was in the days of rabbit ears and dials helping you fine tune a station. If you would have asked my nine year old self what the term HD I would have told you heavy duty. Just a couple of days before I turned nine though my father took me to see Comiskey Park which was in its 75th year. I normally will not post pictures that are not my own, but since I did not have a camera that day I had to make due with other peoples. Things will be back to normal tomorrow though. Continue reading

A Hard Days Night

Yesterday the Railcats dropped the last game of their homestand 5-3 to the Rockford Riverhawks. I got to the game in the seventh inning so I really have no idea how any of the runs were scored. My impression though was that the Railcats seem to have the same bat supplier that the White Sox have. Strangely though I did not go to Gary to watch a baseball game yesterday. Continue reading

Somebody Needs to Get Punched in the Mouth

After another tough loss on Sunday the White Sox sit three games back of the Twins heading into the off day tomorrow. They travel to Minnesota on Tuesday for a three game series against the Twins. They will be sending Danks, Floyd, and Buehrle to the mound in what I think is a crucial series. I will never forget in 2003 when Torii Hunter bowled over Josh Paul in the Metrodome, and that seemed to spell the end for the Sox. They just folded after that. The Sox need to roll into the Twin Cities and deliver a message. They either do that, or tickets will be easy to get the rest of the season. It is hard to put a series in mid August as a must win, but I think that this one is. The schedule does not do the Sox any favors the rest of the month so they had better make up their ground when they play the Twins head to head. This could be the week that propels the team into the playoffs. Then again it could be the beginning of the late season call ups. Like I said before, somebody needs to get punched in the mouth.

Glen Wins Again on Hockey Night

Last night I was in Gary yet again to watch the Railcats take on the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Hockey Night. They called it Hockey Night, but it might as well have been Blackhawks Night or Denis Savard Night. Their were probably more Blackhawk jerseys in the crowd than Railcats. Savard is shown above signing a baseball for me prior to the game. I have always liked Denis. Going way back to when I first heard of him I thought his name was Denise Savard because of the way they pronounced it on TV. It took me a while to get used to the way they said his name. The S on Savard almost sounded like it belonged on the end of his first name. Anyway I am past that now. Savard was known for his Spin-O-Rama move during his playing days. He is known best in his coaching days for getting four whole games into the 2008-2009 season before getting fired. This baseball will go great next to my Stan Mikita ball that I got signed last season. Continue reading

White Sox Get All A’s

Today I used my Sox Pride Club tickets to go to the Sox game against the Athletics. The bleacher seats were free, and they included a patio pass. I was there about a month ago, but it actually is a good time. Normally it costs $41 a person for the two hour pass to get into the patio area. For that though you get all you can eat and drink for two hours. When you consider a beer upstairs is $7 a piece you can really make up some ground quick here.For some reason the A’s took batting practice on family day. Usually that does not happen, but in the patio we had a great view of the activity. Several times a ball bounced right in front of us, but you can’t get it with the fence being tight. Finally two balls rolled right in front of us along the fence. A little girl had been begging for a ball to no avail. Henry Rodriguez grabbed both balls and threw the first one over the fence right into my hands. Of course I could not keep it. I gave it to the little girl who was in front of me. There is no way he was trying to throw it to me. As you can see in the picture above the balls just sit there tantalizingly close to you. But on the other hand you have all the food and beer that you can handle. Continue reading

Calling All Captains

Yesterday I was bored so I made the trip over to South Bend to see the Silverhawks play. They were playing the Lake County Captains who are a brand new team in the Midwest League. They are affiliated with the Cleveland Indians, and are the second new Lake County team that I have seen this season. The first was the Fielders that are from Illinois, and the Captains are from Ohio. Continue reading