I was really impressed with the White Sox new spring training facility called Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. It is much better than the previous facilities in Tucson, Arizona and Sarasota, Florida. Also it is in the Phoenix metro area which makes it close to all of the many other teams that train in Arizona. I had a great time on the trip.
The crosstown series between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox is now history with both teams sweeping the three games at their home. The White Sox won the last 3 and that is what feels better! Will they meet again in the World Series. Unlikely but you never know!
With the Bulls and Blackhawks not in the playoffs, everyone is excited about the upcoming baseball season. As I write this both the White Sox and Cubs are in first place. Not a surprising start for the Cubs by the start of the White Sox is a pleasant surprise.
I went to the White Sox opener and tailgated in the parking lot. They won the game on Joe Crede’s grand slam. I also went to the Yankees game in Chicago with an ardent Yankees fan.
The White Sox erected a monument outside the front gate to the 2005 World Series Champions. My mother bought me a brick for Christmas that will be part of it with the inscription “2005 White Sox, Dreams Come True, Frank Ochal”. Look for it when you go to the park.
The bats continue to struggle while the pitching has been OK. Hopefully the bats will come around before they get too far out of 1st place.
The White Sox open the season playing OK baseball. The pitiching staff has looked strong including the 5th starter, John Danks. We now need to get the hitter to start hitting and we can be a legitimate contender in the tough AL central
The White Sox report to spring training this week. It will be interesting to see who will be in the outfield with Darin Erstad, Brian Anderson, Scott Podsednick and Ryan Sweeney competing for spots in left and center field. Of course, Jermaine Dye is set in left.