Hello all. Beautiful day in Chicago for some football. The Bears are out to defend their NFC championship, while Cleveland just hopes to win a game. It's certainly "Bear" weather, with flurries expected later and a strong breeze off the lake. So break out your camouflage coveralls and get ready for some football.
What? Baseball today? In this weather? If you say so. Already, All those attending today are asked to bring duct tape to help secure tarps, chairs, the churro stands and, of course, Ozzie's mouth.
And as a special pre-game treat, fans will hear the musical stylings of Chicago's very-own . Yeah, I have no idea either. I suddenly feel very old.
After scouring other people's work for hours (or about 30 minutes), here's what y'all can discuss today.
1. GM Ken Williams says pitching one tough inning is like pitching two semi-tough innings.
2. Ozzie likes . Or his bench players. Something like that.
3. And despite putting himself on the Hot Seat, Ozzie isn't going anywhere.
4. Our new boss And he rides motorcycles?... I want him to be my new best friend.
5. Joakim Noah. Still a moron.
It's Jon Garland on the mound vs. Cleveland's Jake Westbrook. Wear layers, boys; it's cold out there. With this weather, I expect a pitcher's duel. And goofy fly balls that Hawk will yell, "You can put it the board...", only to discover that the ball has been caught by the shortstop. He's an excitable fellow.
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Lineups are here. But since I don't want you to click away from me, I'll type them below.
1. CF Grady Sizemore
2. RF Trot Nixon
3. DH Travis Hafner
4. C Victor Martinez
5. 1B Casey Blake
6. LF David Dellucci
7. SS Jhonny Peralta
8. 2B Josh Barfield
9. 3B Andy Marte
1. LF Scott Podsednik
2. CF Darin Erstad
3. DH Jim Thome
4. 1B Paul Konerko
5. RF Jermaine Dye
6. 3B Joe Crede
7. C AJ Pierzynski
8. 2B Tadahito Iguchi
9. SS Juan Uribe
The camera pans the crowd. Lotta empty seats. Cold weather (coveralls people!)? CTA issues? At a bar watching the soccer match, like Rahula and Adam? And by bar, I mean library.
Grady Sizemore leads it off. Strike one. Game over. And yes, I do have Vitamin water on my desk. It's actually Brian Urlacher's brand Vitamin water. I was going to drink it after the big Super Bowl win...oh wait. Sizemore still at the plate. DJ tells Garland to blow on his hand to stay warm. Helpful tip. Sizemore flies out to center. Nixon grounds out to Konerko, who steps on the bag for out #2. Here comes Travis Hafner. He's big. Flurries start to fly, as Hafner draws a walk. Martinez walks too on Garland's eighth straight ball. But, it all goes according to plan, as Blake flies out to center.
Kaschube. Say it like you're sneezing. Bless you.
New-and-improved Pods up. He walks. But will he steal a base? Will it keep snowing? Stay tuned. Erstad is up. He doesn't get to actually see any pitches, as Westbrook keeps throwing to first. Does he know Scott had surgery in the off-season? 3-0 count, and Erstad walks. Can either of these pitchers throw strikes? Why do I ask so many questions? Anybody? Thome blasts a HR, White Sox 3-0. Hawk is so happy! Konerko pops out in foul territory. One out. AJ is rocking a head sleeve. I don't think that's what it's called, I'll try to find a picture. Hold please. In the meantime, Dye strikes out. And he's not too pleased. Crede grounds/lines out.
White Sox 3-0.
Dellucci will lead it off for the Tribe. He hits it past Dye's head and walks in for a double. Aha! This is kinda what AJ is wearing, but his is white. I know you care. Peralta hits one basically in the same spot as his teammate; he doubles and scores Dellucci. White Sox 3-1. Barfield singles, scoring Peralta. Still no outs. Marte is up and he....waiting...waiting...oops. He hits a homer, Indians 4-3. That's four hits and zero outs in this inning. At this rate, well, I'm gonna need more coffee. Thanks RG for helping others learn my name. Big-ups to Salina, KS. Sizemore pops up to Pods in shallow LF. As for having stalkers, I have two big dogs at home. Nixon strikes out. That's two outs in a row! CRAZY! Hafner picks up a quick strike. Then a quick ball. Then another walk. Martinez almost kills the Indians first base coach with a line drive, but the ball goes foul. And the coach is alive. Now he tries to get the third base coach with a foul ball. Geez. Martinez hits a blooper up the middle. We've got runners at the corners, two outs. My boss says Garland is having a Jose Contreras-like-inning. Sad that a year ago, that would have been a compliment. Blake is up. And he hits a grounder to Uribe at short, who flips it to Iguchi at second for the out. Indians up 4-3.
So Keith Richards did not snort his Dad. I feel so much better now. Pierzynski hits it deep to center but the ball, it is caught. One out. Iguchi grounds out. Here comes Juan Uribe. The 12 fans at the ballpark are starting to get restless. Uribe flies out to left.
Indians still winning, 4-3.
The great and wonderful Adam Caldarelli is not in the hizz-ouse. Sorry people. You're stuck with me. Go Jayhawks. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin is chatting up DJ in the booth. He threw out the first pitch, but didn't do such a great job. Maybe he was afraid someone would run out and smack him with a chair. Dellucci lines out to Iguchi. Peralta steps up. DJ and Steve (Mr. Stone Cold? I don't know) are talking wrestling. OK. Garland fans Peralta. Two outs. Barfield (heh, Barf) strikes out. 1-2-3 inning for Garland.
Pods is leading off. Flurries. Flurries. Rachel Loves Salina - Hello! Who doesn't love Salina - it's the new hipster oasis. Pods strikes out. Erstad and his stubble are up. He's manly. He singles to left. Woohoo. Here comes Thome. Erstad and his stubble steal second. Woohoo. Thome got out somehow. I am very on top of things here. Konerko is up and he has a .310 average vs. Westbrook. See, others are impressed with Erstad's stubble too. Konerko strikes out looking.
Indians 4, White Sox 3.
Big Bulls game tonight against Detroit. And today is Ben Gordon's birthday. He went to UConn. I'm full of sports knowledge. Andy Marte up for Cleveland. He grounds out to Joe Crede, who throw to first base for Out #1. Sizemore flies out, Pods almost runs into Erstad, but holds on to the ball for Out #2. Nixon hits his second double of the day, as it hops off the fence in right field. DJ thinks Dye needs to stretch because he's not getting to the balls too quickly. Hafner is intentionally walked to get to Victor Martinez. Let's see how this works. Garland has thrown 80 pitches thus far. The ump is calling a pretty tight strike zone. The crowd is not liking it. Count runs to 3-2 for Martinez. Martinez turns and hits a single to right, scoring Nixon. Indians 5-3. Blake at the plate. He gone.
Dye leads it off for the Sox. High fly ball, but it's caught. Crede hits a hard grounder to third, but it's picked up and Crede is thrown out. AJ singles to left field. I think he took off the head-cover-thingy. Iguchi takes the 2-2 pitch out off the ballpark for a HR, it's all tied 5-5. See, AJ's head-cover-thingy must have been bad luck. It should be banned from the clubhouse. Uribe grounds out.
Chickfindin - I'm so telling CND on you. And when I said pitcher's duel, I was being sarcastic. Dellucci grounds out. Ex-Royals pitcher Andrew Sisco warms up in the bullpen. Peralta strikes out. Garland wants to finish this game. Or just pitch fast so he can watch 90210 re-runs on SoapNet at 4. Donna just broke up with David, AGAIN. Barfield grounds out. 1-2-3 inning. Tied at 5.
Pods leads off, again. He should be the lead-off hitter. Ha. Barfield bobbles the grounder and Pods runs his heart out to beat the throw. Stubble/Erstad up. Pods tries to steal second, looks safe on the high throw, but he's called out. Replay shows the tag got Pods on the shoulder. D'oh. Erstad singles up the middle. He's so money - you should call him ATM. Thome hits one down the right field line for a double - Erstad holds at third. Konerko is intentionally walked, the crowd boos. Dude, Konerko is 0-for-2 today. Take the walk. Dye is up with the bases juiced and one out. He strikes out. Fifth K of the day for Westbrook. It's up to Crede to get a run in. Break the tie! Crede hits one up the middle, scoring two, White Sox 7-5. Garland can now get the win AND watch 90210. That's a good day. Pitcher's conference at the mound, but the Indians are sticking with Westbrook. Pierzynski (sans head garb) stands in. He grounds out to first.
White Sox 7-5.
I've just been informed that I am the first chick to do a "From the Cubicle." I need to update my Wikipedia page. I'm going to send myself flowers. Back to the game - Marte fouls the first pitch he sees from Garland. And he hits the fourth pitch right into Dye's glove. One out. Here comes Ozzie, there goes Garland? Yes. Garland leaves, and Andrew Sisco awkwardly runs to the mound. It's funny to see big guys run. Sisco vs. Sizemore. Go. Sizemore wins, he singles up the middle. Geez, Sisco is 6-10. That's can't be right...can it? Nixon walks on four pitches. MacDougal (another former Royal) and Aardsma are up in the bullpen. Hafner - Pronk, right? - stands in. 3-0 count. Ah, Sisco throws a strike. And then gets Hafner to foul off a, um, foul ball. Hafner hits it right to Stubble. Two outs, runners on first and third. Martinez singles to left, scoring Sizemore. White Sox 7-6. That's it for Sisco, Ozzie wants 6-4 Mike MacDougal. This pitching staff should form a basketball team. They could be Mizzou. I have a great Missouri joke: Why are there only 14 holes on golf courses in Columbia, Mo.? MacDougal squares off against Blake. He walks him. Crowd not pleased. Dellucci comes up with the bases loaded...and he strikes out.
White Sox 7-6.
Here's MacDougal's White Sox page - doesn't his smiling picture look like Brandon McCarthy? I think it might be.
Oh, and only 14 holes in Columbia because Missouri can never get to the Final Four. HA!
New pitcher for the Tribe - #40 Tom Mastny. Iguchi flies out to CF. Uribe is still looking for his first hit. He'll have to keep looking, as he grounds out to third. Another new pitcher - #46 Aaron Fultz. He gets Pods, who flies out to CF.
White Sox 7-6.
I think it stopped flurry-ing. MacDougal still in for the Sox. He gets Jhonny "Don't call me Johnny" Peralta. I thought MacDougal had red hair, it looks a bit blond now. Regardless, he strikes out Peralta. Barfield takes strike one. And eventually, strike three. Two outs. That's three straight K's for MacDougal. I jinxed him - MacDougal walks Marte. Here comes Ozzie, there goes MacDougal, and here comes Matt Thornton, who just inked a big deal. That's about how much I make a year too. Yup. Sizemore up with two outs. He hits the first pitch, deep and outta here. Two-run HR, Indians 8-7. Nixon hits it deep, but Stubble catches it for the third out.
Detroit up 10-9 on Toronto in the ninth inning. McCarthy and the Rangers trail the L.A. Angels, 4-2. Fultz squares off against Stubble/Erstad, who is 4-for-7 against the Fultz. He runs the count to 3-2...and...Stubble walks. Thome hits a fielder's choice grounder to first. Stubble goes in hard at second, so Thome is safe at first. Way to take one for the team Stubble! New Cleveland pitcher is #63 Rafael Betancourt. Konerko hits one off the end of the bat to the pitcher, he's out. Thome moves to second. Dye gets the count to 3-2...and...Dye walks on a low ball. Crede now. He takes two big, big cuts and misses both. Crede strikes out.
In other news, Michigan has a new basketball coach. Somewhere, Kevin Pittsnogle is crying. Thornton still in for the Sox. Pronk, aka Hafner, hits one down the right field line for a standup double. Martinez hits one to shallow CF and then some bad fielding/throwing lets him advance to second, while Hafner gets to third. Oops. Thornton intentionally walks Blake to load the bases. Aardsma still warming up in the bullpen, but he'll stay there for now. Or not. Here comes Ozzie. And in comes David Aardsma. The Sox bullpen has been pretty brutal today. Garland is so not gonna buy them Sliders for blowing this lead. Jason Michaels is pinch-hitting for Dellucci. Aardsma gets him to chase a low fastball for out #1. Peralta strikes out on three straight pitches. Barfield strikes out too. Bases loaded - Aardsma strikes out the side on 11 pitches. The crowd goes crazy. Dance people, dance!
Hey Sal, you owe someone $20. Ex-Sox Roberto Hernandez is the new Indians' pitcher. Pierzynski hits one in the RF corner with a lead-off double. The crowd is Gooch-ing. Iguchi shows bunt and pops it up. Bad Gooch. One out. Pablo Ozuna comes in to run for Pierzynski; Alex Cintron is at the plate for Juan Uribe. So Ozzie thinks Pablo is faster than AJ? I guess so....Cintron hits a looper to second base. Bad Cintron. Small ball? Anyone? Pods flies out too - AJ/Pablo is stranded at second. Well that was uneventful.
So let's see, Gustavo Molina will be behind the plate for the Sox. Cintron takes over SS for Juan Uribe. Andy Marte is the lead-off dude for the Tribe. Aardsma stays in...and he strikes out Marte. That's four in a row. I think it's a new record. Right? Sizemore - he gone. That's five in a row. Frick! Nixon doubles to break-up the strikeout party. Party pooper. Hafner is intentionally walked. Frank Thomas loves kids. Martinez steps up. Aardsma walks the dude on an outside-ish pitch. The crowd of 14 fans is not pleased. That's 10 walks for the Sox today. Blake flies out to the warning track, but Pods reels it in.
Joe Borowski is the new pitcher for the Tribe. He's new and improved. Erstad walks. Borowski is afraid of the Stubble. It's got powers. Thome strikes out on a slider. Stubble steals second with Konerko at the plate. Konerko walks. The crowd of 11 cheers. Brian Anderson comes out to run for Konerko. And I am so not a Cubs fan. See my bio. Dye runs the count to 2-2 before hitting another foul ball. Low ball, 3-2. Dye tried to check his swing - he's called out. Rahula just wandered into the office. He's very excited that Joe Crede is at the plate. Crede flies out deep, Jason Michaels catches the ball after tripping. Seriously, he's on the ground and catches it. Two points for him. Game over.
Bullpen was so-so, with Aardsma looking good and Thornton looking not so good. Gone is the pitching of 2005. In is the Stubble of 2007. Wha? I need more coffee. Later people.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times