I finally realized something. The guy who played right field for the White Sox last night, is named is Brent Lillibridge. It’s not Optioned Brent Lillibridge or Recalled Brent Lillibridge. With as many times as Lillibridge has been to sent to, or brought back from Charlotte, I thought that maybe that was his name. That, obviously, is a joke, but I don’t think Lillibridge will be wearing a Knights uniform anytime soon.
Most of the guys on the Sox know they are going to make the squad on the first day of spring training. That was not the case for Lillibridge, who had to wait until the Sox went to Winston-Salem, to find out that he had made the team.
Having played for 3 organization, Lillibridge understands the business of baseball, but he is far from a bitter guy. As a matter of fact, he is one of the nicest guys and best speakers that I have ever dealt with. I think years from now, you’ll see him running a team or in politics. Right now though, he is doing everything the Sox have asked him to do, except write a Habeus Corpas..
And they have asked a lot, from changing the way swings the bat, to changing positions. You see, Lillibridge is an infielder, 2nd base or Shortstop mostly, but lately he’s been playing the outfield. Balls come off the bat differently whether your playing left or right, no problem for Lillibridge.
Those 2 plays, yesterday at Yankee Stadium, were as good as you will ever see, The first one, I won’t call lucky, but crashing in to the wall while reaching out for the ball, was a fortunate grab. The 2nd, diving to snare Robinson Cano’s slicer and save the game, was amazing. I saw Lillibridge lay out in a few spring games, so this is a habit, not a rarity.
Lillibridge shouldn’t have been on the game, having taken over for Carlos Quentin, who was hit by a pitch in the 8th inning. Lillibridge scored when Paul Konerko homered to give the Sox the lead. But think about that, Lillibridge is on the bench for 7+ innings on a cold day in the Bronx. He comes in, scores a run, singles, and makes 2 great catches, the last one to win the game for the Sox. Not bad at all.
Sergio Santos save #2. Still no runs allowed in April. Gavin Floyd made another strong start against the Yankees, striking out 10 against the New Yorkers for the 2nd time in his career. His record is now 3-1, a good sign for him and the Sox.
The Sox are still scuffling, but they did knock out 10 hits, and have won the first Two from the Yankees. Sox win game two, 3-2. They go for the sweep today.
It was former White Sox’ day at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. Bartolo Colon took the hill, while Andruw Jones camped out in left & Nick Swisher in right for the Pinstripers. Ozzie Guillen didn’t stay around long. The Sox manager had a heated gabbing session with home plate umpire Todd Tichenor, who proceeded to eject him for the 1st time this year. Only in 2011. After his ejection, Ozzie took the the twitter board to vent about the money he will lose, and about a tough guy at the stadium. Don’t ask, I don’t know either.
I remember when Colon was a member of the Sox. He was of generous proportions, and his fastball topped out at about 91 mph. He didn’t last long in a Chicago Uniform. Now with the Yankees, Colon has turned back the clock. He is still quite meaty, but after years of shoulder problems has regained his fastball. He threw a couple tonight that were clocked at 96 mph.
8 innings for the former Cy Young winner, allowing only 1 run, with 6 strikeouts. The Sox had little chance against him. In the 4th inning, they were retired in 6 pitches. 7th inning, it took 8 to get them out. I guess I should be saying, welcome back Bartolo.
Mark Buehrle threw one bad pitch, and it cost him. A first inning home run to Robinson Cano once again denied Buehrle his 150th victory.
Former Sox Swisher is hitting .211, and everyone wants to know what’s wrong. Let me tell you: A new actress wife, a new pregnant actress wife, being on the new pregnant actress’ wife TV show. Focus split between all of those things. If nothing else, Swisher did buy the bar in New York so…..wait that’s the show.
Sox lose the finale to the Yanks, 3-1, but they finally get to go home. Bring on the O’s.
yes, I do know that Freddy Garcia pitches in New York as well, but he didn’t today, so that’s why i didn’t mention him.