My apologies to you all for not updating from White Sox camp. 10-15 hour days over the past 10 days knocked me out. However, that is behind me. All my video is logged, and I got some good sleep. Now it’s time to update.
When I think of past camps, there were stories a plenty. From injuries to key players, to Ozzie Guillen blowing a fuse, past camps were always exciting, story-wise. It’s probably good that it is so quiet this year. Robin Ventura calm demeanor has transfixed Sox camp 2012.
Took some time to watch Alejandro De Aza.
The man knows how to hit. He stays within himself, hitting the ball where it’s pitched. He knows what he is doing at the dish. He isn’t the sexiest name in baseball, but if he plays this year like he finished last year, he’ll be known around baseball sooner than later.
A bee bothered me all day Tuesday. It appeared to be the same one, ’cause he followed me from field to field. I just read that bees attacked the Diamondbacks field. It was probably the pals of the one that bothered me–haha.
Caught up with the NIU baseball teams early in the week. They were playing in a tournament in town, so the Sox invited them down to practice on their back field. The smiles were pasted on their face from the time they arrived, to until they left. I talked with their head coach, Ed Mathey, who before the interview said, “I’m not that very good at this.”
He turned out to be one of my top interviews this spring. Well spoken, plus articulate. Nice stuff.
Sat down with Phil Humber the other day. Humber’s Major League Career hasn’t been easy. Yes, he got a ton of money when he was picked by the Mets years ago, but since that time he has struggled to find consistency in the big leagues.
He appeared to have turned the corner in the first half of last year. I hope he takes it to the next level this season. He’ll actually start the first Cactus league game against the Dodgers on Monday, the 5th.
If Trayce Thompson is the future of the Sox, then that future is bright. Minus a hugh strikeout total, Thompson had a good season in Kannapolis.
He has a nice power stroke, and may have a chance to make the team in a year, or two. I know nothing, I am just speculating.
One story: He told me that when he was a kid, he only knew Clyde Drexler as the guy who came over for BBQ’s. Only when he got older did he realize that Clyde the Glide was an NBA Hall of Famer. The guy who came over to my house for BBQ’s was just Clyde the gardner. Different lives–haha.
How exciting.. Games start tomorrow. If you are here to go to some games, or plan on checking some out, this week is gonna be perfect, weather wise. Temps are gonna be in the mid 80′s. Great time to lay on the grass with a dog (hot) and a beer, while checking out some great baseball.
Game time on Monday is 1pm.