Tagged: Chicago White Sox

Mail Call #10

Back in Spring Training, Mom and Dad took some great pictures for my blog.  I decided to print a few out on Pappy’s fancy computer and see if I could get them signed.  Last week, I got one back from White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle. 

5.22.09.jpgHe’s off to another great season with a 6-1 record and a 2.77 ERA.  I was pumped to get my picture returned!

Dad and I went to see the Rockies vs. Astros last Thursday, but I don’t have any pictures.  We grabbed Mom’s camera, but didn’t realize the battery wasn’t in it.  So, we just went, had fun, ate ballpark food and hung with our buddy Steve.  The Rockies lost again…  They are really struggling right now.  I hope they can turn it around soon. 

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Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals

Mom, Dad and I met up with our buddy Ned on Monday and flew over to Arizona for another Cactus League game.  We landed in Phoenix and drove over to Camelback Ranch.  Camelback is a brand new stadium that was built for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. 
3.16.09-10.jpgIt’s a beautiful ballpark. 
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I did a little homework and snagged us some great seats behind the Royals dugout.  Here was our view.
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It was tough to beat.  Who needs a cupholder, when you can put your bottle of milk right on top of the dugout?  We were only a few feet from Hall of Famer George Brett!!! 
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Here’s Mark Buehrle on the mound.  Did you know he threw a no-hitter against the Rangers in 2007?  2007 was a good year.  That’s when the Rockies went to the World Series and was also the year I was born! 
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Here’s Coco Crisp.  If you look hard, you might be able to spot Ozzie Guillen in the background.   
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Dad and I took a walk around the park to do some exploring.  Here’s us hanging out on the party deck by the foul pole.  
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3.16.09-11.jpgThere are 12 practice fields spread out around the ballpark.  We even saw a pond stocked with fish.  These guys did it up right. 

The gift shop was the perfect way to cool down.  It was half Dodgers stuff and half White Sox stuff.  I liked the green uniforms in stock for St. Patrick’s day, but they were way too big for me.  I tried to get Dad to buy a set of Manny dreadlocks, but he wasn’t going for it.  I do a good Manny impersonation.  Maybe I can get Mom to take a picture and post it up here.  I guarantee it will crack you up!

Anyway, back to our seats.
 

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 Here’s Royals pitcher Gil Meche up on the hill. 
3.16.09-6.jpgAnd we were lucky enough to see Jayson Nix get a little playing time.  He was traded from the Rockies to the White Sox during the offseason.
3.16.09-12.jpgAnother great day at Spring Training.  I also managed to get a ball from first baseman Ross Gload. 
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We made a quick stop at In-N-Out Burger for dinner, before heading back to the airport for our flight home. 

 

Back to Arizona!

We’re heading back to Arizona tomorrow to catch another Spring Training game.  This time I managed to get tickets to see the Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals.  I’m looking forward to watching two teams from the American League that son’t come to Colorado very often.  Plus, the game is in a brand new, fancy stadium that just opened a few weeks ago.  I’m really excited.
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Over in the WBC, Team USA is up 9-3 against the Netherlands.  Congrats to the Netherlands on a great WBC.  You stunned us all, especially the Dominicans.  Nice job Team USA.  You guys looked sharp tonight. 

Paul’s Postseason Picks

So it’s begun.  The postseason is here.  I got so excited watching my first playoff game today that I wet my pants.  Ok, so I wet my pants all the time, but it was still pretty exciting for me. 

I’ve thought long and hard about who I think has what it takes to go all the way to the World Series.  I had some long talks with my bears and Cosmo.  Here we are hanging out. 
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Teddy keeps pretty quiet, but Cosmo more than makes up for him.  Although, I don’t agree with all of their baseball opinions, it’s fun to debate with them.  Plus, I’m the one who has the blog, which means I have the final say on here.

So, here are my picks. 

American League:

   White Sox vs. Rays – The White Sox made it pretty interesting over the last few days of the season and I think it’d be fun to see a Chicago vs. Chicago World Series.  However, I just saw a Rays doubleheader in Baltimore last week and I think they have a great team.  Plus, they were all really nice to me.  It’s also their first playoff appearance and I’d like to see them go all the way.  My pick for this series goes to The Rays! 

  

   Red Sox vs. Angels – The Red Sox did beat my Rockies last year in the World Series, but I’ve gotten over it.  In fact, if I play my cards right, I think I might be able to talk Mom and Dad into taking me to Fenway next year.  I think they’ve got a team with a lot of playoff experience and I wish them well this year.  Even though they don’t have a good record against the Angels this season, my pick is still going to the Red Sox. 

 

National League:

   Dodgers vs. Cubs – Come on Cubs!  This was an easy one for me.  Cubs, all the way!  I’ve got a few reasons for my pick.  My nickname around the house is “bear” and since they still think I’m a baby, I guess that’d make me a cub.  Plus, one of my girlfriends is a Cubs fan and if you read one of my earlier posts about her, you might remember I told her I’d pull for her Cubs if my Rockies didn’t make the playoffs.  I’m a baby of my word and I gotta cheer them on.  The Dodger player with the funny hair and dirty hat takes a lot of grief, but he’s OK in my book.  I’m just picking the Cubs over the Dodgers.  Come on baby bears!

   Brewers vs. Phillies – At first, I was a little torn on this one.  Deep down, I think the Phillies have the better team.  But, in the end, I decided to go with the Brewers.  Mainly, this one is for Mom.  I really didn’t know what a brewer was, but Mom told me they make beer.  Mom works at a brewery, where they make the stuff.  If they’re anything like Mom, then that means they are awesome!  So the Brewers it is.  Let’s go beer makers!

So those are my picks.  What do you think?  What are your picks?  I’ve learned that anything can happen in this game and I’m looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.  As always, thanks for reading and please drop me a line or leave a comment.  An out of work baby like me needs to have something to do all day.  I’m going to grab a warm bottle and catch some more playoff baseball.  Talk to you soon.

-PBR