Archive for September, 2008

Sox Clinch!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Sox vs Twins SB

WE DID IT!

The Sox have clinched first place in the Central Division! Next up, the playoffs! After a bizarre ending of the season with the Sox and the Twins fighting for first place, the finality of the season came down to a one game tie breaker. Fortunately, we were lucky enough to come out with a 1-0 win. The hero of the game was veteran Jim Thome who homered in the 7th. I say “lucky” because it was a well pitched contest on both sides. Along with Thome, a big thank you goes out to Sox catcher A.J. Pierzunski who tagged out Michael Cuddyer at the plate with an amazing throw from another veteran, Ken Griffey Jr. Bobby Jenks, the closing pitcher who has given Sox fans one too many nail biting finishes this season, gets the job done and protects a well deserved win for starting pitcher John Danks. Even my favorite playing Sox, Brian Anderson (who gets little actual playing time) made the final out with a diving catch in the outfield. And just like that, the Sox clinch!

At the beginning of the season, the White Sox were predicted to finish in fourth place in the division (with most thinking the last place Detroit Tigers would take first place). Instead, the Sox stayed in first place throughout much of the season. And then, out of nowhere, the Twins (or the Twinkies, as they’re known around here) crept up in the standings and threatened to take first place. With seven games left in the season, the Sox only had to win five games to clinch the division. The problem was that the Sox had to play the Twins at the Metrodome in Minnesota, a stadium that the Sox had only won one game in all season long. After the three game series, the Sox still had only one win at the Dome in 2008. And then, the Sox lost the next two home games against the Cleveland Indians. The Twins were now in first place. I thought the season was over. Last Thursday, I literally couldn’t get to sleep because I was depressed that the Sox’s season came to such a tragic end. But it wasn’t over!

On Sunday, the Sox finally won at home (one that I attended) against the Indians in a 5 -1 victory. If they hadn’t won, the season would have been officially over. Now, it should be noted that the ONLY reason that the Sox were able to stay alive for so long was because the Twins kept losing after their sweep over the Sox. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the Kansas City Royals! After the Sox’s win against Detroit on Monday (due to a make up game caused by a rain out), the Sox and the Twins were forced into a tie breaker. Because of the dramatic end of the season, tonight’s game felt like the World Series.

So, the Cubs and the White Sox are in the post season. This is the first time that both Chicago baseball teams have advanced past the regular season in 100 years! Which is also the last time the Cubs won a World Series. So, history was made tonight in Chicago. Speaking of the Cubs, the next two days I will be working audio for MLB online during the first two games of the Cubs vs. Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Hopefully, I will get the chance to also work the White Sox games! Even better, score some playoff tickets!

Expect a upcoming post summarizing the entire Sox season of 2008. Also, I am recording a baseball tribute show for WEVL this weekend. I don’t know when they will air it, but I will give you fair warning.

I was going to end this post with a short video of the last out during Sunday’s game but I’m going to leave that for the 2008 season summary. So, instead, I’m going to close this post with lyrics to the White Sox fight song by Captain Stubby and the Bucacaneers from 1959.

GO-GO WHITE SOX!

White Sox! White Sox!
Go-Go White Sox!
Let’s go, Go-Go White Sox
We’re with you all the way!
You’re always in there fighting,
And you do your best.
We’re glad to have you out here in the Middle West.

We’re gonna root-root-root-root White Sox.
And cheer you on to victory.
When we’re in the stands,
We’ll make those rafters ring;
All through the season,
You will hear us sing.
Let’s go, Go-Go White Sox,
Chicago’s proud of you!

White Sox! White Sox!
Go-Go White Sox!

Root-Root-Root for the White Sox.

We’ll cheer you on to victory.
When we’re in the stands,
We’ll make those rafters ring;
All through the season,
You will hear us sing.

Let’s go, Go-Go White Sox,
Chicago’s proud of you!

White Sox! White Sox!
Go-Go White Sox!
Let’s go, Go-Go White Sox!
Chicago is proud of you!

Calexico = Free Music

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Caleixco

Calexico performing a free show at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millenium Park as a part of the World Music Festival.

Scavenger Art

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Free Art

Here in Chicago, there is an artist that goes by the name of Skoff. Skoff creates pieces of art work that he places around town for anyone to merely pick up and take home for free. These free pieces, which are typically abstract, are found in parks, train yards, bridges, etc. After Skoff places one of his pieces in a spot, he then photographs the work in its surroundings. Then, he puts the photos on his website along with clues on where to find the location. Free art!

Since you never know when Skoff will be making another offering, you have to keep checking his website. Well, Sunday, he placed nine new pieces around Chicago, including one that apparently had money in the canvas. Skoff suggested the finder use the money on someone other than themselves. “Who is he, Oprah, ” Apryl asked.

One of the pieces, which was shown propped up on a train car, was in a place I knew that was near Fletcher, popular camera/audio rental house. So, I got in my car and made a dash to the railroad tracks. Unfortunately, I got there too late and the piece was long gone. As I was leaving I spotted another piece on a bridge. It looked so funny just resting on the bridge, waiting for someone to come by and claim it as their own. Even though it’s abstract, it reminds me of Andrew Bird’s Mysterious Production of Eggs cover.

Me and Free Art

Now, I have no idea what I am going to do with this art work, but it sure was fun to find!

McKenzie Hayden Madden

Friday, September 19th, 2008

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It took a week, but I finally got some photos of my beautiful, new niece. Isn’t she cute? She almost has as much hair as I did when I was born. Almost.

It was very odd not being able to be at the hospital last week when McKenzie came into the world. And seeing these photos, it makes me very eager to see the little one in person! How strange it’s going to be to see Paige take care of a girl. Thankfully, Paige will get lots of help from McKenzie’s brothers.

Welcome to the world, Hayden!

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Thanks for the photos, Ash!

Garrison Keillor in Chicago

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

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Garrison Keillor at the Borders downtown on Michigan Ave. speaking to a crowd before signing copies of his new book, Liberty.

Keillor signature

“To Apryl with a cold and Hayden. BE WELL. Garrison Keillor.”

Keillor’s signature of our book after Apryl told him she didn’t want to shake his hand because she has a cold.

Say It Ain’t So, Joe!

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Crede

Are Joe Crede’s days over as a Sox? According to South Side Sox, they are. The rumor/proof seems to derive from the fact that Crede’s name tag is no longer above his locker and that his locker has been emptied out. No official word from the Sox management.

As readers of our blog know, Crede is/was my favorite player in the Sox organization. Last year, he had to have back surgery and missed the majority of the season. This year, he started off strong, went through a slump, continued to have back problems, made a bit of a comeback, and then returned to the disabled list. He has not been seen in a game for a least a month, perhaps longer. The last official word was that his condition was day-to-day.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that South Side Sox have gotten something wrong. Earlier in the season, they had stated that Juan Uribe, who had also spent time on the DL, was being traded. Instead, Uribe came back to take over Crede’s spot at third, and out of nowhere, started swinging the bat like a madman.

Still, an empty locker doesn’t look good. But I ‘m hoping that this rumor turns out to be untrue. Brian Anderson, my second favorite Sox, gets so little playing time.

Want some A-11 with your offense?

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

A high school football team up here in Chicago are running an A-11 offense, a hotly debated strategy that allows all eleven men to be considered eligible receivers. The end result is fairly odd, as seen in this video. Check out as seven receivers dash down the field for a completion. As of now, the offense is still legal. But for how long?

Also, keep up with the nation’s interest in this new style of playing the gridiron with the official The A-11 Offense Website.

Say Uncle!

Friday, September 12th, 2008

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Yesterday, I became an uncle for the sixth time with the birth of McKenzie Hayden Madden! How I wish I was there with the family to celebrate in the news. Alas, I will have to wait until the holidays to get to see Li’l Hayden. Hopefully, I will have a photo to post soon. Congrats, sis!

Music of Bird

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Bird Screen

Last night, Andrew Bird started off Blockbuster Week, a series of free concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park.

Bird on Stage

Lovely.

The Shape of Jazz

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Ornette Coleman performing at the 30th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival last night.

Sears Tower

No matter what, the Sears Tower always seems to get in the shot!