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Todd Ritchie:  shooting clay

Well Sox fans, Todd Ritchie made his debut in a Sox uniform and got shelled like a box of shooting clays, causing some concern among those that feel the Sox overpaid for him. I would like to remind you all that this is the first week of spring training, not the second month of the regular season. These games, and the performance of the players playing in them, means nothing. The games in the last week of spring training have some meaning, that is where you will see whatever the final tweaks to the roster will be, the first week means nothing. For the most part the pitchers are not throwing with everything they have, they are concentrating on timing their motion and hitting their spots, concentrating on their velocity comes later in the spring. As far as the positional players go, you can expect some bad fielding and some horrible at bats till week two to three, the first week is spent getting loose from inactivity and back into playing shape. It will be interesting to say the least to pay attention to these games as cut down day draws nearer. As far as paying attention to theses games early in spring training, well, you could save yourself a lot of aggravation by taking them with a grain of salt. 

Kung Fu Fighting (Everybody was!)

This weeks MLB equivalent of Dave Letterman’s “Stupid Human Tricks” includes Kansas City’s Mark Quinn, who suffered a cracked rib while playing kung-fu fighting with his brother, which will sideline him for four to six weeks, and Jeff Kent, who managed to break his wrist washing his truck. In Quinn’s case this is a first class example of not really caring about the fact that he is expected to play baseball at the MLB level this season, playing games with his brother is more important. Jeff Kent just plain intrigues me, he breaks his wrist and is out for six weeks while washing his 4X4 pickup truck at a self serve carwash. I have no problem with him owning a redneck Cadillac, I own one myself, but an MLB player making that kind of money is to cheap to go somewhere and have someone else wash his truck? I make nowhere near that money, yet I can budget in 15 bucks for a car wash. Both cases lead me to believe that these players need to get their priorities in order, instead of participating in spring training they are getting paid to nurse injuries that are not job related. Wish I could have done that when I put an arrow through my foot while trying to adjust the sights on my bow, it would have beat working through it, getting paid for your own stupidity only works in sports though. 

Herm Schneider

MIA:  Herm Schnieder

Oxymoron:  bad labor news

Bad news on the labor relations front, it was revealed that Paul Beeston will be leaving his post as Chief Operating Officer of MLB by the middle of the month. For those of you unaware of what Beeston does, he is responsible for negotiating the last two Collective Bargaining agreements between the owners and the MLBPA, and is basically the only MLB official that has any type of a working relationship with the union, and it’s chief, Donald Fehr. He will be replaced on the MLB negotiating team by Bob Dupuy, Chief Legal Counsel for the league. This is not a good sign for baseball fans, MLB has had a hard time arriving at a new CBA the last two times they tried, both of which ended in work stoppages, with the best negotiator available, what happens now with him out of the picture, and a hired mouthpiece speaking for the league? Something tells me that they will be before the NLRB by mid-season saying that they have negotiated to an impasse, and opening the door to another work stoppage. I hope that both sides involved are wise enough to consider the implications in their actions, I do not think that the GAME can recover from another work stoppage, there are still many that have not come back since the last one, should another one occur it could be the kill shot. TWANG…………………………..Thump. 

What rehab center?

How is that the White Sox can have a multi million dollar rehab center, and not have the common sense to emphasize the need to keep players healthy to the coaching and training staff? So far there are four players that have had hamstring injuries in the first two weeks of spring training, an injury that is easily avoided by proper preparation and pre-game stretching and warm-up. Not taking every precaution to avoid injury makes about as much sense as fishing in a mud puddle, you can have all the equipment, and look good doing it, but in the end the result will be terrible. Last years rash of arm injuries has obviously taught the management team nothing, because nothing has changed from one season to the next, with the exception being that it is not just pitchers being affected this year. Hamstring injuries are nagging injuries, that take a long time to heal, ask Jose Valentin, who spent a good portion of last season nursing one. I will give credit to Sox trainer Herm Schneider for the job he has done getting players back into playing condition, Bo Jackson tops this list, but I have to wonder if he and his staff have their priorities in order, isn’t it better to avoid the injury in the first place? 

That’s it for now, please check back later. 


Dave Schmitt is a life-long resident of the Joliet area, with the exception of two years spent being the only Sox fan in the hell hole known as Baytown Texas, where the trucks are large and the alligators are hungry.  Plumber by trade, hunter by choice, and fisherman 'cause you can’t hunt year round.  Married With Children, and four dogs that are confirmed Sox fans.  The kids have less sense.  You can send email to Daver at


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