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It’s wet, late, and worth the wait.

April 4th Vs. Detroit

Today's temperature:
"Win number 1 and Jerry can finally exhale. Funny how when the players do their jobs, he looks like a genius. Now if the Sox could only play Detroit every day...."

Short Take:  Joe Crede, Esteban Loaiza and cold Tigers good for what ails the Sox.

In spite of seeing their favorite team lose 3 straight in Kansas City, and waiting 2 hours through a rain delay, Sox fans saw the Silver and Black win their first game of the year…5 to 2 over the Detroit Tigers. Pitcher Esteban Loaiza threw for 6 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, and striking out 5 batters (4 of them looking). He even threw a no-hitter through the first 4 1/3 innings…retiring 11 batters in a row during that stretch. Joe Crede also brought in what would prove to be the winning runs with a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning…capping off a 3-run 2nd. Magglio Ordonez brought in a run with an RBI single in the 1st, D’Angelo Jiminez hit an RBI triple in the 2nd, and Aaron Rowand capped the Sox scoring in the 6th with an RBI double. This win was the 53rd home opening win in Sox history, and the first back-to-back home opening wins since the 1981 and 1982 seasons. They won last season’s home opener against Baltimore.

A lot of credit goes to the fans braving the cold temperatures and hard rain to watch this game. The temperature at the first pitch was 37 degrees…tying a 1974 record for the coldest home opener. The announced paid attendance was 40,395, but I can tell you that about half of the paid fans actually stayed to watch The fans who did stay showed a lot of spirit…especially when the players were being introduced during the opening ceremonies. They cheered for Mark Buehrle, Jose Valentin, and Maggs. They also booed Billy Koch, Tom “Flash” Gordon, and saved the loudest boos for manager Jerry Manuel, who said in a post-game press conference that he was in such a mindset when he stepped on the field that he couldn’t hear the crowd. The fans also showed patriotic pride when they cheered and chanted “USA! USA! USA!” as the colors from a local military honor guard marched onto the field. An Air Force Staff Sergeant sang the national anthem and “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch. There were no frills, no improvisations, no “trying to sound fancy” attempts to sing out country’s patriotic songs. And from this Army veteran’s perspective, that’s a good thing. If you’re going to sing the “Star Spangled Banner”, you’d better sound good, or keep your mouth shut.

Tom Shaer filled in for Gene Honda as the Public Address Announcer for tonight’s game. Gene is in New Orleans working for the NCAA Final Four. Have fun, Gene…don’t get too caught up in the Bourbon Street atmosphere. You’ll lose your sanity, let alone your voice, in all the hoopla. Thank goodness it isn’t Mardi Gras season down there.

The renovations for U.S. Cellular Field are outstanding. The larger-than-life video screen in center field against the kelly-green background is a great combination. Just keep that stupid, “Make Some Noise” graphic off the screen…I don’t need some JumboTron telling me when I should cheer. The dot-matrix scoreboard in left field is also a good thing…but it wasn’t working correctly throughout the game. I jokingly said, “A Cub fan hacked the scoreboard,” much to the chagrin of a Cub fan sitting next to me in the press box, but to the delight of other press members sitting nearby. Much of the same animation we’re used to seeing from the old scoreboard is on the new one, but condensed because there isn’t as big of a window to display the animation. The darkened underside of the roof, the blackening of the light towers in the outfield, and the much-publicized “fan deck” on top of the center-field concourse really add a good touch to what was known as a “drab”, “plain”, and “lackluster” ballpark. As much as I like to rip on Jerry Reinsdorf, I’ll give him kudos for this work. As of today, there are unconfirmed rumors that for next season, the blue seats will be taken out, and will be replaced with green ones. We’ll wait and see. Also, much love to the L.E.D. “ribbon boards” along the upper deck overhang in left and right field. The clarity of the graphics displayed on them is superb. The painting inside and outside the stadium gives the place a good and bold look. There’s even painting, lettering, and pinwheel pictures in the spaces between the press boxes and suites behind home plate. A nice lady I saw on the trip home told me she thought the “X” in “Chicago White Sox” looked like an “H”. You see the graphics for yourself when you either watch them on TV or go to a game, and judge for yourself.

One more thing…who’s the dolt who threw Eric Munsen’s home run ball back on the field? Munsen hit a 2-run homer off Esteban Loaiza in the 5th inning, and before I could see everything that happened, some fool throws the ball back. Look…do we need to be reminded that throwing a home run ball back on the field is a WRIGLEY tradition. The only thing with Wrigley I want to see when I’m the “Cell” is someone chewing Wrigley’s gum.

Tomorrow, Mark Buehrle goes for his first win of the season against Detroit’s Mike Maroth. Both pitchers have an 0-1 record with an ERA of 2.57. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM.

Tinkerer Update:
 Miguel Olivo was again in the lineup, and he made an outstanding off-balance throw to put out a Detroit runner trying to steal second in the 6th inning. He also was a few inches short of a home run in the 4th. Knowing Jerry, he’ll probably put in Alomar to catch against Mark tomorrow.

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