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Churros for the Upper Deck!
by Hal Vickery

Odds and ends, bits and pieces….

• It has been my good fortune to be at two games this year in which plays were made that can only be described as incredible. The first was that throw Tadahito Iguchi made while his body was parallel to the ground. The second was Friday night’s incredible run by Brian Anderson after a flyball by Travis Hafner.

When I saw the path of the ball and checked where Anderson was running from, my first thought was “two-run double.” But the ball kept carrying and Anderson kept running. Still I thought, “No way.” When the two paths intersected and Anderson crashed into the wall, the thought suddenly became, “Where’d the ball go?”

I think that most of the 30,000-plus fans at the game were shocked at first when Anderson rebounded from the wall and actually threw a rifle shot into third base. It took a second or two before it sank in, but when it did the crowd rose to its feet as one. Absolutely incredible!

• About one hundred people had a scoop on the local sports media Friday afternoon. At about 1:30 an audience member at the Windy City Sox Fans asked Ozzie Guillen what Anderson’s status was. Ozzie informed the crowd that Anderson was staying on the team and that he and some coaches, and Kenny Williams had talked to Anderson and let him know what was expected of him. Within a couple of hours that information was posted on the WSI Sox Clubhouse message board.

• Speaking of the Windy City Sox Fans luncheon, the emcee Friday was Chris Singleton. It was fun listening to him and Ozzie talking baseball, especially a discussion of the play Thursday in which Rob Mackowiak ignored the cutoff man and threw too late to home plate. Ozzie discussed the issue from the point of view of a shortstop while Chris discussed what an outfielder should be doing in that situation. I’ve always found baseball people discussing the nuts and bolts of the game to be fascinating, and this was no exception.

• Has anybody else noticed how dead the ballpark is during opponents at bats during night games? What you’re missing is Nancy Faust making her musical comments on the batters and game situations that arise.

No this isn’t another appeal to have Nancy brought back for night games. It’s just an observation that she does a whole lot more for the ballpark experience than you might think. Apparently a DJ is unable to spontaneously react to game situations as well as a live organist when the visitors are at bat.

• Speaking of the ballpark experience, I notice a distinct lack of churros stands in the upper deck. I know there is one somewhere along the first base/right field line, but are there any others up there?

In the lower deck, I never had to walk very far for my (and WSI’s) favorite ballpark dessert, and I’m informed that there seem to be more stands down there this year. We could use a few more upstairs, too! Maybe one or two of them could just sell strawberry….

• Be looking here in the near future for details about a Patio Party for WSI readers and members on August 14. The details are almost complete, and as soon as they are, we’ll let everyone know. If you’ve never been to a patio party, it’s a fun time. If you’ve never been to one with the people who inhabit this web site, it’s something you have to do at least once in your life. It’s an experience.

Editor's Note: Hal Vickery has been a White Sox fan since 1955 when he was five years old. For much of that time he also had a secondary rooting interest in the Cubs, which he has shown the good sense to abandon. When not cheering for or writing about the Sox, Hal teachers chemistry and physics at North Boone High School, in Poplar Grove, IL. Hal commutes there daily from Joliet, where he lives with his wife Lee, and their dog, Buster T. Beagle. Hal's opinions are not necessarily those of North Boone High School, his wife, or Buster T. Beagle. You can write Hal at

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