Shot Time!

Shot Time!

Friday, Feb. 26, 2010

With so many things going on, Ive got a lot on my mind.

TIGER: Was that an apology? Only time will tell. It seems that there was a lot of debate on whether he needed to give a public one. Mostly in the media. Mostly by men. For better or worse Woods is such a public figure that whatever he does is news, good or bad. In fact there are probably more people talking about him now more than ever. (Hes all over the checkout aisles.)

While a lot of adults have no problem reconciling what he did, a lot more do. The argument that he did nothing to the game, like say Mark McGwire (more later), doesnt matter to me. Hes brought the public attention onto himself. Hes the one that has his family on the 18th hole to help him celebrate. Thats not part of a calculated formula to present a stable image for his corporate handlers? Not only that, Tiger has become a face to millions of children, not only through golf, but his charitable endeavors. I have taken my daughter to see him at Cog Hill several times. She, like most of the others, was in awe. Now, she, like a lot of other kids, is asking questions. I dont have a problem in answering the questions, because life happens. But it was nice to show in the lesson, that you need to make amends and apologize to all that you might have affected, even if you dont know them, because its the right thing to do. The fact that Woods' problems are public is, unfortunately part of what he and his family have to live with. That he was able to acknowledge his wrong doing, in public, is a step in the right direction. From this point now, I will agree, he doesnt owe us anything. His fans will have to root for him at their own risk.

NOAHS ARCH (Actually a little further down): Did a little light reading on plantar fasciitis the other day. Ive always heard about it but didnt pay much attention. Why now? Well, its put a serious damper on one of the positive stories of the Bulls season: the stellar play and growth of Joakim Noah. Plantar fasciitis is an acute form of inflammation on a thin band of tissue running across the bottom of your foot. The thing about it is, without proper rest, its very hard to heal. In fact, rushing back leads to an excess of scar tissue, which could lead to other complications. After a couple of weeks off, the Bulls decided to ease him back onto the court. So my question is: Have you watched him play? Hes obviously having issues. Why wouldnt you let him continue to heal? I dont know about you, but dont big men with foot issues scare you a little bit? I know there is pressure to win now, there always is, but any Bulls fan can realize the importance the play of Noah is going to have on the future of this franchise. This year is about the future, right? Protect it. Let the other guys on the roster step up, and lets find out what other pieces are going to be around the free-agent prize of this summer. Who knows, maybe Luol Deng will get the wake-up call.

MORE McGWIRE!: Like I typed here before, this story will not go away. Not when there are so many unanswered questions, and Big McClueless thinking that he can slip back into the game under the cloak of being a batting coach. Seems that someone found out the answer to the question I asked here after the charade with Bob Costas: Where did he get the 'roids? Turns out it was his brother. What?! Yeah, and theres more. More?! Of the five McGwire boys, the youngest, Jay, was a body builder. Really? I wont get into any of the obvious youngest sibling issues that abound here, but more to the point, nobody knew this? No one? In his interview with the behemoth, he laid it ALL out. Wow. I mean, anyone doing an investigation, say George Mitchell, congress, any news organization, didnt know that his brother was a body builder? According to Jay hes never been contacted by anyone. This interview was for the release of his book that rats out his brother. And the hits just keep on coming! Not only that, but Tim Kurkjian in a another interview, had Big Mac and Albert Pujols at the Cardinals spring training camp talking about hitting together. My head was about to explode! Albert? Tell me how Mark has helped you. Albert replied, He was able to hit the ball so far with such a quiet swing.

Honestly?! How has this guy waltzed right back in without obviously telling the truth? Is his brother the good one? I cant wait for this to have an unhappy ending.

TW-OZZ-ER?: Ozzie on twitter? Priceless. What the world needs now, is more random thoughts from our boy. The daily updates on ComcastSportsNet were fun enough. Then, theres Ozzie TV on the MLB Network. (I know that the Chairman and Kenny Williams are going to be featured also, but let us not kid ourselves about who the get was. (Although after his White Sox business rant a few years ago, I would love to hear Kenny unplugged.) Now, Ozzies joined the kids on twitter? Over 19,000 followers already? Whats next? A spot on the Ocho-Cinco network? There are definitely two sides to this. The more popular reaction is: Cant wait to hear what Ozzie has to say. The negative reaction is: Whats Ozzie going to say? Thats the reason that this is such a big story. When Ozzie speaks, people cant get enough. Like another one of my favorites, Charles Barkley, he can say almost anything and get away with it. I think that Ozzie might find tweeting a little restrictive and time consuming. Getting one of his streams of consciousness to fit into 140 characters might be hard. (Then again the use of symbols could be pretty & handy!) Then theres the fact of having to actually type your thoughts, (you cant do it while youre driving anymore!) and when can you find the time? Plus, theres so much expectation. So far hes been pretty tame, albeit frequent, but can that last?Can he live up to the hype? One thing is for sure, were ALL going to find out.
WINTER OLYMPICS: Like everyone else Ive been paying attention, but like I said here last week, I dont feel like Im totally into it. Of course Im watching the hockey, USA vs. Canada had the bar rocking, but that was about it. Until I learned of the story of Joannie Rochette. Weve all heard by now that she lost her mother tragically on Sunday. In her mothers memory, she decided to continue on with her Olympic dream in her home country, with hundreds of millions of people around the world watching on Tuesday, as Im sure her mother would have wanted. Respectfully, the announcers did not say a word as she skated. One look at her face was all you needed. That she finished with the third best score after her program did not matter. Again, one look at her face was all you needed; the combination of sorrow and the exhaustion of a competitor that knew that she had given her best. Im sure Im not the only one who had to wipe away a tear. On Thursday night, and again not being the only one, I had to watch again, in hopes that she would medal. Not that I was rooting for anyone else to fail, or would have thought less of her achievement if she didnt, I just thought it would help her through this difficult time. How could anyone not want her to do well? That she scored her highest total ever in an event that she has probably been training for her entire life was poetic justice. What an incredibly strong young lady. If the true meaning of the Olympics is to show us the best we can be through competition and athletic achievement, then that is what she, and her mother, should be remembered for. Its something Ill never forget.

Two days out, White Sox already excited about facing former teammate Chris Sale

Two days out, White Sox already excited about facing former teammate Chris Sale

There are still two days remaining until the White Sox take the field against their old teammate, but the questions are already coming about what it will be like to face Chris Sale on Tuesday night.

The Boston Red Sox come to the South Side for a three-game series starting Monday afternoon, but the highlight of the set will be Tuesday night's matchup: Sale against his old team, which will counter with another All-Star arm in Jose Quintana.

The White Sox jumpstarted their rebuilding effort this offseason when they traded Sale to Boston, getting a hefty haul back in return led by top prospect Yoan Moncada.

Sale was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball during his tenure in a White Sox uniform and has continued that trend in Boston, where he's posted a 2.34 ERA in 10 starts this season, punching out a league-leading 101 batters in a league-leading 73 innings of work.

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Tuesday night he'll go up against his ex-mates for the first time, something those players are pretty excited about.

"I have so much respect. He was one of the best teammates that I had here in my first three years," first baseman Jose Abreu said Sunday. "That will be fun. He’s a very good pitcher, and we’ll see what happens that day."

"Facing Saler is going to be awesome, big time," Quintana said. "A big moment of the season. He was my teammate. It's a different feeling, but it's good to face the best left-hander in the league. I'm excited and I think he's excited, too. But my focus right now is to do my job. Do my work and do my thing and put us in a good position to win. That's all I can do."

There'll be much more reaction to come from both the White Sox and the Red Sox ahead of the matchup on Monday and Tuesday. But already this big-time showdown against Sale — who made five consecutive All-Star appearances in his seven years on the South Side — is demanding everyone's attention.

White Sox settle on starting pitcher for series-opening game with Red Sox on Monday

White Sox settle on starting pitcher for series-opening game with Red Sox on Monday

All eyes are looking ahead to Tuesday night, when the White Sox will welcome Chris Sale back to the South Side, countering with another All-Star hurler in Jose Quintana.

But the pitching matchup has also been set for the series-opening game against the visiting Boston Red Sox on Monday afternoon.

David Holmberg will get the ball for the White Sox on Memorial Day. For Boston, it will be David Price's first start of the season.

It will be Holmberg's first start since joining the White Sox. He's made eight relief appearances this season and posted a 0.87 ERA in his 10.1 innings of work.

Holmberg made 12 starts over three major league seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds, turning in a 3-6 record with a 6.99 ERA in 55.1 innings as a starter in 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons.

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A second-round draft pick of the White Sox in 2009, Holmberg was dealt a year after he was drafted in the trade that brought Edwin Jackson to the South Side. He signed with the White Sox in March of last year and made 32 starts between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte, going 10-9 with a 3.72 ERA.

Monday will mark Holmberg's second start of the year at any level. He made one start and five relief appearances at Charlotte earlier this season.

Holmberg allowed one run in his first big league outing of the season back on May 4 against the Kansas City Royals. Since he's allowed just one hit and walked two in 9.2 shutout innings.

Manager Rick Renteria said Sunday that he's hoping to get five innings out of Holmberg, which could mean a busy day for the bullpen, too.

"It could be, but he’s actually done well," Renteria said of Holmberg. "Since he’s been with us, I think we’ve had him get up three times already. We’re hoping that we can take him out to a five-inning stint, depending on how many pitches he throws and things like that nature. He was starting obviously in the minor leagues, so he had been stretched out. We’ll see how it goes. Everybody’s going to have to be available, but I’m hopeful that he’s going to give us a good outing."