Maybe next season, when the Toronto Blue Jays come back in to play the White Sox, Mark Buehrle will be on the mound to start against his former team.
The Jays are in town today through Wednesday to play the Sox. Unfortunately, Buehrle pitched Saturday and won’t start in this series.
When he pitched on the South Side from 2000-11 – and pitched very well – Buehrle never craved attention from the media.
He just liked getting the ball every five days and going out and doing his job.
Not much has changed.
“Obviously, you guys know me,” Buehrle said. “I'm not a big media guy and not crazy about doing this.”
The 34-year-old lefty answered many of the same questions thrown his way last summer at Wrigley Field, when he came in with the Miami Marlins to play the Cubs.
Later this month, state Rep. Barbara Wheeler, a Crystal Lake Republican is planning what she's calling a "Teeni Weeni Bikini Martini" fundraiser.
The invite is posted at her campaign website, www.barbarawheeler64.com.
Donors can give at different levels: $250 to be a "one piece" donor; $500 to be a "bikini" donor and $1,000 for "speedo."
Wheeler is a freshman Republican who will face her first re-election campaign next year. Fundraisers by lawmakers are common, of course, but this one is a little unique.
The bottom of the invite reads: "Families Welcome, Donations Appreciated, Bikinis Recommended!"
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was named one of three assistant coaches for the U.S. national team on Monday. He will serve at the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Spain and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Thibodeau joins Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams on the staff with head coach Mike Krzyzewski from Duke.
Krzyzewski talked about Thibodeau's addition in a statement: “To have Tom Thibodeau join us, I think his reputation speaks for itself. He was a great assistant who has become an outstanding pro coach, and nobody wants to play the Bulls.
I taped a local public TV show that aired over the weekend wrapping up what lawmakers did and didn't get done in their session that ended May 31.
It's a couple days old, but nothing has changed since we taped. Thanks to WSEC for having me on.
It was a nice, quiet morning here at the ballpark as everyone seemed to be nursing happy Blackhawks hangovers. We got into some hockey talk with Cubs manager Dale Sveum. Not Xs and Os type of stuff, but what it means to cheer for another sport in your city.
We’ll start with baseball and wrap it up with the minor leagues below. As you probably know by now, third baseman Ian Stewart hit 3 homers and drove in all 8 runs for Class AAA Iowa Saturday in Game 1 of a doubleheader sweep of Round Rock.
“I don’t know who pitched against him, but nobody else did anything,” Sveum said. “It might have been a pretty quality pitcher who was out there that he did it off of.
Patrick Kane, who snapped out of a slump with a goal in Game 4 after Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville changed lines, will be back with Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell for Game 5 on Saturday night.
That's how line rushes were in Saturday's morning skate, although Kane was giving nothing away.
"Like I said before, it might have been coincidence that it worked out that well for us scoring and then them scoring early in the third period, their line," Kane said after the morning skate. "We'll see what happens tonight. Sometimes it switches up. I think that's the advantage of playing with a lot of these guys before in the locker room. You get to know everyone personally and what they're like on the ice, too. Whoever I play with, I'll just try to do my best out there."
Much of the pregame talk today with Cubs manager Dale Sveum centered on shortstop Starlin Castro. We’ll get to that here. One housekeeping item: The Cubs said today reliever Kyuji Fujikawa will see Dr. James Andrews Monday and that’s it’s likely he’ll have Tommy John surgery Tuesday on his right elbow.
As for Castro, he bats seventh again today against Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett. Castro enters the game with a hitting line of .250/.291/.348 with 3 home runs, 21 RBI, 11 walks and 43 strikeouts in 244 at-bats. The BABIP is .293, and Castro has a low weighted on-base average (wOBA) of .282. Castro was out early today doing some work with hitting coach James Rowson. As far as Sveum (a hitting coach by trade) sees it, there’s too much movement in Castro’s approach.
Dennis Rodman took a break from North Korean relations to suggest Friday that LeBron James would be an average player if he played in the 1990s.
Rodman’s made his remarks on “The Dan Patrick Show.” Here’s the transcript, according to espn.com, which began, of course, with the compulsory comparison of James to Michael Jordan.
"It's really not a comparison,” Rodman said. “If LeBron was playing in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, he would be just an average player. To do what Michael has done ... what he did was more charisma, there was more articulating and stuff like that. LeBron is more like ... there's no flash to his game.
Here are the White Sox' first 10 picks in the amateur draft:
1. Tim Anderson, SS
Comment: East Central Community College (Miss.) product batted .495 with 10 home runs, 11 triples, 18 doubles, 62 runs scored and 41 stolen bases. Getting a lot of negative feedback on the 19-year-old, who was better known for basketball in high school.
2. Tyler Danish, RHP
Comment: Can't argue with the results. The Durant High School (Brandon, Fla.) product didn't allow an earned run in 94 innings this season while going 15-1. But with his funky sidearm delivery, Danish projects out as a major-league reliever. Sox scouting chief Doug Laumann sees Danish as a starter.
The Major League Baseball amateur draft continues today with the third round. By now, you know the Cubs selected third baseman Kris Bryant out of San Diego with the first pick and Missouri lefty Rob Zastryzny with the second round. I felt that after the Astros chose pitcher Mark Appel with the No. 1 pick overall that the Cubs would take Bryant ahead of pitcher Jonathan Gray, who went No. 3 to Colorado. Cubs manager Dale Sveum seemed excited about the Bryant pick.