May 2013

Pack Your Bags, Let’s Hit The Road

305761_589249641094200_2033116706_n    First and most important to me is that I need to do a massive shout out to one amazing guy. He runs the Chicago White Sox Nation page on Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/ChicagoWhiteSoxNation?fref=ts

You can also find them on Twitter at @SoxNation2013

He is an amazing guy who works really hard and so loves his boys no matter what is happening. If you’re on Facebook give him a look, and tell him Cricket sent you.

NOW, pack your bag because we are on the road again kids, First stop is California to the McAfee Coliseum for a three game series with the Oakland Athletics, then its on to Seattle for three games with the Mariners, then its back to Chicago for visits from, the Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, before a much-needed day off.

We then head back out on the road for visits with the Astros, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals. The New York Mets and the Cleveland Indians find their way to Chicago to close out the month of June.

Take care and see you soon

Cricket

 

WHY I Follow The Chicago White Sox

935307_639711536042446_2014875303_n     I thought this might help answer a few questions about WHY I follow the Chicago White Sox.

I am originally from Ohio in the USA, so that makes me an expat. I am a born and bred Buckeye and I will always hate that team up north. I moved to Australia in 2000 and rebuild my life after a series of events that saw my marriage fall apart, I grew apart from my kids and I was on the verge of a complete breakdown. I got very little in the way of hometown sports, baseball and gridiron(as the Aussie call it). I love my sports and always have, I needed those connections back to my roots and rediscovering baseball again was something I needed.

I knew all about the White Sox and some of their history but I wanted to know more. I had friend who were massive Sox fans and I finally decided to get on board. I read as  much as I can and research to learn about new players. I completely adore the movie “Field of Dreams” I guess I you could say I have been a Sox fan ever since the movie came out but it wasn’t until meeting the brother of a close mate of mine who was a massive fan of the boys. Gary had tickets each spring training to the Camelback Ranch and would take his boys for a few games.

Roughly three years ago Gary got dealt a really cruel blow, finding out that he had cancer. The sad fact was that the cancers he had were inoperable and he was in the fight of his life. We all rallied around Gary and did anything and everything to keep his spirits up as much as possible. We all started following the White Sox, keeping Gary updated and doing our best to keep his spirits up.

In 2011 as the new season was approaching we knew the end was coming for Gary. He was not able to go to the ranch that year but his boys went, and took Gary with them in spirit, taking plenty of pictures. All Gary kept sharing was he wanted to see opening day,Gary was too ill to actually go to the park but friends took a picture of Gary with them and posted from all places in the ballpark.

Just a few days later Gary lost his fight, I miss him so much and wish I could talk to him today. He was a teacher and taught me so much. I take what he taught me and I teach others who I see are struggling. I continue to love and follow the White Sox wishing that Gary was here to see the highs and lows of the season. It keeps Gary’s memory alive but it always keeps me connected to my roots.

My partner and I are planning a trip home to the USA and to spend some time in Chicago and attend some games. I can’t wait for the whole experience.

Yes, I live in Australia and Adelaide is my second home but I will ALWAYS love my Buckeyes and I will always look good in the black and White of the Chicago White Sox

See you at the ball park

Cricket

Dugout News from the Cubs Series

20120310_jtl_ar5_769_extra_large_medium***Game One with the Cubs

Behind the mike calling the game today is – Ken and Steve

Uniform of the day is – White Pinstripe with camouflage in honor of Memorial Day and those who served and gave their lives for the USA

Pitching Staff today – Jose Quintana(ERA is 3.48), Nate Jones,Brian Omogrosso

***Game Two with the Cubs

Behind the mike calling the game today is –  The crew from the Cubs

Uniform of the Day is – White Pinstripe, with Black Letters, Numbers and trim

Pitching staff today is – Chris Sale,

**Rained out in the Fourth Inning

***Game Three with the Cubs

Behind the plate calling the game is the Cubs Crew

Uniform of the day is all grey with black, letters,numbers and trim

Pitching staff today is John Danks, Hector Santiago, Matt Thornton, Nate Jones

Gone 8 Miles North

20120310_jtl_ar5_769_extra_large_mediumMorning Kids.

Gee its early but we have a ball game and John Danks is on the mound. I am not sure why Paul Konerko is out of the line up but will find out. With being in a National League park the DH is not in effect.

Plenty of coffee and see you at the first.

***First Inning

*1 – 0 (Cubs Lead)

Sox – Alejandro De Aza(struck out), Alexei Ramirez(single to right)(stole second), Alex Rios(third to first), Adam Dunn(struck out),

Cubs – (double)(single, runner to third)(force at second,runner scores)(hit into double play)

***Second Inning 

*2 – 1 (Cubs Lead)

Sox – Dayan Viciedo(second to first), Conor Gillaspie(single), Jeff Keppinger(single,runner to third) Tyler Flowers(single,runner scores) John Danks(bunt,moved runners to second and third) De Aza(second to first),

Cubs –(Fouled out to first)(HOME RUN)(walk)(fly out to right)(struck out)

***Third Inning

*2 – 1 (Cubs Lead)

Sox –  Ramirez(fly out to right), Rios(fly out to right), Dunn(struck out),

Cubs – (struck out)(short to first)(first to pitcher)

***Fourth Inning

*4 – 1 (Cubs Lead)

Sox – Viciedo(struck out), Gillaspie(struck out), Keppinger(second to first),

Cubs – (fly out to center)(single)(fly out to left)(HOME RUN)(double)(third to second)

***Fifth Inning

Hector Santiago now pitching

*4 – 1 (Cubs Lead)

Sox –  Flowers(double),Danks(Casper Wells batting,Danks is done)(single)(Flowers to third),De Aza(Sac Fly)(flowers scores), Ramirez(safe at first,got Wells on the force)(stole second) Rios(third to first),

Cubs – (single)(struck out)(fly out to right)(fly out to right center)

***Sixth Inning

Matt Lindstrom on the mound

*6 – 2 (Cubs Lead)

Sox –  Dunn,(struck out)Viciedo(struck out),Gillaspie(short to first),

Cubs – (single)(walk,runners at first and second)(1 to 4 out)(moved runners)(wild pitch)(runner scores)(ground to short)(single to left center,runner scores)(single, runners at first and second)(lined to second)

***Seventh Inning

Pitching change for the Cubs

Brian Omogrosso now pitching

*9 – 2 (Cubs Lead)

Sox – Keppinger(single), Flowers(struck out),Wise(struck out), De Aza(second to first),

Cubs – (single)(hit by pitch)(struck out)(HOME RUN)(struck out)

***Eighth Inning

Pitching Change for the Cubs

Nate Jones on the mound

*9 – 3 (Cubs Lead)

Sox –  Ramirez(double), Rios(struck out), Dunn(sac fly)(ramirez scores), Gimenez(struck out)

Cubs – (struck out)(fly out to center)(ground out to short)

***Ninth Inning

Pitching Change for the Cubs

*9 – 3 (Cubs Lead)

Sox –  Gillaspie(fly out to left),Keppinger(single),Flowers(pop out to third),Wise(second to first)

That is the game kids.

See you tomorrow for the final game of the series

Cricket

All Ohio Classic with the Reds and Indians

Cincinnati-Reds-Cleveland-IndiansSince the White Sox were rained out today, it’s time to go visiting to another park and see how other teams are going. Today we head to my home state of Ohio and to The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio for the game between the Cincinnati Red and the Cleveland Indians.

On the mound for the Reds today is Mat Latos and for the Indians is Zach McAllister

The Cincinnati Crew calling the game today. The Reds uniforms are all white with red numbers, letters and trim. Indians are wearing grey Pants with Navy Jerseys, with red letters and numbers.

***First Inning

*3 – 0 (Reds Lead)

Indians  – (single to center)(out to deep center)(struck out)(pop out to center)

Reds – (double)(single)(runner scores, base runners at first and third)(wild pitch, runner to second)(pitcher to first)(struck out)(single, two runs score)(pop out to shallow center)

***Second Inning

*3 – 0 (Reds Lead)

Indians – (second to first)(walk)(struck out)(struck out)

Reds – (fly out to left)(struck out)(struck out)

***Third Inning

*3 – 0 (Reds Lead)

Indians – (line drive to first)(fly out to deep center)(walk)(struck out)

Reds – (double)(struck out)(fly out to shallow left)(struck out)

***Fourth Inning

*3 – 0 (Reds Lead)

Indians – (ground out to first)(struck out)(struck out)

Reds – (single)(pop out to shallow right)(struck out)(single,runners at first and second)(fly out to center)

***Fifth Inning

*3 – 1 (Reds Lead)

Indians – (third to first)(single to left)(stolen base)(struck out)(single,runner scores)(second to first)

Reds – (single)(stole second)(hit by pitch)(runners at first and second)(fly out to center)(picked off at second trying to steal)(single,runner to second)(fly out to left)

***Sixth Inning

Pitching Change for Cleveland, another change for Cleveland

*3 – 1 (Reds Lead)

Indians – (first to pitcher)(single)(single,runners at first and second)(fly out to center)(second to short to get force)

Reds – (double)(second to first, runner moves to third)(walk)(got runner at second,runners at first and third)(struck out)

***Seventh Inning

*7- 1 (Reds Lead)

Reds pitching change,another pitching change

Pitching change for the Indians

Indians – (fly out to left)(walk)(walk,runners at first and second)(struck out)(struck out)

Reds – (single)(struck out)(single,runner to second)(error to catcher,base hit,runner scores,runners at second and third)(single to left center, runner scores,runners at first and third)(single,runner scores, runners at first and second)(wild pitch,runners advance)(hit by pitch)(single to left,two runners score,tagged out at home)(pitcher to first)

***Eighth Inning

Reds Pitching Change

*7 – 2 (Reds Lead)

Indians – (struck out but safe at first)(second to first, runner advances)(fly out to right center, runner to third)(single,runner scores)(steals second)

 

My video feed ran out here but  with the help of game cast, the Reds added one more in the bottom of the eighth inning. There were able to hold the Indians to just two runs.

Thanks for joining me.

See you soon

Cricket

 

Field of Dreams at The Cell

Chris Sale against cubsMorning Kids,

Its game two in the series against the Cubs today, with Chris Sale on the mound. Fingers crossed that things go better today then yesterday.

Grab some coffee and a snack and see you at the top of the first.

***First Inning

*0 – 0

Cubs – (popped out to first)(flied out to left)(popped out to short)

Sox – Alejandro De Aza(second to first), Alexei Ramirez(short to first), Alex Rios(struck out),

***Second Inning

*2 – 0 (Cubs Lead)

Cubs – (short to first)(double)(HOME RUN)(struck out)(short to first)

Sox –  Adam Dunn(struck out)Paul Konerko(third to first), Dayan Viciedo(ground out to third),

***Third Inning

*0 – 0

Cubs – (short to first)(single to left)(base runner caught at second)(third to first)

Sox –  Conor Gillaspie(single)Tyler Greene(struck out), De Aza, Ramirez,Rios, Dunn, Konerko, Viciedo

***Fourth Inning

***Game has been postponed. A make up date has not been announced and all fans are asked to keep ticket stubs and parking coupons. 

A mate on Twitter told me there is a pond in center field.

Take care driving home kids. Use your swim fins if needed.

See you at The Cell

Cricket

 

Visiting the New York Mets and the New York Yankees

SetWidth445-yankees-metsMemorial Day in the USA, the Mets and Yankees is my game of the day. Nicknamed the subway series. Both teams are wearing the camouflage uniforms in honor of Memorial Day.

On the mound for the Yankees will be Phil Hughes and for the Mets is Jonathon Niese.

***First Inning

*0 – 0

Yankees – (struck out)(struck out)(struck out)

Mets – (third to first)(first to pitcher)(triple)(out at first)

***Second Inning

*0 – 0

Yankees – (third to first)(single to center)(single to center,runner to second)(walk,bases loaded)(hit into double play)

Mets – (flied out to right)(struck out)(struck out)

***Third Inning

*0-0

Yankees – (third to first)(bunt pop out to first)(single to center)(fly out to left)

Mets – (foul out to third base side)(single)(6-4-3 double play)

***Fourth Inning

*0 – 0

Yankees – (struck out)(pop out to second)(second to first)

Mets – (out at first)(short to first)(fly out to left)

***Fifth Inning

*0 – 0

Yankees – (second to first)(third to first)(second to first)

Mets – (line drive to center)(struck out)(struck out)

***Sixth Inning

*1 – 0 (Yankees Lead)

Yankees – (triple)(single to right,runner scores)(6-4-3 double play)(fly out to right)

Mets – (second to first)(single)(fly out to left)(fly out center,robbing hitter of a home run)

***Seventh Inning

*1 – 1 (Tie Score)

Yankees – (ground out to first)(single)(single,runners at first and second)(1 – 4 out,runners advance)(second to first)

Mets – (HOME RUN)(struck out)(struck out)(popped out to catcher)

***Eighth Inning

Pitching Change for the Mets

Pitching Change for the Yankees,second change for the Yankees

*1- 1 (Tie Score)

Yankees – (fly out to shallow center)(single)(hit into double play)

Mets – (struck out)(double)(walk)(wild pitch,runners advance)(short to home to get out)(runners at second and third)(single,runner scores,runners at first and second)(hit batter,bases loaded)(struck out)

***Ninth Inning

*2 – 1 (Mets Lead)

Yankees – (struck out)(walk)(struck out)popped out to short

**The Mets win the first game in the subway series.

See you next time we go visiting to another park

Cricket

 

From Across the City They Come

964426_10151979867343298_322578903_oMorning Kids,

What an amazing last two games against the Miami Marlins that was. Jake Peavy pitching a complete game was amazing to hear.

Now, it’s the series all diehard White Sox fans have been waiting for. A four game series with the Chicago Cubs.

Jose Quintana will open the mound office today. Fingers crossed that the offensive support will be there also and we can win this opening game. We finally hit .500 during the Marlins series.

Chris Sale is listed as the starter for tomorrow’s game. According to Ken and Steve the extra time off has helped Chris. John Danks and Jake Peavy finish out the staff for this series.

Grab a coffee and see you at the top of the first.

***First Inning

*1 – 0 (Cubs Lead)

Cubs – (walk)(stole second)(double, scores runner)

Sox – Alejandro De Aza(flied out to right), Alexei Ramirez(struck out), Alex Rios(flied out to right),

***Second Inning

*1 – 0 (Cubs Lead)

Cubs – (short to first)(third to first)(pop out to third)

Sox –  Adam Dunn(fly to deep right)Paul Konerko(third to first)Dayan Viciedo(pop out to second),

***Third Inning

*1 – 0 (Cubs Lead)

Cubs – (fly out to left)(struck out)(struck out)

Sox –  Conor Gillaspie(single to right)Jeff Keppinger(hit into double play), Tyler Flowers(short to first),

***Fourth Inning

*1 – 0 (Cubs Lead)

Cubs – (flied out to center)(single to right)(pop out to first)(ground out to third)

Sox – De Aza(ground out to second), Ramirez(ground out to third), Rios(ground out to third)

***Fifth Inning

* 3- 0 (Cubs Lead)

Cubs – (fly out to short)(walk)(pop out at home caught by first baseman)(HOME RUN)(short to first)

Sox –  Dunn(struck out), Konerko(walk), Viciedo(struck out), Gillaspie(fly out to deep left),

***Sixth Inning

*4 – 0 (Cubs Lead)

Cubs – (double)(fly out to deep right,runner advances)(sac fly,runner scores)(walk)(struck out)

Sox – Keppinger(short to first), Flowers(struck out), De Aza(struck out),

***Seventh Inning

Nate Jones now on the mound

*7 – 0 (Cubs Lead)

Cubs – (struck out but didn’t run, tyler missed the throw to first, safe)(pop out to short)(single to center)(single but viciedo threw out runner at home)(runners at first and third)(triple,two runs score)(single,runner scores)(fly out to left)

Sox –  Ramirez(flied out to left), Rios(pop out to right), Dunn(struck out),

***Eighth Inning

Brian Omogrosso now Pitching for the Sox

*7 – 0 (Cubs Lead)

Cubs – (flied out to center)(popped out to second)(flied out to center)

Sox –  Konerko(flied out to short), Viciedo(struck out), Gillaspie(flied out to left),

***Ninth Inning

*7 – 0 (Cubs Lead)

Cubs – (struck out)(struck out)(double)(ground out to pitcher)

Sox – Keppinger(pitcher to first), Flowers(walk), De Aza(struck out), Ramirez(single,tyler to third) Rios(pop out to short)

Score line says it all kids.

See you tomorrow for game two of the series with Chris Sale on the mound before we travel across the city for game three with John Dank in the office and game four when Jake Peavy takes the mound.

See you at The Cell

Cricket

 

Fishing with the Miami Marlins

sox win  Morning Kids

It’s a cold morning here in Australia and I so wish I was with you in Chicago.

Today’s game marks the return of John Danks after a year because of shoulder surgery.

Grab a coffee and see you at the top of the first.

***First Inning

*0 – 0

Marlins(fouled out to third)(grounded out to third)(struck out)

Sox – Alejandro De Aza(grounded out to first), Alexei Ramirez(grounded out to third), Alex Rios(grounded out to short)

***Second Inning

*0 – 0

Marlins – (grounded out to short)(fly out to center)(struck out)

Sox –  Adam Dunn(walked), Paul Konerko(hit into double play), Dayan Viciedo(ground out to short),

***Third Inning

*0 – 0

Marlins – (struck out)(hit by pitch)(struck out)(grounded to first)

Sox –  Conor Gillaspie(single to right center)Jeff Keppinger(line out to pitcher,conor to second)(wild pitch,conor to third)Hector Giménez(struck out),De Aza(fly out to left),

***Fourth Inning

*2 – 0 (Marlins lead)

Marlins – (single to right)(HOME RUN)(fly out to left)(lined out to first)(pop out to short)

Sox – Ramirez(lines out to right), Rios(ground out to third), Dunn(struck out),

***Fifth Inning

*2 – 1 (marlins lead)

Marlins – (fly out to center)(struck out)(fly out to left)

Sox – Konerko(single), Viciedo(hit into force at second,safe at first) Gillaspie(double)(Dayan to third), Keppinger(grounded out to short)(Dayan scored,Conor to third) Gimenez(single to center,Conor scores) De Aza(ground out to second),

***Sixth Inning

*2 – 2 (TIE SCORE)

Marlins – (single to left)(fielders choice at second)(runner safe at first)(hit into double play)

Sox – Ramirez(grounds out third to first), Rios(single to left), Dunn(grounds out second to first,Alex to second) Konerko(single to left,Alex scores) Viciedo(struck out),

***Seventh Inning

*3 – 2 (SOX LEAD)

Matt Lindstrom now pitching

Marlins – (double to left)(single to left)(runner to third)(stolen base, runners at second and third)(walk,bases loaded)(sac fly, run scores)(hit into double play)

Sox –  Gillaspie(fly out to left),Keppinger(foul out to catcher), Gimenez(struck out),

***Eighth Inning

Jesse Crain now pitching

*3 – 3 (Tie Score)

Marlins – (single to right)(fly out to left)(struck out)(runner at third)(ground out to short)

Sox – De Aza(struck out), Ramirez(walk), Rios(struck out),Dunn(struck out),

***Ninth Inning

Addison Reed is on the mound

*3 – 3 (Tie Score)

Marlins – (fly out to center)(pop out to short)(pop out to first)

Sox – Konerko(ground out to short),Viciedo(grounds out to pitcher),Gillaspie(flies out to right),

***Tenth Inning

Matt Thornton is now on the mound

*3 – 3 (Tie Score)

Marlins – (hit by pitch)(sac bunt to pitcher)(runner to second)(walk)(hit into double play)

Sox –  Keppinger(single), Gimenez(hit by pitch), De Aza(out on a sac bunt)(runners to second and third), Ramirez(intentional walk), Rios(hit into double play) ,

***11th Inning

Nate Jones is now on the mound

*4 – 3 (SOX LEAD)

Marlins – (pops out to short)(struck out)(lined out to second)

Sox – Dunn(pop out to third), Konerko(single(tyler greene pitch running), Viciedo(single, tyler to third), Gillaspie(intentional walk, Keppinger(SINGLE, TYLER SCORES)

That is the ball game, What a bloody nail biter that was taking 11 Inning for the win. Big congrats to John Danks on a super outing for his first game back.

I will be with you the next couple of games by way of game cast as I am still in recuperating mode. Rest up and get ready for Monday USA time as the crosstown classic take place for the first time this season.

Have an amazing weekend

See you soon

Cricket

 

 

 

Visiting the Atlanta Braves and the Minnesota Twins

minnesota_twins_logo-9493Evening Kids,

It’s an interleague game with the Atlanta Braves and the Minnesota Twins. I got this game in Australia during this week. I will keep it pretty simple but giving you my view of little things I pick up on and what to watch for during the season before the All Star break.

Tonight we are at Turner Field in Atlanta

Atlanta Braves send Julio Teheran to the mound, with the Twins sending Kevin Correia into the pitching battle for the evening

***First Inning

*0 – 0

Twins – (short to first)(second to first)(e3,runner safe)(hit into force)

Braves – (third to first)(single to right)(single)(runner to third)(single, runner from third scores)(fly out to right, runner moves from second to third)(HOME RUN) (single to right)(fly to deep center)

***Second Inning

*4 – 0 (Braves Lead)

Twins – (line drive to second)(struck out)(pitcher to first)

Braves – (single)(hit into double play)(fly out to center)

***Third Inning

*4 – 0 (Braves Lead)

Twins – (single to shallow center)(sac bunt, moves runner to second)(struck out)(fly out to deep left)

Braves – (single to center)(second to first, runner to second)(out at first)(fly out to center)

****Fourth Inning

*4 – 0 (Braves Lead)

Twins – (single)(struck out)(walk,runner to second)(fly out to deep center, runner from second to third)(third to first)

Braves – (double)(walk)(sac bunt,runners at second and third)(sac fly, runner at third safe at home)(short to first)

***Fifth Inning

*5 – 0 (Braves Lead)

Twins – (pop out to shallow right)(line drive to third)(third to first)

Braves – (fly out to center)(pitcher to first)(fly out to shallow right)

***Sixth Inning

*5 – 0 (Braves Lead)

Twins – (first to pitcher)(second to first)(hit by pitch)(third to second)

Braves – (walk)(pop out shallow center)(fly out to right)

***Seventh Inning

Minnesota Pitching Change – Caleb Thielbar now on the mound

*5 – 0 (Braves Lead)

Twins – (struck out)(first)(fly out to center)

Braves – (single to left)(second to short for the force,runner at first)(fly out to deep center,runner advances)(struck out)

***Eighth Inning

*5 – 0 (Braves Lead)

Twins – (fly out to center)(line out to left)(second to first)(

Braves – (struck out)(pop out to pitcher)(struck out)

***Ninth Inning

Pitching Change for the Braves – Luis Avilan is now on the mound,passes off to Cory Gearrin

*5 – 1 (Braves Lead)

Twins – (fly out to left)(HOME RUN)(single)(line drive to left,runner to second)(fly out to right)(fly out to left)

That is the game. To be honest I am happy not to be playing Atlanta with their solid hitting and pitching. They were able to produce offence from the beginning of the game. The Twins on the other hand seem to be having a real struggle, we just finished a series with them but they just seem that things are falling apart now. The twins just can’t seem to find that grove for things to fall into place all at once to start winning games.

Thanks for sharing the time with me

Cricket