Holmes’ Morning After Blog: Tuesday Edition

By Laurence W. Holmes–

CHICAGO (WSCR) Spent the Monday afternoon over at U.S.Cellular Field. This time of the year, the sun goes behind the ballpark around 5:00. It seems like that’s when it gets depressing, but I digress…

I asked Ozzie Guillen about the baserunning problems of Paul Konerko and Juan Pierre. Ozzie offered up that he doesn’t need Pierre to steal 70-80 bases in a year. He just wants him to get on base. It’s sad that a player that works as hard as Pierre, may be experiencing a rapid decline in his skills. When your most impressive skill is running and you can’t do it anymore, it makes for some head-scratching moments. You may see the Sox experiment with hitting him in a different spot in the lineup. It’s an ugly side of sports when likeable veteran players start to slide.

-To speak of Pierre’s hard work, when I got to the ballpark (3:45 p.mp.) Pierre was taking extra outfield work before batting practice.

-Who would you rather have in your left field: Pierre or Alfonso Soriano?

-The Cubs game was a disaster. A four-run lead evaporates in minutes. It’s easy to blame the defense and especially Soriano, but the Cubs had chances to pile on some runs, but didn’t come through. They were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Something that has been their bugaboo all year. They’re starting to look like the 75-win team I’d thought they’d be.

-Not a good sign that Mike Quade is holding closed-door meetings. The season is starting to wear on the Cubs manager. His no-nonsense, optimistic style of managing is continually challenged by a team that isn’t capable of playing to his standard.

-It’s open season for stolen bases when Edwin Jackson and A.J. Pierzynski hook up. The Rangers stole three bases off of that combo last night.

-“If Jerry (Reinsdorf) gets that kid (Derrick Rose) one more scorer…the Bulls will be unstoppable for a long time.” -Ozzie Guillen on the Bulls

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  • StupidPeopleFTW

    Not sure that the Bulls should take scoring advice from the Sox…


    I remember the White Sox tried moving Juan Pierre down from the leadoff spot a year ago for a few games, but it didn’t last long. I think what has White Sox fans all hot & bothered about Pierre isn’t just the fact he made 2 costly errors on the first homestand of the season, but countless caught stealing attempts already when on base. If the Sox moved Pierre out of the leadoff spot, who does Ozzie pencil in at #1? SS Alexei Ramirez, whom Ozzie prefers lower in the batting order and feels is an RBI guy? 2B Gordon Beckham, despite a .217 BA and a less than impressive on-base percentage? CF Alex Rios, whose batting average is flirting around .200? If none of the above, does Ozzie give one of his bench guys, 2B/OF Brent Lillibridge, a shot to leadoff? Based on a small sample size, I’m not so sure Lillibridge is the answer either. Simply put, Ozzie’s stuck between a rock and a hard place and Sox fans may have to bite the bullet on Pierre…at least until the MLB Trade Deadline in July.

    • Roman

      I would rather have a Ralph Garr type of player in the outfield instead of Juan Pierre. At least Ralph could catch the ball and had some power.

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