I have been covering the local sports scene for the last 30 years and in that time have seen more games and events then anybody. I’ve been privileged to have covered 9 local championships (6 by the Bulls, and one each by the Bears, White Sox & Blackhawks). I have also covered 3 no hitters and one perfect game and had the honor of covering the best basketball player ever on a daily basis. Not only do I love reporting on sports but I equally enjoy participating (Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Tennis…etc.) You name it and I love it. I’m a huge movie goer who also likes to travel and I own a piece of a local minor league baseball team as well as a piece of a local restaurant.
If you didn’t know any better, you would have thought you were at Rudy Jaramillo’s press conference to announce a contract extension instead of his firing. The way Cubs president Theo Epstein was gushing about Jaramillo, you had to remind yourself what was really going on.
Just 24 hours after taking a 90 miles per hour pitch to the face, Paul Konerko talked about how he was doing, “I feel good but obviously I have a black eye and it’s really swollen, said the Sox 1st baseman. “It’s just a matter of getting the swelling down but fortunately there was no fractures or any other damage”.
As I sit here at the Bulls practice facility I can’t help but think back to the aftermath of yesterday’s playoff game vs. Philadelphia.
The injury woes just never seem to end for the Bulls. Derrick Rose is now battling his 5th injury on the season and Luol Deng has added bruised ribs to go along with the torn ligament in his left wrist.
Derrick Rose had led a charmed life regarding injuries up until this season.
Well so far the new Cubs regime looks a lot like the old one. More losses, and ugly ones at that. Yes, it’s only two games into a long season but it’s awfully deflating when the two losses have come the way they have, so far.
Not since early February of 2011 had the Bulls lost two in a row. It was a streak that spanned 86 games but it’s a streak that’s now over. With Monday night’s 99-93 defeat to Houston the Bulls have lost back to back games under Tom Thibodeau for only the 5th time in his tenure.
Derrick Rose continues to be listed as a game-time decision, which means he wont play for a while.
Joakim Noah had the better part of 24 hours to think about his actions from Saturday night and when the time came to meet the media he quickly apologized.
Derrick Rose is usually cool, calm and collected on the court but Monday night he was getting more and more agitated. With each and every non call by the officials you could see Rose’s anger rising. And finally in the 3rd quarter he uncharacteristically started mouthing off. But that was nothing compared to after the game.
Bulls broadcaster, Stacey King calls Derrick Rose the “Windy City Assassin” and he was right on target last night here in Milwaukee. With the game tied at 104, Rose had the ball in his hands with the clock running out. You knew he was going to shoot the ball you just weren’t sure how he was going to do it. Well apparently neither did the Bucks who failed to double team the reigning MVP who let the clock run down to almost zero before he delivered the dagger, a 20 foot fade away jumper that won the game
If you think you’re frustrated with Richard Hamilton being so injured this season, you should know it’s nothing compared to his frustration.
Chemistry and camaraderie are extremely important to winning in baseball, if you believe most players.
Over the years, teams that have gone on to win the World Series have had poor records during the spring and vice versa, so is winning important in exhibition play?
Unlike other pitchers who ease into throwing harder and harder as Spring Training develops, Chris Sale looks to be in mid-season form.
John and Jordan Danks are brothers separated by three years but they look like twins. Jordan is the baby of the two even though he is a few inches taller and about 30 pounds heavier. But the faces are carbon copies and both have that same Texas drawl.
Rizzo was especially fun to watch as he put four straight over the wall including one over the 50-foot barrier in center that traveled an estimated 500 feet.
All baseball executives are trying – or hoping – to win for now, but they also have to look at the future. The Cubs and White Sox are no different.
If the White Sox harbor any hopes for rebounding from a terrible season last year they will need bounce back years from Jake Peavy, Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham.
Tom Ricketts usually makes himself available to the media one time during Spring Training, and that one time was Friday.