Tag:Scott Linebrink
Posted on: March 11, 2010 12:23 am

Trading Cy Youngs for guitars -- for a night

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The place to be in the Cactus League on Thursday might not be a baseball field so much as a club in Scottsdale, where a handful of big leaguers including two Cy Young winner -- White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy (2007) and Giants pitcher Barry Zito (2002) -- and Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo and former Yankee Bernie Williams will headline Woodjock 2010: A Big League Jam Fest for charity.

The event, hosted by Peavy, will benefit the Jake Peavy Foundation, which raises money for Team Focus USA, Strikeouts for Troops, White Sox Charities and Autism Speaks.

Also scheduled to participate are White Sox reliever Scott Linebrink, Giants infielder Aubrey Huff, Giants pitcher Brandon Medders, Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery, White Sox shortstop Omar Vizquel, White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham and former infielder Ben Broussard.

The players/musicians will play various musical genres -- rock 'n' roll, country, jazz, blues, bluegrass, classical and Latin.

The concert will take place at The Venue in Oldtown Scottsdale at 7 p.m. Thursday night. If you're in the area, tickets are available here.

Sunblock Day? Not in my definition of the term. Another cold one in Arizona today, with the temp barely creeping into the 60s and a stiff wind blowing -- howling? -- all day.

Likes: Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon says he is very impressed with the Rays' attitude and work ethic in camp, and he thinks everyone believes the off-season was too long. Translation: He thinks the hunger has returned following the 2008 World Series run and then swinging and missing in 2009. ... Good to see Padres right-hander Chris Young, who has had back-to-back seasons marred by injuries, healthy and strong at this point in camp. ... The rental car lady in Florida was not in the mood for nonsense when I returned the car early the other morning. She was busy working her little hand-held computer upon my return, and when I told her I'd like a full refund because the Florida weather was so crappy for three weeks, she didn't even crack a smile. "You'll have to talk to them inside at the counter, sir," she said without even so much as a hint of a smile. Uh ... I was kidding? ... Notre Dame over Seton Hall in the Big East Tournament on Wednesday. ... Butler over Wright State in the Horizon League tourney title game. What a season for those Bulldogs. Going undefeated in league play is an incredible achievement. ... The jerk salmon at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville in Glendale the other night. ... Excellent win for the Monroe (Mich.) St. Mary Catholic Central boys' basketball team on Wednesday in a 55-53 district tourney triumph over Whiteford.

Dislikes: Former big leaguer Riccardo Ingram, now a hitting coach in Minnesota's system, battling a brain tumor. He was stricken last summer while serving at hitting coach at Triple-A Rochester and, after treatment at Duke University and ongoing chemotherapy, he's doing great right now and is in uniform in Twins camp. The plan for him in 2010 is to serve as a roving hitting coach between Rochester and Double-A New Britain. Here's a prayer that Ingram, one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, continues to feel well and beats this thing. And here's another prayer for his wife and two daughters as they all fight through this thing.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Well, I came upon a child of God
"He was walking along the road
"And I asked him, Tell me, where are you going?
"This he told me
"Said, I'm going down to Yasgur's Farm
"Gonna join in a rock and roll band
"Got to get back to the land and set my soul free
"We are stardust, we are golden
"We are billion year old carbon
"And we got to get ourselves back to the garden"

-- Joni Mitchell, Woodstock

Posted on: September 25, 2008 9:39 pm

No squirrels involved

MINNEAPOLIS -- You don't hear the term nearly as often as you do the phrase "stretch-run" or "pennant race", but baseball men for years have had a fond way of describing the pressure in these final days of the season.

"It's nut-cutting time," Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said in the anxious moments before Thursday's near do-or-die series finale here with the Twins.

And it was the White Sox's whose were on the chopping block as they looked to avoid a sweep and allowing the Twins to move past them into first place in the AL Central.

"These games mean more," Williams was saying. "You've got to play better. We controlled our destiny when we came to Minnesota. If we fool around and don't win tonight's game, we don't control our own destiny.

"There's no need to dissect it anymore."

What was on the line for the White Sox, trying to hang onto first base, was clear.

"It would be a shame, with all the things we've had to go through, the criticisms and doubts, Scott Linebrink going down, Carlos Quentin, Joe Crede, all those things ... it would be a shame to walk in here in control of our own destiny and not close it out.

"The fact of the matter is, you've got to do it on the field."

Likes: Stat of the day, computed by crack Yankees beat man Ed Price of the Newark Star-Ledger: Carl Pavano threw what surely was his last game as a "Yankee" in Toronto on Thursday night (note, very far away from the playoff race) and at the expiration of his $39.95 million deal, it essentially paid Pavano $1,536,538.46 per start (26), $4,438,888.89 per win (9), $274,256.29 per inning (145 2/3) and $17,606.88 per pitch (2,269). ... Adele's Frozen Custard in Excelsior, Minn. Wonderful little small-town place. I had the Mudd Pie and Orange Creamsicle on Thursday.

Dislikes: Rain, rain go away on the East Coast. We certainly don't need postponements stacking up. ... Cell phone batteries. Do any of them last as long as they tell you they will?

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"The whole damn town was sleeping
"Dreaming the same dream
"The radio was playing
"Roger McGuinn singing
"'To each and every thing there's a time and a season'"

-- Uncle Tupelo, Train

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