Pregame on Tuesday
Court is in Session
The 2005 White Sox are big Kangaroo Court fans, and the team held a session prior to tonight’s game.
Judging from batting practice turnout, attendance will be solid tonight. As of 6:15 p.m., sale was just short of 25,000, pretty good for a Tuesday night. Funny how when we attract big crowds for each of the last four games, no one talks about attendance issues. Our pace is the franchise’s best since 1994.
Pods, CF; Iguchi, 2B; Thomas, DH; Konerko, 1B; Everett, LF; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Ozuna, SS. Jon Garland (11-2, 3.61) is on the mound.
Just a reminder that All-Star balloting continues on-line. Vote for your Sox. At the risk of being a jinx, the last time the Sox had more than one pitcher on an All-Star Team was 1994. Can you name them? (Answer at end)
Jon Garland is 10-4 lifetime against the Royals with a 4.30 ERA after going 3-1 with a 4.37 ERA in 2004. This is his first start against KC in 2005. He is 3-0 with a 2.53 ERA over his last three outings.
PK … the Power of One
Paul Konerko has the third-most home runs in baseball since the start of the 2004 season, trailing just Adam Dunn of Cincinnati (46 + 18 = 64) and Albert Pujols of St. Louis (46 + 18 = 64) … which I guess means PK leads the American League. He is one ahead of Manny Ramirez of Boston and Mark Teixeira of Texas.
The White Sox are 21-5 vs. the American League Central this season, going 4-1 vs. Minnesota, 6-3 vs. Cleveland, 4-1 vs. Detroit and 7-0 vs. Kansas City. The Sox are 12-3 at home and 9-2 on the road. Most impressive is that the Sox, Twins and Cleveland all rank among MLB’s Top 10 in winning percentage.
Natural Right and History
The White Sox lead the American League with 75 stolen bases, 25 sac hits, 26 sac flies and 16 bunt hits … they rank second with 75 infield hits. The Sox have scored a run in 75 percent (18 of 24) of the innings in which they have successfully executed a sacrifice hit.
Future Trivia Questions
Feel free to send your Sox questions my way. I will try to pick one a day and then provide the answer in my blog. Those of you worried about my day job, thanks for the concern. But don’t worry, I have several interns who will do all the research. They are the greatest …