Monday, June 9, 2008
OC, SS; Ramirez, 2B; Q, LF: PK, 1B; Thome, DH; Dye, RF; Swish, CF; Crede, 3B; Hall, C. Danks on the mound.
The White Sox have won six in a row entering today and 18 of the last 24 to move a season high 10 games over .500 … the AL Central lead now stands at 5.5 games … the Sox have recorded 15 hits in three straight games for the first time since 7/23-24-2/32 (as in 1932) … Sox are 20-8 vs. the Central … with a win today, the White Sox would record just the fourth undefeated homestand of seven games or more in franchise history and first since 9/5-11/83 (7-0) … Chicago also posted 7-0 homestands on 4/18-26/72 and 5/12-16/65 … the Sox are in position to record their first four-game sweep at home since 9/1-4/05 vs. Detroit and first vs. Minnesota since 7/1-3/77 … the last four-game sweep came at Tampa Bay on 6/25-28/07.
“Winning is fun,” one AL manager once said, “and fun is winning.”
It’s sure nice to have warm weather and to play home games.
As rain came down in waves yesterday, Lee Stern, a member of the White Sox board, spotted three lone sailors sitting in the center field stands.
“We need to do something for those guys,” Stern said.
So we grabbed the three, brought them in out of the rain (no need for North Atlantic Training at a ballgame in June) and invited them up to Jerry Reinsdorf’s VIP suite to watch the game.
The three, one from Chicago, the other two seeing their first MLB game, had just graduated from boot camp and were enjoying a weekend off downtown.