Monday, April 27, 2009
Lillibridge 4, Fields 5, Quentin dh, Dye 9, Konerko 3, AJ 2, BA 8, Alexei 6, Owens 7. Danks pitching.
John Danks is 14-9 with a 3.11 ERA and 175 strikeouts in 36 starts since the start of the 2008 season. He leads the AL in 2009 with a .138 opponents batting average and ranks second with a 0.95 ERA.
Alexei Ramirez hit his fifth career grand slam on Saturday in his 152nd career game. According to our friends at Elias Sports Bureau, Ramirez is the second-fastest player in major league history to hit five grand slams, behind only Detroit’s Rudy York (139 games).
Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. He celebrated a birthday and his 20th anniversary of becoming Mayor of Chicago on Friday by taking in a Sox game. He visited with Sox players, manager Ozzie Guillen and Jerry Reinsdorf around the batting cage prior to the game.
Who’s taller? Chris Getz or Ozzie Guillen.
“He is,” Guillen said. “I know you don’t think so, but we had a bet, and he’s taller. It’s just that he always has Dye, Konerko, Quentin and Thome around him, so he looks small. But I look more elegant.”
Getz plans to test his fractured finger tomorrow by swinging the bat.
A bruised left heel is limiting Jim Thome to pinch-hitting duty for the next day or so, according to Guillen.
Brian Anderson is 7-11 (.636) in his last three games and 12-26 (.462) with two doubles and four RBI in his last seven games.
Wizard of Oz
Ozzie, Josh Fields and Matt Thornton visited the Easter Seals of Metropolitan Chicago Therapeutic School & Center for Autism Research at Damen and 13th Street this morning in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Joined by students at the school, the three Sox released balloons into the windy Chicago sky.
Guillen, who was named to Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago Board of Directors, toured the school with his two players, posed for photos, signed autographs and visited classrooms. The school is one of a kind and the kids are always so happy to see Ozzie.
“This all started with a hat,” Guillen explained. “I wore the hat because a clubhouse guy in Oakland has a kid with autism. From there it was emails, letters and voicemails from parents thanking me.
“All these kids deserve is a chance to grow up and live their dreams,” Guillen said.
Chicago White Sox Charities has offered support to ESMC over the years, including a $1 million grant in 2008 to build a recreation ball field for the school’s students.