Jackie Robinson Day

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Happy Birthday

Happy 25th birthday to last night’s winning pitcher John Danks.  Remember where you were when you turned 25?


I wrote a great entry on Tuesday — believe me — but just noticed today that it never posted and somehow is lost.  It’s too bad, because it was full of vim and vigor.  Hah.

Actually, I wrote about how I was amazed that when we unveiled our World Series Championship monument and plaza in April 2007, the Chicago Tribune failed to run a photo of the multimillion dollar plaza that has become so popular with White Sox fans (an editor did apologize to me, saying it incorrectly fell through the cracks).  But when the other team in town renovates a bathroom, a photo runs on the second page of the same newspaper’s sports section.

Generally, I don’t put much credence in the Sox vs. Cubs media battle (I’ll never forget that Bill Veeck’s PR guy told me that in the 1950s — when the Sox were dominating the won-loss standings — Veeck had his folks keep track of column inches because of perceived disparities in coverage), but little things like this stick in my craw and make me shake my head. 

Anyway, it was a great entry (at least it made me feel better) but alas, it’s lost in the cyber world forever.

Significance of Today

It’s important for baseballs fans of all races and generations to remember the importance April 15, 1947 had for this game and this country.

Although the White Sox are not home for the exact day, we will be celebrating Jackie Robinson Day here on April 20.

A few facts about White Sox efforts to continue to grow baseball in Chicago’s African-American community and some details about JR Day celebrations here next homestand:

As you may or may not know, the Chicago White Sox and Chicago White Sox Charities sponsor amateur baseball teams at many levels each summer, everything from Inner City Youth Baseball (at the youngest levels) up to our Amatuer City Elite (ACE) program for kids who hope to play baseball at the college or even professional level.

The idea behind our elite program is that many city kids just don’t get the exposure of elite suburban travel baseball programs, so we sponsor teams, provide coaching and make sure these kids get to play in all the best tournaments and against the best competition in the nation.  Because of all of their hard work, the results have been impressive.

Here are some of the highlights …

March 27, 2010 – Sun-Times top 100 baseball players to watch (By Sean Duncan) named three ACE players:
? Ronzelle Fort (Sr) – Harlan
? Kendall Radcliffe  (Sr)- Morgan Park
? Kyle Huber (Sr) – Lane Tech

Perfect Game USA Preseason High School All American – (High Honorable Mention)
? Dontrell Rush (Jr) – Harlan.  Dontrell was the 2009 MVP of the Double Duty Classic

Through the ACE program, the White Sox offer rising stars in the inner-city baseball community the opportunity to play baseball against other highly competitive groups on a traveling team.  ACE team members (youth 13-17 years of age) are engaged through an elite practice and competition schedule while receiving academic direction to prepare them for success both on and off the field.

Since the inception of the Amateur City Elite program in 2007, two alumni have been drafted by professional teams, including Steve Florence of Simeon, who was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 50th round of the 2008 draft, while fourteen alumni have gone on to play collegiate baseball, including nine at the Division I level.

The highlight each season for the ACE program is the Double Duty Classic played at U.S. Cellular Field.  The Double Duty Classic recreates the historic Negro League East-West All-Star game played in Chicago at Comiskey Park and serves as an instrument to educate youth on the Negro Leagues and to provide exposure to professional and collegiate scouts.  The 2010 Double Duty Classic will take place on June 30, game-time 1:05 p.m.  For more information please visit:  www.whitesox.com/ddc

On April 20, members of the Chicago White Sox Charities sponsored Amateur City Elite (ACE) baseball program will take part in various on-field ceremonies as the White Sox celebrate Jackie Robinson Day at U.S. Cellular Field.

13U ACE team member Jeremiah Anderson will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.  In addition, ACE youth will “take the field ” with the White Sox prior to the game’s first pitch.  All youth will wear #42 jerseys to commemorate the legacy and spirit of Jackie Robinson.

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Here we go with the same old, same old as the last 5 years. We completely change the outlook of our team to resemble what we had in 2005. Speed, power in the middle, great pitching and defense.
Yeah, Ozzie and Walker still have their sorry butts in the same position and guess what????
More errors, no hitting with runners in scoring position (except for yesterday) and a sub .500 team. PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!!!
Everyone sighed a breath of relief when Nathan went down for the year …. guess what, Our guys still have to play!!!!!!
I am going to get the same “it’s early” or “Relax, it’s the second week”. IT”S B.S. people. Make trades, sign free agents or WHATEVER. This team will continue to be 2nd if they won’t buckle down and play like the King of the Central “the frigging Twins”.
Someone better light a fire and early. This crap has gone on for to many years.

By the way, Sox have 3 runs tonight by way of the long ball …. AND STILL TRAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Looks like Kenny better back up the truck, fire Ozzie and Walker and injure a few more Twins.

mrp2390 must not have slept well last night.

Well, last night WAS atrocious, but whatever. Need to win a series, yep, even Cleveland will do at this point. And the Sox are having more issues with pitchers reliant on off speed stuff. And we are still pretty reliant on the homerun. But there’s still time, it would’ve been nice to take a series though.

“Remember where you were when you turned 25?”
Still have a few years to go before I can do that.

I see some people have already lost the faith 10 games into the season. That’s a wee bit early for me to start judging anyone too much.

I still hate Greg Walker tho.

I’ve been a Sox fan all my life. I sat on the left field wall when I was 6 years old to see Ron Kittle win Rookie of the year … to see Ivan Calderon / Corey Snider and other countless LF’s play. I love Ozzie and Greg because I’m a Sox fan. My rant above has been building since late 2006. The White Sox don’t have a prayer unless they play stellar defense and score w/o relying on the long ball. Teehan is my cousin’s very good friend and I met him when he was a little guy playing little league so I am hyped to get him but DEFENSE RULES and we sure don’t seem to have upgraded.
I don’t mean to sound like I gave up on the season but this is the same trend that we’ve been seeing in the last 3-4 years and I think that if this team plays to it’s potential, they should not only win the division but make a deep run in the playoffs.
Enjoy the weekend all …. Jacksonville is getting hot!!!!
GO SOX!!!!!

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