May 2010

Wishing the Blackhawks Well

Friday, May 28, 2010

Good Luck Hawks

White Sox fans who want to wish the Blackhawks good luck in their Stanley Cup Final against the Flyers (and who also might want to send a little of our 2005 mojo the Hawks way), can sign our on-line guest book by clicking here. Keep an eye out today and over the next few days for special White Sox player messages to the Hawks on Twitter.

Bits and Pieces

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Still Recovering

Can’t speak for all White Sox fans, but I’m still recovering from yesterday’s “dramatic” victory in Cleveland, and …

TwitterBattle

The amazing response from White Sox fans in our first-ever TwitterBattle with the Indians.  Not only did Southpaw “win” the competition, but #GoWhiteSox reached Twitter’s Global Trending Topics during our game.  We went into the day hoping for responses in the hundreds, and instead, White Sox fans delivered nearly 7,400 tweets, catching the attention of social media and sports marketing execs around the country.  And most importantly, StandUp 2 Cancer received $4K from the Sox and Indians.  Whether it’s All-Star voting campaigns, Buehrle’s Perfect Game or this TwitterBattle, White Sox fans again showed their power in the online world.  Thank you and way to go.

Big Series

The White Sox are 10-5 in their last 15 regular-season games in Tampa, hitting .281 with 19 home runs and a 2.47 ERA.  Chicago is 28-22 (.560) all-time at the Trop, the fourth-best winning pct in the AL behind NYY (.612), Seattle (.608) and Cleveland (.563).  Sox pitchers have a 2.36 ERA in their last 14 games in Tampa.

Congratulations

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will miss Friday’s game in Tampa for his son Ozney’s high school graduation from Monsignor Pace High School in Miami, Fla.  Ozney, who was an all-state performer this year and has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at South Florida, is looking forward to MLB’s First-Year Player Draft on June 7.

Repping

Former big leaguer Michael Huff (now working at the Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle) and Jared Mitchell (our 2009 first round pick who is currently recovering from a spring training injury), will represent the White Sox at the MLB Network studios for the draft.  A year ago at this time, Mitchell was at LSU helping the Tigers win an NCAA baseball title.

Picnic In The Park

Collect autographs from your favorite White Sox players and enjoy an evening picnic and fireworks show in the USCF outfield after the game on Sunday, June 6 by clicking here.  You also can watch a video by John Danks about the popular Chicago White Sox Charities event.  Picnic in the Park is earlier this year than usual (it’s based on our schedule), so make sure you don’t miss out on the fun.  Buy your tickets now.

Tweet, Eat & Drink with the Sox

Join other White Sox fans who follow the team on twitter and facebook at this special event on June 8.  Twitter “experts” (I put experts in quotes because they call me one) from the sports world and business world will take part in a special pregame panel.  Ticket includes the event and all you can eat and drink during the game … which also happens to be Hawk Harrelson Night (beat that!).  The event is buzzing in the Twitter world, so buy your ticket now. Don’t wait.

Cool Video

This pretty cool home video (ignore the music) was sent my way.  It’s from a White Sox vs. Orioles game at Old Comiskey Park on August 22, 1976. Thought White Sox fans might enjoy

Mr. President

With Preisdent Obama back in town this weekend, maybe he’ll be sporting his White Sox cap with pride around his old neighborhood.

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This Date in White Sox History – May 27

1927 – Tommy Thomas picked up his eighth win of the year, limiting the Tigers to one run in the White Sox 3-1 victory.

 

1931 – Down three in the bottom of the ninth, the White Sox score four runs in a dramatic 5-4 over Detroit.

 

1959 – Early Wynn earned his seventh win of the season and Earl Torgeson drove in two runs as the White Sox topped the Indians 5-1.

 

1967 – Joel Horlen remained perfect on the season as he moved to 6-0 after limiting the Angels in three hits in a 3-1 win.

 

1974 – Pat Kelly drove in a pair of runs which proved to be the difference in the White Sox 5-3 over the Yankees in New York.

 

1983 – LaMarr Hoyt pitched a complete game while Harold Baines and Ron Kittle combined to drive in the three runs of the White Sox 3-2 win over Texas.

 

1994 – Wilson Alvarez outdueled Mike Mussina, throwing a complete game shutout as the first-place White Sox topped the first-place Orioles 3-0.

 

2000 – The White Sox scored early and often in their 14-3 drubbing of the Indians.   Jose Valentine drove in six runs and scored four times.

This Date in White Sox History – May 26

2005 – White Sox legend Chico Carrasquel passed away in Caracas, Venezuela at the age of 77.

 

1929 – Red Faber limited the Tigers to a single hit and no runs as the White Sox beat the Tigers 2-0.

 

1933 – Luke Appling had a triple and a home run as the White Sox held off a late Yankees rally to win 8-6.

 

1955 – Jack Harshman threw a complete game and picked up his third win of the season as the White Sox beat the Indians 3-1.

 

1970 – Wilbur Wood picked up his eighth save of the year as the White Sox topped the Royals 3-1.

 

1973 – Dick Allen clubs a three-run homer in the 21st inning to give the White Sox a 6-3 win over Cleveland.

 

1977- Steve Stone won his fifth game of the season and Lerrin LaGrow earned his seventh save as the White Sox nipped the Brewers 4-3 in Milwaukee.

 

1982 – Greg Luzinski hit two homers and drove in six runs as the White Sox beat the Royals 7-5.

 

1990 – Ivan Calderon, Ron Kittle and Ron Karkovice each drove in a pair of runs as the White Sox rolled the Tigers 10-4.

 

2008 – The White Sox put up three runs in the top of 12th inning to beat Cleveland 6-3. 

Finale in Cleveland

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Need One

Let’s win this one today in Cleveland and take this road series.  We need two of three heading to Tampa.

Twitter Battle

Once the first pitch is thrown, head to Twitter and tweet #GoWhiteSox to help @Southpaw beat @Slider in today’s mascot battle.  $1 for each tweet (up to $1,000 per club) goes to Stand Up to Cancer, and the winning tweet gets 4 tix to a game and dinner/lunch courtesy of the losing mascot.

Vote early and vote often.  Again, we’re from Chicago.  We don’t lose elections.  We win them for others!

Remembering Chico

Believe it or not, it’s been five years to the day since White Sox great Chico Carrasquel passed away.  I miss his smile and hello around the ballpark.

Rios On A Roll

Alex Rios is hitting .344 with nine doubles, seven home runs, 16 RBI, 11 stolen bases and 21 runs scored in his last 26 games, and the potential All-Star’s numbers from 2009 to 2010 with the Sox make it hard to believe it is the same guy:

2009: 41g, .199 BA, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 5 SB, .299 OBP

2010 42g, .308 BA, 9 HR, 23 RBI, 14 SB, .355 OBP 

Perspective

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Don J.

Just minutes before first pitch, I thought I’d share a voicemail I received today from a longtime fan, Don J. in Michigan.  It never ceases to amaze me and humble me when I get emails, calls, messages etc. from fans of the White Sox and I hear just what an important role baseball and the Sox play in some people’s lives.

Don started to write me years ago, usually to ask for an organization-wide roster.  I could tell from his hand-writing that he was older, and he mentioned that had served in the military.  Over the years, I sent along media guides, schedules, rosters, stats, etc. and Don always offered his appreciation and thanks.

The letters turned into phone calls.  Don usually asking about some of our younger players, offering his opinions on the club.  It was just nice to hear from a fan who cared about his White Sox.

When I heard his voice today, it reminded me that I hadn’t heard from Don in March or April.

He sounded tired and a couple of sentences into his message, I heard the wheezing.

“I’ve had a tough go of it lately,” he said. “My health hasn’t been good. I’ve been tied to this oxygen hose.  And my wife died this week.  Now, I can’t attend her funeral because I can’t get around.”

OK, by now, I’m feeling awful for Don and am kicking myself that I missed his call.

“But I still get to watch the Sox,” he says.  “We really need to start hitting, but I know we will.”

And with that, Don ended his call.

“I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be around,” he said.  “If you don’t hear from me again, you’ll know.  I appreciate what you’ve done over the years, thank you.”

Wow.  How is that for a two-minute voicemail/punch in the gut?  Nothing like baseball, and more importantly our great fans, to always put things in perspective.

Don, I absolutely do hope and expect to hear from you again this summer.  A White Sox season just won’t be the same without hearing your voice.  We’ll have a whole new draft class to discuss in June.

This Date in White Sox History – May 25

May 25, 2010

1927 – The White Sox scored three runs or more in four different innings on their way to a 14-5 clubbing of the St. Louis Browns.

 

1938 – Mike Kreevich drove in three runs as the White Sox topped the Athletics 7-4.

 

1957 – A second-inning single was the only hit Dick Donovan allowed in his complete game shutout as the White Sox beat the Indians 4-0.

 

1976 – Goose Gossage picked up his third win of the year as the White Sox topped the Angels 7-1.

 

1987 – Jerry Hairston drove in three runs and the White Sox collected 12 hits in 8-5 over Texas.

 

1994 – Frank Thomas clubbed two homers and collected five RBI while Alex Fernandez gave up just one run over eight innings as the White Sox thumped the Twins 12-1.

 

2005 – Paul Konerko’s three-run homer in the first was all the offense the White Sox would need in a 4-2 over the Angels.

 

2008 – Carlos Quentin broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the ninth inning with a dramatic walk-off solo homer off John Lackey to beat the Angels.

 

Today in White Sox History

Monday, May 24, 2010

 

1924 – Bill Barrett drove in three runs and Thommy Thomas picked up his fourth win of the year as the White Sox clubbed the Tigers 10-4 in Detroit.

 

1929 – Ted Lyons pitched all 21-innings of a 21-inning game, losing to Detroit 6-5. Lyons did not allow a run between the seventh and 21st inning.  At the time, it was the longest game every played at Comiskey Park.  

 

1936 – With the game tied at five in the bottom of the ninth, Rip Radcliff ripped a two-run homer to give the White Sox a dramatic 7-5 win over the Browns.

 

1939 – White Sox played in their first ever night game, losing in Philadelphia 4-1.

 

1967 – Tom McCraw hits three home runs and drives in eight as the White Sox beat the Twins 14-1.

 

1982 – Lamarr Hoyt stretched his season record to 9-0, his overall win streak to 14 and his Comiskey Park record to 16-0 with a 3-1 win over the Royals.

 

1994 – Down a run in the bottom of the seventh, the White Sox score three with the go-ahead runs scoring on a Lance Johnson triple as the White Sox beat the Twins 5-3.

 

2005 – Mark Buehrle allowed only one run over nine innings but it took extra innings for the White Sox in a 2-1 victory over the Angels. Tadahito Iguchi drove in the winning run on a double in the top of the 11th and Damaso Marte picked up the win.

Twitter Battle vs. the Tribe

Monday, May 24, 2010

Southpaw Needs Your Votes

So we are trying something fun with the Indians and we need your help.  During Wednesday’s day game (from first pitch to last), Southpaw is competing with Slider to see which mascot can generate the most hashtags, either #GoWhiteSox or #GoTribe.

For each hashtag tweeted by a fan, the clubs will donate $1 (up to $1,000 each) to Stand Up to Cancer.  And the winning vote in the Twitter battle will receive tickets and a pregame meal, courtesy of the losing mascot.

We plan on tweeting out some cool messages over the next two days to motivate the voting public, so check out www.twitter.com, @Southpaw and @InsideTheSox.

You also can watch the competition by clicking here.

We will tweet out “scores” of the competition inning-by-inning on Wednesday.

So here’s the official news release:

MASCOT TWITTER RIVALRY:
WHITE SOX BATTLE INDIANS VIA TWITTER ON MAY 26
Fans Compete for Bragging Rights
To Benefit Innovative Research through Stand Up To Cancer

            CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians are giving fans and followers of their respective mascots Southpaw (@Southpaw) and Slider (@SliderTheMascot) the opportunity to go head-to-head on Twitter through a hashtag contest, as the two teams play each other Wednesday, May 26 at 11:05 am CT in Cleveland.

            The team to receive the most Twitter hashtags, #GoWhiteSox or #GoTribe, wins. The losing team’s mascot will then have to pay tribute to the winner prior to games on June 4 or August 30. The losing mascot also will treat the fan who submitted the deciding hashtag tweet, along with three friends, to a pregame meal.

            In addition, for each #GoWhiteSox and #GoTribe hashtag that is tweeted during the game, each team will donate $1, up to a total of $1,000 per team, to Stand Up To Cancer (@SU2C / http://www.su2c.org), a non-profit organization that raises funds for groundbreaking translational research to accelerate the delivery of new therapies to patients, getting them from the “bench to the bedside” as quickly as possible. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across various institutions to work collaboratively — rather than competitively — at a critical time in the field of cancer research.

            Fans are encouraged to re-tweet news of this twitter competition to anyone on Twitter.  The contest begins with the first pitch on Wednesday and concludes with the last out.

            For more information visit whitesox.com/TwitterBattle or indians.com/TwitterBattle, or follow the competition at twitter.com/InsideTheSox, twitter.com/TribeTalk, twitter.com/Southpaw or twitter.com/OrgulloSox.

And remember, in Chicago, we don’t lose elections.  We win them!

Today in White Sox History

Sunday, May 23, 2010

MAY 23RD

TAKING MATTERS INTO YOUR OWN HANDS
1901: With the A’s rallying, White Sox manager Clark Griffith put himself on the mound in the ninth and got three ground outs to preserve an 11-8 win.

CLEVELAND LYON-IZED
1926: Eddie Collins’ RBI in the ninth inning made a winner out of fellow future Hall of Famer Ted Lyons in the White Sox 1-0 victory at Cleveland.

BOMBING THE BRONX BOMBERS
1934: Al Simmons, Jimmy Dykes and winning pitcher Ted Lyons homered in the White Sox 14-2 win over the Yankees before 7,000 at Comiskey Park.

THREE HOMERS IN AN INNING & A HALL OF FAME PICK UP
1954: On the day they acquired future Hall of Fame third baseman George Kell, the Sox got home runs from Minnie Minoso, Cass Michaels and Sherm Lollar in the eighth inning in overtaking the Tigers, 4-3, in Detroit.

A WYNN-ING EFFORT
1958: Early Wynn scored the game’s only run and pitched a three-hitter in the White Sox 1-0 win over the Orioles before 10,192 at Comiskey Park.

WALLOPING WARD
1964: Pete Ward doubled, hit a grand slam and drove in five runs as the White Sox took over sole possession of first place with a 14-2 win – their fifth in a row — over the Washington Senators before 6,654 at Comiskey Park.

MAY HELPS TAME THE TIGERS
1975: Carlos May broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single in a four-run fourth as the White Sox topped Detroit 6-1 before 8,789 at Comiskey Park.

A BLAST OF LEMON
1979: Chet Lemon launched a three-run home run and Ken Kravec scattered 10 hits in a complete game effort in a 6-1 win over Oakland before 11,881 at Comiskey Park.

WALKER AND COWLEY
1986: Greg Walker went 4-for-4 and Joe Cowley earned his first win with the White Sox in a 4-1 victory at Kansas City.

PASQUA POWER!
1990: Dan Pasqua homered twice and drove in four in the White Sox 6-3 win at Baltimore.

HIBBY, THOMAS HAMMER A’S
1991: Greg Hibbard pitched a complete game five-hitter, and Frank Thomas drove in five runs as the White Sox pounded A’s 11-1 at Oakland.

TEARING APART SANTANA
2004: The White Sox blasted the Twins and future Cy Young winner Johann Santana 17-7 in the Metrodome to move into a tie for first place in the American League Central. The 17 runs were the most the Sox ever scored in the Metrodome.

PAULIE, DYE GO BACK-TO-BACK
2006: Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye hit back-to-back home runs as part of a four-run first in the White Sox 9-3 win over Oakland before 38,860 at US Cellular Field.

BUC BLANKING
2009: Alexei Ramirez and Jermaine Dye homered and Clayton Richard fired six shutout innings in the white Sox 4-0 win over Pittsburgh before 32,389 at U.S. Cellular Field.

 

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