Week In Review
Sunday, May 23, 2010
What consecutive victories can do for morale? Everyone is excited to get to the ballpark, energized, fired up. It makes all the difference and it is contagious.
Thank you, thank you to our Volunteer Corps members who spent yesterday morning and early afternoon in the Garfield Park area helping the Greater Chicago Food Depository pass out food. You can’t imagine the difference your efforts made in the lives of Chicagoans yesterday, and everyone should be proud that an effort by fans of the White Sox made such a difference. A fan’s photo from yesterday:
Photo Credit: @MJMattei
I was having a conversation last night with a fan and we were talking about how many games remained in the summer and historically, how many teams have dug out of deep holes.
It seems to me that one team a year overcomes a poor start to eventually make the playoffs. You’d certainly rather not have to be that team, but the view is way too negative to say teams are out of it by the end of May (see a chart in a previous post).
The Minnesota Twins, last year’s Central Division Champs, were 56-62, in third place, 6.5 games back on August 17. And of course, everyone recalls the 1983 White Sox, who were 18-24 (same as the 2010 Sox) through 43 games. They were in sixth place/7 games out on May 28.
And we know how that turned out …
What A Week
Ever had one of those Zelig moments in life where you stop yourself and wonder, “What Am I Doing Here?”
On Tuesday, I had the tremendous opportunity of attending a speech downtown by General David Petraeus. Brilliant man leading our country’s military in a very complex part of the world.
On Wednesday, I had the job of attending the annual Children’s Home + Aid luncheon at the Palmer House. With the Konerkos and Thomes (now Gordon Beckham) taking such an active role in the state-wide organization that helps children in foster care succeed, it is a great honor to play a small role in representing the White Sox for such a great cause (note: Children’s Home + Aid is out en mass at today’s game).
And then Wednesday afternoon, I am sitting in the clubhouse as KW explained to the team that no one in the front office had given up on the season in any way, shape or form. You can say what you want about team meetings (I’ve seen plenty in my 20 seasons), but they always have the chance of being turning points in a team’s season. We might want to remember that date.
Good luck today to the Blackhawks!
It has been great to see all the White Sox fans sporting Hawks sweaters at our games (might be a bit hot today), roaring when the ballpark horn sounds to signal a Hawks goal.
How about a sweep of the fish today — Marlins by the Sox and Sharks by the Hawks?
With a 2-0 mark in 2010, the Sox are now 130-101 all-time vs the NL (not counting that October sweep in 2005) and have won 18 of their last 24 games against NL foes.
Sox pitchers are 4-0 with a 0.25 ERA (1 ER/36.0 IP) and 32 strikeouts in their last four interleague games.
For those of you hooked on Twitter, look for a special announcement tomorrow morning about a neat competition we are going to be holding on Wednesday.