June 2010

Top Ten White Sox vs. Cubs Moments at U.S. Cellular Field

June 25, 2010

#1.) June 8, 2001 – Lee Slams Cubs – White Sox 7, Cubs 3 (10 innings)
Carlos Lee hit a game-ending grand slam off Courtney Duncan with two outs in the 10th inning to lift the White Sox past the Cubs.  The Sox win was their fifth straight at home and 12th in their last 14 games overall.  Lee’s slam was the third of his career and the Sox fourth game-ending homer of the season.  The crowd of 45,936 was the largest regular season turnout in new Comiskey Park history.  Starter David Wells left with back spasms after failing to record an out, marking the shortest start of his career.   Sean Lowe relieved Wells with the bases loaded and escaped unscored upon.


Top Ten White Sox Moments vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field

June 24, 2010

#2.) June 29, 2008 – Sweep Revenge – White Sox 5, Cubs 1
Carlos Quentin, Brian Anderson and Jim Thome all homered for the White Sox as they completed their first three game sweep of the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field just one week after being swept at Wrigley Field.  Thome’s homer was the 522nd of his career, moving him past Willie McCovey and Ted Williams into sole possession of 16th place on the all-time list.  Mark Buehrle tied Joel Horlen  for ninth place in franchise history with 113 wins.

Thursday Matinee

Thursday, June 24, 2010

About Last Night

When you are playing well, you want to get the game in.  No matter when the first pitch is thrown.

While the rest of Chicago was diving for the basement, sitting in their cars on the Ike hoping they didn’t float away or staying away from high-rise windows, Roger Bossard stood steadfast:  there will be baseball.

Despite buckets of rain, too many lightening bolts to count and that rare downtown funnel cloud (or two), Roger was convinced that all would be OK.  But there were a few moments of doubt.

“Check out the radar in my office,” he told me at one point, “you’ll see colors you’ve never seen before.”

He was right.

“It’s going to take a little longer to get the field ready,” he explained about 8 p.m.  “I have water in places on the field we’ve never had water before.”

Roger deserves part of last night’s victory. 


Changes everything, doesn’t it?  Ozzie said last night that earlier this year, when the team was struggling, he used to dread coming to the ballpark.  Now, he can’t wait.

Let’s go.

Cool Cause

After tomorrow night’s game, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee are attending a fund-raising reception for the first ever baseball league in Africa, scheduled to begin play in Cameroon this November.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (2233 S. Martin Luther King Drive) and tickets cost $100.  In addition to meeting Guillen and Lee, fans will receive special gift bags at the door, and there will be baseball memorabilia available for auction.  For more information, email info@africanbaseball.com.

Stop by the Hyatt after tomorrow’s game.

On A Roll

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Back in Chicago

After spending much of yesterday on my way to, in and then sitting on an airplane to return from, New York City.  I landed just in time to listen to the top of the ninth.  It’s not a bad way to catch a game from time to time.  Avoids all of the angst.

From Today’s Game Notes

The White Sox look to extend their season-best winning streak to eight games and move two games above .500 for the first time since we were 63-61 on 8/23/09.  The seven-game winning streak is the longest since 6/27-7/3/09.  Last won eight straing 5/14-22/08.

Chicago is 11-1 since 6/9, tied with Texas for the best record in the major leagues.

Mark Buehrle’s 22 career interleague wins are tied with Jamie Moyer for the all-time lead.  Buehrle is 8-0 with a 1.63 ERA in his last 11 starts vs. the NL.

White Sox starting pitchers are 10-1 with a 2.11 ERA and 12 quality starts in the last 13 games, lowering their season ERA from 5.28 to 4.59.

The White Sox are hitting .292 with 66 runs scored during the 11-1 run, raising their average from .241 to a season high .250.  During the 12-game span, the Sox are hitting .378 with runners in scoring position.

PK is hitting .429 with 19 RBI in his last 19 games, Alex Rios is batting .341 in his last 49 games, while AJ has gone 14-32 (.438) in his last nine games.

The White Sox have won seven straight interleague games and are 11-2 in 2010, the best record in baseball.

The White Sox have hit one home run in their last nine games, including an eight-game drought from 6/12-20, which was their longest since 4/17-25-/93.

Juan Pierre needs one stolen base to tie Omar Moreno for 39th all-time with 487, Omar Vizquel needs one hit to tie Tony Perez for 53rd with 2,732, and Bobby Jenks is tied with Roberto Hernandez for second in Sox history with 162 saves.

When it rains, it pours …

Top Ten White Sox Moments vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field

June 23, 2010

# 3.) June 27, 2009 – The Rookie Wins It – White Sox 8, Cubs 7
Gordon Beckham recorded his first career game-ending hit in a back-and-forth 8-7 win over the Cubs. Beckham singled home Josh Fields with two outs in the ninth.  Scott Podsednik collected four hits on the day, matching his career high, drove in three runs and was a triple shy of the cycle.  Alexei Ramirez singled home the game-tying run in the bottom of the eighth.  The game saw three ties and six lead changes.

Top Ten White Sox Moments vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field

June 22, 2010

#4.) June 28, 2002 – Call It a Comeback – White Sox 13, Cubs 9

The White Sox rallied from eight runs, their largest deficit overcome in a victory since 6/13/78 vs. Cleveland when they rallied from a 9-0, third-inning hole for a 10-9 win.   Paul Konerko recorded his fifth career multihomer game (second against the Cubs) and fourth since 6/11.   Konerko also posted his second straight four-hit game, going 8-9 with a double, three home runs, five RBI and five runs scored during that span.  His four hits (seventh time) and four runs scored (third time) both matched career-highs.  The paid attendance of 46,027 was the largest regular-season crowd in the history of new Comiskey Park.


Catching Up From DC

Monday, June 21, 2010


It was nice to see President Obama on Friday and catch up with him briefly.  It never seems to matter how many new White Sox hats we offer him, he always shows up wearing his well0worn favorite …

click here to see a photo gallery from the Washington Post

Cool Experience

I had the pleasure today — along with our team curator Jeff Szynal — of leafing through a very special old book.

A Comiskey family member offered to show us a scrapbook compiled by Charles A. Comiskey in 1910 as he built Old Comiskey Park.  The priceless collection includes receipts (for things like the dirt), letters, invites, invoices and western union telegrams.  It was amazing to flip through 100-year-old history with many hand-written notes by the old Roman himself.

Quite a Trip

At 8-1, the just-completed road trip is the seventh-best in franchise history and best since that famous 6-0 trip to Cleveland and New York in 2000 (really 10 years ago?)!

The Sox have enjoyed four undefeated trips of six games or more in club history: 11-0 in 1951; 7-0 in 2000; 6-0 in 1990 and 6-0 in 1982.



Top Ten White Sox Moments vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field

June 21, 2010

 #5.) June 10, 2001 – Alomar and Sox Hold On – Sox 3, Cubs 1

The White Sox held on to defeat the Cubs in the deciding game of the crosstown series at Comiskey Park.  With the Sox leading 2-1 in the seventh and Gary Matthews Jr. on first base, Sammy Sosa singled off Jon Garland to the gap in left center.  Matthews Jr. attempted to score on the hit, but catcher Sandy Alomar held on to a perfect relay throw from shortstop Royce Clayton to tag out Matthews Jr. despite a collision at the plate.   The Sox won for the 13th time in their last 16 games and improved to 11-10 all-time vs. the Cubs.  It also was their fifth straight series win and their 14th in their last 19 games at home.


Top Ten White Sox Moments vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field

June 20, 2010

#6.) June 26-27, 2003 – Back-to-Back Walkoff Wins

On Friday, June 26, with the game tied at 3-3 in
the ninth, Jose Valentin hit his second game-ending home run with the
White Sox and the 20th in the ballpark’s history.  The next day, the
White Sox clinched the season series with their second straight win in
their last at-bat. After Aaron Rowand tied the game at 6-6 with a
two-run homer in the eighth, D’Angelo Jimenez’s two-out RBI single in
the ninth was the game-winner.

Top Ten White Sox Moments vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field

June 20, 2010

#7.) May 20, 2006 – Iguchi Fights Back – White Sox 7, Cubs 0

Following a benches clearing brawl in the second
inning, resulting in ejections for the Cubs Michael Barrett and John
Mabry and the White Sox A.J. Pierzynski and Brian Anderson, Tadahito
Iguchi clubbed his first career grand slam.  He added a two-run shot in
the fifth and Freddy Garcia threw 8.0 scoreless IP.