Friday News

Friday, July 30, 2010

Trade News

I am sure you all heard by now, but the White Sox acquired RHP Edwin Jackson — he of the 2010 no-hitter and a 2009 All-Star with the Tigers — in exchange for RHP Daniel Hudson and minor league pitcher David Holmberg.  Hudson was a great guy and we wish him well, but I do believe our chances to win the division in 2010 are better today than they were yesterday with this move.

As for anything else, the next day and a half (deadline is 3 pm CT tomorrow) will be filled with rumors, misdirection and speculation.  Stay tuned for the ride.


To be pretty quiet this week, but I have been sitting in meetings with the baseball operations staff, our scouts and the MLB Network as Kenny has discussed options heading up to the deadline.  Not sure how the MLBN is going to turn hours of footage into The Club, but it will be interesting to see how the editors work.


As a result of today’s trade, RHP Lucas Harrell will make his Major League debut tonight on the mound.  Lucas is a sinker/slider type pitcher who has shown that he can get ground balls and GIDPs when needed.  It will be fun to see how he does tonight in his debut.


Lots of good stuff available when you have won 11 straight at home, including:

Sox are a major-league best 33-11 since 6/9 … with a win tonight, Sox could be a season-high 14 games over .500, best since end of 2008 … Sox are 18-1 in their last 19 home games … Paul Konerko has homered in four straight games, one short of the team record (held by Luzinski, Kittle, Thomas and CLee) … the last Sox pitcher to win his debut was Kip Wells, way back in 1999 … J.J. Putz had his club record streak of 27 straight scoreless outings end last night … the Sox have hit 48 home runs in their last 25 games at home.

True Story

The Chicago Sun-Times did a terrific job covering the Frank Thomas announcement earlier this week.  A great cover and a very nice “letter” from Frank to White Sox fans ran inside the paper.  It did remind me of an incident from long ago, probably in the mid to late 1990s.

This was when the Sun-Times, and others, had taken to mocking Frank from time to time by calling him, “The Big Skirt.”

We were at Wrigley Field and the team was stretching before BP.  There were fans — some loud, some calling for autographs.  Suddenly, there was a loud group of men, two maybe three, and my memory is they were wearing skirts or kilts and carrying signs of some kind.  They were yelling at Frank, taunting him with the “skirt” reference.

A reporter from the Sun-Times walked over to me.

“I’m embarrassed,” the person said.  “See those guys, they work for the Sun-Times sports department.”

I wonder if they still do.

If so, thanks for doing such a nice job with the Frank coverage this week.



We don’t know what is REALLY happening with our team. But we do know that Daniel Hudson will not be pitching for us tonight. I wish good luck to Lucas Harrell in his Major League debut. But most of all, I wish our Offense well: we need to get some payback against Oakland. Let’s start tonight… Go Sox’10….j.k.

Oh yes, we do need payback against Oakland. That squeeze bunt attempt when they were up by 6 or 7 runs in Saturday’s game was a real bush league move.

Best of luck to Lucas Harrell. Hope he knows that the A’s are patient hitters – they won’t chase a lot of bad pitches, they’ll take their walks, and steal bases.

Although they are 8.5 games out of first place, they believe they can make the postseason, and they play that way.

Lucas Harrell wins his debut as a major leaguer!…Well done! The Sox win and the best thing about this game was the beer shower Harrell got in the post game. Nice win Boys (one I figured we’d lose). My bad!! Go Sox’10…j.k.

Who would have thought a couple of months ago that our Sox would have the fourth best record in the AL? Trailing only NY, Tampa and Tex. I know I was resigned to simply playing this year out, but our Boys had different ideas!

After today we need only to win tomorrow to capture another series win. I say go for it! This is shaping up to be a fun end of summer and early fall….. Go Sox’10….j.k.

I couldn’t agree more about that punk move of a squeeze bunt with a 7 run lead. I only hope the SOX get the chance to return the favor to these bums from Oakland in spades. Tonight was a nice start.
Sorry to see Hudson go but I do like Edwin Jackson, only three years older than Hudson @ 26 and the guy has a rocket arm. Maybe Coop can perform some of his MT magic on Jackson and we get the equal of a number 1-2 starter.
Berkman nixed a trade to the SOX. So much the better, he doesn’t want to be here, we’re better off without him. I really hope we stay away from Adam Dunn. Some HR and RBIs but strikes out a LOT! This team is not built for, and doesn’t need, another free swinger ala Thome.

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