Sunday Sweep?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Home Team Charity Run

Congrats to all the thousands of runners who took part in this morning’s 10K Home Team Charity Run from the United Center to U.S. Cellular Field.

I am proud to say that White Sox fans showed the most pride as we led the Bulls and Blackhawks in runners, but the fan bases of all three franchises turned out in strong numbers.  Proceeds of today’s run will be split among the three teams, so thank you on behalf of Chicago White Sox Charities.

I saw several White Sox front office staff running, including Matt Peterson, who clocked in at an impressive 39 minutes, I am told.  Congrats, as well, to Rocco, Greg, Lindsay, Brian and Mike on impressive runs (sorry if I missed anyone else).

Congrats as well to my wife, who covered the six miles with her good friend Carol.  Both had a blast.

Today’s Storylines

The White Sox are looking to start 3-0 for the 15th time in franchise history and first since 1992, when they opened the season with three straight road victories over California.
Chicago has won eight of its last nine games vs. Cleveland and six in a row at Progressive Field, its longest streak since taking eight straight from 7/14/05-5/1/06.
The Sox are looking for their second straight three-game sweep at Progressive Field (also 8/30-9/1/10).
A.J. Pierzynski needs 2.0 IC to tie Thurman Munson for 25th all-time with 1,108.1.  Pretty impressive feat.
Early Returns

The White Sox have scored 23 runs, tied with the 1915 club for the second-highest total after two games in franchise history (30 in 1951) … the Sox have scored 19 of their 23 runs in the first four innings.
Carlos Quentin’s seven RBI are the most by a Sox player after two games since Minnie Minoso also drove in seven in 1960.
Alex Rios (0-7) is the only Sox starter who has not hit safely in each of the first two games.  I am sure no one in the clubhouse has reminded him of this!

No RISP, No Reward

Chicago is 15-27 (.556) with RISP through the first two games of this series … by comparison, the Sox had one hit with with RSIP in their first two games of 2010 and did not record their 15th hit until 4/14 at Toronto, the ninth game of the season.


Thank goodness the weather held up. A bit breezy but that’s ok. This was a great run! I hope this is an annual thing and suspect that as news gets out about it, the runner numbers will increase. Loved having the trophies there–never sick of seeing that world series trophy. Was one of the lucky who got a picture!

Now as for baseball, love the start we have got. So far today Danks looking stellar! Keep it going boys!!

Don’t know who decided that Will Ohman should be with the SOX this year, but it was a HUGE mistake. Ohman is nothing but awful.

I ran the HTCR this morning (as did our lovely Donna) and I have to say that I had a blast. I doubt that I won anything, but I beat myself and ran it in less than an hour. I didn’t get to have my picture taken with the trophies, my mom got some pics of them. As those who are my friends on facebook now, I have really been pushing myself to get up to that distance. It was amazing to actually accomplish it. I can’t wait until next year!

Good opening weekend for the Sox. I’ll be honest and say that I was unable to watch any of the games due to family commitments and I was resigned to seeing highlights afterwards, but rest assured I was pestering whoever I could for updates.

As always, it’s too early in the season to see how this team will shake out. And while I would have loved the sweep, as long as we keep winning series, I’ll take a bad game or two. Let’s just keep the momentum going for the Royals, who won’t exactly be a pushover. Did anyone notice they took 3 of 4 from the Angels? It’s great to have baseball back going again. Go White Sox!

Hi All! Congrats to all won ran the race – especially to Donna and Vicki! You represented us well!

I was disappointed to not get the sweep too, but had to remind myself that winning series is what counts. I hope to take two in KC and that actually makes me nervous, because I think they have had three come from behind late inning victories. Will Ohman can sit that series out.


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