Friday, June 10, 2011
Manchester United soccer star was on site last night to throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Before the game, they tried to convince the defender to kick a ball to White Sox pitcher-turned first pitch catcher John Danks. Neville declined, opting to throw instead. Check it out here.
Not only did he airmail Danks, Neville called for the ball back and tried again. Once again, he almost drilled the innocent people standing back near the screen. Classic!
The star did bring a little hardware with him.
Frequent readers know what I think of Moose and I am sure you also know he his battling (and winning) against cancer.
Yesterday, Moose made it down to the park to visit and say hello. He also grabbed a moment with Adam Dunn before the game, telling the Sox hitter to keep his head up. Moose also talked about slumps during his own career.
Moose had left for home by the time Dunn homered last night, but those who gave him a call in the car on his way home to tell him about Dunn’s home run said you could hear him hollering in joy over the phone.
Dunn deserves the credit, but I’m giving it to Moose.
Paul Konerko has recorded an extra-base hit in a career-high eight straight games, tying Hall of Famer Al Simmons (August 1935) for the longest streak in White Sox history. He goes for the record tonight.
Konerko also recorded an RBI in eight straight games from 5/28-6/7, the second-longest streak of his career behind a nine-game stretch in July 2000. Konerko compiled a franchise-record, seven-game streak with a RBI to open the season.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other players in Sox history with two RBI streaks of seven-plus games in one season are Albert Belle (1998), George Bell (1992) and Zeke Bonura (1937).
This question came up before today’s game …
Eight pitchers have struck out 1,000 batters in their first five seasons. Only one — still active — reached 1,000 strikeouts in 2002 but has not recorded 100 career victories. Can you name him?