Saturday In The Park

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Kids Day

Kids Day snuck into U.S. Cellular Field early Saturday as little, uniformed Santos, Ohman, Thomas and Crains were all over the clubhouse and took their own version of early batting practice with Will Ohman tossing soft pitches to the kids.

After a tough, late-nite loss, nice to have the kids lighten the mood this afternoon.


OF Dayan Viciedo (Cuba) and RHP Gregory Infante (Venezuela), both at Class AAA Charlotte, have been selected to play for the International team in this year’s All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 10, at Pheonix’s Chase Field.

The 13th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV and ESPN2, and can be followed live on’s Gameday.  Game time is 5 pm CT.

Current Sox Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Edwin Jackson, Adam Dunn, Brent Lillibridge, Alex Rios and Ramon Castro appeared in the game.


Mentioning that Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton would likely be held out of today’s game because of last night’s workloads, Guille joked that he had warned catcher Ramon Castro to be ready in case he was needed out of the bullpen today.

Double Duty

While the team leaves for a six-game trip after tomorrow’s game, one of my favorite events occurs next week at US Cellular Field with the Double Duty Classic

Rosters for the fourth annual Double Duty Classic, presented by McDonald’s, have been announced.  Named in honor of Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, the event commemorates the 78th anniversary of the first East-West All-Star Game by celebrating the history of Negro League baseball in Chicago and promoting the next generation of inner-city baseball players.  An invitation-only forum will precede the game and feature a roster of speakers and prominent members of the baseball community.

The game — free to the public — will be played at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday, June 29 at 1:05 p.m. featuring the top high school players from across the country (California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Washington D.C.).  The White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) high school travel team will represent the city of Chicago in the All-Star showcase.  Players will wear throwback uniforms honoring the Negro Leagues’ East-West All-Star teams.  Each team will carry a roster of players from both the ACE team and players from across the country. 

Since the Double Duty Classic’s inception in 2008, 10 participants have been drafted by Major League clubs.  Alex Santana (Los Angeles Dodgers), Lance Jefferies (St. Louis Cardinals), Nick Burdi (Minnesota Twins) and Dontrell Rush (Chicago White Sox) were all selected in this year’s MLB draft.  Darrell Miller, Jr., who also played in last year’s Classic on the West squad, is the son of former MLB player Darrell Miller.  Blake Hickman and Devin Pickett, both on the East squad, have committed to the University of Iowa on athletic scholarships. 

Below are the final rosters for the game:

East West
Tyler Johnson, Harlan (Chicago) Ronelle Coleman, De La Salle (Chicago)
Jabari Brown, De La Salle (Chicago) Errol Robinson, (Washington, D.C.)
Marshawn Taylor, Simeon (Chicago) Miguel Hermosillo, Ottawa Township (Ottawa, Ill.)
Shane Brown, Simeon (Chicago) Robert Fletcher, Simeon (Chicago)
Brandon Fowler, Rich Central (Olympia Fields, Ill.) Chris Bland, Harlan (Chicago)
Dontrell Rush, Harlan (Chicago) Darius Day, Simeon (Chicago)
Jerry Houston, Mt. Carmel (Chicago) Sanford Hunt, Kenwood (Chicago)
Corey Ray, Simeon (Chicago) Toni Jones (Tampa, Fla.)
Darvon Slyvain, Harlan (Chicago) Jabari Roberts, Harlan (Chicago)
Devin Pickett, Marion Catholic (Chicago Heights, Ill.) Jalen Purchase, Rich Central (Olympia Fields, Ill.)
Dejohn Suber, Morgan Park (Chicago) Troy Lewis (Geismar, Louis.)
Jordan Smith, Rich Central (Olympia Fields, Ill.) Victor Cole, (Memphis, Tenn.)
Ryan Perez, Westminister (Elgin, Ill.) Solomon Prince (Tulsa Okla.)
Brett Lilek, Marion Catholic (Chicago HeightsIll.) Chuckie Robinson, Danville (Danville, Ill.)
Joshua Galvan, Walther Lutheran (Melrose Park, Ill.) Darrell Miller, (Anaheim, Calif.)
Blake Hickman, Simeon (Chicago) Kevin Ross, Niles West (Skokie, Ill.)
Chris Stevens, Walther Lutheran (Melrose Park, Ill.) Kevin Phillips (University City, Mo.)
Henry Gigeous, Jacobs (Algonquin, Ill.) Clinton Hollon (Versailles, Ken.)
Marcellus Sneed, Morgan Park (Chicago) Courtney Hawkins, (Corpus Christi, Texas)
Eddie De La Riva, St. Rita (Chicago) Rock Rucker (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Shaquille Cockrell, Walther Lutheran (Melrose Park, Ill.)  

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