Tuesday, August 30, 2011
For those of you who happened to read this morning’s Chicago Sun-Times (I know, insert joke here), you were once again treated to screaming headlines and a juicy backpage, only to open the paper to read the 18th version (estimated) of the same old story (I used to think it was just Mariotti who repeated himself ad nauseum, but apparently it is endemic to that publication).
So if you prefer a more adult rendering, one without the screaming headlines, out-of-breath ranting commentary and stomping of angry feet, feel free to check out Scot Gregor’s blog here: http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/6213
Monday, August 22, 2011
It’s a pretty rare occurance to have Paul Konerko disappoint White Sox fans, but that’s just what happened Sunday afternoon in the Sox 10-0 win over Texas.
After collecting a hit in his first two plate appearances, Konerko’s career hit total stood at 1,999 as he looked to become the 265th man in Major League Baseball to reach 2,000 and only the 13th player to do it in a White Sox uniform.
But unfortunately for Sox fans in the crowd Sunday, PK failed to collect in hit in either of his last two at-bats, meaning the Sox star will likely reach the career milestone Tuesday or Wednesday on the road in Anaheim in a late night Chicago time contest.
It’s history that’s worth staying up for as Konerko is about to join an impressive list of players to collect No. 2000 in a White Sox uniform:
Jim Thome, 2008
Frank Thomas, 2003
Tim Raines, 1993
Carlton Fisk, 1989
Luis Aparicio, 1969
Nellie Fox, 1960
Luke Appling, 1943
Jimmy Dykes, 1935
Al Simmons, 1934
Harry Hooper, 1922
Eddie Collins, 1920
George Davis, 1902
Konerko is also hoping to become the 41st player in MLB history with 400 home runs (he’s seven shy) and 2,000 hits. Frank Thomas is the only other Sox player to grace that impressively brief list.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The White Sox are attempting to move above .500 for the first time since 4/15 … AJ Pierzynski (fractured left wrist) has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career and C Donny Lucy’s contract was purchased from Class AAA Charlotte … Juan Pierre is hitting .347 since 6/28, Paul Konerko owns an 11-game hitting streak (.375) and Carlos Quentin is 12-26 (.462) with three home runs and 12 RBI in seven games against Cleveland.
Congratulations to Jim Thome, who last night became the eighth player in major-league history to hit 600 home runs. Thome hit 134 of his 600 with the White Sox and his 42 homers in 2006 remain a club record for left-handers.
To a man, White Sox players had hoped to be present when Thome reached his 600th, having homer in a game the Sox would win.
“I would just want to shake his hand,” said Pierzynski.
Thome did always as well for his former teammates as his two home runs helped the Twins beat the division-leading Tigers and cut Detroit’s edge over the White Sox to 3 1/2 games.
Paul Konerko went 3-3 with a walk and a HBP Sunday, which according to the Elias Sports Bureau is the 11th game in his career that he has reached base safely in each of his five (or more) plate appearances. That ties Luke Appling for the second-most in franchise history, a long way behind club leader Frank Thomas (24 times).
Since May 7, the White Sox own the best record in the AL Central at 49-38 (.563).
Tonight’s starter, Gavin Floyd, is 6-3 lifetime against Cleveland and is 2-0 with a 0.61 ERA in 2011. Among the notables, Travis Hafner is 1-14 lifetime and Kosuke Fukudome is 1-9.
Earlier today, Matt Thornton, Chris Sale and AJ took part in a Pros vs. G.I. Joes video game competition at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox players, along with 25 local servicemen and women from different branches of the military, competed on-line vs. active service members from across the globe, including Kandahar, Afghanistan.
“I played for a while,” Chris Sale said, “but then I just enjoyed talking to the guys and having a chance to thank them for their service.”
It was pretty cool to see AJ playing Call of Duty against soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. We’ll have video and photos of the event soon …
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Pro vs. G.I. Joe brings together local wounded veterans and active military members currently deployed overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The competition takes place via an online gaming system that allows the players and troops to talk to each other while they compete.
After they finished playing, the players spent time interacting with the troops, signing autographs and listening to stories about the soldier’s military experiences.
To learn more about White Sox Charities Week, click here.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Our third annual White Sox Charities Week begins tomorrow! Every day, from August 16-21, the team will host a different fundraising initiative AT THE BALLPARK OR DURING GAME BROADCASTS to benefit Chicago White Sox Charities.
The past two Charities Weeks raised over $300,000! We can’t wait to see how far your generosity will stretch this year. As with previous years, any fan who donates $100 or more to the Chicago White Sox Charities during Charities Week will receive an autographed team-member photograph and will be entered into a drawing to win the Ultimate White Sox VIP Outing. This experience includes: four tickets to the Gold Coast Tickets Club at U.S. Cellular Field, the opportunity to watch batting practice from the field and a pre-game photo with a White Sox player.
In addition to fundraising, White Sox players will venture out into the community and participate in different events each day. Activities cover a wide range of causes such as hospital visits for children, the Chicago Special Olympics and supporting the U.S. Military.
For a schedule of events and to find out how you can get involved, please click here
Sunday, August 14, 2011
With today’s 6-2 win over the Royals, the White Sox are back to .500 at 60-60 and now trail the Tigers by just 4.0 games in the American League Central race.
Since bottoming out at 11-22 on May 6 (last place, 11 games out), the Sox have gone 49-38, tying the Tigers for the best record in the Central.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said postgame today that he expects catcher A.J. Pierzynski to be back in the lineup Tuesday night when the Sox open a three-game series with Cleveland.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Jerry Reinsdorf on Being a Team Owner and the Brooklyn Dodgers
Earlier today, White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and MLB Executive VP of Business Tim Brosnan met with White Sox sponsors and took part in a Q&A session with Comcast Sports Net Chicago’s Dave Kaplan.
Among the funnier moments …
Reinsdorf said that to be a Major League Baseball owner, you needed to “enjoy the game and love the competition.”
Kaplan asked what it was like to be the owner of the Chicago Bulls and White Sox and have to watch games on TV. Reinsdorf explained that he much preferred watching games with people, that when the teams were on the road, he often ended up watching alone at his home, adding that his wife “doesn’t watch sports.”
“When we are winning, I’m usually smoking a cigar,” Reinsdorf explained. “But sitting at home and watching a team lose is a miserable, miserable experience. I usually text Gar (Forman) or Kenny (Williams) to drive them nuts because I don’t want to be nuts all by myself.”
Reinsdorf recalled his most vivid baseball memory being a sad one when Bobby Thomson hit the “Shot Heard Round the World” as the New York Giants beat Reinsdorf’s beloved Brooklyn Dodgers in a 1951 playoff. But his favorite memory was being at Brooklyn’s Ebbetts Field for Jackie Robinson’s debut in 1947.
“I was too young to fully realize how significant that moment was,” he said, “but you could feel the buzz. There aren’t many people still around who can say they were there that day.”
As a Flatbush native, it was only natural that shortstop Pee-Wee Reese remains Reinsdorf’s favorite all-time player, although he listed Jim Thome and Harold Baines as contemporary players he loved.
Reinsdorf pointed out how Reese — a Louisville native and just in his mid 20s in 1947 – took a stance within the Dodgers clubhouse and throughout baseball by supporting Robinson as his teammate.
“I always respected him for that,” Reinsdorf said. “He was my favorite and will always be my favorite.”