Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The White Sox enter May at or above .500 for the first time since 2009 when the Sox were 11-10.
The Sox are looking to improve to 3-0 against the first-place Indians for the first time since 2002.
According to STATS LLC, Sox starter Chris Sale is the first White Sox starter to strike out five or more batters in each of his first four career starts.
Chicago is 4-1 vs. the American League Central this season after going 32-40 in 2011.
Paul Konerko needs one hit to move past HOF Eddie Collins (2,007) into sole possession of fourth place in franchise history.
Pitcher Jesse Crain, currently on the DL with a left oblique, played catch today but did not throw a bullpen mound session. He is scheduled to throw again Thursday and then Saturday, if all goes well, and is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday.
Pitching coach Don Cooper and bullpen coach Juan Nieves used their off day to catch up on some shopping at a local super store with red and white colors. And who do they see? One of their pitchers.
“We sure are an exciting group,” Cooper joked. “Spending our off day shopping!”
Goodbye to Moose
Earlier today, family and friends gathered to honor the memory of Bill “Moose” Skowron during a funeral mass at beautiful and grand All Saints Basillica in Chicago. Serving as honorary pallbearers were teammates Tony Kubek, Bobby Richardson, Bob Turley, Don Larsen, Minnie Minoso and Bill Melton. Acting pallbearers were Bob Grim, Jerry Reinsdorf, Mike Spidale, Mike Mazza, Bob Bertucci and Tom Sheridan. Robin Ventura, Herm Schneider and former Sox infielder Al Weis also attended, along with many members of Chicago’s baseball family.
Kubek and Richardson both spoke about their teammate and friend.
“When Casey first put me and Moose together as roommates, I just thought he stuck the two Pollacks together,” Kubek said, noting that since he was Polish, he could use the term. “After awhile, I realized what he was trying to do. He wanted Moose to mentor me. Moose was a winner and that was something Casey wanted me to learn from Moose.”
Kubek also drew a chuckle when he welcomed all the “Yankee Haters” to the mass.
Several friends joked afterward that they could imagine Moose watching the service and saying, “Get this shit over with …”
That was just Moose … or as Kubek noted, “We called him Moosey.”
Absolutely no truth to the rumor that a Sox front office executive, a groundskeeper and two coaches slogged their way through 18 holes at Cog Hill’s Dub’s Dread yesterday. That’s because the groundskeeper called the Weather Service after nine holes and was smart enough to head for home! But at least two of the three who gutted it out walked off the tough 18th hole with pars. Enough to bring you back the next time. Just saying.