Monday, February 25, 2013
A Classic Comeback
In the end the White Sox played their second tie game in two days, 9-9, but it feels much more satisfying than it might sound. Down 9-2 to the Giants heading into the eighth inning, the White Sox staged a remarkable seven-run rally, highlighted by lefthanded-hitting first baseman Seth Loman’s three-run monster shot that tied the score at nine. Among the other highlights in the inning were Josh Phegley’s run-scoring double and Josh Bell’s ground-rule double that scored a pair, The Sox were behind 9-0 when Jared Mitchell tripled in two runs in the sixth to get on the scoreboard. They finished with 12 hits.
While in Scottsdale for today’s game against the Giants, I took this photo of the World Series trophy that was front and center for San Francisco fans to enjoy. I want that feeling again.
A Familiar Visitor
Chris Singleton, who patrolled the outfield for the Sox from 1999-2001 and was Ed Farmer’s radio partner in 2006-7, dropped by the dugout prior to today’s game. Singleton, who has been at ESPN since leaving the Sox booth, is the lead baseball analyst for the network’s radio coverage.
All Eyes on Rienzo
The press box in Scottsdale was full of Japanese media today to scout Sox righthander Andre Rienzo, who starts for Brazil against Japan in the WBC opener for both clubs this weekend.
In what became a fun White Sox tradition, Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and the Sox’s Kevin Hickey celebrated their mutual February 25th birthday each year by going out to dinner and invited Harold Baines and trainer Herm Schneider to join them. The popular Hickey, who passed away last season at 56, will not be forgotten. The group is planning to get together again this year and they’ll leave an empty chair for Hick.
It Has to Be Some Kind of Record
Because of the unusual circumstances, readers of the White Sox Media Guide will find recently departed infielder Lars Anderson’s bio while newly acquired Conor Gillaspie is nowhere to be found. Anderson, if you’ll recall, was picked up on waivers from Arizona on February 1 and designated for assignment last Friday to make room for Gillaspie without ever seeing any game action. Bad timing, the guide had already been printed. The story doesn’t end there. Anderson is now a Blue Jay, though the Toronto media might be well-advised to get a copy of the Sox guide for info on Lars. The Blue Jays guide is printed as well.
Speaking of the Sox media guide, here’s the cover:
Quote of the Day
Promising pitcher Erik Johnson, yesterday’s starter, on pitching with the big club: “I look at it as an opportunity every day to go out and play with the best guys out there–especially in this clubhouse. They’re very welcoming and they want to make sure all the younger guys feel welcome in the clubhouse and on the field.”
Play of the Day
Loman’s three-run blast, his second bomb in three spring games.
White Sox vs. Texas at Surprise (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). Nestor Molina starts for the Sox vs.Yu Darvish.
Did You Know…
…that Molina, tomorrow’s starting pitcher, began his professional career in the Blue Jays organization as an infielder-outfielder before becoming a full-time pitcher in 2009?
Photo of the Day
Happy Birthday Mr. Chairman!