Thursday, April 25, 2013
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Chris Sale (1-2) for the Sox, Jeremy Hellickson (1-1) for Tampa Bay.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS; Flowers, C; Wise, CF.
Vote Early and Often
A Special Day for a Special Boy
Yesterday, the White Sox had the pleasure of hosting Adam Sanchez, a nine-year-old Chicagoan.
In his short life, Adam has faced more than his share of adversity. Nearly four years ago, his uncle and godfather Alex Valadez, a Chicago police officer, was tragically killed in the line of duty. Then, the day before Thanksgiving in 2012 Adam was diagnosed with Stage 3 ependymoma, a form of brain cancer.
Adam’s road to recovery began on January 10 of this year with both chemotherapy and radiation treatments. He underwent 30 sessions of chemo and 33 sessions of radiation by the end of February, which completed his treatment. Despite the on-going treatments, he didn’t miss a single day of school and maintained a straight-A average.
Prior to the game, Adam mingled with Sox players in the clubhouse, received various autographs and met his favorite player, Adam Dunn (the youngster likes that they share the same name). He then moved to the field, where he threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Chris Sale. After making his throw, Adam proudly took off his Sox cap to show off his scar and waved to the crowd that filled U.S. Cellular Field with cheers. Here’s the moment captured on video:
Adam also met Paul Konerko, who upon talking with the boy offered to have Adam and his family enjoy the game from his suite. In addition to being joined by his family, hundreds of students from Adam’s school, St. Bede, were at the game. They received the tickets from Jim Zangrilli, a generous season-ticket holder who caught wind of Adam’s story and wanted to help.
Of course the day was made even better with the 3-2 win over the Indians.
Nicest Guy in the World
I had a chance to watch some of yesterday’s game with former White Sox slugger Jim Thome, one of the nicest, most humble guys in the world.
After a quick hello, Jim plopped down next to me an inning or so later.
“Hey, do you remember that Black Out game?,” he asked innocently and earnestly about the 163rd game in 2008 vs. Minnesota that determined the A.L. Central title.
Remember!?!? Remember!?!? I pointed to the center field batter’s eye where Thome’s gigantic homer proved to be the difference in the 1-0 victory over the Twins to send the Sox to the postseason.
“That was pretty awesome, huh,” he said.
Yes, Jim. Pretty awesome.
Gordon said today that he is continuing to work out and stay in shape. His hope is to be back in the big leagues by the six-week mark of the recovery timetable.
What a Catch!
Take a look at Jared Mitchell’s spectacular catch last night for Class AA Birmingham vs. Huntsville:
Congrats to the Chicago Blackhawks, who last night clinched the NHL’s President’s Cup, awarded to the team with the best regular season record. Word is the Blackhawks spent their pre-game lunch in Edmonton watching White Sox Baseball on WGN-TV.
TWTW. “The will to win,” copyright 2013 Ken Harrelson.
“You can have all the will you want, you still have to hit that slider,” laughed one dugout sage. “You have to drive that runner in from second base with two out.”
Quote of the Day
Robin on Alex Rios, when asked if Alex is becoming an impact player:
“He was that guy last year. He’s just a good all-around player for us. He’s a good outfielder, he’s a good runner, can hit, hit for average, hit homers. He’s about as complete a guy as you can get.”
Play of the Day
The terrific slide by Alexei Ramirez in yesterday’s game as he evaded the tag for the stolen base.
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Jake Peavy (2-1) for the Sox, Roberto Hernandez (1-3) for Tampa Bay.
Did You Know…
…that the Sox have played a major-league high 11 one-run games so far this season?
Photo of the Day
Addison Reed, who shut the door on the Tribe in the ninth inning yesterday, is now 6 for 6 in save opportunities.