#TWTW

Saturday, April 27, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Gavin Floyd (0-3) for the Sox, Matt Moore (4-0) for the Tampa Bay.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Greene, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Ramirez, SS; Gillaspie, 3B; Flowers, C; Danks, CF.
 
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The Will To Win: White Sox Style
 
I think you had to be living in Australia or on a remote island to have have missed this week’s “battle” between Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and MLB Network’s Brian Kenny over the importance and value of sabermetrics. As an organizaiton, probably like most MLB organizations, we utilize both “new school” statistical analysis and “old school” scouting to collect data and opinions for GM Rick Hahn, Ken Williams, Robin Ventura and others to use before making a decision. For us, the whole debate is entertaining, as is Hawk’s creation of TWTW, which stands for The Will To Win. When you can measure that, he says, and factor that into statistical analysis, well, then you’ll be on to something.
 
Scott Merkin of whitesox.com caught up with Hahn yesterday.
 
“You’ll be happy to know that we’ve run the numbers, and we rank extraordinarily high on the TWTW metric right now,” Hahn told Merkin. “As you know, it has proven over the years to be a harbinger of good things to come. Hawk is great and just as people who may approach the game from a more objective standpoint want to have their voices heard and their opinions respected, I think given a man who has accomplished what he has in the game over seven different decades deserves the same respect and the opportunity to air his opinions.”
 
To that, Merkin tweeted an “Amen.”
 
Happy Ending
 
Around 6:00 p.m. last night, I wandered back toward Herm Schneider’s training room (because it does belong to Herm) and ran into Jake Peavy walking down the hall. Nornally, I am old school and don’t talk to that day’s starting pitcher, but I bumped into Jake so fast that I didn’t really have time to think.
 
“How’s it going?” I said as a greeting.
 
“I’ll tell you in three hours,” he replied.
 
It was indeed a happy ending as Jake got credit for this third win of the season in the 
5-4 Sox victory.
 
Bobblehead Harold
 
Tonight is Harold Baines bobblehead night. Take a look at Harold and his little buddy.
 
Pudge
 
With the Sox suited up in their 1983 replica uniforms, Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk–one of the standouts on the ’83 “Winning Ugly” White Sox–will be honored prior to tomorrow’s series finale.
 
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Play(s) of the Day
 
Give it to the G-men: Hector Gimenez, Tyler Greene and Conor Gillaspie, who each went deep in last night’s comeback win. It was Gimenez’s first major league homer, Greene’s 17th (his first in a Sox uniform) and Gillaspie’s third.
 
Here’s an interesting tidbit about the 30-year-old Gimenez, courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau. Over the last 60 years, the only other 30-something rookie to hit his first major-league home run for the White Sox was Tadahito Iguchi in 2005.
 
Hector’s memorable moment:
 
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Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the White Sox bench players, who were instrumental in last night’s victory–the Sox’s third straight win:
 
“There’s energy when guys get a shot and you put them in there. There always seems to be energy. That’s one thing that Hector Gimenez brings when he comes in there. He has energy and he’s ready to go no matter what. I think Tyler had that today, and also Jordan (Danks). It’s good when you have guys that get their shot and take advantage of it.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox, David Price (0-2) for Tampa Bay.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that San Diego State honored its former star pitcher Addison Reed last night by giving away Reed replica jersey shirts to the fans that attended the Aztecs’ game vs Fresno State? Reed, of course, responded in Chicago by recording his eighth save in as many opportunities.
 
Photo of the Day
 
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