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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Mets at Citi Field, New York (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Hector Santiago (1-1) for the Sox, Matt Harvey (4-0) for the New Yorkers.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS; Flowers, C; Wise, CF; Santiago, P.
 
Livin’ the Dream
 
When Hector was growing up in Newark, NJ, he was a fan of the Mets. So, tonight will be very special for him as he faces his once-favorite major-league team. And he will have plenty of support in the stands. More than 100 family members and friends have bought tickets to be part of his memorable night.
 
Sox Meet Mets for First Time in New York
 
This is the first time since interleague play began in 1997 that the White Sox are playing the Mets in New York–and NY is the only N.L. team the Sox haven’t played on the road. The two clubs met once before, at U.S. Cellular Field in June of 2002 when the Sox took two of three.
 
Just for fun I looked up our starting lineup for the opener of that three-game series…Ray Durham, 2B; Jose Valentin, 3B; Frank Thomas, DH; Magglio Ordonez, RF; Paul Konerko, 1B; Carlos Lee, LF; Aaron Rowand, CF; Mark Johnson, C; Royce Clayton, SS. Gary Glover was the starting pitcher in the opening game. Todd Ritchie and Dan Wright started Games 2 and 3.
 
Robin No Stranger to Mets Fans
 
While RV broke in with the White Sox, spent 10 years in a Sox uniform and is a South Sider through and through, he also made an impact in his three seasons (1999-2001) with the Mets.
 
He hit 77 homers and drove in 265 runs while he was there with highs of 32 and 120 in ’99. He was also a member of an infield (along with John Olerud, Edgardo Alfonzo and Rey Ordonez) that Sports Illustrated speculated might have been the best defensive quartet ever. And he was the starting third baseman on the Mets team that won the 2000 National League pennant and played the Yankees in the World Series.
 
The Grand Slam Single
 
Robin, of course, is best known in Mets annals for his “grand slam single” that ended Game 5 of the 1999 National League Championship Series against the Braves at New York’s Shea Stadium. Here’s the story: With the score tied at 2-2, the Braves took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 15th inning. In the bottom of 15th, the Mets evened the score on a bases loaded walk, bringing up Ventura with the bags still loaded. Robin blasted a homer over the right-center field fence to win the game. But Todd Pratt, who was the runner on first, picked up RV in celebration between first and second and Robin never crossed the plate. So, in the record books, the grand slam-that-wasn’t stands as a game-winning single and one RBI for RV. Grand slam or no grand slam, it was still voted as the sixth most memorable moment in the history of Shea. Take a look:
 
 
When in New York…
 
Jake Peavy took advantage of being in the Big Apple and stopped by the MLB Fan Cave.
 
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Sox Moves
 
The White Sox have claimed switch-hitting first baseman Mike McDade off waivers from Cleveland and optioned him to Class AAA Charlotte. Gavin Floyd was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
 
Remark-a-Bull
 
Can’t say enough about the Bulls. Their recent run against the Nets and in Game 1 vs. the Heat has been a beautiful thing to watch and a credit to the Bulls franchise.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on his memories of playing for the Mets:
 
“For me it was a great time. We enjoyed it as a family, just being there. The Mets were very good to me. I’ll see a lot of faces I’m friends with and happy to see.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Good Times: While Jordan Danks hit the game-winning homer for the White Sox yesterday and big brother John is getting closer to returning to the Sox (he’s on the mound tonight for Charlotte in another rehab start), John’s fiancee Ashley Monroe and the Pistol Annies debuted their new album this morning on The Today Show.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Mets at Citi Field, New York (6:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Jake Peavy (3-1) for the Sox, Jeremy Hefner (0-3) for the Mets.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Sox third base coach “Super Joe” McEwing was inducted this afternoon into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame? McEwing, a nine-year major leaguer, was a teammate of Robin’s with the Mets and like Ventura is happy to return this week to the town of their past glory. Joe was honored along with longtime Los Angeles Dodgers’ owner Peter O’Malley, 23-year major-leaguer Rusty Staub, baseball writer Bill Madden and sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy.
 
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Santiago: From 30th round draft pick to facing his favorite team from childhood.

 

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