A Big Weekend Ahead

Friday, May 10, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-2) for the Sox, Barry Enright (0-1) for the Halos.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Ramirez, SS; Flowers, C.
 
Dayan Back With Sox
 
Before tonight’s game the White Sox reinstated Dayan Viciedo from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Jordan Danks to Class AAA Charlotte. Viciedo had been on a rehabilitation assignment at Charlotte where he made four starts.
 
Gordon Should Be Back Soon
 
Gordon Beckham told the media before the game that he hopes to begin a rehab assignment in 10 days and join the Sox in two weeks.
 
A Special Mother’s Day for Alexei
 
Sunday will mark the first Mother’s Day in five years that Alexei Ramirez has spent with his Mom. Here’s the heartwarming story.
 
 
Anniversary of the Loooooongest Game
 
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Yesterday marked the 29th anniversary of the longest game in baseball history, a 25-inning, two-day affair that started on May 8 (it was suspended after 17 innings with the score tied 3-3) and ended on May 9 as Harold Baines hit a game-winning home run for a wild, 7-6 victory over the Brewers at old Comiskey Park (celebration pictured above). 
For the record, Tom Seaver was the winning pitcher, Tom Paciorek (who played both leftfield and first base) went 5-9 with three RBI, Carlton Fisk went 3-11 with an RBI and, believe it or not, caught the entire game–and 24 of the 25 men on the Sox roster saw action.

Following the game, Harold cemented his reputation as a man of few, but powerful words.  When asked by a media member if he got all of the ball with his swing, Baines famously replied, in his matter-of-fact manner, “Evidently.”

That “evidently” response became one of the most famous ever uttered on the South Side.

Fast forward to this new 30-second video for White Sox Family Sundays and you’ll see Baines deliver the line with more excitement than longtime Harold watchers can ever remember. And keep your eyes and ears on Ron Kittle at the end of the spot for a good chuckle.  http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=26793781

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On to the Next Round

Congrats to the Blackhawks for their convincing 5-1 win over the Wild last night to win their first round playoff series. Go Hawks!

 
Quote of the Day
 
From Bears’ running back @Michaelbush29 late this afternoon on Twitter: Throwing the 1st pitch out for the @whitesox at U.S. Cellular Field today.
 
Play of the Day
 
It may have gotten a bit lost in the glow of the Sox’s satisfying 6-3 win over the Mets on Wednesday, but Dewayne Wise’s outstanding catch off the bat of Ike Davis in the second inning definitely deserves another look.
 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) vs. Jerome Williams (1-1) for L.A.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the White Sox have made a major-league best 900 quality starts since 2003, three more than the Angels?
 
Photo(s) of the Day
 
This weekend is going to be a giveaway bonanza for Sox fans. On Saturday a Paul Konerko bobblehead, presented by Pepsi, will be given to the first 20,000 fans. On Sunday, the first 10,000 ladies 14 and over will receive a stylish White Sox Mother’s Day tote.
 
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