Sox Counting on Peavy to Break Through Against Cubs in Tomorrow’s Finale
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Final: Cubs 9, Sox 3
Sox Notes of Note
Chris Sale, whose start last night was halted by the postponement, told the media today that he will stay on his regular rest this weekend at Oakland, which means a Sunday start…According to Robin, Gordon Beckham is scheduled to take batting practice today and will hopefully play tomorrow for Class AAA Charlotte. The current thinking is that Beckham won’t rejoin the Sox until our next homestand, which begins June 6 vs. the A’s.
Several members of the White Sox are heading to Game 7 of the NHL playoffs between the Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings tonight at the United Center. Rumor has avid hockey fan (and former player) Paul Konerko sitting on the glass for this showdown.
“How do I look,” asked first base coach Daryl Boston as he stepped up out of the Sox dugout pregame, showing the back of his head and neck to fellow coach Harold Baines and interested onlookers.
Boston rubbed his cleanly (and apparently recently) shaved head.
“No one’s laughing, so I must have done OK,” he said, smiling.
“Kid, I don’t feel so good, you’re playing left today,” Cardinals outfielder George Hendrick said to rookie catcher (and current Sox bullpen catcher) Mark Salas before a 1984 game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
“Kid, you can play the outfield, can’t you?” asked manager Whitey Herzog of Salas.
Salas immediately starting looking around for an outfielder’s glove he could use.
“Here, you can use mine,” Hendrick said.
So out to left field trots Salas in a game that became an instant classic, a 12-11 Cubs win in 11 innings behind HOFer Ryne Sandberg.
“Fly ball over my head,” Salas re-counts. “I go back and BOOM! I’m doused with a warm beer. All down my back and pants.”
“What did you do, shower? Did you change your uniform or just wear it?” I asked.
It dawned on me as I drove past Soldier Field this morning, taking my daughter to school. How many other people managed the Chicago Sports Grand Slam, all before 1:00 p.m.? In addition to Soldier Field, I stopped at U.S. Cellular, ran past the United Center to pick up Blackhawks tickets for the players and then made it to Wrigley Field for batting practice. Pretty good day for making the rounds, I’d say.
Play(s) of the Day
Tyler Flowers doubled, singled and drove in a run. Jeff Keppinger had a three-hit day.
Quote of the Day
Robin on the recent death of Dr. Lewis Yocum, a pioneer in the field of sports medicine (via mlb.com):
“He was always somebody everybody went to for one thing or another,” said Ventura who saw Dr. Yocum for a shoulder injury while he was a player. “I don’t know how they do it for the Hall of Fame stuff, but if you’re looking at people who affected the game, he affected the game.”
White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (1:20 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jake Peavy (6-2) for the Sox, Travis Wood (4-3) for the Cubs.
Did You Know…
…that Alex Rios, the Orioles’ Adam Jones and the Angels’ Mike Trout are the only players in the American League with at least 10 homers and eight steals?
Photo of the Day
We made a lot of White Sox fans happy outside of Wrigley Field today with some pretty cool giveaways. Here are a few of those smiling faithful. And follow us on Twitter (@whitesox) to find out how you can participate in our giveaways throughout the season.