Quintana, White Sox Have Payback on Their Minds vs. A’s
Thursday, June 6, 2013
White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) for the Sox vs. RHP Dan Straily (3-2, 4.60) for Oakland. The two pitchers faced each other last Saturday in Oakland as the A’s pushed across a run in the bottom of the 10th for a 4-3 win.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Beckham, 2B, Flowers, C.
Peavy on DL, Fresh Arms Arrive After Last Night’s 16-Inning Win
Before tonight’s game, the Sox placed Jake Peavy on the 15-day disabled list with a rib fracture, optioned Brian Omogrosso to Class AAA Charlotte, recalled reliever Deunte Heath from Charlotte and purchased the contract of reliever Ramon Troncoso from the Knights.
Draft Starts Tonight
The 2013 MLB Draft begins tonight with the first two rounds and competitive balance rounds. The draft continues tomorrow with rounds 3-10 and concludes on Sunday with rounds 11-40.
The Sox own the 17th and 55th picks in the initial two rounds.
Two-time MVP Frank Thomas, the seventh pick overall by the Sox in 1989, will represent the club tonight during the opening round.
A Lefty Weekend
With Quintana, Chris Sale, John Danks and Hector Santiago scheduled to start for the Sox against the A’s this weekend, it marks the first time that the club has started all lefthanders in a four-game series since July of 1980 when Britt Burns, Steve Trout, Ross Baumgarten and Rich Wortham faced the Royals.
“Inside the White Sox” Anniversary
So when a friend mentioned to me recently that today is the eighth anniversary of this blog, I stopped in my tracks. It’s been eight years? That is a lot of wins, losses and words …
The anniversary also hits hard because I started this blog in the middle of the 2005 season, so it also means it’s been eight years since we spent October covered in champagne. THAT, just doesn’t seem right.
The concept of a blog was just hitting in 2005 when I decided to take a shot at creating a White Sox front office blog. Folks at MLB say I was the first, or one of the first, club officials to begin an online diary of sorts, but my main goal was to take advantage of this new technology to speak directly to the fans, to share info and insights and to also hear from fans in return. And I have tried to keep my eyes and ears open for funny lines and funny moments. In most major league clubhouses, there is always something funny happening. My goal has been to share those moments with our fans in a way that doesn’t betray confidences, but that leaves people laughing. You are the best judges as to whether I have succeeded or not.
Ultimately, the fun in this has been connecting with White Sox fans, passionate, passionate Sox fans. Many have read along and followed me for years. Many attended our Blog Nights and Social Media nights so that I was able to connect faces with online names. I’ve also heard from so many fans who don’t ever post but love to read. For example, my mom and dad read all the time and always tell me how much they love my stories (but not always my spelling).
But I do think more people than just my mom and dad have been along for this eight-year ride. I appreciate that you are willing to spend a little of your valuable time reading this blog, and most importantly, caring about the White Sox.
After all, we never forget that it is our fans who truly matter.
I will never forget the first day I posted to this blog because the earth moved … literally. I finally found some time while the team was in San Diego to figure out how this thing worked. So sitting in my hotel room on the water in San Diego, I posted my first post. If my memory is correct, the next morning was a Sunday. I woke up and was getting dressed to head to the ballpark. Sitting on the edge of the bed, I felt a jolt.
What was that?
I walked to the window, partly expecting to see people running from the building (I might have been on the 30th floor). Nothing.
I flipped on the TV and kept packing.
The news quickly circulated that San Diego has just suffered a small (seemed big to me) earthquake.
Wow, I didn’t think then, but think today for dramatic license, that this blog thing is pretty powerful. It moved the earth and all … HA!
Quote of the Day
With Robin on his way to his daughter’s high school graduation, bench coach Mark Parent managed the end of last night’s marathon. He spoke to the media following the game:
“Hopefully those guys grinding offensively late in the game carries over until tomorrow (today) and the future, that’s the good part about it…the whole pitching staff and the team really rallied around each other in the dugout and it was really good to see.”
Play of the Day
It was also heartening to see the way the Sox persevered last night. Losing the lead in the 14th on the Kyle Seager grand slam was deflating, but we came right back to win and end the losing streak.
White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-3, 2.44) for the Sox, RHP Jarrod Parker (4-6, 4.90). Sale and Parker face each other for the second time this week. They were the mound opponents in a tight pitching duel last Sunday in Oakland with Parker winning 2-0.
Did You Know…
…that, according to Parent, if last night’s game would have gone longer, outfielder Casper Wells–who pitched during his college days at Towson State–would have been called upon for mound duty. All seven relievers on the Sox active roster saw action in the extra-inning affair.
Photo of the Day
Parent, shown here congratulating Alex Rios, will be managing the Sox again tonight in Robin’s absence.