Just Call it a Good Team Effort

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final: White Sox 4, A’s 2
 
1983 Royalty
 
This afternoon’s ceremonial first pitch honorees were two of the major factors in the success of the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox, who won the American League West by 20 games–Tony LaRussa, who was the ’83 A.L. Manager of the Year, and LaMarr Hoyt, the league’s Cy Young Award winner that year. Here they are before the start of today’s game:
 
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
Call it a seven-way tie.
 
Tyler Flowers’ solo homer in the third inning which tied the score at 1-1. atmlb.com/11P99Zi 
 
Hector Santiago‘s outstanding 6.1 innings as he allowed just one earned run and four hits along with six strikeouts.
 
Gordon Beckham‘s run-scoring double in the fourth inning. atmlb.com/11Pbt2G 
 
Jesse Crain‘s 1-2-3 eighth, which extended his personal high of consecutive scoreless appearances to 25.
 
Alex Rios‘s 11th blast of the season in the eighth which gave the Sox an insurance run and a 4-2 lead. atmlb.com/11Pjlky 
 
Addison Reed’s 1-2-3 ninth for his 19th save.
 
And last, but not least, Conor Gillaspie’s three sparkling plays at third and his sac fly in the fourth.
 
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Quote(s) of the Day
 
As the Sox paid tribute today to the ’83 White Sox as we do every Sunday, here is the second in a series of quotes we’ll excerpt this season from Bob Vorwald’s book, “What It Means to Be a White Sox.” Richard Dotson, a 22-game winner in ’83 and now the pitching coach at Class AAA Charlotte, talks about the night, September 17, that the Sox clinched the division title:
 
“The night we clinched was really exciting. Any time you do something like that, you are excited and also looking forward to the next step. Big leagues, minor leagues, no matter where you are, you want to win. It’s more rewarding when you go out there and feel like you’re acomplishing something. Being able to share that with 24 other guys, the coaching staff, the traveling secretary, the whole front office, was a blast.”
 
And here’s pinch-hitter extraordinaire Jerry Hairston sharing his memories of ’83:
 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 3.73) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (5-7, 4.66) for the Jays.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the following were all drafted by the White Sox yesterday, the last day of the June amateur draft?:
 
Nick Parent, 1B, Cal State-Monterey Bay, on the 36th round (son of Sox bench coach Mark Parent).
 
Cody Yount, OF, Virginia Commonwealth, on the 37th round (son of former major league pitcher Larry Yount and nephew of Hall of Famer Robin Yount).
 
Audry Santana, SS, Eckerd College, on the 38th round (son of former major league shortstop and ex-Sox coach Rafael Santana).
 
Ronell Coleman, 2B, Simeon Career Academy, on the 40th and final round (member of the White Sox Amateur City Elite program).
 
It’s also interesting to note that Adam Law, INF, Brigham Young University, was selected in the 12th round by the Dodgers. He is the son of former White Sox infielder Vance Law, currently with the Sox as a special assistant to player development, and grandson of one-time Pirates’ Cy Young Award winner Vern Law. 
 

1 Comment

There’s such talent on this team. They have to turn this around. Just think, defensively, about Gillaspie, Konerko and Beckham. Think about the bats of Rios, De Aza, Viciedo, Beckham and Alexei. Think about the pitching of Sale, Danks, Crain and Reed (just to start)…These guys are going to start clicking and there’s a lot of baseball left to play =)

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