June 2013

It’s Time For a Sale-a-bration

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-5, 2.43) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (5-4, 3.97) for the Twins.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko,1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.
 
Tim Anderson to Kannapolis
 
Originally set to begin his pro career at Advanced Rookie Bristol, the Sox’s No 1 pick in this month’s First-Year Player Draft, Tim Anderson, has instead reported to Class A Kannapolis.
 
After our Sox brass watched the promising shortstop work out with the other draftees, the decision was made that he was ready to play at a more advanced level.
 
Quote of the Day
 
GM Rick Hahn on the state of the Sox:
 
“We are and continue to be in a bit of a disappointing stretch right now. I know there’s frustration in the clubhouse, obviously frustration amongst fans, amongst staff, but we do have a fair amount of time left to get this thing right. We’ve been saying that for a while now and it is obviously time to get going if we’re going to make that run. But despite the frustration and disappointment thus far, I don’t think there’s a reason to believe this is going to continue. I know guys are doing everything in their power in terms of preparation, in terms of trying to make adjustments to stem the tide of defeats we’ve had recently…”
 
Play of the Day
 
Paulie’s 4-4 performance (three singles, a double, an RBI and a run scored) in last night’s 7-5 loss to the Twins.
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (12:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (1-3, 4.50) for the Sox, LHP Scott Diamond (4-6, 5.29) for Minnesota.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Sale ranks among American League leaders in opponents slugging percentage (2nd, .283), opponents on-base percentage (3rd, .245), baserunners per 9.0 IP, opponents average (3rd, 8.54) and ERA (4th, 2.43)? While Chris is winless in June he has recorded a 2.11 ERA and in his last nine starts he’s at 1.63. He is also 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 11 appearances (three starts) vs. Minnesota and 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA over his last three starts. 
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Sox Shoot For a Minny Revival

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.12) for Minnesota.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn,1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham 2B; Flowers, C.

A Great Way to Start the Day

So I had to chuckle about how my day started.

To help Jerry Reinsdorf out with a response, I needed to find Kirk Gibson’s game-winning home run from Game 1 of the 1988 World Series between the Dodgers and the A’s.  I think for most people around my age, this was one of the moments of growing up as a baseball fan.

So I went onto YouTube, typed in “Kirk Gibson 1988 World Series,” and what pops up but the entire NBC broadcast of the game, with Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola superimposed over a Dodger Stadium sunset as the telecast opened. 

I fast forwarded to the end, to Gibson’s game winner.  The footage was hilarious … there was Tim Belcher, a skinny Mark McGwire, Dennis Eckersley.  In the Dodgers dugout were Bill Russell, Mike Scioscia, Orel Hershiser, Steve Sax.

Man, it brought back memories of watching these games with my dad (a Dodger fan).

And there is no better way to start a random day than to hear Scully’s call of Gibson’s at-bat and blast.

Classic baseball from the 1980s.

Mike Sirotka in the House

Former White Sox pitcher Mike Sirotka, who won 45 games for the Sox from 1995-2000, stopped by the clubhouse before last night’s 4-2 win over the Astros.

Sirotka, a Houston native who has moved back to his hometown after living in Arizona for 10 years, had hip replacement surgery about three weeks ago, but aside from that looks like he could still pitch. 

Mike talked to Paulie for a bit and stopped in to say hello to Robin and Coop.  A member of the LSU team that won the 1993 College World Series, he and Robin swapped stories about Skip Bertman, the legendary Tiger coach who won five CWS championships.

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Play of the Day

Dayan Viciedo’s two-out, three-run triple in the sixth inning last night that gave the Sox the two-run lead that they never relinquished. It was Dayan’s second triple in as many games.

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?c_id=cws&content_id=28112277&partnerId=as_mlb_20130618_8945034

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Did You Know…

…that Jesse Crain hasn’t given up a run since April 12? For the record: His 27 games and 27 scoreless innings are career highs. His 27-game scoreless streak matches J.J. Putz (2010) for the franchise record. It is the second-longest streak in MLB this season (Rex Brothers of Colorado has gone 29 straight games). The 27-inning streak is tied with Putz for the 12th longest in team history (record is 45 by Doc White in 1904). The 27 scoreless IP streak is the second longest this season to Chris Sale (28 IP) and the longest active.

Quote(s) of the Day

RV after last night’s victory:

On Crain:

“Jesse, he’s been great…Any situation, any big moment for us he’s been there…It’s amazing what he’s been doing–he’s just been locked in, healthy and everything else.”

On Viciedo:

“It was good for Viciedo to get a hit. You hope it kind of gets him going a little bit. We’ve been missing that. To finally get it (the big hit) with him doing it, it’s good to see.”

On Nate Jones and the outstanding effort by the bullpen:

With Jonesy going out there, he’s been great for us, he’s cleaned up what (was going wrong) for him. He comes out tonight and does a great job and then you get Matty (Thornton), Jesse and Reeder (Addison Reed, who collected his 20th save) in there.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10, CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-5, 2.43) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (5-4, 3.97) for the Twins.

Photo of the Day

Jesse looks to extend his streaks this week against his former Twins teammates.

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Sox Plan: Leave Houston on a Winning Note

Monday, June 17, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:05, CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (5-6, 3.47) for the Astros.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn,1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Gimenez, C.

A Conversation With PK

ESPNChicago.com’s Scoop Jackson caught up with Paulie and talked to the White Sox captain about his life in a Sox uniform.

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/9384624/paul-konerko-chicago-white-sox-written-yet

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Quote of the Day

Robin’s comments on the recent Sox losses:

“It’s baseball. You have to create your own breaks and attitude-wise and everything else. If you want to go down the road of feeling sorry for yourself and thinking bad things are going to happen, it’s probably going to happen. I’m not going there. You have to pick yourself up, stay positive and get after it.”

Play of the Day

Outfielder Trayce Thompson, one of the Sox’s brightest prospects now playing at Class AA Birmingham, gave his Dad quite a Father’s Day gift yesterday by belting two home runs and driving in five runs in the Barons’ 9-8 win over Jackson. Trayce’s father, by the way, is former NBA star Mychal Thompson, who was listening to the game. The younger Thompson has been red-hot recently and as a result was named the Southern League Hitter of the Week (June 10-16), batting .435 with three homers, nine RBI and five runs scored.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.12) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Gordon Beckham is hitting .378 with three doubles, two RBI and six runs scored over his last 10 games?

Photo of the Day

Yep, that’s Chris Sale holding court with a group of enthusiastic youngsters during his recent visit to Ronald McDonald House.

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Sox Counting on Quintana to Turn the Tide in Series Finale Tomorrow Night

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: Astros 5, White Sox 4

Happy Father’s Day…

…to all the Dads out there. Here’s a wonderful story about Addison Reed and his relationship with his father by Scott Merkin of mlb.com.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130613&content_id=50439278&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Play of the Day

Alejandro De Aza tripled, hit a two-run ninth inning homer and scored twice.

Quote of the Day

From tomorrow’s starter, @jose_quintana24 on Twitter: “Feliz dia del Padre, Dios les bendiga a todos, happy Father’s Day god blessed.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:05, CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (5-6, 3.47) for the Astros.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox came into today’s action tied with the Angels for the most one-run games (24) in the American League? Today’s game made it 25.

Photo of the Day

Jose will be shooting for his fourth win.

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John Danks Looking for More Saturday Magic

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (6:15 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: LHP John Danks (1-2, 4.13) for the Sox and RHP Lucas Harrell (4-7, 4.52), who pitched on the South Side in 2010-11, for the Astros. In Danks’ last start, a week ago today vs. the A’s, he allowed only one run, three hits and a walk along with six strikeouts in eight innings to win his first game of the season.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.

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Signed on the Dotted Line

The Sox have come to terms with 27 of their 40 draft choices from this month’s First-Player Draft, including the top 11 picks.

Never a Dull Moment

To anyone following the White Sox this season, it’s obvious how many tight games the Sox have played. But when you take a closer look, the number of nail-biters is staggering. Of the 64 games the Sox have played, 51 have been decided by three runs or less. That’s 79.7 percent. We also have played 11 extra inning games, the most in the American League and second only in the majors to the Colorado Rockies (12).

Quote of the Day

Robin, on being selected as a coach for the American League in the All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 16, at New York’s Citi Field.

“It’s special, having played there (in New York with both the host Mets and Yankees), it makes it nice. It’s always an honor anytime you get asked to do anything with the All-Star Game…Even as a player guys should play…it’s important for the game. Anytime you’re asked to do it, you should honor that.”

Play of the Day

Chris Sale’s magnificent complete-game performance in last night’s 2-1 loss to the Astros. He allowed no earned runs, just five hits and a lone walk while striking out 14, just one shy of his career high of 15 accomplished in May of last year against Tampa Bay. It was also Chris’s sixth career game with 10 or more strikeouts.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (2-4, 3.12) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-3, 4.37) for Houston. Hector earned his second win of the season last Sunday against the A’s. He pitched 6.1 innings, giving up just one earned run on four hits.

Did You Know…

…that this is the second time this month that the Sox have started all left-handers in a four-game series (Sale, Danks, Santiago and Jose Quintana)?

Photo/Video of the Day

Sale’s virtuoso performance last night:

http://wapc.mlb.com/cws/play/?tcid=mm_cws_vid&c_id=cws

Sale, Sox Face Astros in White Sox Fans’ “Happy Place”– Minute Maid Park

Friday, June 14, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series. (I doubt I have to remind you that this is the same ballpark where the Sox clinched the 2005 World Series).

Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-4, 2.68) for the Sox, LHP Erik Bedard (1-3, 5.34) for Houston. Chris has a 1.85 ERA and 55 strikeouts over his last eight starts.

Sox Starting Lineup: Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Konerko,1B; Dunn, DH; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, 3B; Wells, CF; Flowers, C. 

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Wise Move

Dewayne Wise, on the DL since June 2 with a strained right hamstring, is now at Class AAA Charlotte on a rehab assignment.

The Pen

The White Sox bullpen owns a 2.41 earned run average in June, lowering their ERA for the season from 4.23 to 3.84.

Very Well Dunn

Adam is 8-15 with four homers, seven RBI, seven runs scored and three walks in his last four games. He is tied for the A.L. lead with five home runs this month.

Sox Draft Picks in College World Series

Danny Hayes, a first baseman/outfielder from Oregon State selected by the Sox in the 13th round of the First-Year Player Draft, and outfielder Adam Engel from Louisville (19th round) will both be participating in the College World Series in Omaha, NE. Oregon State plays Mississippi State and Louisville faces off against Indiana tomorrow in the opening games of the CWS.

Sons of Texas

Jesse Crain (Houston), the Danks brothers (Austin) and Adam Dunn (The Woodlands) all live in Texas…Crain played at the University Houston…and Jeff Keppinger and Matt Lindstrom both played for the Astros.

Sox Hero Turned Astro Broadcaster

Geoff Blum spent five seasons playing for the Astros and is currently in the club’s radio booth. Blum, of course, has a whole different identity to White Sox fans after he hit the dramatic 14th inning solo homer for the Sox in Game 3 of the ’05 World Series that set the stage for the four-game sweep and Series championship literally hours later. Dan Hayes of csnchicago.com caught up with Blum on the eve of this weekend’s series in Houston.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox-talk/sox-series-hero-blum-finds-new-home-behind-astros-mic

The Blum homer:

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Quote of the Day

Paul Konerko, the lone Sox player still on the active roster from the ’05 champions, is quoted in the csnchicago.com story about Blum’s extra-inning blast:

“I felt like no one was going to score. Blummer had some pop, but it was a very dead game from like the ninth or 10th inning on. Just boom. It just happened really quickly. When he hit it, I don’t think anybody thought it was a homer. It was just a low liner that you were hoping would get down and all of a sudden it hit over the fence and you realize, ‘S***, we can win now.’ “

Play of the Day

A two-time American League All-Star during his playing days, Robin Ventura has been selected as a coach on this year’s A.L. squad for the Midsummer Classic by All-Star manager Jim Leyland of Detroit. Robin will be joined by Toronto Blue Jays’ manager John Gibbons and the regular coaching staff of the 2012 A.L. champion Tigers. The game will be played at New York’s Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16 and RV is no stranger to the New York City borough of Queens. He played for the Mets when they won the 2000 National League pennant and faced the Yankees in the World Series.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (6:15 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: LHP John Danks (1-1, 4.13) for the Sox and RHP Lucas Harrell (4-7, 4.52), who pitched on the South Side in 2010-11, for the Astros. 

Did You Know…

…that the White Sox have won three of the last four, scoring 23 runs and eight home runs during that span?

Photo of the Day

From @soxnerd on Twitter:  “Tonight will be the @WhiteSox first game in Houston since…Game 4 of the 2005 World Series AKA the greatest day in the history of the world.”

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Game Postponed; Sox Sign No.1 Pick Tim Anderson

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
The finale of the White Sox-Blue Jays series has been postponed due to a severe weather forecast. A makeup date and time will be announced at a later date.
 
Anderson in the Fold
 
We announced today that Tim Anderson, our first selection and the 17th pick overall in last week’s June Draft, has been signed to a minor-league contract with a $2.164 million bonus. He will report to Advanced Rookie Bristol.
 
The promising shortstop from East Central Community College in Mississippi is shown below in the first link meeting Harold Baines and taking a picture with his family in front of the Sox dugout. In the second link, Tim signs his contract.
 
 
 
White Sox-Bulls Launch Series of Anti-Violence PSAs
 
The Sox and Bulls today launched a series of public service announcement videos highlighting an anti-violence message and the teams’ partnership with Youth Guidance, a leading provider of school-based programs serving more than 14,000 at-risk youth in 70 Chicago Public and charter schools.

The Bulls and White Sox support of Youth Guidance, specifically the organization’s B.A.M. (Becoming A Man™) – Sports Edition program, is part of the teams’ shared commitment to violence prevention in the city of Chicago.  The special PSA videos launched today, in advance of summer vacation, feature “discussion sessions” with young men from B.A.M. programs at Hyde Park Academy and Little Village Academy, as they engage with Bulls players Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson, along with White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams, respectively.

 To view the videos, go to whitesox.com/community.

Quote of the Day
 
Chris Sale, commenting on his visit yesterday to Ronald McDonald House (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):
 
“Definitely makes you be thankful for what you have. It’s kind of how I live my life and even playing baseball. Don’t get upset about what you don’t have or what you could have. But appreciate the days you do have and the fun times you are having. Not everyone gets to live their life that way.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Conor Gillaspie’s three-run blast, his fourth homer of the season, in the fourth inning of last night’s 7-5, 10-inning loss. 
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
Off-day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: Sale (5-4, 2.68) for the Sox, TBA for Houston. The rest of the Sox rotation vs. the Astros: John Danks on Saturday, Hector Santiago on Sunday and Jose Quintana on Monday.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the Sox’s Class AA Birmingham club will advance to the postseason for the 10th time in 14 seasons after it clinched the Southern League’s Northern Division first-half title on Monday with a 7-3 win over Jacksonville? The Barons are 40-24 and have a 7.5 game lead.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Enjoy this terrific play by Gordon Beckham, who robbed the Jays of a hit in last night’s game.
 

With Three Straight Wins, the Sox are Finding Their Way Through the Fog

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Chien Ming Wang (0-0) for Toronto.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Konerko, DH; Dunn,1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.
 

Perspective

I had the opportunity earlier today to attend the unveiling of the “White Sox Family Field rooftop” at the downtown Chicago Ronald McDonald House along with Jerry Reinsdorf, Howard Pizer, Christine O’Reilly, Chris Sale, Jesse Crain and Gavin Floyd (it might tell you something about Gavin to hear that he stopped by the ballpark last night and when he heard about the event, asked to attend along with his wife).

This Ronald McDonald House is the largest in the world, featuring 86 rooms, and serves as a home-away-from-home for families and outpatients undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital downtown.  The rooftop provides kids with a place to play outside on a small-scale U.S. Cellular Field (heavy on Southpaw graphics).

Visiting with families and kids certainly put a perspective on things, and seeing the year-old facility was awesome. Here are Floyd, Sale and Crain talking with a youngster (top) and a look at the replica field:

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Funny Moment

On the elevator ride up to the roof, Jerry Reinsdorf joked with Jesse Crain that we needed to get a two-run lead for the ace reliever to give him a little breathing room.

“Why?” Chris Sale piped in.  “What difference would it make.  No one scores off him anyway.”

The facility features a very cool kaleidoscopic sculpture that you can make move by cranking a wheel.  Sale couldn’t stop and didn’t want to leave the kids.  All three players gave their uniform tops to children (so we might need a nifty move by clubhouse manager Vince Fresso by game time!)

As they planned out the event, folks from the House asked the players to help a four-year-old throw out the “first pitch” and then have him “hit” a pitch and run the bases.

They asked Floyd to throw the pitch with the kid.  “Me?” Gavin laughed, pointing to the large brace on his arm.  “As long as it’s underhand!”

“Don’t have Crain pitch to the kid,” Sale said.  “He won’t get a hit.”

Speaking of Jesse

Crain has made 26 consecutive scoreless appearances (covering 25.1 IP), the second-longest streak in White Sox history behind J.J. Putz’s 27 in 2010.
 
The Foggy City
 
A look at last night’s fog and how it affected baseball on both sides of town:
 
 
“The Road to Return”
 
Here is Part 3 of the “Road to Return,” a closeup look at John Danks’ journey from shoulder surgery to a major league comeback: http://atmlb.com/12giGPo
 
If you missed the first two parts, here they are:
 
Robin on last night’s fog:
 
“I played in a lot of games like this in high school. I got a lot of hits that way, too,” he said laughing.
 
Play of the Day
 
With the potential tying and winning runs on second and third for the Blue Jays in the top of the eighth, Alexei Ramirez made this spectacular play to quell the rally and end the inning.
 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-4, 2.68) for the Sox, RHP Esmil Rogers (1-2, 3.60) for the Jays.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that every White Sox starter reached base at least once in last night’s win as the Sox scored a season-high 10 runs?
 
Photo of the Day
 
Adam Dunn’s 4-4 day that included two homers–one of them a three-run shot in the fourth inning that gave the Sox a lead that they never relinquished–in last night’s 10-6 victory. Dunn now has 15 homers and, along with his five runs batted in, has 37 RBI.
 
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Blue Jays Next as Sox Continue to Climb

Monday, June 10, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 3.73) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (5-7, 4.66) for the Jays.

Sox Starting Lineup: DeAza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Konerko,1B; Dunn, DH; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, 3B; Beckham, 2B; Gimenez, C.

Tribute for Heroes

Voting has started for this year’s “People Magazine/MLB Tribute for Heroes” (click on promo below).  Each major league team features three eligible finalists submitted by fans.  By voting, you can send one of the three well-deserving military veterans to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York City.

Officially, the White Sox cannot advocate for one candidate over the others, BUT one is my personal friend, a guy I’ve known now for many years.

So in that case, please allow me to stump for Israel del Toro (“DT”), a proud member of the U.S. Air Force.

A little background …

I met DT through the wounded warrior program several spring trainings ago.  A Sox fan, DT’s choice was to receive a free trip out to Glendale to meet with White Sox, take in a game, tour, etc.  I believe his trip was one of the first times he was out of the hospital in San Antonio, maybe the first.

DT, who grew up in New Lenox and went to Providence, was serving as a forward observer in Afghanistan when his Humvee was hit by an IED.  Luckily for him, a small creek ran beside the road where the bomb exploded.  Seriously hurt, his mates rolled him into the creek to douse the fires.  The next thing DT remembers, doctors were cutting off his watch at a hospital in Germany.  The next thing he remembers after that, it was months later and he was in San Antonio at the military’s special burn unit.

This is one tough Son-of-A-Gun.  DT was burned over 90-some percent of his body (I think only three of four other guys at the time had been burned over more of their body and survived).  He has endured over 120 surgeries (and counting) to repair the damage to his body and to rebuild his face and hands,

You will not find a stronger will to live.  You will not find a better sense of humor about himself.  You will not find a more proud soldier or White Sox fan.  He’s thrown out first pitches in spring training and at U.S. Cellular Field.  He’s spoken to our players in spring training about his experiences and his challenges.  He competes in Warrior Games, winning medals for throwing, biking and shooting.  He wants nothing more than to make the U.S. Paralympic Team.  And he will.  I know it.

I’m so proud to call him my friend.

Two moments will be with me forever.

DT became the first seriously burned soldier to be allowed to re-enlist.  I was honored to attend that ceremony in San Antonio a couple of years ago with Scott Linebrink (who lived not that far away and joined me for the ceremony).

And DT invited my wife and I to his wedding a couple of summers ago.  He wanted to give his wife the fancy wedding she deserved, surrounded by family and friends in Chicago, along with many from Mexico.  The man looked sharp in his dress uniform, bride at his side.

So please vote for whomever you like, but as for me, my vote goes to my friend, DT. These videos give you more insight into how special he is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-q1txTmVRE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9K_FME1A2U

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Quote of the Day

Robin on the return of Gordon Beckham, who is hitting .308 in the seven games he’s played since returning to the lineup from the DL:

“I wouldn’t look at Gordon as a normal eight-hole hitter. He’s better. He’s grown up a lot. He’s a better hitter than that, it’s just where he needs to be right now. Valuable as far as his approach and everything else it’s been big for us to get him back, offensively and defensively. Everybody talks about his defense, but for me what he brings offensively is big.”

Play of the Day

When PK steps on the field tonight he will pass Hall of Famer Nellie Fox and move into second place on the White Sox all-time games played list (2,116). Only Hall of Fame shortstop Luke Appling, who played his entire 20-year major-league career on the South Side, played more games (2,422) in a Sox uniform.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Chein Ming Wang (0-0) for Toronto.

Did You Know…

…that Alejandro De Aza is hitting .386 in his last 11 games with a pair of doubles, seven RBI and eight runs scored? He has raised his average from .239 to .267 during that period.

Photo of the Day

Addison Reed, who notched save No. 19 yesterday, spent some time in the #SoxSocial Lounge last week talking to fans on the phone. Apparently he needed to have some moral support from a facsimile of one of his teammates.

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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. 
 
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