Paulie and Rick Talk to the Media as Sale Prepares to Face Shields and Royals

Friday, September 27, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-13, 2.97) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (12-9, 3.21) for Kansas City.

Sale is among the American League leaders in numerous categories: Complete Games (4, 1st); Strikeouts by a Lefthanded Pitcher (221, 1st); Strikeout/Walk Radio (4.91, 2nd); Strikeouts (221, 3rd); WHIP (1.05, 3rd); Quality Starts (23, T3rd); Opponents On-Base Percentage (.278, 4th); Strikeouts/9.0 IP (9.52, 5th); Opponents Average (.225, 5th); Opponents Slugging Average (.350, 5th); ERA (6th); and Home ERA (2.79, 8th).

More Sale:

* His strikeout total this year is the most strikeouts in a season by a White Sox lefthander in team history.

* He ranks fifth in strikeouts in club history for a single season behind Hall of Famer Ed Walsh (269 in 1908, 258 in 1910, 255 in 1911, 254 in 1912).

* He is attempting to set Sox single-season records in strikeouts per nine innings and strikeout-to-walk ratio.

* He is the eighth pitcher in Sox history (15th time) to work at least 200 innings and have 200-plus strikeouts in a season.

* Has six career 12-plus strikeout games, tied with Juan Pizarro and Ed Walsh for the most in team history.

* Chris is the fastest pitcher in franchise history to reach 200 K’s in a season (193.2 IP, 27 games) and 500 career strikeouts (472.1 IP).

* His .133 average vs. lefthanded hitters is the third-lowest in the major leagues.

Sox Starting Lineup: Jor. Danks, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Viciedo, LF; Semien, 3B; Phegley, C.       

Paulie Speaks

PK spoke to the media before today’s game. Among the highlights:

* He’s going to take a month off before making a decision whether or not to play next year.

* If he does come back, 2014 will be his last season.

* He could make a list of 20 reasons to come back and another list of 20 reasons not to.

* For the first time going back to his youth, he doesn’t feel he’s earned his way onto next year’s team. He said his role would have to make sense for both him and the Sox.

* He indicated that if he does come back, production can be evaluated in a number of ways so he would consider a different role and working closer with the young players.

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A Special Thank You

I thought I’d share this e-mail we received today from a fan named Ben. It never ceases to amaze me what an act of kindness at the ballpark can do:

I am writing to tell you about a heartwarming event which occurred last night during the game with the Royals.  Just before the game started, a family of four, Dad, Mom, Daughter, Son, walked down to their seats in the 18th row of section 120.  Not that unusual, except the little girl, about 9 years old with pigtails and glasses, struggled mightily to get down the stairs.  She had braces on both legs, held Mom and Dad’s hands and made her way down to her seat.  The thing which struck me the most was the smile on her face, she was just happy to be at the ball game.  Her journey looked painful to me but didn’t seem so to her.

I was sitting about 7 rows behind them and a section over.  Each time there was a break in the action, her Mom and brother would help her to her feet.  Her brother would rise too and the two of them kept trying to get on the scoreboard.  They kept smiling the whole game but never made it onto the scoreboard.  As the 6th inning approached, two young ladies from your Chevy Pride Crew were standing behind sections 122 and 123, waiting for the 7th inning stretch.  

I walked up to the two young ladies from your Chevy Pride Crew (I did not catch their names but looking at your web site, I believe one was Kathleen).  I asked them if they had any pull with the in stadium cameramen.  I explained to them the story about the little girl. They said they would see what they could do.

In the bottom of the sixth, one of the young ladies walked down the aisle with two t-shirts in hand and sits down behind the family.  She talked to the family for a couple of minutes and then presented the kids with the t-shirts.  Their eyes got real big and their smiles were as wide as the Grand Canyon.  When the young lady from the Chevy Pride Crew left, she did not get to see all of the excitement she created.  That little girl was on Cloud Nine!  The family stayed until the 8th inning, the little girl clutching her t-shirt.  This was better than being on the scoreboard, she could take the shirt with her.  After struggling up the stairs to leave, smile still on her face, she got into a wheelchair, which I had not seen before.  The Security Guards were asking her about her t-shirt and she told them about the special young lady who gave one to her and one to her brother.  The Security Guards gave her enthusiastic high fives. 

The family left but your team put a huge smile on the face of a little girl!  I am sure she will be a White Sox fan for life.  I want to thank the White Sox and especially the two young ladies from your Chevy Pride Crew for making a lifetime memory for a little girl and her family, it was so touching to see!

“Like Sands Through the Hourglass, So Are the Days of Our Lives”

For a few of the cast members of the long-running soap opera, Days of our Lives, their lives included a visit last night to U.S. Cellular Field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch (plus an appearance in the Sox #SocialLounge).

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=30972177

Play(s) of the Day

Paulie hit his 12th homer of the season, a solo shot, and 434th of his career while Adam hit No. 33, also a solo blast, and No. 439 in last night’s 3-2 loss to the Royals…Andre Rienzo was solid in a quality start, allowing just two earned runs and four hits in 6.0+ innings.

Here’s Dunn’s monster home run, which was just shy of the rightfield concourse and estimated at 442 feet:  http://atmlb.com/1fKY5XR

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Quote(s)of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on the Sox status:

“We’re well aware of what needs to be done. We’re ready to hit the ground running… to get this thing right.”

Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on the tenure of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who yesterday officially announced he will be retiring in January of 2015:

“When you step back and view the dramatic transformation Major League Baseball has undergone during Bud Selig’s tenure as commissioner, it is truly quite astounding. A social institution with a long and rich history like baseball is often very resistant and slow to change, yet Commissioner Selig has introduced dramatic, sweeping innovations to improve the game like expanded playoffs, comprehensive drug testing and competitive balance. These changes have left a lasting impact on baseball, most importantly for the fans of this great game. At his heart, Bud is a baseball fan, and that perspective has driven all he has done during his time as Commissioner. That is his legacy.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (2-2, 2.82) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (0-0, 1.59) for K.C.

Did You Know…

…that Konerko’s homer last night tied him with Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones for 42nd place on the all-time home run list? Dunn is now three behind Dave Kingman for 38th place.

Sox Notes of Note

Tyler Flowers spoke to the media yesterday. He said he was ahead of schedule in his rehab and will begin his normal offseason routine in December as usual. Flowers said his shoulder bothered him on and off all season, but refused to use it as an excuse. Tyler said he hopes to be back with the White Sox next season to prove he can play, but understands it’s a business…Jeff Keppinger underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder yesterday at Rush Medical Center. The procedure involved a debridement of the right shoulder–no surgical repair was necessary.  Keppinger is expected to recover in 2-3 months and will be ready for spring training next season…Sox great Frank Thomas, like Keppinger a native of Georgia, has been elected to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. The Big Hurt, from Columbus, will be inducted next February 22 in Macon.

Photo of the Day

Our All-Star lefty makes his last start of the season.

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