Happy To Be Home
Friday, April 10, 2015
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the home opener and first of a three-game series and homestand. Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone for Minnesota.
Noesi will become the eighth pitcher in the last 13 seasons to start the Sox home opener. He joins Mark Buehrle (2002, ’05-’06, ’09-10), Esteban Loaiza (’03-’04), Jose Contreras (’07), Javier Vazquez (’08), Edwin Jackson (’11), Jake Peavy (’12) and Chris Sale (2013-14). Sox starters are 10-1 with a 3.62 ERA and 65 strikeouts over the last 13 home openers.
The Sox are 64-51 in home openers and have won seven straight and 12 of its last 13.
The Ceremonies and Promotions
White Sox 2015 Magnetic Schedule presented by Miller Lite (all fans ages 21 and over)
Opening Day Ford Drive Around
The drive around will kick off the season by introducing 2015 White Sox players and coaches as they arrive on field in Ford trucks and Mustangs. Fans are advised to be in their seats by 2:25 p.m. CT for the opening ceremony.
National Anthem by Sox fan Tim McIlrath, lead singer of Rise Against
Sox fan McIlrath, the lead singer for Rise Against, will perform the National Anthem. After 16 years and six albums, Rise Against has become one of the most successful and revered punk rock bands, selling six million albums globally. The Chicago-based band will kick off its summer 2015 headline tour at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on July 17.
Presentation of the flag by the Navy Recruiting District Chicago and the Naval Service Training Command Great Lakes
Flyover by U.S. Navy F-18 Hornets, “Strike Fighter Squadron Fifteen Valions” from Virginia Beach, Virginia
Ceremonial first pitch by 2005 World Series starting pitcher Contreras (pictured above) caught by 2005 World Series teammate Joe Crede
Contreras set career highs with 15 wins, 32 starts and 204 2/3 innings pitched during the 2005 season. Crede made his mark in the 2005 postseason run with a walk-off double against the Los Angeles Angels in the American League Championship series. He batted .294 with two home runs and three RBIs in the 2005 World Series.
Minnie Minoso video tribute (top of the second inning)
Hero of the Game to honor Vietnam War Hero, Bronze Star and three-time Purple Heart recipient, Private First Class James Balcer of the U.S. Marine Corps
Bo Knows Home Openers
Talented sportswriter Lindsay Berra, Yogi’s granddaughter, takes a look back at Bo Jackson‘s memorable performance in the Sox’ 1993 home opener.
For Openers, a Heartwarming Father-Daughter Tale
Alexei Ramirez singled in a run, Jose Abreu and Micah Johnson doubled and Matt Albers and David Robertson each pitched a scoreless inning in the 4-1 loss to the Royals in Kansas City.
And take a look at this spectacular catch by Adam Eaton:
Milestones on the Horizon
* Melky Cabrera: 12 home runs for 100 career
* John Danks: 37 strikeouts for 1,000 career
* Zach Duke: 10 games for 300 career
* Adam LaRoche: 19 games for 1.500 career, 7 homers for 250 and 61 total bases for 2,500
* Noesi: Three games for 100 career
*Jose Quintana: 12 starts for 100 career, 73 strikeouts for 500 career
* Alexei Ramirez: One home run for 100 career, three doubles for 200 and 18 RBI for 500
* David Robertson: Three saves for 50 career
* Geovany Soto: Eight home runs for 100 career
Quote of the Day
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series and homestand. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey for Minnesota.
The Shark Cage is a new ballpark promotion in Sections 154 and 155–a total of more than 930 seats. When Samardzija is scheduled to pitch, fans with tickets in these sections receive a Shark Cage cap and fin-shaped strikeout card, which can be picked up at the #SoxSocial Lounge before the end of the first inning. Shark Cage tickets are $20 for most games, with the exception of Family Sundays when the tickets are $15 and the Crosstown Cup games (all subject to availability). Please note that the pitching rotation is always subject to change.
Just a Reminder…
“Believe,” a new documentary on the 2005 White Sox, premieres Sunday at 7:00 p.m., CT, on Comcast SportsNet. It will be narrated by Mandy Patinkin, Emmy and Tony Award winner and current star of Showtime’s acclaimed drama series, “Homeland.” Patinkin grew up on the South Side and was a frequent visitor to Comiskey Park.
Photo of the Day
The Sox will pay tribute to Mr. White Sox in today’s opener. Minnie was beloved by the fans and will be sorely missed, especially on days like today.