First Things First: Take Down The Tigers

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with a Friday-Sunday interleague series vs. the Reds. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-2, 4.78) for the Sox, Shane Greene (3-1, 4.60) for Detroit.

The Avi Factor

Avi Garcia has hit safely in his last nine games, batting .417 with five multi-hit games during that span. He went 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI on Sunday vs. the Twins. He leads the Sox in batting average (.342) and on-base percentage (.381) and has reached base safely in 20 of his 21 games, the most on the Sox this season.

Quote of the Day

Rookie Micah Johnson on his effort to succeed in the big leagues (via Dan Hayes,

“I try to get there as early as possible and put in as much work as I can so I feel prepared going into the game…so if I fail, I didn’t fail because I didn’t give it a shot. I failed that day because it’s baseball.”


Carlos Sanchez International League Batter of the Week…Again

“PK Thanks Chicago” Nominated for Sports Emmy

The 35th annual Sports Emmy Awards Ceremony will be held tonight at the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

It all goes well,, the White Sox and 312 Media could walk away with an Emmy for the “PK Thanks Chicago” spot, Paul Konerko‘s official goodbye to the fans, in the “Outstanding New Approaches–Sports Programming–Short Format category.

The other nominees include: Captain’s Curtain Call focusing on Derek Jeter (, NFL UP! (NFL Digital Media) and Putt Putt Perfection (

Here’s more information by the Trib‘s Ed Sherman:

And in case you missed it last September, here’s our Emmy-nominated video…

Fourth Annual White Sox Career Fair

Steve Stone Among Three Honored With Ring Lardner Award

Last night at a dinner at the Union League Club of Chicago, former White Sox pitcher and current broadcaster Steve Stone, long-time Sox radio broadcaster Bob Elson and Chicago Tribune sportswriter and columnist Fred Mitchell were recipients of Ring Lardner Awards for Excellence in Sports Journalism. Proceeds will benefit the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs.

Stone has been a color commentator for Sox telecasts since 2009. Elson, who died in 1981, broadcast the Sox exclusively from 1946 to 1970 after doing Cubs and White Sox games beginning in 1929.

The Lardner awards have been given since 2002 and honor broadcasters and writers who “exemplify the wit and warmth of Ring Lardner’s writing.” Lardner was a legendary sportswriter, who once worked for the Trib.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (2-1, 5.32) for the Sox, RHP Alfredo Simon (4-1, 3.13) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

Honorary coach Samardzija viewed the Parade of  Athletes at the Opening Ceremonies of Chicago Special Olympics yesterday at Soldier Field.



Have written a book about the White Sox called Right Pitch. A fictional account of the 2010 team that is exciting and somewhat frightening. See it on the kindle by Gerald Collins.

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