Sox vs. Cubs: The Rivalry Continues
Friday, July 10, 2015
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (3:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the first of two three-game series that will determine the winner of the Crosstown Cup. The second series will be at U.S. Cellular Field from August 14-16. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-2, 4.18) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.82) for the North Siders.
The Rivalry: Advantage Good Guys
The White Sox lead the all-time series, 52-46, going 27-22 at U.S. Cellular Field and 25-24 at Wrigley. The Sox won three of four games last season and have gone 15-11 over the last 26 overall (9-4 at the Cubs).
Jeff Samardzija (6-4) was brilliant yesterday as he tossed a complete game, four-hit shutout against one of the most potent offenses in baseball (click on top link below) as the White Sox prevailed 2-0 to win three of four from the Blue Jays–their third straight series win. The Sox scored both of their runs in the sixth inning. Adam Eaton, Wednesday night’s hero, led off the sixth with a triple (click on middle click). With one out and Melky Cabrera at the plate, Eaton scored on a passed ball and moments later Cabrera cracked his fourth home run of the season (click on third link)…And take a look at this terrific defensive play from Carlos Sanchez to Adam LaRoche (click on bottom link).
Quote of the Day
An anonymous Chicagoan on the Sox-Cubs rivalry (via Bleacher Report):
“It’s about how you were raised and how you stick to those core values that you were brought up on concerning your baseball team…It’s about having hope when your team is losing and celebrating uncontrollably when your team is winning. It’s about sticking to your core values as a Sox or a Cubs fan and defending that against one another.”
No. 72 in the House
Sox Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk spent time in the #SoxSocial Lounge yesterday answering questions for our Facebook page. That’s Sox social media guru Colleen Maxwell working with Pudge.
Another Sox First: Throwback Uniforms
White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (7-4, 2.80) for the Sox, LHP Jon Lester (4-7, 3.48) for the Cubs.
What a Guy!
Chris received his official All-Star Game jersey before yesterday’s game and gave it to this young fan.
2005 Hero Update
Jermaine Dye is one of the celebrities playing in this week’s Encompass Championship in Glenview and we talked with him about his golf passion. Dye earned the World Series MVP Award with the White Sox in 2005, batting .438 with one home run and three runs batted in. His RBI single provided the only run in the Sox’ 1-0 Game 4 victory over the Houston Astros, clinching the Series sweep. In 2006, Dye finished second in the American League in home runs with 44, third in slugging at .622, fifth in RBI with 120 and batted .315.
What’s your golf background, when did you get started?
DYE: Well, I first started playing golf when I was playing in Atlanta. I didn’t really grow up playing golf, I grew up watching golf. My dad played, but I never really had time because I was playing football, basketball and baseball. But I always watched it, it was always on our TV. And I first picked up a club in Atlanta my rookie year. I went out with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Fred McGriff. Now that I’m retired, I try to take one day a week where I just go out and hit balls and practice a little bit. I just love the game. It’s a great game.
How’s your game at the moment and where do you play most of your golf?
DYE: “I live in San Diego and I play out of Del Mar Country Club. My game, I’m around anywhere between a 5- and a 9-handicap depending if I don’t have a double bogey on a par 5 or a par 3. It’s all about making putts. It’s a tough game. It’s hard to get your handicap down low. I’ve come to realize the secret to lower scores is the short game. You have to be able to get the ball up and down if you want to score. That’s the great thing about golf. You have this little white ball sitting on the ground that’s not doing anything and you’ve got to go out there and hit it. It’s frustrating at times, but it’s fun at the same time.”
What’s your No. 1 golf highlight?
DYE: “I’d probably just say my golf highlight is being able to play in the celebrity championship at Lake Tahoe two years ago. I play in these celebrity tournaments all the time, but it was nothing like seeing a bunch of people out watching, following you and the corporate tents and everything. Just the atmosphere was unbelievable. To be able to calm yourself down and relax and just go out there and play and have fun was a different experience. It was a different feeling, something that I hadn’t felt since my playing days. It was cool to feel that rush of adrenaline again. Knowing you had to make a key putt. That’s what it’s all about and that’s the feeling we all want, to be able to have that feeling of, ‘I need to make this putt right here to put myself in position to win.’ That’s probably my favorite highlight of my golf career thus far.”
What is the most important golf tip you’ve ever received?
DYE: “Probably swing easy. I mean, that’s probably the number one thing that I try to incorporate in my thinking before I address the ball is a nice, smooth swing. You don’t have to go at it hard. It’s all about tempo and rhythm. It’s the same thing in baseball. I’ve hit some of my farthest home runs by barely swinging. You really want to be tension free whether it’s baseball or golf. If you do that, you’ll be surprised how far you can hit the ball.”
Photo of the Day
The Sox celebrate after winning the 2014 Crosstown Cup.