Second Half Begins Amid Glory of 2005

Friday, July 17, 2015

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Today’s News

Twin Bill

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field in a day-night doubleheader today that kicks off a four-game weekend series. The first game begins at 1:10 p.m. CT on CSN, the nightcap at 7:10 p.m. CT on WGN. Game 1 Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-4, 4.02) for the Sox, RHP Edison Volquez (8-4, 3.31) for Kansas City. Game 2: LHP John Danks (4-8, 5.30) for the Sox, RHP Chris Young (7-5, 3.00) for KC.

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2005 World Championship Reunion Weekend

Today also marks the start of the 2005 World Championship Reunion Weekend. Read all about all the celebratory activities and take a fond look back. (Painting of celebration above courtesy of artist Stanley Silver).

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/reunion_weekend.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20150716_49281106&adbid=621779222340612097&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

Franchise Four

The winners of the fan vote for the White Sox “Franchise Four,” announced Tuesday night at the All-Star Game:

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Sale Stuff

Chris Sale was the only pitcher in the major leagues to induce 300+ swings and misses (318) in the first-half of the season…Check out the Sale photos below from the All-Star festivities. That’s Chris at the home run derby (top) waving to the fans during the Red Carpet event (center) and talking pitching with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, the man with whom he shares the major-league record of eight consective games with 10 or more strikeouts.

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Quote of the Day

Orioles All-Star Adam Jones on facing Sale:

“It’s not fun. I call him the praying mantis. He’s probably the nastiest pitcher in baseball, right-handed or left-handed.”

Music to Their Ears: Sox Walkup Songs

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/ct-cubs-white-sox-songs-20150715-photogallery.html

Sox Minor Notes of Note

Class AAA Charlotte’s Erik Johnson was the International League’s starting pitcher against the Pacific Coast League Wednesday night in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Omaha. He tossed two innings, allowing just a hit and a walk along with two strikeouts in the IL’s 4-3 victory. Click on the link below to read a fascnating story about Erik’s 2015 comeback…Johnson’s Charlotte teammates, OF Trayce Thompson and DH Matt Davidson, also were in the IL starting lineup while Zach Phillips came on in relief…The Knights’ Kyle Drabek, who began the season in the Sox bullpen, was selected as the IL’s Pitcher of the Week, for the week ending July 12. In a starting role, he tossed two six-inning gems last week. On Monday, July 6, he allowed just one unearned run on six hits in a 2-1 victory over Gwinnett and, five days later, he gave up one unearned run in a 10-2 triumph over Norfolk. Overall, he went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/mlb/charlotte-knights/article27243157.html

New Radio Deal

The White Sox, Bulls and Cumulus Media, Inc. jointly announced yesterday that WLS AM 890 has been named the teams’ new flagship radio station in a multi-year agreement.

White Sox games will air on WLS AM 890 beginning in 2016 while the Bulls games will move to the station beginning with the 2016-17 NBA season.

The agreement, which runs through 2021 with both teams, includes all Bulls preseason, regular and postseason games and all White Sox regular season and postseason games, select spring training games as well as weekly original programming.

In addition to live game broadcasts, spring training, preseason broadcasts, the agreement includes pre- and postgame programming and a weekly year-round show for each team that features highlghts, a preview of the week ahead as well as interviews with players, coaches and the Sox and Bulls front office.

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“Thank You, Barons!”

The Sox’ Class AA affiliate Birmingham Barons received this note from a Texas family that recently attended a Barons game. It says a lot about the team and the individuals in the White Sox organization.

Dear Barons,

My name is Dusty and my family and I live in Lubbock, Texas. We were recently traveling through Jackson, Tennessee, and decided to get tickets to Thursday evening’s game (between the Barons and Jackson Generals). We are not “fans” of the White Sox necessarily, but my wife and I love baseball, and wanted to take our children to enjoy a game while we were away from home. We purchased tickets through the Generals website, and arrived early to the ballpark to take in whatever action might be going on. We made our way to our seats behind the Barons’ dugout, and what happened next is the reason for my writing you.

A member of the Barons team (who, unknown to us at the time, is the Barons’ manager Julio Vinas) immediately saw our 7 year old daughter, and began speaking with her, welcoming her to the game. In fact, Mr. Vinas began joking with her about the hot dog she had in her hand, and he gave her a baseball, and it made her day. A few minutes later, our two sons (ages 13 and 11) took their sister to where some of the Barons players were stretching and warming up for the evening’s game. Tim Anderson and Courtney Hawkins came over and signed their baseball, and again, it made them very happy. After the top of the first inning, Mr. Vinas again saw my daughter as we were sitting behind the dugout, and again joked with her about buying him a hot dog. My wife and I wanted to say “thank you” in some some way, as well as to play along with the good-natured joke, so we bought a hot dog for Mr. Vinas and had our daughter give it to him between innings as he stood on the dugout steps. He was very kind, even a bit surprised and seemed embarrassed about the situation, but made sure to say “thank you!” several times to our daughter. An inning later, one of the players broke his bat, and Mr. Vinas gave that bat to our daughter, which absolutely made her day. She held that bat the rest of the game! Even more, the Barons catcher, Rob Brantly, tossed our son a ball as he returned to the dugout after an innng. We made quite a haul, to say the least.

I simply wanted to say “THANK YOU!” to your manager, Mr. Vinas, and to those players, who unknown to them, made our family’s night one that will be remembered for years to come. I can’t begin to express our gratitude for the kindness and class of the Barons organization that was displayed toward us, a family from Texas, that was visiting the ballpark that night. Please pass along our gratitude to Mr. Vinas, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Hawkins, and Mr. Brantly and please let them know that a family from Texas is now a permanent fan of the Birmingham Barons and we will be watching their hopeful rise to “The Show.”

Sincerely,

Dusty, Hope, DJ, Aiden, and Nora

Lubbock, Texas

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-9,  3.69) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-5, 5.36) for KC.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 87 on July 14 at Cleveland, the first-place White Sox edged the Indians, 1-0. Jose Contreras tossed seven innings, allowing just three hits and three walks along with seven strikeouts for his fifth win of the season and No. 58 for the Sox. Frank Thomas drove in the game’s only run in the first inning with a double that scored Tadahito Iguchi, who singled and stole second.

In Game 88 on July 15 at Cleveland against the Tribe, Jermaine Dye, Aaron Rowand (2) and Chris Widger all drove in runs in a four-run first inning and the first-place White Sox coasted to a 7-1 victory. Pablo Ozuna added to the offense with a 4-5 day. Freddy Garcia earned his ninth win of the season.

Photos of the Day

Here are a few ’05 hero trading cards. More to come tomorrow and Sunday.

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