That Championship Season
Saturday, July 18, 2015
The Unbreakable Bond
There’s always a special connection among teammates and the bond is even greater with a championship team. When members of the 2005 White Sox gathered yesterday to meet the media before the second game of the doubleheader as part of 2005 World Championship Reunion Weekend, it was a sight to behold.
In between interviews, there was Frank Thomas greeting Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez with Timo Perez looking on (top photo below). Paulie reunited with Jermaine Dye and Jon Garland (second photo) and you saw Joe Crede deep in conversation with Geoff Blum, who soon walked away to speak to reporters (third photo). Konerko later embraced Ozzie and the two former Sox picked up where they left off (fourth photo).
It was the White Sox version of musical chairs as the groups changed frequently because the players wanted to make sure they didn’t miss anyone. Apart from those mentioned above, others on hand mingling included Scott Podsednik, Cliff Politte, Dustin Hermanson, Aaron Rowand, Chris Widger, Willie Harris and coaches Greg Walker, Harold Baines, Art Kusyner and Man Soo Lee.
Crede and Rowand represented their teammates by throwing out the ceremonial first pitches (bottom photo below).
Reunion Weekend Continues
And here’s what the first 20,000 fans 21 and over will get today–a replica of the ’05 championship ring. Check it out for yourself, pretty close to the real thing, isn’t it?
Quotes of the Day
Members of the ’05 Champions reminisced:
* Blum talked about his 14th inning, game-winning homer in Game 3 of the Series.
“People asking me about it never gets old. It was career-changing, it brought a new light to my career.”
* Garland on the 10th anniversary celebration:
“It’s good for us, good for the fans and good for this (current) team to see. When there’s a championship, it should be celebrated.”
This Afternoon’s Game
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 Kansas City.
Geovany Soto and Adam Eaton hit solo homers and Jeff Samardzija went seven solid innings, the 11th time in his last 12 starts that he’s gone that long or more, in the Sox’ 4-2 loss to the Royals. Rookie Tyler Saladino collected a pair of singles, one on a bunt…Dan Jennings and Daniel Webb tossed scoreless, hitless baseball in the eighth and ninth, respectively.
Here are the Soto and Eaton homers:
John Danks continued his mastery of the Royals (now 9-1 lifetime), tossing six-plus innings of shutout ball for his fifth win, allowing four hits and four walks in the Sox’ 2-0 victory and split of the twin bill (click on top link below). In the second inning, Tyler Flowers drove home Avi Garcia, who tripled (click on center and bottom links) and Melky Cabrera scored on a wild pitch in the sixth….Zach Duke pitched 1.2 perfect innings and David Robertson chalked up his 20th save with a 1-2-3 ninth…The White Sox bullpen has now thrown 19.1 straight scoreless innings since July 5.
The third game program of the season, adorned with a cover celebrating 2005, is available now. Make sure you pick up one or more.
Sox Notes of Note
Highly touted pitching prospect Frankie Montas was called up as the Sox’ 26th player for yesterday’s doubleheader, but did not see action…Former Sox outfielder Brian Anderson, a member of the 2005 Sox, subbed for Bill Melton yesterday on CSN’s studio show…@HawkHarrelson and @stevestone are still going strong on Twitter, waiting for your questions.
This Mission was Possible
Rebecca Ferguson (pictured below), who is starring wth Tom Cruise in the upcoming Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation movie stopped by the #SoxSocial Lounge yesterday during Game 1 of the doubleheader.
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (8-4, 2.72) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (3-4, 4.65) for K.C.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 89 on July 16 in Cleveland vs. the Tribe, the first-place White Sox won ther 60th game of the season, 7-5, highlighted by a parade of doubles. Paul Konerko (2), Joe Crede, Carl Everett and A.J. Pierzynski all delivered two-base hts. Konerko, Crede and Everett drove in a run apiece and A.J. got credit for a pair of RBI. Mark Buehrle improved his record to 11-3, allowing just two runs in seven innings of work.
Photos of the Day
More 2005 hero trading cards. The rest of the set will be posted tomorrow.