What Does Opening Day on the South Side Mean to You?
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in today’s sold-out home opener, the first game of a three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar for the Tribe.
The Sox are 62-53 all-time in home openers and have won 12 of their last 14. John Rzeznik, lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls, will perform the National Anthem. Local music artist Chance The Rapper will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
The Sox also will debut an 8,000 square foot video board in center field, four times bigger than the one used from 2003-15.
Sox Staffers Define Opening Day
We talked to a number of Sox staffers who gave us their thoughts about Opening Day at U.S. Cellular Field. Here is what they told us:
–“Opening Day to me means the start of the best sport season.”
–“To me, it means that my team, and all others, have a clean slate and that anything is possible! All are in good spirits and optimistic.
–“It is my favorite holiday; I say, ‘Happy Opening Day,’ more than I wish people ‘Merry Christmas.'”
–“It’s knowing to have flats at your desk because the heels only last for an hour.”
–“It’s like Christmas; it just runs eight months long.”
–“It is the start of a new season, with new beginnings, new memories and more opportunities to beat the Cubs.”
–“When thousands of fans gather for Opening Day, I’m reminded that the work I poured my heart into for weeks or months is about giving those just-as-passionate fans the opportunity to create unforgettable memories. The same types of memories I cherish from my childhood.”
–“It’s like the first day of school; everything is new, exciting, and you start with a clean slate!”
–“Opening Day to me means having hope — hope for an exciting new season of Sox baseball and hope for another World Series on the South Side!”
The White Sox arrive home with a 3-1 record by virtue of winning their first series of the year, capped off by an impressive 6-1 victory over the A’s in Oakland…Starter Mat Latos was superb, tossing six shutout innings for the win. He allowed just a hit and a walk with a pair of strikeouts (click on top link below)…Jose Abreu smashed his first homer of 2016 in the sixth inning, a two-run shot that broke a 0-0 tie (click on bottom link)…Relievers Zach Duke (0.1 IP), Matt Albers (0.2) and Nate Jones (1.0) held the A’s scoreless in the seventh and eighth innings and Zach Putnam closed it out in the ninth…The Sox added four insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning with RBI singles by Dioner Navarro, Tyler Saladino and Melky Cabrera plus an Abreu sac fly…Adam Eaton singled and doubled and Cabrera and Saladino each had a pair of hits.
Quote of the Day
Navarro on Latos’ performance (the two were batterymates on the 2012 Reds):
“Outstanding. Just what we were asking for. He did a great job getting ahead, which is the most important thing. He mixed his pitches really well and spotted his fastball really well.”
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Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox victory in Oakland was Robin Ventura‘s 300th as manager…The Sox’ 3-1 record is the club’s best since the World Series season of 2005.
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (1-0) for the Sox, Cody Anderson for the Tribe.
Photo of the Day
Eaton was on fire in Oakland, collecting nine hits in the four games. He is the first Sox player to open a season with four straight multi-hit games since Hall of Famer Nellie Fox in 1955. Adam also has reached base safely in 26 consecutive games dating back to 2015.