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One Era Ends, Another Begins 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

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Today’s News

Paul Konerko Day 

It was a momentous and bittersweet night on the South Side. We at the White Sox along with 38,160 of our loyal fans gathered at U.S. Cellular Field to pay tribute to our captain, Paul Konerko, who has meant so much to the franchise for the past 16 seasons. Today, Paulie plays the last game of his career in the season finale and there’s no doubt there will be more standing ovations, curtain calls and goose bumps.

Furthermore, with Jose Abreu breaking the club’s all-time rookie home run record in last night’s 5-4 victory over the Royals, along with so many other positive signs during the course of this season, it certainly feels like the torch is being passed on to a new era of White Sox Baseball.

Here are some of the sights and sounds from last evening’s festivities:

–An emotional introduction by Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was followed by the unveiling of a Konerko statue on the outfield concourse representing his grand slam pose from the 2005 World Series.

–The dramatic presentation of the World Series grand slam ball to Paulie from Sox fan Chris Claeys, who caught it during Game 2 of the ’05 Series. Believe it or not, he also caught a Konerko foul ball last night.

–Former teammates Sean Lowe, Chris Getz, Greg Norton, Jim Thome, Brian Anderson, Ross Gload and Cliff Politte were also on hand. Others such as Joe Crede and Scott Podsednik had planned to be there, but couldn’t make it because of the air traffic issue in Chicago.

–There were video tributes from the likes of Crede, Podsednik, Derek Jeter, Derrick Rose, Jonathan Toews, Torii Hunter, C.C. SabathiaGordon Beckham, Jermaine Dye, Jose Uribe, Ozzie Guillen, Juan Uribe, Mark BuehrleA.J. Pierzynski, Aaron Rowand, Jon Garland and James Hetfield from Metallica. Paulie’s longtime walkup music was from the band’s song, “Harvester of Sorrow.”

–Paulie received a framing of baseballs in the shape of the number 14 signed by his 2005 World Champion teammates, a pair of vintage guitars (a 1976 Gibson, the year he was born, and a 1963 Fender Stratocaster), an oil painting of his swing and a bench made of bats, bases and balls from his 2014 mates with “Our Teammate” and “Our Captain” written on it. Governor Pat Quinn, a huge Sox fan also in attendance, proclaimed it Paul Konerko Day in the state of Illinois.

–The announcement that Paulie’s No. 14 will be retired next season.

–PK to the fans, calling them “friends”: “When you look at that statue and that number that is going up right there, your fingerprints are all over it.”

–Konerko was replaced by Andy Wilkins at first base in the top of the seventh. Take a look at what happened.

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–And here’s the pregame ceremony in its entirety:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36657651

A Photo Gallery

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MLB Tonight’s Tribute to Konerko

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/7417714/v36615913/?c_id=cws     

Plays of the Day

Abreu broke Ron Kittle‘s Sox rookie record with his 36th homer, a two-run shot, in the first inning of last night’s victory (click on top link below). Jose now has 107 RBI on the season with a game to go…Josh Phegley hit a pair of solo homers, his second and third long ones of the year and first career multi-homer game (click on middle link below)…John Danks continued his success against the Royals (7-0, 2.43 lifetime). He allowed just a pair of runs, five hits and a couple of walks in seven innings of work, finishing the season with 11 wins…Javy Guerra came on for Jake Petricka in the ninth and earned his first save…and take a look at the dazzling Alexei Ramirez to Carlos Sanchez to Wilkins double play in the eighth (click on bottom link below):

http://atmlb.com/1vhi48B    

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36672611

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Quote of the Day

Respected baseball writer Jayson Stark on his choice for American League Rookie of the Year, written prior to last night’s game:

“Have we talked enough this season about how great Jose Abreu has been? Of course we haven’t. I recognize that he’s 27, and he’s played a lot more baseball than, say, Rougned Odor. But the rules still say the guy is a “rookie.” And since he is, he’s had one of the greatest rookie seasons in the history of rookies. Here’s his slash line: .315/.379/.576/.956. Over the past 75 years, exactly two rookies have matched or beaten it — Ted Williams in 1939 and Albert Pujols in 2001. Now add Abreu’s 35 home runs and 72 extra-base hits to that slash line, and you know how many rookies have ever had this season? Two — Pujols and Hal Trosky (in 1934). And here’s the money ball: Abreu’s Adjusted OPS-Plus is an incredible 167. Which, according to baseball-reference.com ranks No. 3 among all rookies in modern history. The only rookies who ever topped it? How ’bout Shoeless Joe Jackson (193) — over a century ago (in 1911) — and Mike Trout (168) two years ago. So I’d like to thank Jose Abreu for his help in writing this column. Even in a year when a half-dozen rookies in this league have had a better season than any rookie in the other league, he made this easy.”

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series, the final game of the 2014 season and Konerko’s last game in a Sox uniform as we aim for the split. Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (1-1, 3.65) for the Sox, RHP Yordany Ventura (14-10, 3.07) for Kansas City.

Excited About the Future

While No. 14 will be missing when spring training commences in February, we’ll turn the page with a lot of optimism as a new era of White Sox Baseball begins. Want some thoughts to keep you warm (and positive) during the cold winter months? Think about Chris Sale, Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Jose Quintana, Alexei RamirezAvi Garcia and others who will be part of a winning White Sox future.

SoxFest 

Look forward to seeing you at SoxFest, January 23-25 at the Hilton Chicago. Check whitesox.com for details.

Opening Day 2015

The Sox open the 2015 season in Kansas City against the Royals on Monday, April 6. The home opener is Friday, April 10, vs. the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field–see you then and there.

The Blog

With the regular season ending, this is my last daily post. Keep in mind that I’ll be in touch during what promises to be an active and exciting offseason.

Photos of the Day

Expecting more of this in 2015.

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Celebrating A Captain, All-Star, World Series Champion And The Face of Our Franchise 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game: Honoring PK

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (6:40 p.m., CT, CSN) on Paul Konerko Day. Starters: LHP John Danks (10-11, 4.82) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (9-11, 2.32) for Kansas City.

The White Sox will honor Paul Konerko tonight with a special pregame tribute, scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. The ceremony will be a memorable presentation with special guests and video tributes that celebrate Konerko’s career as a member of the White Sox, as well as his legacy off the field.  Fans are encouraged to arrive early. The ceremony will be available online through a live stream at MLB.com.

The White Sox and Comcast SportsNet (CSN) Chicago will host Hawk & Stone Live from Club Konerko” beginning at 5:30 p.m., CT. Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone will broadcast the game from “Club Konerko” in Section 159.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu DH, A. Garcia RF, Konerko 1B, Viciedo LF, Semien 3B, Phegley C, Sanchez 2B.

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Remembering “The Paulie Moment”

How am I going to remember Paul Konerko?

Now, that’s a tough question for me to answer in one simple entry. How do you capture 16 seasons with a player in a single anecdote or series of memories?

For me, this season has been remarkable due to two men — Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko.

Frank was the very last White Sox player in uniform with the club when I began in July 1991. As his career ended, and then with his induction into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, I realized I had outlasted so many great players.

Now with PK retiring, I am watching another great person and player leave the Sox, having enjoyed a career that will long be remembered by our fans and by me. And I was here for every game of his White Sox career.

Like so many others, the Paulie moment for me is his grand slam in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series.

But I remember it because of the fans.

My family — my wife, three kids, my parents — we’re in a suite for the World Series. I chose that moment to stop in and say hello. The crowd was just too loud for my then 8-year-old son, who was in the fetal position on the couch. In another corner was Steve Perry of Journey, who the team had connected with on our route through the postseason.

Just as I checked on my son, CRACK! Paulie struck.

I stepped to the front of the suite and looked down. This is the moment I will always remember.

45,000 White Sox fans reacting and celebrating as one. The roar. The surging, rolling crowd, resembling an angry winter sea in the North Atlantic (click link below for a fan’s perspective) Waves swept around the park. Fans hugged and celebrated, even with people they did not know. A light rain fell.

And there, in the middle of this storm, Paul Konerko rounded second base. Alone in a roaring mass. Jogging along as generations of White Sox fans screamed themselves hoarse.

“Paulie! Paulie! Paulie!”

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More Celebration of “The Paulie Moment”

http://voices.suntimes.com/sports/inside-the-white-sox/celebrating-paul-konerkos-world-series-grand-slam-with-videos-photos-and-gifs/

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Quotes of the Day 

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/96494528/white-sox-veteran-paul-konerkos-presence-will-be-felt-long-after-last-out

The Chairman on PK

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36637023

Plays of the Day

Despite a quality start (three runs in six innings), Hector Noesi suffered the loss last night to the Royals, who clinched a playoff spot with their 3-1 victory. Noesi gave up all three of the runs in the first inning and blanked KC for the next five frames…In the eighth inning, Adam Eaton pounded out his 10th triple of the season, tying him for the American League lead, and scored on Alexei Ramirez‘s single.

I walked past the Royals clubhouse last night and the sweet/sour smell of sprayed champagne filled the tunnel. It is a smell like any other, and though almost 10 years old, it immediately brought memories flooding back to me … Detroit, Anaheim and then Houston.

Great to see Cliff Politte at the ballpark in advance of today’s festivities.

Sox Notes of Note

Prior to last night’s game, Konerko was honored for being chosen the White Sox nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award…with his 7.1 innings on Thursday, Jose Quintana reached the 200-inning mark for the second straight year. He joins Mark Buehrle (11), John Danks (twice), Mike Sirotka (twice) and Wilson Alvarez as the only White Sox lefties since 1991 to make 30-plus starts and work 200 innings or more in multiple seasons…reliever Nate Jones, whose presence this season was sorely missed, said he feels great after surgery and that his back and hip also feel good. Jones hopes to begin throwing the week before Thanksgiving….Chris Sale got a pizza delivery at the ballpark yesterday from Beggars Pizza and was kind enough to share it with some fans. What a guy:

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and the final game of the 2014 season. Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (1-1, 3.65) for the Sox, RHP Yordany Ventura (14-10, 3.07) for Kansas City.

Photo of the Day

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(Courtesy of John La Velle, @bportfish)

Weekend at Paulie’s

Friday, September 26, 2014

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Today’s News

The World According to PK

The Sox Captain shares 16 years of memories with Paul Konerko Day just a day away.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-paul-konerko-qa-spt-0926-20140926-story.html#page=2

Quote of the Day      

Gifts All Around

Children Home + Aid presented Paul & Jen Konerko with a home plate and DVD for their support of the Bring Me Home Campaign. And the White Sox gave the organization a $25,000 check from the sales of the PK Final Season Bobblehead.

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-10, 4.39) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (12-11, 4.28) for KC.

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana pitched well enough to win in his 7.1 innings of work, but unfortunately he absorbed the loss in last night’s defeat at the hands of the Royals…Josh Phegley belted a two-run homer, his first of the year, off of KC starter James Shields (click on link below).

http://atmlb.com/1mwcJc3    

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Chris Bassitt’s Season: “Frustrating and then Awesome…”

http://www.bcsn.tv/news_article/show/423154

Big Bat

Many have said that Avi Garcia wields a big bat, but I’m not sure this is what they meant.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN) on Paul Konerko Day. Starters: LHP John Danks (10-11, 4.82) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (9-11, 2.32) for Kansas City.

The pregame tribute to Konerko tomorrow will include a memorable presentation with special guests, celebratory team-issued gifts and videos. First pitch is scheduled at 6:10 p.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive early. The ceremony will be available online through a live stream at MLB.com.

Photo of the Day

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Paulie Says Thanks and Goodbye 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Today’s News

PK Memories

It was cold, almost crisp, in the batting cage at 8:30 a.m. on a recent September Saturday morning. With a doubleheader later that afternoon and evening, it was going to be a long, long day.

I started to spread baseballs, dozens and dozens, out around the floor of the cage. The cameramen began to set up the shots, checking their angles.

My phone buzzed with a text.

“I’m out in player parking lot, think door is locked. PK.”

Great, Paul Konerko is getting to the ballpark hours early to shoot a video to say thanks and goodbye and he’s locked out!

A quick call to security later, Paul is in the clubhouse getting dressed, a steaming coffee in his hand.

For the next four hours, Paul served as creator, writer, director, you-name-it, as we taped his message to Chicago and to White Sox fans.

Several times during the taping, I thought to myself how perfect the symbolism was. Empty ballpark. No one around. No sound. Just Paul Konerko thinking and working in a space he has lived in — dominated, really — for the past 16 seasons. Here’s a six-time All-Star, a World Series Champion, picking up baseballs, again and again, over and over. Each baseball, a memory.

And Paul was particular about which memories to include. Sure, the World Series grand slam was in, and the parade, with a shot of his family. Home runs, too. But he also wanted some of the painful moments. The twist of his knee. The fastballs to the face. That time he just missed a pitch with the potential winning runs on base. He knew the exact situation. Opposing pitcher, count, the location of the pitch.

“That was more than a decade ago,” I told him. “I’m not sure we can even find the footage.”

But for him it was yesterday. How quickly a season goes. How quickly a career starts, blossoms and then fades.

Paul felt like the batting cage was the right place to film this because this is where the work gets done. Where the effort and sweat here leads to a key base hit outside, under the lights, with cameras and fans screaming.

But picking up those baseballs, time after time, also reminded me of something more personal. Probably like any kid who grew up playing baseball, you remember the times you hit in the cage with your dad. As I picked up those balls with Paul that day, I thought of the countless times I did the same thing as a boy with my dad. You hit a round of BP, then picked up the balls. Another 20 swings, more balls. There was a rhythm to it. There was a routine. There was shared labor, effort and sweat. There was improvement, day after day. Every day.

And then, one day it ends.

“You guys have watched Paul play for 16 years,” Paul’s dad Hank told me Tuesday. “I’ve watched him for something like 32 years. It’s going to be hard.”

I bet Paul and his dad picked up quite a few baseballs over the years. And now it’s time for Paul to begin throwing batting practice to his sons.

One ball and one line drive at a time. The way a career is built and celebrated.

Here is Paulie’s goodbye:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36552901

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Konerko Day

Just a couple of days until the Sox honor the captain. The pregame tribute on Saturday will include a memorable presentation with special guests, celebratory team-issued gifts and videos. First pitch is scheduled at 6:10 p.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive early.

Where the Action is

Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone will broadcast Saturday’s game from Club Konerko (sections 158,159).

Appreciating Paulie

http://www.si.com/mlb/2014/09/24/paul-konerko-retiring-chicago-white-sox

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Quote of the Day

Paulie (with a smile) on what’s next after baseball (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“I’d really like to be good enough that I could play rhythm guitar in a bar band. If I could do that, it might trump everything that I’ve ever done in baseball.”

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and the final games of the 2014 season. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (9-10, 3.22) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (14-8, 3.18) for KC.

Plays of the Day

In his final start of 2014, Chris Sale was his usual Cy Young Award-caliber self, allowing just a run and four hits while striking out 10 in six innings of work in yesterday’s loss to the Tigers. Getting a no-decision, he ended the season with a 12-4 record and a 2.17 earned run average, which will likely earn him the American League ERA title…Dayan Viciedo belted an RBI triple (click on link below).

http://atmlb.com/Y4sVpl

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Sale’s Figures

With a pair of Ks in the first inning yesterday, Sale became only the fourth pitcher in White Sox history to compile 200 or more strikeouts for two straight seasons. His 10 strikeouts, which gave Chris 208 for the season, earned him the franchise record of 18 career double-digit strikeout games surpassing Hall of Famer Ed Walsh. According to @ckamka, Sale’s 434 strikeouts in back-to-back seasons is the most by a Sox pitcher since Walsh (509) in 1911-12.

Sale’s 10-strikeout afternoon:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36558879

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-10, 4.39) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (12-11, 4.28) for KC.

Photos of the Day

Behind the scenes at Paulie’s video shoot:

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One Sale of a Season & More About Paulie

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series and finale of the nine-game road trip that represented the final “away” games of the season. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-4, 2.20) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (14-12, 4.68) for Detroit.

Chris will be making his 26th and final start in what has been an outstanding season for him personally. He ranks among the American League leaders in ERA (1st), strikeouts per nine innings (1st, 10.61), WHIP (2nd, 0.96), opponents average (3rd, .205) and strikeouts (6th, 198).

Chris is 3-1 with a 1.97 ERA, 69 strikeouts and a .222 opponents average over 10 road starts this season. He has a lifetime 2.93 ERA vs. the Tigers and earned the win in his last start on August 30 against Detroit, allowing three runs and six hits over seven innings.

Sale needs two strikeouts to join Ed Walsh (1907-08, ’10-12), Tom Bradley (1971-72) and Javier Vazquez (2007-08) as the only pitchers in club history to record 200 in consecutive seasons. The Sox’ ace is also attempting to become the first Sox pitcher to lead the AL in ERA since Joel Horlen in 1967 (2.08).

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Gillaspie 3B, A. Garcia RF, Viciedo DH, Jor. Danks LF, Flowers C, Semien 2B.

Plays of the Day

Scott Carroll followed Chris Bassitt‘s Monday night gem with a quality start of his own in last night’s 4-3 loss to the Tigers. Carroll tossed six innings and faced one batter in the seventh, allowing just one unearned run on five hits…Stymied by David Price through eight innings and trailing 3-0, the Sox rallied against the former Cy Young Award winner in the ninth to tie the score. Adam Eaton led off the inning with his second single of the game, raising his batting average to an even .300. Alexei Ramirez doubled with Eaton going to third and with one out Avi Garcia singled in both runners (click on top link below). Paul Konerko delivered a two-out single, sending Garcia to third and then Marcus Semien singled to drive in Avi to make it 3-3 (click on bottom link below)…The Tigers scored the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth.

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Thanks PK

The fans’ tribute to Captain Konerko.

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/63520384/v36495941

Other Paulie Admirers Weighs In

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/thankyou_paulie.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20140924_32212286

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2207668-scott-millers-starting-9-more-than-one-farewell-to-watch-this-week?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=web-des-art-top-18 

http://www.redeyechicago.com/sports/redeye-konerko-accomplishments-20140924-20140923,0,3292759.story

Quote of the Day

Paulie, on the Sox’ season, via @CSNHayes:

“The record can be a little bit misleading. This team has really made a lot of good changes and really is in a much better spot.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and the final games of the 2014 season, which includes Konerko Day on Saturday. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (9-10, 3.22) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (14-8, 3.18) for KC.

Photo of the Day

Paulie’s Sox career began in 1999…and all these years later he was honored by yet another divisional rival during the last road series of his playing career. That’s Konerko’s former Sox teammate Omar Vizquel, now the Tigers’ first-base coach, making the presentation last night in Detroit.

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Bassitt Brilliant as Sox Play Spoiler

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in Game 2 of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-10, 5.01) for the Sox, LHP David Price (14-12, 3.37) for Detroit.

Playing the spoiler in last night’s 2-0 victory, the White Sox stalled Detroit’s run toward the American League Central title. The Tigers lead over the Royals is now just one game. KC, the Sox’ next opponent, is in the second wild-card spot, a game behind the A’s and two games ahead of the Mariners.

Plays of the Day

Rookie Chris Bassitt shut out the tough Tigers lineup for 7.2 innings (click on top link below) and Tyler Flowers provided all the offense needed with a two-run homer in the second inning, his 15th (click on second link), as the Sox blanked the Tigers last night for their second straight win on the road. It was Chris’ first major-league victory…Jake Petricka came on in relief of Bassitt with two outs in the eighth and retired the last four batters for his 14th save…Avi Garcia made a terrific catch off the bat of Miguel Cabrera with Torii Hunter on first to end the third inning, preventing extra bases and possibly a run (click on third link)…Carlos Sanchez made a couple of outstanding plays, including a barehanded gem (please click on bottom link):

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36508109

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Celebrating Konerko

Sit back and enjoy this collection of Paulie tributes.

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http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/95856228/white-sox-old-and-new-share-paul-konerko-memories

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Special Guests

Among the captain’s former teammates who will be hand for Saturday’s Konerko Day will be Jim ThomeScott Podsednik, Joe Crede, Cliff PolitteRoss Gload, Brian Anderson, Chris Getz, Mark Kotsay, Sean Lowe and Craig Wilson.

Quote of the Day

From Paul Sullivan’s piece on Konerko in the Trib: 

“In the end, however, numbers won’t define Konerko’s legacy in Chicago. Perhaps no fan base has related to a star player the way Sox fans have over the last 16 years with Konerko. They see the work ethic, the humility, the lack of pretense, the common-sense approach to his job, and they feel like they’re looking in a mirror.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three game series and nine-game road trip. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-4, 2.20), making his final start of the season for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (14-12, 4.68) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

PK back in the day.

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Sox Challenge Tigers and Royals After Series Win Over Rays

Monday, September  22, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-1, 5.29) for the Sox, LHP Kyle Lobstein (1-0, 3.58) for Detroit.

Starting with the three games in Motown and concluding with four against the Royals in Chicago, the White Sox will have a lot to say about the fates of both of these two American League Central contenders during the season’s final week. Detroit is currently 1.5 games ahead of KC in the divisional race and the Royals are in the second wild card spot a half-game behind the A’s and a game-and-a-half ahead of the Mariners.

Plays of the Day

The Sox put together a pair of big innings yesterday, scoring four in the second and six in the sixth…Avi Garcia hit a pair of solo homers (Nos. 6 and 7), Marcus Semien connected with a three-run shot (5) and John Danks was outstanding as he no-hit the Rays for 5.1 innings in the Sox’ 10-5 victory over the Rays as we took two of three in the series…Danks tossed six innings in all, allowing two runs and two hits for his 10th victory of the season…Alexei Ramirez doubled in a pair of runs (71 and 72) and Jose Abreu (105), Andy Wilkins and Josh Phegley added an RBI apiece.

Enjoy Avi’s two long ones (top link) and Semien’s blast:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36474093

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Tape Measure Shot

Per ESPN, Garcia’s sixth-inning homer, his second of the day, was calculated at 468 feet–the longest hit by a White Sox player since Jim Thome‘s 471-foot HR in 2008.

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More Plays of the Day: Defense

Moises Sierra showed off his strong throwing arm in yesterday’s win, shooting down Yunel Escobar at the plate in the seventh inning (click on link below). Thanks to South Side Sox, the photo below shows Moises’ priceless reaction after he threw out Escobar.

http://atmlb.com/1rdohQk

And here’s Carlos Sanchez making an impressive acrobatic grab:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36464971

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Sox Starters Shine

Including Danks’ performance yesterday, White Sox starting pitchers have posted an impressive 3.12 ERA over the last 16 games.

Quote of the Day

Robin has announced that Wednesday will be Chris Sale‘s last start of the season. The skipper explained his reasoning:

“(Chris) going through the season the way he has, and where we’re at, you want to be able to stretch him out and give him the proper rest. For us, we’re not in it to try to grind him out three more starts just to have him throw three more starts. I don’t think him not pitching one more game’s gonna be a make-or-break for him (in terms of his Cy Young Award chances). He’s got a pretty good body of work.” 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-10, 5.01) vs. LHP David Price (14-12, 3.37) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

Paulie acknowledged the fans’ applause yesterday at Tropicana Field after the Rays honored the captain with a video tribute.

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Danks, Abreu, Konerko & Company Look to Leave St. Pete With a Series Win

Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (12:40 p.m., CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-11, 4.88) vs. RHP Nathan Karns (1-0, .000) for Tampa Bay.

Plays of the Day

Hector Noesi had a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings, despite taking the loss in the Rays’ 3-1 victory over the Sox last night…Jose Abreu singled in the first inning and walked and eventually scored on Marcus Semien‘s pinch-hit single in the ninth (click on link below):

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36450835

Abreu Watch

In the American League Triple Crown categories Jose is tied for third in homers (35) and RBI (104) and is sixth in batting average (.319). Abreu also leads all of the major leagues in OPS (.978) and Slugging Percentage (.592).


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Quote of the Day

One of Paul Konerko‘s most unusual career highlights happened on April 11, 2000, at the same Tropicana Field where the Sox are playing this weekend. Never known for his speed, Konerko smashed an Esteban Yan offering off the center field wall and kept running for an inside-the-park homer. Here are PK’s thoughts, via the Trib:

“It was kind of a blur. Well, I wasn’t a blur. But it happened quickly…Once I planned on scoring. If I’d waited to see what (third base coach Wallace Johnson) was going to do, I’d probably have problems. I kept running.”

Furthermore, Konerko finished the night with four hits and four RBI.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-1, 5.29) for the Sox, LHP Kyle Lobstein (1-0, 3.58) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

PK was presented with an authentic Ted Williams bat from the Williams Museum, which is housed at Tropicana Field. The museum wanted to acknowledge Paul’s career and congratulate him on his retirement.

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Sox Eclipse Rays in Series Opener, Noesi Aims For Two in a Row

Saturday, September 20 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (8-9, 4.38) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (9-8, 3.54) for Tampa Bay.

Plays of the Day

An outstanding performance by Jose Quintana and a four-run fifth inning that erased a 3-0 deficit paved the way for the Sox’ 4-3 comeback victory last night over the Rays…Quintana won his ninth game of the season, allowing just one earned run in 7.1 innings of work. “Q” is now 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA in his last four starts…Avi Garcia drove in the tying and go-ahead runs and Alexei Ramirez (No. 70) and Jose Abreu (104) delivered an RBI each in the decisive fifth…Jake Petricka (0.2 IP), Eric Surkamp (0.1) and Zach Putnam (0.2) finished off the Rays with scoreless ball in relief of Quintana. Putnam got credit for his sixth save.

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JRW and ACE standout Jackson featured in New Jeter TV Spot

Jackie Robinson West and White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) star Marquis Jackson is one of several youth players featured in a new MLB TV spot honoring retiring Yankee shortstopDerek Jeter. The youngsters are shown emulating the familiar mannerisms and playing style of the future Hall of Famer.

Jackson can be seen at the 0:17 mark on the video below. Just click on the link:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36394899

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A Reminder…

Tonight at 9:30 p.m., CT (time is approximate following White Sox Postgame Live), Comcast SportsNet’s Chuck Garfien hosts an exclusive interview with Paul Konerko on Inside Look by Cadillac.

Join the White Sox Volunteer Corps

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/community/vc_042011.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20140919_31946696

Paint Nite

http://atmlb.com/1ByEX9G

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Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Conor Gillaspie‘s solid season (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“You look at his numbers compared to third basemen across the league and he measures up against just about all of them from an offensive standpoint. Defensively, I think he’s improved as well. The kid works extremely hard, and it’s paying off for him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field (12:40 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-11, 4.88) vs. RHP Nathan Karns (1-0, .000) for Tampa Bay.

Photo/Video of the Day

Just days before Paulie plays his last game in a Sox uniform, he remembers the 2005 World Series parade.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v36306565

All About Paulie

Friday, September 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (8-10, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-3, 3.63) for Tampa Bay. And good news: Paulie is back.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu DH, Gillaspie 3B, A. Garcia RF, Konerko 1B, Taylor LF, Phegley C, Semien 2B.

Countdown to Konerko Night

The White Sox will honor retiring captain and franchise legend Paul Konerko with a special pregame tribute Saturday, September 27, when the team is scheduled to take on Kansas City at 6:10 p.m. The ceremony will be a memorable presentation with special guests and video tributes that celebrate Konerko’s career as a member of the White Sox, as well as his legacy off the field.  Fans are encouraged to arrive early.

During the ceremony, the White Sox will present Konerko with gifts that celebrate his career.  Special guests will be in attendance for the ceremony, including several of Konerko’s former teammates, friends and family.

A PK Tribute of a Different Kind

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2014/09/18/paul-konerko-retiring/15855943/

Quote of the Day

Konerko, summing up his career (from the USA Today story above):

“I came here with so much energy and intensity to do well, and I literally walk out of here with nothing left. I gave it everything I possibly could. And that feels good.”

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Inside Look with Paulie on Comcast SportsNet

Tomorrow night at 9:30 p.m., CT (time is approximate following White Sox Postgame Live), Comcast SportsNet’s Chuck Garfien hosts an exclusive interview with Paulie on Inside Look by Cadillac. CSN will re-air Inside Look with Paul Konerko on the following dates/times:

Saturday, September 27 at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 28 at Noon

Tuesday, September 30 at 9:30 p.m.

Friday, October 3 at 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 7 at 12:30 p.m.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (8-9, 4.38) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (9-8, 3.54) for Tampa Bay.

Photos of the Day

Alex Gordon and the Royals honored the Sox captain on Wednesday night with a video tribute, a check to the Bring Me Home Campaign, a chair from the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City, a framed photograph and a healthy supply of KC BBQ sauce.

And his teammates looked on and applauded their leader:

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