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“Why Not Us? Why Can’t We Do It?”

Monday, July 27, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (5-8, 4.66) for our Sox, RHP Joe Kelly (2-6, 5.74) for the Bosox.

Danks is set to make his 19th start of the season and ninth on the road. He received a no-decision in his last start on July 22 vs. the Cardinals at home, allowing five hits over 6.2 scoreless innings with five strikeouts in the Sox’ 3-2 loss.

A Couple of Sox Named Carlos

Carlos Rodon followed the outstanding performances of his rotation predecessors with an outstanding mound effort of his own, Carlos Sanchez smashed his second career homer the day after belting his first and the White Sox completed the four-game sweep over the Indians, 2-1, outscoring the Tribe 26-5 in the series…Rodon, following the gems by Jeff Samardzija, Jose Quintana and Chris Sale, tossed 6 2/3 of shutout baseball, allowing just five hits and no walks along with nine strikeouts for his fourth win (click on top link below)…This was the fifth straight game that a Sox starter didn’t walk a batter, the first time it’s happened since 1972…In addition to the homer in the third inning to give the Sox a 1-0 lead (click on second link), Sanchez pounded out a pair of singles. He now has a season-high nine-game hitting streak, batting .424 during that span. In his past 16 contests, he has an impressive .368/389/.526 slash line in 59 plate appearances…Melky Cabrera drove in what turned out to be the deciding run with a seventh-inning single to give us a 2-0 advantage (click on third link)…Jake Petricka (0.2 IP), Zach Duke (0.2) and David Robertson (1.0) shut the door in relief of Rodon. Robertson recorded his 21st save of the season.

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And, oh, that defense!!

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Quotes of the Day

** Rodon on the suddenly resurgent White Sox: 

“Why not us? That’s the mentality we have to have...Why not us? Why can’t we do it?” 

** Sale talking about the Sox after his successful start on Saturday:

“We’re just putting it together. We had a six-run lead and we had guys diving for balls in the outfield, hustling down the line. This is what we’ve seen the whole time and know we can play like.”

Bonifacio Back

Emilio Bonifacio returned yesterday from his brief stint on the bereavement list and Leury Garcia was sent back to Class AAA Charlotte.

Erik Johnson “As Good as Anyone in Triple-A”

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/erik-johnson-has-been-good-anyone-triple

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (7-5, 3.91) for our Sox, RHP Wade Miley (8-8, 4.33) for Boston.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 97 on July 24 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox defeated the Red Sox, 6-4, for victory No. 64. Tadahito Iguchi went 3-4 with a two-run homer (No. 8) and Paul Konerko doubled in a pair of runs. Jose Contreras got credit for his sixth win and Dustin Hermanson recorded his 23rd save.

Photo of the Day

Sanchez and Tyler Saladino are the first White Sox teammates to hit their first two career homers in consecutive games in the same season.

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Hot in Cleveland

Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (12:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series as the Sox go for the sweep. Probable starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-3, 4.48) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (8-5, 3.78) for the Tribe.

Last Night’s Highlights

As not to feel left out in the wake of the Jeff Samardzija and Jose Quintana gems the previous two nights, Chris Sale (9-5) pitched one of his own, allowing just two runs on seven hits along with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work (click on top link below) as the Sox dominated the Indians, 10-3, for their third straight win…Perhaps even more significant was that the Sox poured it on offensively for the third straight game, scoring 10 runs on 16 hits (including five first-inning runs) and totaling 24 tallies so far in the series…Carlos Sanchez connected for his first major-league home run, a solo blast in the fourth inning (click on bottom link below)…Every player in the Sox starting lineup collected at least one base hit, led by Tyler Saladino and Melky Cabrera with three each and Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu and Sanchez with two apiece…Abreu had three RBI, Cabrera and Tyler Flowers each two …In his last 28 games, Cabrera is hitting .352 with 10 doubles, five homers and 21 runs batted in.

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And here’s the five-run first:

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Quote of the Day

Alexei Ramirez on his recent resurgence both offensively and defensively:

“I really appreciate all the coaches having my back and supporting me. I feel it’s been working out good with all of the support they’ve given me. We had a talk and a meeting in a friendly way, and they said continue to play hard, and that’s what I’m doing.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (5-8, 4.66) for our Sox, RHP Joe Kelly (2-6, 5.74) for Boston.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 95 on July 22 in Chicago, the first-place White Sox moved to 31 games over .500 at 63-32 with an 8-4 win over the Red Sox. Jon Garland won his 15th game against four losses, A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer (No. 13), Aaron Rowand, a solo shot for his seventh of the season and Juan Uribe collected three RBI.

Photos of the Day

Practice in the bullpen must make perfect–or pretty close to it–based on the performances of our starting pitchers in the last three games.

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Don’t Stop Now Boys!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

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Today’s News

Sale Looks to Match Shark, Q Outings

Jeff Samardzija‘s outstanding effort and a home run barrage won the first game of the four-game series in Cleveland, 8-1, on Thursday night. Jose Quintana tossed his own gem last night as the White Sox offense continued its assault along with outstanding defense in the 6-0 victory over the Tribe. Sox ace Chris Sale tries to make it three straight tonight in Game 3 vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (10-7, 3.94). It’ll be Sox-Indians at Progressive Field, 6:10 p.m. CT on WGN.

Last Night’s Highlights

Q was virtually untouchable, tossing his first career complete game shutout, allowing just seven hits along with eight strikeouts (click on link below)…Alexei Ramirez (3-4, two RBI), Melky Cabrera (2-5, two RBI) and Jose Abreu (a solo blast for his 15th homer) paced the offense…Ramirez, who smashed a three-run homer on Thursday evening, was just as valuable in the field last night, executing a couple of terrific plays at shortstop…The red-hot Alexei now has a .333/.363/.483 slash line with two homers, five extra base hits and eight RBI in July…In 96 career at bats vs. pitchers who have won a Cy Young Award, Abreu is hitting .323 with 10 HR and a .688 slugging percentage. His victim last night was last year’s “Cy,” Corey Kluber.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=290697083

Click on the first three links for a Ramirez “highlight package.” The fourth link is Cabrera’s two-run double and the bottom one is Abreu’s home run.

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Quotes of the Day

Sale on wanting to win (via @scottmerkin):

“I would love to be on a winning team, but I just want it to be here. I don’t want to go anywhere else….I don’t want to be in a different uniform just because they are good now.”

Robin on Carlos Sanchez‘s significant improvement at the plate:

“You have to be able to control the strike zone, swing at fastballs on the plate. He was chasing stuff, trying to impress instead of playing the game. Now he’s somewhat more relaxed when he goes to the plate and you see him have better at-bats. Late in games he’s been pretty good. His at-bats just look better and he’s more competitive now, going to the plate feeling like he can do something.”

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Sox Pitching Notes of Note

White Sox pitchers own a 2.43 ERA in the last 12 games and a 2.41 mark in the last 20 since June 30, among the lowest marks in baseball during that span…Over the last 20 games, Sox pitchers have made 14 quality starts and limited the opposition to three runs or less 14 times…Sox relievers own a 1.46 ERA over the last 13 games, including nine scoreless contests. The 1.46 ERA is second-lowest in the major leagues.

Moving On

The White Sox yesterday traded third baseman Conor Gillaspie to the Angels in exchange for cash considerations. Gillaspie was designated for assignment last week.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-3, 4.48) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (8-5, 3.78) for Cleveland.

Photo of the Day

Closer David Robertson is shown here being interviewed yesterday on the MLB Network.

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Shark Attacks, Homer-Happy Hitters Bust Loose 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-9, 3.83) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (5-10, 3.38) for the Tribe.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jeff Samardzija (7-5) was brilliant, coasting through eight innings while allowing a run on four hits, and the offense busted loose with four homers in the Sox’ 8-1 victory…Melky Cabrera  hit a solo shot from the left side and a two-run blast from right side (Nos. 5 & 6), Alexei Ramirez (4) went deep with a three-run clout and Adam Eaton (8) went solo…Cabrera joins Ken Henderson, Tim Raines, Brian Simmons, Jose Valentin and Nick Swisher as the White Sox players who have homered from both sides of the plate in a single game. And it’s the second time in Melky’s career that he’s had a lefty-righty homer combination in one contest.

Click on the links below to view Shark’s performance, the Cabrera homers, the Ramirez and Eaton long ones and a spectacular play by Alexei at short. Cabrera’s homers are also shown in gif form above.

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Quote of the Day

Robin on the impressive early showing by Tyler Saladino:

“He just has instincts, and it’s coming through. He’s not taking it for granted. He’s not a first-round pick or expecting anything. He’s trying to take advantage, and you see it in the way he plays.”

Here’s Tyler, who drove in a run with a sac fly last night, signing for fans after last night’s win over the Indians.

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Sox Note of Note

Emilio Bonifacio was placed on the bereavement list and Leury Garcia was promoted from Class AAA Charlotte. Garcia, who singled in his one plate appearance last night, was hitting .301 with 27 stolen bases with the Knights.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (8-5, 2.86) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (3.94) for Cleveland.

Photo of the Day

Carson Fulmer, the Sox’ No. 1 pick in the June draft, made his Class A Winston-Salem debut last night a successful one. The righty gave up one hit and struck out three in two scoreless innings.

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Sox Head East, Tribe and Bosox Up Next

Thursday, July 23, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and eight-game road trip that continues with four in Boston. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-5, 4.08) for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer (8-6, 4.03) for the Tribe.

Shark is scheduled to make his 20th start of the season and 11th on the road. He will be making his second career start against the Indians, earning the win after tossing six scoreless innings, allowing six hits, on April 22 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Last Night’s Highlights

John Danks pitched 6.2 innings of scoreless ball (click on top link below) and back-to-back RBI singles by Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera in the sixth inning broke a scoreless tie (click on second and third links below), but the Sox dropped the finale of the homestand to the Cardinals, 3-2. Danks allowed just five hits and struck out five. He now has a 2.25 ERA in July with three of those four starts scoreless outings.

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Quote of the Day

Sox catcher Geovany Soto has been named the White Sox recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award, given by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

Sox bullpen catcher Mark Salas on Soto: “A true gamer that comes to play hard every day.”

Here’s more on the award:

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150721&content_id=137837654&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Niall

One Direction’s Niall was in the house last night.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-9, 3.83) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (5-10, 3.38) for Cleveland.

Photos of the Day

Six years ago today.

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Danks Looking to Ground Redbirds, Saladino Sizzles and Kaminsky’s Fun Day at the Ballpark

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cardinals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m.  CT, CSN) in the finale of the two-game series and six-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (5-8, 4.98) for the Sox, RHP Lance Lynn (7-5, 2.79) for St. Louis.

Danks is set to make his 18th start of the season and 10th at home. He earned the win in his last start on July 17 vs. the Royals, allowing four hits over six scoreless innings in the Sox’ 2-0 victory. John is making his first start career against the Cards.

Last Night’s Highlights

Tyler Saladino (No. 18 pictured below) homered for the second straight game, a two-run shot, collected a pair of singles and scored twice in the Sox’ 8-5 loss. He’s now batting .355 with the two homers and four RBI in his short time in the big leagues…Geovany Soto belted a solo home run, his sixth, and Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera each drove in a run.

The Saladino and Soto home runs:

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Quote of the Day

Lifelong Sox fan, former Wisconsin Badger, 2015 College Basketball Player of the Year and current Charlotte Hornet Frank Kaminsky had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial pitch before last night’s game. He tweeted this after taking some BP:

@whitesox: This is harder than I thought it would be!” – @FSKPart3

Die-hard fan Kris Grahnke on Meeting his Sox Heroes: “I’m Really at a Loss for Words”

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/7-21-2015/Grahnke-cherishes-special-day-with-White-Sox/

Chicago Beer Geeks enjoy Specialty Beer Night, Rave About the Ballpark

During Specialty Beer Night, the Sox hosted Chicago Beer Geeks, a group of local beer and drinks bloggers who have a loyal online following. Below is a post from their visit:

“Fan amenities are a big reason why (U.S. Cellular Field) is the best venue in town to catch a game in my opinion. This place has it all; a fundamentals deck in left field where kids can run bases and take batting practice. There’s a sports bar in the bullpen, rain rooms for cool mist on host summer days. Not to mention nine sculptures dedicated to White Sox legends throughout the park.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and eight-game road trip that continues with four in Boston. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-5, 4.08) for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer (8-6, 4.03) for the Tribe.

Photos of the Day

Kaminsky’s great adventure.

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After Earlier Sweep, Sox Aim to Deal Cards Another Bad Hand

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cardinals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a two-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-2, 3.80) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Martinez (10-3, 2.52) for St. Louis.

The Sox swept the Redbirds, 2-1 and 7-1, in a two-game series on June 30 and July 1 in St. Louis.

Field of Greens

With yesterday an off day for the Sox, it was off to the golf course for the Field of Greens Celebrity Golf Tournament at Harborside International Golf Course in Chicago. The annual tournament supports pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at local hospitals through Chicago White Sox Charities.

Orlando “El Duque” HernandezBo Jackson and Avi Garcia were among the former and current Sox players who participated:

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Quote of the Day

A sentiment shared by all the players who participated:

White Sox’ No. 3 Prospect Spencer Adams Shines with Winston-Salem

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150719&content_id=137508310&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cardinals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the brief two-game series and six-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (5-8, 4.98) for the Sox, RHP Michael Wacha (10-3, 2.93) for the Cards.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 91 on July 18 vs. the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox downed Detroit, 7-5, on the strength of a five-run seventh inning, highlighted by three home runs. With the Sox down 4-1 heading into the seventh, Paul Konerko hit his 21st, a solo shot, Joe Crede belted a three-run blast (No. 13) and Juan Uribe added his seventh homer with nobody on. Luis Viscaino (4-3) earned the win in relief and Cliff Politte chalked up save No. 1 as the Sox won their fifth straight game and improved to 62-29.

Photos of the Day

Good News. Sox prospects Frankie Montas (left) and Micah Johnson have been named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week and International League Player of the Week, respectively.

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150720&content_id=137551514&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t247&sid=t247

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A Season–and a Reunion Weekend–to Remember

Monday, July 20, 2015

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Today’s News

A Fitting Finale

In the finale of the 2005 World Championship Reunion Weekend, close to 1,000 die-hard White Sox fans gathered for “A Season to Remember” celebration at the iconic Chicago Theatre to honor their ’05 heroes and to benefit Chicago White Sox Charities.

It was an emotion-filled evening as panels of players and skipper Ozzie Guillen shared a plethora of stories and insights about the run to the World Series title. There were also video presentations that included some of the most memorable moments of the season and in-depth interviews with members of the team. Comedian Pat McGann, a Sox fan himself, added a good measure of levity.

Here are some highlights:

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Panel 1 — Moderator Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago and players Carl Everett, Timo Perez, Pablo Ozuna and Willie Harris.

Notable moments:

Harris was asked why he was nowhere to be found in the clubhouse during the various clubhouse celebrations when the Sox clinched the Central Division, the American League Division Series, AL Championship Series and World Series. His answer? He’s allergic to champagne.

Garfien asked Harris about the four fingers he held up in the dugout at certain points during the playoffs. Harris explained that it represented Group 4, the Sox bench crew that consisted of players such as Willie, Pablo, Timo, Geoff Blum and Chris Widger, who had a special bond and were committed to being ready when called upon. He also made a point of giving Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye credit for caring about and supporting the Group 4 guys.

Willie, of course, scored the only run in the decisive Game 4 of the fall classic as the Sox prevailed, 1-0. He led off the eighth inning with a single, moved to second on Scott Podsednik‘s sac bunt, to third on Everett’s groundout and trotted home on Dye’s game- and series-winning RBI single. Harris called that base hit the “highlight of my life, the highlight of my career.” And when asked what items he kept from that season, he said, “I have memories and love for this team.”

Everett, a hard-nose player in his day, joked around with Perez when Timo was struggling with his English, playfully acting as his interpreter. Ozuna’s words were heartfelt and it was apparent that winning in 2005 meant a lot to him.

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Panel 2 — Moderator McGann, Bobby Jenks, Dustin Hermanson, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, Jon Garland and Cliff Politte. Ozzie Guillen Jr. was called up to translate for El Duque just as he did in 2005.

Notable moments:

Needless to say, pitching was the focus of this panel. The demonstrative El Duque stood up and walked to the front of the stage at the beginning of the session and started speaking to the crowd. He finally asked for Guillen Jr. to help him and they both sat down on the comfortable sofa provided for the players.

El Duque was asked about one of ’05’s iconic moments–coming in to pitch with the bags full in the sixth inning of Game 3 of the ALDS and proceeding to retire three straight Boston hitters. Hernandez admitted, “I wanted to pitch in the playoffs, but not come in with the bases loaded.” He then went on to say that those were the circumstances and he felt that he had to get the job done.

McGann also asked El Duque if he felt pressure in that situation. Hernandez laughed and said, “I pitched in Cuba a lot of years. That’s pressure.” Not to mention, of course, his harrowing escape to the United States.

Garland said that from the time El Duque spoke to the players in spring training that year he had the utmost respect for him. Jon also talked about the starting rotation throwing a remarkable four straight complete games in the ALCS. Garland pitched a four-hit CG in Game 3.

Jenks, who arrived during the regular season, gave a lot of credit to Hermanson, who was a lockdown closer before hurting his back. Jenks revealed that he “didn’t know what the hell I was doing” when he first came up, which is where Hermanson came in to provide some mentorship.

Dustin thanked God he was part of this team and remembered that as a kid playing in the backyard he dreamed of playing in the Series. And he did it in 2005 after missing much of the season with his injury.

Politte, who was one of the bullpen’s shining stars that season, said he had one regret from ’05. It was that he wished at least one of the victories among the division, ALDS, ALCS and World Series would have been clinched at home for the fans.

Cliff also said: “I’ve played on a few teams, but this was the first organization, starting with Jerry (Reinsdorf), where being a family really meant somethng. It was an honor to play here.”

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Panel 3 — Moderator Garfien, manager Guillen, Dye, Podsednik and Konerko.

Notable moments:

Ozzie talked about how easy it was to manage this team from Day One. And he made the following revelation: “I’m the biggest White Sox fan.”

Dye talked about agreeing to join the Sox before the 2005 season only to get a better offer from Texas shortly after. Jermaine said he talked to his Dad, who said that he raised his son to honor his commitment.

Pods, of course, was asked to talk about his walkoff homer in Game 2 of the Series and admitted it would have been more consistent with his game if he was known for a bunt or a stolen base. Scott then talked about how he focused on Konerko right after Paulie’s grand slam. “I just wondered what it felt like to do something like that in the World Series”–and he found out a couple of innings later. How does he describe it? “It’s really hard to put into words.”

Paulie talked about how the team that year was one group, all going in the same direction. He then coined a phrase that Garfien said would be perfect for a T-shirt:

Acknowledging that the ’05 Sox had very good players, PK said, “This team was more badass than talent.”

And how about the fans?

Pods: “Passion, Enthusiasm, Support.”

Dye: “Diehards. You guys are family and it made us step up to another level.”

The event ended with all the team members in attendance getting back on stage, tossing souvenirs to the crowd with confetti falling and the ’05 theme song, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” playing in the background.

It was a great night.

Yesterday’s Game

Tyler Saladino belted his first major-league homer to lead off the ninth inning in the 4-1 Sox loss. The rookie infielder is now batting .308…Matt Albers, fresh off the disabled list, tossed 2.2 scoreless innings in relief of Chris Sale.

Click on the link to see Tyler’s home run and there he is in the photo below crossing home plate after hitting No. 1.

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Paulie, Jermaine On the Air

Konerko and Dye talked about being World Champions yesterday with Hawk and Steve Stone on the Sox telecast.

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Sox Notes of Note

Prior to yesterday’s game, the Sox designated Conor Gillaspie for assignment, which made room for Albers…”El Duque” had the honor of throwing out yesterday’s ceremonial first pitch…RHP Carson Fulmer, the Sox’ No. 1 draft pick out of Vanderbilt, made his professional debut on Saturday with the White Sox team in the Arizona Rookie League. He tossed a scoreless inning, allowing one hit along with one strikeout.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cardinals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a two-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-2, 3.80) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Martinez (10-3, 2.52) for St. Louis.

Since today is an off day, many of the Sox players and front office execs will be participating in the Field of Greens Celebrity Golf Tournament at Harborside International Golf Course in Chicago. The tournament supports pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at local hospitals.

Photo of the Day

We knew Joe Crede could play, now we know he can tweet. Here he is taking over the @whitesox twitter acount yesterday.

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The Spirit of ’05 and It’s Sale Sunday

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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Today’s News

Center Stage

Yesterday afternoon’s 2005 World Championship Reunion Weekend activities started with a family portrait in front of the “Championship Moments” monument in Champions Plaza (top photo above) and continued with the Parade of Champions as our heroes arrived from centerfield to the pre-game ceremony on the infield in classy Ford Mustang convertibles. Following the ceremony, the team gathered on the mound for another team picture (bottom photo above) with the songs “We are the Champions” and “Let’s Go White Sox” in the background. The festivities ended with Jon Garland throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to Chris Sale.

The Boys are Back in Town

The following are the members of the 2005 team who took part in yesterday’s ceremony. Each was introduced to the crowd by longtime Sox PA announcer Gene Honda and greeted with hugs all around:

Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, Executive Vice President Ken Williams and coaches Harold Baines, Greg Walker, Art Kusyner, Don Cooper and Man Soo Lee were all introduced from the dugout. 

Manager Ozzie Guillen was the first to arrive in his car with the World Series Trophy in hand.

The players included Garland, Brian Anderson, Dustin Hermanson, Chris Widger, Willie Harris, Timo Perez, Pablo Ozuna, Geoff Blum, Cliff Politte, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, Frank Thomas, Carl Everett, Scott Podsednik, Bobby Jenks, Joe Crede, Aaron Rowand, Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko.

Rowand, Hernandez, Garland, Konerko, Podsednik, Dye and Guillen spoke during the ceremony and thanked their teammates and the fans. Some highlights:

* Paulie called three of the missing World Champs–Mark Buehrle, Juan Uribe and A.J. Pierzynski–overachievers for still playing. Buehrle’s a Blue Jay, of course, while Uribe and A.J. are with the Braves. Mark wasn’t missing entirely as he taped a message on the video board, ending it with, “Have one for me. Cheers.” And as if to say, ‘Don’t forget about me,’ Pierzynski broke up Jon Lester‘s no-hitter last night with an eighth-inning single against the Cubs lefty.

* Jermaine praised Ozzie for pushing the team to succeed.

* Ozzie called trainers Herm Schneider and Brian Ball, traveling secretary Ed Cassin and strength and conditioning guru Allen Thomas out of the dugout to join the group.

Picture Perfect

Click on the link below for a video of the ceremony–and enjoy the day in pictures. From top to bottom, that’s the group of ’05 Sox bench players (Harris, Blum, Perez, Widger and Ozuna); Blum re-enacting his game-winning homer in Game 3 of the World Series; Ozzie in his car with the World Series Trophy; Paulie in his ride; Crede in his Mustang; Everett and Thomas waving to the crowd; Podsednik high-stepping on the red carpet; Sale and Garland after the ceremonial first pitch.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v267480883

 

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Tonight at the Chicago Theatre: A Season to Remember

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/charities/season_to_remember.jsp

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 set as we look to even the series. Probable Starters: LHP Sale (8-4, 2.72) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (3-4, 4.65) for K.C.

All-Star Sale makes his 18th start of the season, eighth at home and second vs. Kansas City. He is 6-3 with a 1.76 ERA and 131 strikeouts over his last 12 starts. Chris earned the win in his last outing on July 11 vs. the Cubs, allowing one run on six hits over seven innings along with 10 strikeouts in the 5-1 victory. He recorded double-digit Ks for the 10th time this season.

Sale, named the American League Pitcher of the Month for June, ranks among the American League leaders in strikeouts (1st, 157), SO/9.0 IP (1st, 11.84), WHIP (1st, 0.95), SO/BB (1st, 6.83), average (3rd, .206), ERA (7th) and IP (11th, 119.1).

Yesterday’s Highlights

The White Sox scored a pair of runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the score at 6-6 but fell short in 13 innings, 7-6…One out away from a loss and down 6-4 in the ninth, Adam LaRoche singled, Alexei Ramirez walked and J.B. Shuck doubled to left, scoring the tying runs…Ramirez went 2-3 with a solo homer (No. 3), two RBI and the walk,  Melky Cabrera went 2-4 with a run batted in and Adam Eaton drove in another. Rookie Tyler Saladino, who had three hits in the Friday night doubleheader, had two more yesterday and made a couple of outstanding defensive plays at third base.

J.B.’s game-tying double and Alexei’s homer:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=267518183

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=267484883

Quote of the Day

Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, calling the 2005 champs a great bunch of guys, was asked if he felt that the Sox, winners of 99 games in the regular season, in first place from start to finish and 11-1 in the postseason, have been slighted.

“We weren’t the 1927 Yankees, but we were probably better than a lot of teams (that won). A championship is a championship. What more recognition do you need than winning the World Series Trophy?”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday night, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Cardinals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a two-game series. Probable starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-2, 3.80) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Martinez (10-3, 2.52) for St. Louis.

During the off day, many of the Sox players and front office execs will be participating in the Field of Greens Celebrity Golf Tournament at Harborside International Golf Course in Chicago. The tournament supports pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at local hospitals.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 90 on July 17 in Cleveland, the first-place White Sox completed a four-game sweep over the Tribe with a 4-0 triumph. Jon Garland won his 14th game with six shutout innings and Tadahito Iguchi (6) and A.J. Pierzynski (12) belted a solo shot and two-run clout, respectively. It was win No. 61 on the season.

Photos of the Day

More 2005 hero trading cards, completing the set of 15 (designed by Sox intern Jordan Doyle).

 

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That Championship Season

Saturday, July 18, 2015

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Today’s News

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 WidgerWillie Harris and coaches Greg Walker, Harold BainesArt Kusyner and Man Soo Lee.

Crede and Rowand represented their teammates by throwing out the ceremonial first pitches (bottom photo below).

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Reunion Weekend Continues

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/reunion_weekend.jsp

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?

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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.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Game 1: 

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:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=263620483

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=263634483

Game 2:

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.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=265598983

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Game Program

The third game program of the season, adorned with a cover celebrating 2005, is available now. Make sure you pick up one or more.

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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 ImpossibleRogue Nation movie stopped by the #SoxSocial Lounge yesterday during Game 1 of the doubleheader.

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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. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (8-4, 2.72) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (3-4, 4.65) for K.C.

2005 Flashback

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.

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