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Rick talks Davidson

Tuesday, December 17, 2014

After yesterday’s trade announcement (3B Matt Davidson in exchange for Addison Reed), Rick talked a little bit about the move, how it came about and what it means for the pitching staff.

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On Davidson being Major League ready:

“We were able to acquire in Davidson, another young position player with a chance to be part of our new core. While it’s never easy to give up homegrown players, we did feel it was imperative to start addressing some of the position player issues we have.  You know some of that remains to be seen.  We feel that he has the potential to be a middle of the order run producer for a long time, whether that starts on Opening Day 2014 or soon thereafter.  We’ll have to figure out over the coming weeks and months as we get to know him and see him ourselves.  He was young for the Triple A level last year at age 22.  Although he has a good approach at the plate and the ball jumps off the bat there’s still a little bit of refinement that can take place.  We’ll decide if that’s better to take place at Triple A or at the big league level.  I do feel that when he does get here he’s going to be here for a long time.  We just need to pick the right time to start that.”

On a projected closer:

“I don’t feel the urgency to anoint anyone the closer.  We have some internal candidates such as Nate Jones or Matt Lindstrom or even Daniel Webb, who can potentially fill that role.  We still have some acquisitions which some of them haven’t been announced or at least one of them hasn’t been announced, despite being widely reported, that’s going to help supply some depth for the bullpen.  Frankly our scouts and player development people have done a really nice job over the years providing us with options and I’m confident that’s going to continue.  Just like we entered the 2012 season without anyone specifically anointed the closer, in fact it was Hector who won that job and Addison took it over, we were able to be in first place for a large stretch of that season despite entering spring training without having anyone written in stone in that role.  I just don’t see it’s that essential to do in mid December.”

On Matt’s defense:

“Solid actions, strong arm, good hands, the question that you will hear from time to time with scouts and has been written about publicly is about his lateral movement.  We think it’s going to improve, it’s going to continue to improve, we see him over there for the long term once the development is finished.”

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On how the trade came about:

“The end game was probably quick.  Kevin and I have been talking and we made no secret about going back for several weeks primarily about Adam Eaton, but there were other players in the Diamondback organization that we talked about at times including Matt.  No one probably noticed but right when our press conference ended in Orlando where the three of us were sitting up there talking about the three-way trade I wondered over and said to Kevin we still have interest in Davidson by the way if you see a fit, I think that was Tuesday when we announced that deal.  We started exchanging names on Wednesday and closed the deal off on Friday night.  The end game was quick but the run up took a few weeks.”

On valuing the closer role:

“I don’t think its fair characterization to say that we don’t value it.  I think isn’t more about having confidence in our ability, scouts and coaches to develop someone capable of filling that role.  Look, going back to 2005 we had three different guys close out games in 2005 between Shingo and Hermanson and ultimately Bobby Jenks.  It’s an important role and it’s not an easy job, it’s one where, knock on wood, we have a pretty decent track record in terms of finding the right guy when the need arrives.  It just felt at this time, give where we’ve been from a position side of things, we had to take the opportunity to get what we feel to be a potential long term core position player piece.”

On excitement about Davidson, Aberu, Garcia and Eaton:

“We’re very excited but at the same time we’re optimistic about their future.  We do realize that it’s a process and there’s going to be some growing pains along the way, whether it’s from playing in a new country or playing in a new league or getting your really first extended taste of a big league opportunity, the development path is not going to be linear.  When this thing gets right, when the development is complete and we have these players coming along on the same path it’s really want we’ve been striving for awhile here.  We really want to have a young core not just from a position player standpoint, but from a pitching standpoint with guys like Chris Sale and Jose Quintana and Nate Jones and others that play the game we want it played, that have been ideally developed by guys or least have had the finishing touches put on by our guys and our able to grow together in to a championship group.  These four players that we have acquired since July we feel each have the ability to be an important part of it.  Some of the players we have had at the big league level before could very well be a part of it, as well as some of the players we have coming in the system that are near ready.  When we set out to try and cure some of the things that ailed us last season it was with the intent to do this on a quicker time frame and primarily by adding pieces that were major league ready or near major league ready that could grow together, and over the last few months we feel that we were able to do that.”

On potential moves to come:

“Nothing is just one phone call away just yet.  There are a few other items that we have on our wish list.  All of us here have tried to be realistic as we go through this process and realize that we may not be able to address all of the things on our hit list in one offseason, that it may take us into next season or potentially into the following offseason.  There’s still some things we want to do and frankly I’m not sure if we will ever be able to exhale until we get to win the last game of the postseason, whenever that happens in the future.  We feel good about this start but we know that it’s only a start and we still have a few more items that we hopefully can check off our list in the coming weeks before we get to Glendale.”

On trading Addison:

“I can understand some surprise in that and it’s not like we were out shopping Addison.  He’s certainly a quality big league closer and that has value to us as well as to others.  It was just a matter of continuing the process that we started in July that we felt was a little more pressing and that we had some alternatives to potential step in to Addison’s role.  I certainly get the surprise but hopefully at the same time we have done a decent enough job over the months to try to accomplish what we been doing and where we hope to go.”

On trading young players for other team’s young players:

“Ideally it comes from within and that’s where we are trying to get to and I think we are close to being able to do that.  Someone earlier on the call mentioned Marcus Semien, Micah Johnson, Trayce Thompson and others are getting close to being able to help us in Chicago and we certainly over the years have had many home grown pitchers able to contribute to first place division clubs in Chicago for us.  So until we get to that point we are going to have to continue to acquire good, young potential impact position players from other organizations, but I do feel that day of us being able to self efficient in that regard is not too far off.”

On confidence to develop pitching:

“Our scouts have been able to find and sign big league quality pitching talent and it’s a nice luxury for someone in the GM seat to have, but you never feel good about trading young pitching because it’s extremely difficult to acquire in this game.  It does give me some level of confidence knowing that we got those same scouts and PD guys in place, that have developed guys over a decade plus, to find replacements going forward.”  

Spoiler Alert

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a two-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-9, 3.53) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (12-9, 3.39) for the Tribe. Coming off of two straight wins, we’ll try to play the spoiler role the next couple of nights to derail the Indians’ wild card hopes.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Gillaspie, 3B; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; A. Garcia, RF; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Phegley, C.

 

Play(s) of the Day

The Sox youth corps was in full force in last night’s 3-2 triumph over the Blue Jays. Marcus Semien clubbed his first major league homer, a two-run shot, and Avisail Garcia hit a solo blast, his sixth…Jose Quintana was once again superb in 7.1 innings of work, allowing two runs, five hits and a walk while striking out six for his ninth win of the season…Addison Reed came on to earn his 39th save.

 

Quote of the Day

Toronto manager John Gibbons on “Q” (via Scott Merkin on whitesox.com):

“Quintana is good. He mixes speeds, he moves in and around. He’s got a quick arm, the ball gets on you. He’s more explosive than the radar gun will show you. He’s got a feel. You can just tell he knows what he’s doing out there.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the final game of the two-game set. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (4-10, 5.72) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (1-3, 3.09) for Cleveland.

 

Did You Know…

…that Quintana recorded his 17th quality start of the season last night and was 4-2 with a 1.68 ERA in eight starts against the American League East this year?

–that Semien is batting .342 with three doubles, a homer, five RBI and six runs scored over his last 11 games?

–that Avi is hitting .368 with a triple, three homers, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored over his last 13 games and has a .333 average since August 13?

 

Sox Note of Note

Lefty reliever David Purcey won’t pitch again this season due to a strained left Ultra Collateral Ligament. No surgery is needed at the present time and the injury is expected to heal with rest.

 

Photo(s)/Video(s) of the Day

Semien and Garcia go deep:

http://atmlb.com/1b0mRQV

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http://atmlb.com/1b0tAu9

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“New Look” White Sox Riding a Winning Wave

Thursday, April 22, 2013 

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox go for their sixth victory in a row and a three-game sweep of Kansas City in the final game of our seven-game road trip. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (8-8, 3.19) for K.C. “Q” is 3-0 with a 3.66 ERA over 12 starts on the road this season and overall has limited righthanded hitters to a .238 average, which ranks fourth in the American League just behind teammate Hector Santiago (third, .237) among lefty starters.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko,1B; A. Garcia, RF; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C.

The White Sox and the Civil Rights Game

David Haugh has written a terrific piece that appears in today’s Trib. It is centered on Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams and our club’s close connection with the annual Civil Rights Game, which will be played at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday vs. Texas.

http://trib.in/13ScXvq

Sox icon Minnie Minoso will take part in the festivities surrounding the Civil Rights Game. Scott Merkin, via whitesox.com, writes about Minoso’s impact. 

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130822&content_id=57936194&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws&tcid=tw_article_57936194

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More on Minnie…

Minoso’s accomplishments seem to have been ignored in the publicity surrounding Ichiro’s 4,000th professional hit. Not so fast, says Scott Simkus on sabr.com.

http://sabr.org/latest/simkus-ichiro-suzuki-minnie-minoso-and-4000-career-professional-hits

Teammates Give Avisail Garcia Rave Reviews

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/22075661-574/sox-avisail-garcia-his-ceiling-is-off-the-charts.html

D.J. Hits the Half-Century Mark

Happy Birthday to former Sox player and current radio analyst Darrin Jackson, who celebrates his 50th birthday today.

Play(s) of the Day

We won our third straight series last night with the 5-2 triumph over the Royals, following series wins over the Tigers and Twins–all, of course, A.L. Central foes…Andre Rienzo became the first Brazilian-born pitcher to win a major league game and Dayan Viciedo backed him with a 3-for-4 night highlighted by a fourth-inning grand slam…Conor Gillaspie also had a three-hit night and scored a run…Avi Garcia extended his hitting streak to eight games by beating out a routine grounder to shortstop–another example of his exceptional speed. He’s batting .394 during his career-high streak.

Viciedo’s blast:

http://atmlb.com/18L3466

Quote(s) of the Day

Robin talks about last night’s heroes:

On Rienzo: “Just a good, gutsy job by him. Any time a guy gets his first win it’s special.”

On Viciedo“Tank swung it great. I don’t know if we have seen him swing it like this. It’s nice to see. He’s probably making some changes and it works.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-11, 2.78) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (6-3, 3.48) for Texas.

Did You Know…

…that Addison Reed’s 33 saves are the most for a White Sox pitcher under the age of 25 and last night also became the first Sox pitcher to record a save in five consecutive team games? He’s the first major leaguer to save five straight team games since Francisco Rodriguez did it for the Angels in June/July of 2008.

Roster Move

Leury Garcia Joins Sox

Infielder Leury Garcia, acquired from Texas in the Alex Rios trade, has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte. He replaces Blake Tekotte (who was optioned yesterday to Charlotte) on the active roster. Garcia has combined to hit .265 with four triples, four home runs, 20 RBI, 15 stolen bases and 34 runs scored in 55 games this season between Charlotte and Class AAA Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League.  He has made 47 appearances at shortstop, six in center field and two at second base. His first name is pronounced Lay-OOH-ree.

Photo of the Day

Last night’s win gave the Sox a season-high five-game winning streak. Here’s what you might call a “victory party” after a win earlier in the streak:

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An All-Star Sale-a-bration

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Today’s News

@Areed43: Chris Sale dominating like usual!!

Chris made Sox fans proud last night at the All-Star Game in New York and our closer couldn’t have said it better on Twitter. Pitching the second and third innings against the National League’s best, Sale was indeed dominating. Six up, six down and the only American League pitcher to work as many as two innings. To top it off, he was the winning pitcher in the A.L.’s 3-0 victory.

The Sox’s two-time All-Star, who pitched a scoreless frame in last year’s Midsummer Classic, set down, in order, hometown hero David Wright, the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez and the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina in the second inning and Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer and Nationals’ phenom Bryce Harper in the third. Retiring the three Colorado players, Gonzalez and Tulowitzki via the strikeout, no doubt ensures that fans in Denver never want to see Chris pitch against their favorites again.

Quote of the Day

“My blood was pumping,” said Sale. “This is an experience I’ll never forget, for sure. It’s a good feeling!!”

http://atmlb.com/1armBda

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Photo of the Day

Another highlight of the All-Star Game for me was to see my good friend, Israel Del Toro, honored before the game as the White Sox winner of the Tribute for Heroes campaign. Here he is with Chris during the pre-game ceremony.

From New Lenox, IL, and huge Sox fan, DT was given a 15 percent chance of survival after an IED explosion in Afghanistan left him with third-degree burns over 85 percent of his body. The burns have necessitated more than 120 surgeries.

He is one tough Son-of-a-Gun and I’m proud to call him my friend.

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Blue Jays Next as Sox Continue to Climb

Monday, June 10, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 3.73) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (5-7, 4.66) for the Jays.

Sox Starting Lineup: DeAza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Konerko,1B; Dunn, DH; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, 3B; Beckham, 2B; Gimenez, C.

Tribute for Heroes

Voting has started for this year’s “People Magazine/MLB Tribute for Heroes” (click on promo below).  Each major league team features three eligible finalists submitted by fans.  By voting, you can send one of the three well-deserving military veterans to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York City.

Officially, the White Sox cannot advocate for one candidate over the others, BUT one is my personal friend, a guy I’ve known now for many years.

So in that case, please allow me to stump for Israel del Toro (“DT”), a proud member of the U.S. Air Force.

A little background …

I met DT through the wounded warrior program several spring trainings ago.  A Sox fan, DT’s choice was to receive a free trip out to Glendale to meet with White Sox, take in a game, tour, etc.  I believe his trip was one of the first times he was out of the hospital in San Antonio, maybe the first.

DT, who grew up in New Lenox and went to Providence, was serving as a forward observer in Afghanistan when his Humvee was hit by an IED.  Luckily for him, a small creek ran beside the road where the bomb exploded.  Seriously hurt, his mates rolled him into the creek to douse the fires.  The next thing DT remembers, doctors were cutting off his watch at a hospital in Germany.  The next thing he remembers after that, it was months later and he was in San Antonio at the military’s special burn unit.

This is one tough Son-of-A-Gun.  DT was burned over 90-some percent of his body (I think only three of four other guys at the time had been burned over more of their body and survived).  He has endured over 120 surgeries (and counting) to repair the damage to his body and to rebuild his face and hands,

You will not find a stronger will to live.  You will not find a better sense of humor about himself.  You will not find a more proud soldier or White Sox fan.  He’s thrown out first pitches in spring training and at U.S. Cellular Field.  He’s spoken to our players in spring training about his experiences and his challenges.  He competes in Warrior Games, winning medals for throwing, biking and shooting.  He wants nothing more than to make the U.S. Paralympic Team.  And he will.  I know it.

I’m so proud to call him my friend.

Two moments will be with me forever.

DT became the first seriously burned soldier to be allowed to re-enlist.  I was honored to attend that ceremony in San Antonio a couple of years ago with Scott Linebrink (who lived not that far away and joined me for the ceremony).

And DT invited my wife and I to his wedding a couple of summers ago.  He wanted to give his wife the fancy wedding she deserved, surrounded by family and friends in Chicago, along with many from Mexico.  The man looked sharp in his dress uniform, bride at his side.

So please vote for whomever you like, but as for me, my vote goes to my friend, DT. These videos give you more insight into how special he is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-q1txTmVRE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9K_FME1A2U

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Quote of the Day

Robin on the return of Gordon Beckham, who is hitting .308 in the seven games he’s played since returning to the lineup from the DL:

“I wouldn’t look at Gordon as a normal eight-hole hitter. He’s better. He’s grown up a lot. He’s a better hitter than that, it’s just where he needs to be right now. Valuable as far as his approach and everything else it’s been big for us to get him back, offensively and defensively. Everybody talks about his defense, but for me what he brings offensively is big.”

Play of the Day

When PK steps on the field tonight he will pass Hall of Famer Nellie Fox and move into second place on the White Sox all-time games played list (2,116). Only Hall of Fame shortstop Luke Appling, who played his entire 20-year major-league career on the South Side, played more games (2,422) in a Sox uniform.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Chein Ming Wang (0-0) for Toronto.

Did You Know…

…that Alejandro De Aza is hitting .386 in his last 11 games with a pair of doubles, seven RBI and eight runs scored? He has raised his average from .239 to .267 during that period.

Photo of the Day

Addison Reed, who notched save No. 19 yesterday, spent some time in the #SoxSocial Lounge last week talking to fans on the phone. Apparently he needed to have some moral support from a facsimile of one of his teammates.

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Thanks Danks

Monday, May 6, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: White Sox 2, Royals 1 (11 innnings)

Highlights: Jordan Danks’ long solo homer in the 11th proved to be the game-winner in a very sweet victory…The Sox loaded the bases in the ninth on singles by Jeff Keppinger, Alex Rios and Adam Dunn and with two outs tied the score at 1-1 on an Alexei Ramirez single…After giving up a run in the first inning and throwing 57 pitches through two, Chris Sale settled down and was superb, going 7.1 innings. He gave up just six hits, didn’t allow a walk and struck out five. His pitch count ended up at 119, tying a career high…Matt Lindstrom (0.2), Matt Thornton (1.0), Jesse Crain (1.0) and Addison Reed (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in the final 3.2 innings. Reed got credit for his 11th save.

Surgery for Gavin

Gavin Floyd will undergo season-ending surgery tomorrow in New York City to repair the ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor muscle in his elbow. Expected recovery time for the 30-year-old Floyd is approximately 14-19 months. Surgery will be performed by Dr. David Altchek.

Viciedo Update

Dayan, on the DL with a strained oblique, starts his 4 or 5 game rehab stint tonight with Class AAA Charlotte in Columbus, OH.

Family Field Day

White Sox fans have the opportunity to experience U.S. Cellular Field like the pros on Saturday, May 18 at Family Field Day. Our annual event provides fans the chance to play catch on the outfield grass, warm-up in the bullpens and visit the dugouts. Tickets for the event are $30 per adult and $12 per child with all proceeds benefitting White Sox Charities.

Additionally, we will be holding the Garage Sale in the Patio area from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. with free admission. The Garage Sale allows fans to shop for game-worn items including jerseys, game-used equipment, such as bats and gloves, along with other memorabilia. All sales from the Garage Sale benefit White Sox Charities.

Today we had the chance to catch up with long-time White Sox fan and Tinley Park native Shane Mosely. Shane has been attending Family Field Day for the last six years with his wife and son. This year, the couple has a newborn son that will experience U .S. Cellular Field for the first time at Family Field Day.

Upon chatting with Shane, he provided some insight about what drew him to the event and what keeps them coming back.

“Family Field Day is an atmosphere unparalleled by game days or other events” said Shane. “At Family Field Day, you have the opportunity to relax and explore U.S. Cellular Field surrounded by other families that are also passionate Sox fans.”

The event also allows a White Sox fan to experience the field from a player’s perspective, something that even the best seats don’t allow. Shane’s oldest son, now six, loves exploring the field—from the dugouts to the bullpen.

“He pretends to manage the team from the dugout; phone in calls and make base running signs. In the bullpen, he imagines himself warming up as a reliever.”

Family Field Day isn’t only for kids, though. Last year, the Mosley’s brought Shane’s father-in-law who, according to Shane, had more fun than anyone else there.

“He loved playing catch on the grass” said Shane. “He was able to feel like a ballplayer, even at his age”. 

Family Field Day has become a tradition for the Mosley’s and part of that tradition means stopping by the Garage Sale to purchase a game-used bat. Each year, they purchase a cracked bat—Shane noted they’re surprisingly affordable—as a memento of their experience.

“We’ve purchased something each year we’ve attended Family Field Day. It’s a perfect way to remember the event.”

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Play of the Day

Mr. Danks’ extra-inning blast, which proved to be the difference. It was Jordan’s second career home run and second game-winner. Last season, on August 10 against the A’s, he became the second player in franchise history to hit his first major-league homer on a game-ending blast (Dave Gallagher did it in 1988).

Quote of the Day

Jake Peavy on his health status after missing a start due to back problems:

“I think we’re all on point to go on Wednesday night (against the Mets). I’m super excited about that. Can’t thank our training staff, Herm (Schneider) and A.T. (Allen Thomas), enough–please give them the due respect. A few days ago I didn’t feel good at all…For me to feel the way I did and only to miss one start, I can’t thank them enough getting me back out there…Hopefully we can help turn this thing around and start getting in the win column more often.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule 

White Sox vs. Mets at Citi Field, New York (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Hector Santiago (1-1) for the Sox, Matt Harvey (4-0) for the Mets.

Did You Know…

…that nine of the Sox’s last 24 games against the Royals have gone into extra innings (including the last two)?

Photo of the Day

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Hero of the Day!

Sox, Dodgers Tie as Dunn Goes Deep

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Today’s News


All knotted up after 9
While the White Sox enjoyed a blowout win yesterday, they engaged in a pitchers’ duel this afternoon as the game was called after nine innings with the score tied 2-2. Adam Dunn accounted for the pair of Sox runs with a two-run, opposite field homer off of the Dodgers’ Peter Moylan. Dewayne Wise and Alex Rios both tripled. Erik Johnson started for the Sox and gave up one run on four hits in three innings and struck out two.

Sox notes of note
How welcome was yesterday’s 9-0 whitewash of the Dodgers? It was the first victory for the Sox in a spring opener since 2004….Matt Thornton threw a 35-pitch bullpen session this morning under tough conditions (cold and windy) and reported no pain…Many clubhouse eyes were focused on the Daytona 500 before today’s game…As a result of the chilly weather Harold Baines said he was wearing everything in his locker except one light jacket–and he was considering putting that on.
Danks confident he’ll be ready and Peavy’s passion for the game
A couple of must-reads from Rick Morrissey of the Sun-Times and Scott Merkin of whitesox.com.

A brush with greatness
So it’s 35 minutes before our spring training opener on Saturday, and I am sitting in the White Sox dugout on the first base line waiting for pregame festivities to start.  Literally, I am the only one there and I am minding my own business.  The reason I am there, if you ask, is to help organize our team for on-field introductions at 12:52 p.m. … you know, simple stuff like Robin first, coaches and then starting lineup.

Out of the corner of my eye, I sense someone in a Dodgers uniform walking into the dugout.

“Is Robin here yet?’ he asks.

I turn an immediately recognize that it is Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax.  Behind him, I see lots of autograph seekers and hear people calling his name.

“Not yet,” I say.  “He’ll be here is a couple minutes.”

Mr. Koufax started to talk.  Fine by me. (editor’s note: I did meet Mr. Koufax one spring in Vero Beach, Florida, when I was a kid.  My dad and I were walking down a sidewalk in Dodgertown when here came Mr. Koufax walking toward us.  He was very pleasant but, of course, he doesn’t remember me.)

So of course I start small talk with Sandy Koufax.  I ask him how he’s doing (fine), where he’s staying down here (West Valley), where he lives (up and down the East Coast depending on the weather) and why in the world are “you guys” throwing Kershaw and Greinke at us this early in the spring … since there is a long way to go.

He laughed a little and then explained that he liked to go nine innings once or twice each spring so that he had dealt with the soreness issue before the season had even begun.  “I didn’t care about the first start,” he said.  “I was concerned with how I’d feel going into the second.  Back then, we didn’t have playoffs.”

You either won the pennant or you went home, he explained, so every start mattered.

After about 10 minutes, Robin showed up to a big smile and hug from Koufax.

“Back when I was with the Dodgers,” RV said, “we used to sneak off and play basketball with Sandy.”

(Sandy, by the way, went to the Universithy of Cincinnati on a hoops scholarship).

Basketball?  With Sandy Koufax?  That would have made him about 65 back then (Sandy, not Robin).

“Guy could play.”

Truth.

Another true story … maybe

Former White Sox pitcher Grady Hall was in camp on Saturday to say hello and he re-connected with former teammate Mark Parent.

“We played together in the Dominican one winter,” Hall said of the Sox bench coach.  “His nickname down there was ‘Grande Lama.’”

“Grande Lama,” I laughed, almost choking on my lunch.

“Nothing to do with the Dali Lama,” Hall corrected.  “It had to do with a sponsor and of course, he’s the Grande Lama.”

Quote of the Day

Coop on pitching: “Anytime you shut someone out, you’ve done something,” he said referring to yesterday’s win. “Every game no matter spring training or regular season, there are always going to be 10 balls hit hard. It’s what happens to those 10.”

Play of the Day

Dunn’s first homer of the spring.

Tomorrow’s Schedule
White Sox vs. Giants in Scottsdale (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). Starters are Hector Santiago for the Sox and Madison Bumgarner for San Francisco. Also scheduled to pitch for the South Siders are Addison Reed, Nate Jones, Donnie Veal, Jesse Crain, Matt Lindstrom, Andre Rienzo and Zach Stewart.
Starting lineup: Alejandro De Aza, cf; Brent Morel, 3b; Jeff Keppinger, dh; Paul Konerko, 1b; Dayan Viciedo, lf; Alexei Ramirez, ss; Jared Mitchell, rf; Tyler Flowers, c; Carlos Sanchez, 2b.

Did You Know…
…that Dewayne Wise, he of The Catch, celebrates No. 35 today? Happy Birthday!
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White Sox Legends Day was celebrated this afternoon at Camelback Ranch.  Pictured from l to rt. Rudy Law, Jerry Hairston, Sr., Steve Stone, Rich Dotson, Harold Baines, Ron Kittle, Floyd Bannister, Daryl Boston, Ron Karkovice, Bobby Thigpen and Robin Ventura
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