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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Cooperstown, NY — After months of anticipation, the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will begin today at 12:30 p.m., CT, at the Clark Sports Center, which is located just a mile south of the Hall.
During the ceremony, we will hear from our Sox-connected inductees Frank Thomas and Tony LaRussa, pitching greats and former Braves teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and elite managers Bobby Cox and Joe Torre as they are officially are inducted into baseball’s shrine. The newest inductees will be welcomed by 55 of the 66 living Hall of Famers, who have made the trip here to be part of the festivities.
Frank and Tony: The Day Before
The six inductees spoke to the media yesterday in advance of today’s ceremony. Here’s a sampling of comments from Frank and Tony.
On the Hall of Fame experience as a whole:
“It’s really very stressful. A lot goes into it. I’m overjoyed, but the nerves are there. It’s just a different feeling. This is bigger than any ball game that I’ve every played in. Tomorrow will be magical. Just seeing the stage today, the field and thinking about all those people out there, it will really be special.”
On thinking about entering the Hall during his playing days:
“You never think about the Hall of Fame. It’s something you can’t control. As a player you just go out and play ball.”
On his speech:
“I’ve been doing a lot of traveling with my TV work and each night when I get back to my hotel room I add a few lines and add some names. It’ll be from the heart, giving credit to the people who got me here.”
On his hitting style:
“I was a hitter, not just a home run hitter. I was about scoring runs, driving in runs. I knew I had to do something to help the team every night. (Sox hitting coach) Walt Hriniak had a whole lot to do with my approach in my first eight years in Chicago and me being here in Cooperstown. It was all about discipline. You knew you had to work hard every day.”
On his Dad, Frank Sr., who has passed away:
My Dad was my man. He saw something in me and it was push, push, push, all the time–he got me off that couch. Without him I wouldn’t be here. I keep thinking what a big smile he would have if he were still here. He’d be running around with No. 35 on his back, that’s the kind of person he was.”
The World According to Tony
On the role of a manager:
“I’ve been with coaches in other sports and we talk about how our first responsibility is to create a frame of mind for the players. Once you have their attention you can go from there. I think I had a feel for it, but I got better and better over the years.”
On his time with the Sox, notably 1983 when the club won the AL West by 20 games. It was also the team’s first playoff appearance since the AL pennant-winning year of 1959.
“1983 was a magical year. We had big personalities, great leaders like Bull (Greg Luzinski) and Kooz (Jerry Koosman) and a great coaching staff.”
“He was the type of hitter that you had to take out of the game. He hit for power, average, hit to all fields. He was a marked man.”
On Harold Baines and the Hall of Fame:
“My heart aches for him. If he had only been healthy enough to get 3,000 hits.”
On his managerial career with the Sox, A’s and Cardinals:
“Thirty years and three great places. How lucky I’ve been.”
Yesterday’s Award Presentations
Yesterday afternoon the Hall of Fame Awards presentation took place at Doubleday Field, for years the site of exhibition games between American and National League teams. Author Roger Angell received the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. Former player and broadcaster Joe Garagiola, who was not in attendance, won the Hall’s Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award and Texas Rangers’ broadcaster Eric Nadel was honored with the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for major contributions to baseball broadcasting.
The Parade of Legends
With thousands of fans lining the streets cheering them on, the Hall of Famers rode down Main Street last evening in trucks en route to the Museum. Here’s Frank and his wife Megan waving to the crowd.
Cooperstown’s main drag was again all abuzz yesterday with activity on another bright, sunny day. In addition to the thriving businesses we mentioned yesterday that were teeming with fans, other establishments enjoying the presence of the baseball faithful the past few days are the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum, Mickey’s Place (as in Hall of Famer Mantle), Shoeless Joe’s and the Batter’s Up Restaurant. Again, where else can you find these places?
Among the former players signing yesterday were Pete Rose, Andre Dawson, Maury Wills, Denny McLain, Bert Campaneris, Frank Howard, John Rocker, Ryan Klesko and many of the players who signed earlier in the week that we mentioned yesterday.
Among the oddest sights yesterday on Main Street? Somebody I could swear was Babe Ruth and the craziest Harley you ever saw.
A Hall of a Party
The White Sox hosted a party for Frank and Tony last night at Cooperstown’s Templeton Hall with friends and family celebrating the occasion. The Big Hurt took to the microphone upon his arrival and expressed what an honor it is to be entering the Hall. He also admitted his “knees will be knocking,” but is looking forward to the big day. Tony talked emotionally about his days with the Sox and led the crowd in singing “Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Goodbye.”
A Sox Fan’s Delight
Museum exhibits I thought you’d like to see.
And While We’re in Cooperstown…
The Sox won their third straight last night with a 7-0 whitewash of the Twins. We go for the sweep of the four-game series today. Chris Sale was in vintage form. He won his 10th game of the season against a single loss via a brilliant five-hit shutout, which included a dozen strikeouts over eight innings–and he lowered his ERA to a miniscule 1.88…Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run homer, Conor Gillaspie was 3-4 with a double two runs scored, Tyler Flowers singled and doubled and drove in a pair and Adam Eaton had two singles, two RBI and scored a run. Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a ninth-inning single. He has now recorded a hit in 34 of his last 35 games.
Photos of the Day
I guess you could say it was SoxFest East yesterday on Main Street.
Friday, April 11, 2014
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (2-0, 1.76) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-1, 6.35) for Cleveland. Chris will make his third start of the season, his second at home. In his last start, against the Royals, Sale allowed just four singles and struck out six over eight scoreless innings. He is 17-10 with a 2.71 ERA over 31 career starts at USCF.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C.
Plays of the Day
Jose Abreu hit two homers and drove in three and Alexei Ramirez also went deep with three ribbies in the Sox’ 7-3 victory last night…Adam Eaton went 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI…John Danks got credit for the win, his first of the season, going six innings and allowing three runs with two walks and four strikeouts…Daniel Webb made his first scoreless appearance with two perfect innings and now leads all Sox relievers with 6.1 IP.
Enjoy Abreu’s two long ones, Ramirez’s tie-breaking double and Eaton’s RBI single:
How About This?
Entering tonight’s game, the White Sox lead the major leagues in runs per game (6.10) and home runs (15) and rank second in average (.287), OPS (.820), slugging (.472) and on-base percentage (.348). Our six homers and 15 runs against the Rockies on Tuesday are both single-game highs in the majors this season.
Sox Notes of Note
The Sox broke a 14-game losing streak against the Indians with last night’s victory…Sox lefty starters have made quality starts in all six of their starts this season…John Danks earned his first career home win against Cleveland…Abreu hit his first career homer at U.S. Cellular Field and his second multi-homer game of the young season. He has four homers in his past three games and is the first Sox player to have two multi-homer games within his first 10 career games. The last major leaguer to do it was the Royals’ Mark Quinn in 1999. Jose has also driven in 14 runs in his first 10 games of the season, the most for the Sox since Ron Kittle in 1983 (14)…Ramirez hit homer No. 2 and recorded his ninth RBI after his two-run double in the fourth inning. His current hitting streak is at 10, collecting a hit in every game this year…Eaton had his third consecutive multi-hit game. He’s hitting .500 (6-12) over that span and .310 this season…Happy Birthday to Alejandro De Aza. The Sox outfielder is 30 today…the Sox have acquired outfielder Gorkys Hernandez from the Royals for cash considerations and assigned him to Class AAA Charlotte. Hernandez is 26 and has played 70 games in the major leagues for the Pirates and Marlins…Below, Abreu shows his support for friend and teammate Avi Garcia, who is unfortunately out for the season with an injured left shoulder.
Thome and “Opening Knight”
I’m in Charlotte today with Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Jim Thome, who has the honor of throwing out the first pitch before tonight’s home opener between the Knights and the Norfolk Tides as our Class AAA affiliate opens up brand new BB&T ballpark in the city’s uptown. As I posted on Tuesday, Jim, who is now a special assistant to Rick Hahn, played in Charlotte in 1993 when it was an Indians affiliate, hit a league-best .332 with 25 home runs and 102 RBI on his way to winning the International League Most Valuable Player award. He helped the Knights win a franchise-record 86 games that year and win the first Governor’s Cup championship in team history. Here’s something that very few of us will ever experience–stepping on an elevator and discovering a life-sized photo of ourself. Maybe it doesn’t happen to most people, but it did happen to Jim today upon our arrival in Charlotte. And what did he do? He autographed the photo.
Getting in Shape
Sox reliever Donnie Veal gets the students at Langford Community Academy moving today. Veal, Sox Director of Conditioning Allen Thomas and Southpaw were there to talk about the importance of nutrition and being active.
The Big Hurt on “Jimmy Kimmel”…and a Tribute to the Hall of Famer at the Ballpark.
Wow!! This just brought a Tear to my Eye!! Thank you Chicago White Sox!! http://t.co/azlD0dRxpR—
Frank Thomas (@TheBigHurt_35) April 11, 2014
Quotes of the Day
From John Danks…
On last night’s win and the ’14 White Sox:
“Those guys did a great job. I put us in an early hole. They have no quit. This is a fun team to be on. The guys are gonna play until the last out. We saw that today. They didn’t hang their heads. They went to work.”
Relating a conversation he had with Sale about Abreu:
“We want to go thank Rick (Hahn) right now for signing him. He’s fun to watch, and it’s scary but he’s only going to get better.”
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CDT, WGN). Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 6.52) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 4.22) for Cleveland.
Photo of the Day
A lot of baseball people are taking notice of No. 79:
Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 11, 2014
And click on this link–it’s the stuff of legends and shades of Roy Hobbs in The Natural.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
It was an exciting day in White Sox history yesterday as Frank Thomas was elected into the Hall of Fame. After the announcement, he stopped by U.S. Cellular Field to make his rounds and hold a press conference. Below are some of the pictures from the day.