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Photo Day

Saturday, February 28, 2015

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Today’s News

Say Cheese

It was the annual Photo Day at spring training today–and Sox players got the star treatment.

The Shark

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Guess Who?

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Second baseman Micah Johnson

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Rookie lefty Carlos Rodon

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Jack of All Trades Emilio Bonifacio

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Top Prospects Courtney Hawkins, Tyler Danish and Frankie Montas

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The Skipper

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Alexei

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The Melk Man

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The LaRoches–Adam and Son Drake

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Hector NoesiAdam Eaton and a cast of thousands.

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Sox Offseason Creates Box Office Buzz

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/22990/big-ticket-sox-report-brisk-sales

Sale, Abreu on Elite List

The MLB Network has released the Top 20 players on its “Top 100 Players Right Now” list. Chris Sale is No. 5, Jose Abreu No. 9.

More Sale

Chris suffered an avulsion fracture on his right foot in an accident at his home yesterday.  He is expected to be sidelined 3 weeks. He underwent x-rays this morning and will have further tests once the swelling subsides. His status for Opening Day will be better determined then.

Both the Sox and Sale are thinking positive.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-white-sox-chris-sale-20150228-story.html

Q” Excited About Starting Cactus League Opener

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/spring-opener-has-plenty-meaning-jose-quintana

The Duke of the Bullpen

Newcomer Zach Duke covers all the angles.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/110659490/white-sox-reliever-zach-duke-adds-arm-angle-to-deceive-hitters

A New Conor Gillaspie

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/conor-gillaspie-quits-tobacco-hopes-stay-strong

Quote of the Day

@whitesox: “Muy guapo!” (translation: very handsome) “Yes, you know it.” – Avi #SoxSpringTraining with @avisailgarcia

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Photo/Video of the Day

Behind the scenes.

Today’s Roundup: From “Q” to a Dynamic Duo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Today’s News

Underrated But Greatly Appreciated

Jose Quintana, one of baseball’s most underrated pitchers, is looking to make a statement about  his worth (click link below). And it was announced today that Quintana will get the nod as the starter in the Cactus League opener Wednesday against the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/110375036/low-key-jose-quintana-works-in-the-zone-under-the-radar-for-white-sox

A Comeback Story in the Making?

Third base prospect Matt Davidson (pictured below) is looking to rebound from a very tough 2014.

http://trib.in/1wkvSxh

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A Positive Sign

Jesse Crain is looking good in his Sox return.

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The Rejuvenation of Hector Noesi

Early last season Hector Noesi, then a Texas Rangers reliever, was hit hard by the White Sox lineup. Shortly after that performance the right-hander joined the Sox and became a different pitcher–in large part due to the influence of pitching coach Don Cooper.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/398361/hector-noesi-aims-keep-climbing

Shark Alert

Here’s Jeff Samardzija throwing BP during today’s workout.

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Robertson Enjoying Sox Camp

New White Sox Closer David Robertson is finding that his first Sox spring training is more relaxed than what he was used to with the Yankees.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/david-robertson-takes-advantage-relaxed-white-sox-camp

Throwback Thursday

A warm, sunny afternoon at Old Comiskey

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Micker Adjusts to Big League Life

Micker Adolfo, a Dominican youngster who signed with the White Sox in 2013 as the No. 2 ranked International Prospect, is one of about 30 minor league players in camp early as part of the minor league mini camp.  So is former major leaguer Brian Anderson.

Each day, once the major league team is done on the fields, our top minor leaguers run through their own early practices to get a jump on their own spring training.

Adolfo, who is now 18 years old, arrived in the United States last summer and then played in the Fire League.  Last year, he seemed like a 17-year-old who was trying to understand how to be a professional baseball player while adapting to everything new in his life.

This year?

Yesterday, as the minor leaguers gathered for their first workout, Adolfo approached another young Latin player and corrected how he was wearing his baseball pants, literally helping the player roll them correctly.

“That’s a small thing, a small example,” one White Sox staffer said.  “But is also says a lot about how much he has grown up.

“And he’s the equivalent of a senior in high school.”

Sox Note of Note

According to Robin Ventura, there will be intrasquad games on Monday and Tuesday with the veterans more likely to get at-bats in the Tuesday game.

Quote of the Day

Catcher Geovany Soto on lefty Carlos Rodon (pictured in center of photo below):

“I think this kid is going to be special. His raw ability is through the roof.”

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Photo of the Day

Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche: a pretty impressive combo.

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The Melk Man and the Beard Man

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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Today’s News

A Welcome Sight

It’s nice to see Melky Cabrera in a White Sox uniform. He’s shown above on the far right working out next to new outfield mate Avi Garcia.

Here’s more on Melky:

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-moves-wife-were-biggest-factors-melky-cabrera

Adam LaRoche on Joining the Sox

http://trib.in/1MRcUZx

Chip Off the Old Block

And here’s Adam (sitting, second from right) taking a break with No. 25, his son Drake.

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It Won’t Be Long Now

A week from today, March 4, the Sox open up Cactus League play against the Dodgers at Cameback Ranch-Glendale. First pitch is 2:05 p.m., CT.

Undivided Attention

When new baserunning coach Vince Coleman talks, people listen. Ken Williams said Coleman’s talk to the troops today (pictured below) was the best he’s ever heard on baserunning.

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Speaking of baserunning/stealing, Micah Johnson expounds on the art.

http://atmlb.com/18lI5wt

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Happy Birthday

Today is Jerry Reinsdorf‘s birthday. Have a great day, Chairman!

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Sympathy Pains

Sox players talk about the latest Derrick Rose injury.

http://bit.ly/1DbaOf3

Quotes of the Day

Robin on newcomer LaRoche’s beard:

“I’m not going to grow one like that, but he seems to like it and as long as it’s not one of those they can sweep home plate with, we’ll be good.” 

Adam on Ventura’s comment:

“Good enough.”

Photo of the Day

The beard.

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Abreu on Abreu

Monday, February 23, 2015 blog post

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Today’s News

First Take

Entering his second big-league season after an historic rookie year, Jose Abreu met with the media today for the first time this spring. Here are some of the highlights via an interpreter:

* “I cannot say that I will put up the same numbers or better. I just can say that I will try to do the best of me every day and help the team win games. If the numbers are the same as last year, it’s good for me. But my main focus right now is to try to be the best player possible and help the team.” 

* “My goal every day is to try to be better in the position and try to be closer to the perfection. I know perfection is not possible, but I always work for that, to be as close to perfection as could be.”

* “I learned how to handle the long season that is the major league season. I’m working on it right now. I’m trying to be in the best shape possible for the season, but not just for the beginning, for the whole season long…I came (here) more fresh. I know that I have to save my bullets or save my energy for the long season and not just throw it out in the first weeks.”

Jose also expressed how happy he is to have Adam LaRoche as a teammate, having heard he is an outstanding player and good person.

Around the Horn

Watch and listen to Adam Eaton, John Danks, Chris SaleDavid Robertson and Don Cooper on high expectations, new faces in camp and top prospect Carlos Rodon.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v38366383/white-sox-hold-high-expectations-going-into-2015

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http://m.mlb.com/video/v38163783/robertson-discusses-his-role-on-the-2015-white-sox

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper

Legendary

John Legend and the rapper Common, a native South Sider, both have spent time at U.S. Cellular Field. Last night they were awarded an Oscar for the song “Glory” from the movie Selma. Congratulations!

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Sox Note of Note

Because of the club’s bench flexibility, Robin has indicated that it’s possible that the Sox will start the season with eight relievers.

Quote of the Day

Food for thought from Jeff Samardzija:

“Listen, I can get (hitters) out without even throwing a pitch.”

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Fan-friendly Sox.

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Enter Adam LaRoche

Sunday, February 22, 2015

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Today’s News

Adam’s Arrival

First baseman/DH Adam LaRoche (pictured above) checked into camp today, two days before the full squad reports on Tuesday. It’s interesting to note that LaRoche, one of the club’s key acquisitions in the offseason, will be occupying Paul Konerko‘s old locker. He’s also here with his brother Andy, a third baseman who is a non-roster invitee (photo compliments of CSN’s Chuck Garfien).

Top Prospect Carlos Rodon: “Stay in the Background and Keep Quiet”

Rodon talks to the Trib…and confers with pitching guru Don Cooper.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-carlos-rodon-white-sox-spring-spt-0222-20150221-story.html

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Scorpions Invade Sox Camp–Really

A group of honest-to-goodness scorpions were seen at Camelback Ranch on Saturday. The eight-legged predators caused a bit of a scare, but no harm was done. Some media members looked at it as a natural progression–a Shark (Jeff Samardzija) officially arrived on Friday followed the next day by a group of arthropods.

Mark Your Calendars

MLB Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” series, which gives “inside access” to every team’s training camp, begins March 3.

The Sox will be featured on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:00 p.m., CT.

Quotes of the Day

* Manager Robin Ventura on the addition of Vince Coleman, one of the best basestealers of his time, serving as a baserunning instructor in spring training:

“We’re very fortunate to have him out there, especially with the basestealing stuff. I wouldn’t know what that is, but there are guys, there is a certain mentality of doing it. Especially with Adam [Eaton] leading off, he has the speed to steal more bases, so you want him to have that mindset that a guy like Vince had.”

* @Chuck Garfien: Jose Abreu in Spanish to the pitcher during his long hitting session:

“You’re going to need some ice.”

* Gordon Beckham on his return to the Sox:

“I feel like I have a good chance to go out there and win a job, that’s all I really want.”

* Coop on his conversations with newcomers Zach Duke and David Robertson:

“I said to them, ‘You know what I think when I see you two guys? There’s the 8th and 9th inning.’” 

Photo/Video of the Day

Robin on team leadership:

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-robin-ventura-on-white-sox-leaders-20150222-premiumvideo.html

Pitchers and Catchers Eve

Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Today’s News

Early Birds

While tomorrow is the official arrival date for Sox pitchers and catchers and Tuesday is the report date for the full squad, as many as 25 major and minor league players have already arrived for spring training at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.

Those on hand include Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Jeff Samardzija, Tyler Flowers, Avi Garcia, Carlos Sanchez, Micah Johnson, Carlos Rodon and Hector Noesi.

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GM Hahn on Twitter

White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn has been answering fans’ questions on Twitter, with subjects ranging from the extraordinary offseason to expectations for 2015.  Enjoy!

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/47150548/v37393383

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Thursday GIFs: That _ _ _ _ _

We’re having some fun featuring our favorite gif moments each week. If you’ve got something you’d like to see featured, tweet to us (@whitesox) using #ThatSoxMoment.

http://whitesox.mlb.com/cws/social/that.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20150205_39986176&adbid=563362058939297794&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

Quote of the Day

Avi Garcia, via CSN’s Chuck Garfien, talked about looking ahead after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury.

“It’s a lesson. You have to think of the future, not in the past. The past is the past. Now is the future. Now we have a new year. We’ve got the opportunity to have another day, to have another month, to have another year. You have to work hard. That’s it.”

Photos of the Day

Jose and Avi in the cage and all’s ready in the clubhouse.

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Happy Valentine’s Day From Your Chicago White Sox

Friday, February 13, 2015

While We Eagerly Await the Start of Spring Training…

A week from today, White Sox pitchers and catchers report to the Sox’ Camelback Ranch spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz. and four days later the full squad will go through their first workout. In the meantime, pass some of the time this weekend by enjoying and/or sharing these special Valentine’s Day cards from several of your favorite Sox. To send or to see more go to:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/soxlove.jsp

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10-Day Countdown to Pitchers and Catchers…

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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Today’s News

In just 10 days, on February 20, the highly anticipated 2015 White Sox season gets underway with pitchers and catchers reporting to the Sox’ Camelback Ranch spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz. Just four days later, on February 24, the full squad reports and will undergo physicals and participate in the first full-squad workout.

An Extraordinary Offseason

Baseball experts and fans alike are virtually unanimous that the Sox had one of the most productive offseasons with many declaring our winter haul as the best in baseball. Several pundits also have commented that the Sox were able to make it happen without sacrificing top prospects. Whatever order you place them, the newest additions on the South Side give us enormous hope for the upcoming season.

Just to review: the marquee acquisitions by the Sox front office were right-handed starter Jeff Samardzija, righty closer David Robertson, left-handed relievers Zach Duke and Dan Jennings, first baseman/DH Adam LaRocheoutfielder Melky Cabrera, the versatile infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and a familar face–infielder Gordon Beckham.

Other offseason additions now on the 40-man roster include right-handed pitcher Michael Ynoa (obtained in the Samardzija deal), catcher Rob Brantly, outfielder J.B. Shuck and left-handed pitcher Onelki Garcia, who were selected on waivers from the Marlins, Indians and Dodgers, respectively.

The Sox also agreed to terms on minor-league contracts with the following free agents: right-handed pitchers Jairo Asencio, Scott Carroll, Jesse Crain, Logan Kensing, Arcenio Leon, J.D. Martin and Brad Penny; left-handers Zach Phillips and Joe Savery; catchers George Kottaras and Geovany Soto; infielders Juan Diaz and Andy LaRoche (Adam’s brother) and outfielders Tony Campana and Michael Taylor.

All 15 players, in addition to nine players from within the organization, have received non-roster invitations to spring training.

Right-handers Chris Beck, Tyler Danish and Nolan Sanburn, left-hander Carlos Rodon, infielders Tim Anderson, Dan Black and Micah Johnson and outfielders Courtney Hawkins and Jared Mitchell received invites to major-league camp from within the organization.

Thirteen of the 24 invitees have major-league experience.

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Enjoy These SoxFest Seminars

This year’s SoxFest was an enormous success with fan excitement off the charts. One of the most successful elements was the series of seminars. Here are four: a panel discussing the Sox’ young talent, some of the newest Sox talking about the ’15 season, a few of the Sox players and coaches talking about hitting and GM Rick Hahn and skipper Robin Ventura chatting about the Sox and taking questions from the fans.

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/16463658/v37207153/?c_id=cws

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/16463658/v37207121/?c_id=cws

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/16463658/v37206481/?c_id=cws

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Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

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Quote of the Day

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Photo of the Day

Florida Gulf Coast University recently honored alum Chris Sale by retiring his No. 41 jersey.

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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):

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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!”

konerko grand slam (original audio)

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)

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