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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
White Sox vs. Mets at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a two-game series and nine-game homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-6, 2.69) for the Sox, RHP Zack Wheeler (1-0, 0.00) for New York. Chris is 11-2 with a 2.02 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his last 16 home starts, dating back to May of 2012. The highly-touted Wheeler made his successful major-league debut last week, notching his first victory with six scoreless innings vs. the Braves.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS, Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, DH; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.
Merkin on Courtney Hawkins
Scott Merkin of mlb.com takes a close look at the progress of the Sox’s No. 1 draft pick in 2012, outfielder Courtney Hawkins, shown below talking hitting with Sox slugger Adam Dunn.
Play of the Day
With the Sox enjoying their off-day, a pair of other top Sox outfield prospects–Trayce Thompson and Keenyn Walker–were instrumental in Class AA Birmingham’s 14-2 pounding of Huntsville last night. Thompson belted three doubles, scored twice and drove in a run while Walker singled, doubled and scored three times.
Quote of the Day
Dunn, who on Sunday hit his 20th home run of the season and 426th of his career, talked to Mark Gonzales of the Trib about his recent offensive turnaround (he’s hitting .340 with seven home runs, 17 RBI, 13 runs scored and nine walks in his last 14 games):
“I feel more consistent now than I have ever. I’m not just saying that. I felt good all year, but the last couple weeks I’ve really felt like me, like what I’ve been trying to get for two years. It’s a pretty good feeling.”
White Sox vs. Mets at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the two-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (1-4, 5.40) for the Sox, RHP Shaun Marcum (0-9, 5.76) for the Mets.
Did You Know…
…that while Dunn is now tied with Hall of Famer Billy Williams for 46th place on the all-time home run list, Paul Konerko is just two shy of Cal Ripken’s 431 and 43rd place?
Photo of the Day
Thursday, April 11, 2013
This morning, I decided to walk over to Arlington National Cemetery and then walk around those hallowed grounds. Our hotel’s concierge assured me that I could reach the cemetery easily on foot, so off I went. Well, I technically reached the cemetery’s walls easily. The getting in part was not so easy.
Walking along the wall, the first gate I came to was locked tight. A little further along, I ran into a manned gate that marked the edge of the cemetery and a military installation (Fort Myer, which I didn’t know even existed). Three guys manned the gate.
“Hey, can I get into the cemetery from here,” I asked. “I just want to walk around.”
“Do you have an ID?”
“No,” I laughed. “All I have is a hotel room key. I don’t want to go onto the base, I just want to get into the cemetery. I didn’t know it would be this hard. Can I walk all the way around?”
“It’s a long way.”
“OK, well right down there, the stone wall to the cemetery is only waist high, can I just jump over it?”
At this point, one guard, an older guy, said, “You want to jump over the fence?”
“Well, I’m just trying to get inside the cemetery.”
A younger guard quickly added, “Only if I don’t see you …” Now, he seemed to be smiling as he said this, but I also noticed that he was armed with an M-4 rile.
I could just imagine the headline.
“White Sox executive shot while breaking into Arlington National Cemetery.”
So I start walking. And walking. And I can now tell you there is no way into Arlington National Cemetery by foot from Arlington.
Determined, at this point, not to be defeated, I went back to the nearest Metro Stop, hopped on the next train and entered Arlington Cemetery by the normal visitors route.
Stating the obvious, but a walk through Arlington is truly a moving and humbling experience, so many “Unknown” headstones from every war.
Today, I happened to pass the grave of Abner Doubleday (see photo below), long claimed as the “inventor” of baseball.
Yesterday, we had taken a tour of the Pentagon and one of our tour guides, Seaman Tom Williams of Oklahoma City, came to the game last night with several of his other guides. Seaman Williams mentioned that he had spent a year as a member of the color guard at Arlington, serving in over 500 funerals.
I ran into former White Sox hitting coach (and current Braves hitting coach) Greg Walker in the hotel lobby this morning. The Braves are in town early before they begin a series with the Nationals tomorrow night.