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Simply Brilliant

Friday, May 23, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game 

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-4, 7.31) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 4.61) for New York. The Sox have won seven straight home games against the Yankees. 

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

 

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton, Alejandro De Aza and Adam Dunn drove in the Sox runs in last night’s 3-2 win over the Yankees. But in the end it was all about Chris Sale. He was simply brilliant in his first game back from more than a month on the disabled list. In six innings of work the only blemish was a lone single and he struck out 10. He’s now 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA…Zach Putnam and Daniel Webb pitched perfect baseball in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, and Ronald Belisario came on in the ninth and got credit for his second save.

 

For Sale

Chris is the second pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to allow one hit with 10-plus strikeouts in consecutive starts. The Mets’ R.A. Dickey accomplished the feat in 2012. Last night’s performance was Sale’s 12th game of 10 strikeouts or more. He is now tied with Alex Fernandez for the fourth most in franchise history. It took Fernandez to accomplish the feat in 197 starts, Sale has done it in 64…he has yet to allow a hit to a left-handed hitter this season (0-23)…Sale is the first White Sox lefty starter to begin a season 4-0 since Mark Buehrle (5-0) in 2009…and as a result of his gem last night, he joins Gary Peters (1963) and Floyd Bannister (1987) as the only Sox pitchers since 1914 to have 10 Ks, no walks and no more than one hit allowed in a single game.

 

Former Teammates Reunited

Robin Ventura and Derek Jeter, who were Yankee teammates in 2002-03, greet each other warmly before last night’s game. The White Sox will honor the retiring Jeter on Sunday with a video and gifts. Fellow captain Paul Konerko will do the presenting on behalf of the Sox.

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And While Sale was Clicking in Chicago… 

High Class A Winston-Salem’s Francellis “Frank” Montas (pictured below)acquired by the White Sox from the Red Sox in last summer’s Jake Peavy trade, had a no-hitter into the seventh inning last night in the Dash’s 6-3 victory and series win over the Salem Red Sox.

Montas (2-0) was dominant throughout his start, striking out eight batters in his first six innings of work. Montas pitched eight innings, allowing one run, two hits and one walk while striking out 11.

As a result of his performance, he was named “Pitcher of the Day” today by Baseball America‘s Prospect Report.

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Swoopes as in Hoops

Hoops legend Sheryl Swoopes will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.

 

Quotes of the Day

 Sale commenting on carrying a perfect game into the sixth inning while on a strict pitch count in his first start back from the DL: 

“I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to give up a hit in my life. I knew I was done after that sixth, and Robin said the same thing. He goes, ‘You picked a bad night to do something like that.'”

 

Former MLB GM Jim Bowden, now with the MLB Radio Network, on Sale:

“He has to go into the category of Kershaw, Scherzer, Fernandez. When healthy he’s amazing.” 

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule 

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 5.64) for the Sox, LHP Vidal Nuno (1-1, 5.82) for New York. And don’t forget, it’s Chris Sale bobblehead day.

 

Photo of the Day

Here’s how President Obama signed the guest book on his visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday.

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It’s Floyd vs. Buehrle in Toronto on Jackie Robinson Day

Monday, April 15, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: Gavin Floyd (0-2) for the Sox, former teammate Mark Buehrle (0-0) for the Jays.
 
Sox Starting LIneup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 3B; Rios, RF; Konerko, DH; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Ramirez, SS; Flowers, C; Greene, 2B.
 
Buehrle’s Sox Legacy by the Numbers
 
He ranks fourth in club history with 365 starts and 1, 346 strikeouts and sixth with 161 wins…threw a perfect game in 2009  vs. Tampa Bay and a no-hitter in 2007 vs. Texas…earned the save in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series…was a four-time A.L. All-Star (2002, 2005-6, 2009).
 
Facing Buehrle
 
A few White Sox players talk about going up against ex-teammate Buehrle tonight for the first time.  
 
 
Celebrating Jackie Robinson Day
 
On the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier, MLB once again celebrates the occasion by having all players in the nine ballparks where games are being played today wear Robinson’s No. 42.
 
Listen to some of today’s players discuss the impact Robinson has had on lives and careers:
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin, on the Sox not having faced many lefties this season:
 
“That is odd. One, not facing that many lefties, and finally when you see one it’s going to be somebody (Buehrle) that’s going to look weird in another uniform…It’s different with Mark having spent so much time being a White Sox. For me, I understand his place in our organization. It’ll probably be harder for Paul (Konerko) than anybody else.”
 
Play of the Day
 
The Sox bullpen ranks second in the American League with a 1.96 ERA and a .190 opponents average.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox, Josh Johnson (0-1) for the Jays.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that today is John Danks’ 27th birthday? Happy Birthday, John. 
 
Photo of the Day

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Here is the No. 42 jersey Adam Dunn is wearing tonight to honor Jackie Robinson.

It’s Official: Chris Sale will be the Opening Day Starter

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Today’s News

Lefties Rule for Sox on Opening Day

After today’s game, Robin Ventura named Chris Sale as the Opening Day starter on April 1 vs. the Royals at the Cell. The decision means lefties will have started each of the past six Opening Days for the Sox (Danks, 2012, Buehrle 2008-11) and 14 of last 15 (the only righty was Jose Contreras in 2007).

“(Sale) will be the Opening Day starter. We feel very confident with him going forward and giving him the ball for the first game,” said Ventura, who then explained why the announcement wasn’t made earlier in the spring. “(We wanted) him to get his work in and get ready to go. (This is now) something for him to get motivated the last two weeks and get out there and go. He’s ready to do that.”

What a Difference Three Years Make

Just for fun, I looked up April 1, 2010 to see what Sale was doing then. Couldn’t tell you.

But on April 2, 2010, just three years ago, he started Game 1 of a doubleheader for Florida Gulf Coast University against Mercer. Sale earned the victory in the 9-1 FGC win, striking out 14 over 8.0 IP, allowing just one unearned run on four hits and one walk. With the win, he improved to 4-0 on the season.

Three years later, he starts Opening Day in a Major League ballpark. Here’s how Sale looked as a Florida Gulf Coast Eagle:

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More Sale and a Sox Victory

Sale got credit for today’s 11-5 win over the A’s at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, working six innings. He got strong offensive support from the likes of Hector Gimenez (2-3, three RBI); Conor Gillaspie (2-3, two RBI); Jordan Danks (2-4, two RBI); Steve Tolleson (Triple, RBI, two runs scored); Jim Gallagher (1-1, RBI); Bryan Anderson (2-2, RBI); and Tyler Saladino 1-1, RBI). The Sox pounded out 17 hits after collecting 15 against the Cubs on Friday and scored 26 runs in the two games.

Quote of the Day

Robin, commenting on Dayan Viciedo’s monster day on Friday, highlighted by a grand slam homer to right-center: “He’s special when he’s hitting the ball (to the opposite field)…he’s strong enough to take it over there and put up some big numbers.”

Play of the Day

Back-to-back triples by Gimenez and Tolleson in the Sox’s four-run third inning.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

St. Patrick’s Day in Surprise: White Sox vs. Royals (3:05 p.m., Chicago time). It’ll be Zach Stewart starting for the Sox vs. the Royals’ Luis Mendoza. Jose Quintana, Hector Santiago and Jesse Crain are scheduled to pitch in a B-game at Camelback Ranch (Noon, Chicago time).

Did You Know…

…that as a result of his outstanding game at the plate today Gimenez has reached base safely in seven of his last nine games, going 11-20 (.550) with six RBI. He’s batting .500 overall this spring.

Photo of the Day

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Red-hot Sox catcher Hector Gimenez.

Perfect Day


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Thursday, July 23, 2009

One For The Record Books

So where do you begin?

I wonder how many other Sox fans are sitting on their couches this evening re-watching Mark Buehrle’s perfect game, feeling the same butterflies in the last inning?  I am, and I am the guy who STILL hasn’t watched replays of the 2005 World Series games.  I just can’t take it.  As I type this, my fingers are sore from all of the tweets I sent today.  I tried to think how best to summarize a truly unforgettable day.  The best way seemed to to just offer a timeline of my day, where I found myself at key moments and thoughts that popped into my head.  Indulge me on this one since this is, afterall, a web diary of sorts.

My morning started with a workout, a quick read of the newspapers/web sites and an early visit to the clubhouse to touch base with folks on the Parque story about his HGH use. Then came our weekly staff meeting.  Next thing I knew it was noon.  I thought I had a conference call with MLBAM at 1 pm, so hurried up to grab lunch, but I then realized that my call wasn’t until 2 pm (that matters later).  So I spent from game time until 1:45 in a suite saying hello to people from the McCormick Foundation (they have been told that they now have to attend the final 31 home games of the year).  Then I headed back to my office for the call.

So as we discuss Social Media — blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc — I watch Buehrle mow down Rays.  BAM is watching as well, and as the call moves along, someone offers, “Scott, if you need to leave, we understand.”

After the seventh, I bolt.  It’s time to work. I tweet that Sox fans may want to turn on a TV, listen to WSCR Radio or visit mlb.com to watch.  Something special is happening.

First, I head into the stands for the eighth inning because I want to feel the excitement.

From a seat, I tweet the situation, the mood of the fans and the 1-2-3 inning.  I head to the press box to check in with Bob Beghtol and Pat O’Connell, our crack media relations guys.  They are all over the information and everyone is prepared, should this happen.  Pat heads down to the photo pit to handle the immediate postgame rush.  Bob organizes the staff for the final out.

I watch the ninth inning from the press box.

Dewayne Wise’s catch is truly amazing, perhaps the greatest in baseball history given the situation.  Baseball is terrific in this way.  Ozzie made the defensive change to Wise, a left-hander, and sure enough the next ball is hit his way … and I doubt a right-hander makes the play.

Then comes the final out and you watch our team spill from the dugout surrounding Buehrle. 

You can’t imagine a better, more humble hero.  I bet by the end of the the game, even the Rays were rooting for him.  (In fact, in a very classy move, Joe Maddon and several players watch the celebration and tip their caps toward Buehrle).

Mark hugs his wife and baby and then begins doing interviews, first with our rightsholders and then with the scores of media surrounding him.

Ozzie Guillen, Ken Williams and others wait in the dugout to congratulate him and the crowd roars.  Mark salutes the fans and acknowledges their support.

I fire off a couple of tweets from the dugout and congratulate Mark.

I head into the Interview Room to await Mark.

He makes his way down and fields questions from the media about the day.

In the middle of the press conference, my phone rings, “Caller Unknown.”

I don’t answer given where I am.  10 seconds later, Jerry Reinsdorf walks into the room.  “OK, I thought, that was the unknown caller wondering where we were.”

“Wasn’t me,” Jerry says.

We both sit down.  A minute later, Jerry’s phone rings.  He speaks for a few seconds and then leans over to me, “The President wants to congratulate Mark.”

Gulp

I head down to the stage, tell Pat and then interrupt to say “one more question, we just heard from the White House and the President would like to call and congratulate Mark.”

Mark said that when he heard that, he got goosebumps.  Me too.

We all headed into Jerry’s office, Mark, his wife, Jamie, holding their little girl, our photographer and security.

As we walk through the office, Mark sees that his dad is being interviewed on Comcast Sports Net.  He laughed and pointed it out to Jamie.

On the way, I run into Marty Maloney and tell him, “Go get the Flip camera.  Let’s record this.”

After some small talk, the phone rings.

Click here to read/watch/hear MB speak to the President.

Marty hits record and Ron Vesely, our photog, shoots away.  If you want to watch the video, you can find it on whitesox.com or at my Twitter account @InsideTheSox.

Mark headed back into the clubhouse to change and we shifted gears to begin getting info out to the media.  The phones were going crazy with interview requests for Mark.

As we answered phones I heard Marty call out, “Hey, my video was just on the CBS Evening News!  I might need to change careers.”

We started to tweet out information, photos and links as they became live, hoping to get information out to the public as quickly as we could.  I kept checking Facebook and twitter to stay up to date. We laughed that Mark Buehrle was tracking as the fifth-highest Twitter trend, and if people could spell his name correctly (including me), he would have been No. 1 in the world.  In fact, a little later in the evening, the White Sox, Mark and Dewayne had six of the Top 10 trends!  Who would have thought that Dewayne Wise would be a global twitter trend!

And back to that Social Media call I was on with BAM. Twitter was the perfect way to capture a perfect day and to share it with millions in real time.

Read all of BAM’s coverage here.

Vesley captured all of the action of the day and remarked, “I was shaking just trying to get the shot focused and timed despite my nerves and how quickly Mark was working.  How in the world was he able to stand on the mound and pitch like that.”

It was fun to read fan reaction to the game.  One sent an image of his scorecard to a friend who copied me. You could feel the excitement and energy in people’s posts and how much everyone loves Mark and what he has meant for this organization and our fans.

I want to hear from you all.  I want anyone who was at the park to post your thoughts and emotions.  If you were watching at home or work, what was it like?  Who did you call?  When did you tune in?  And for those of you who followed online, on Twitter or through other ways, how was that experience.

Let me know how you experienced the day …

We are going to try and come up with some neat ways for you all to congratulate Mark, so check back tomorrow and see what we’ve been able to create. 

Here are some photos of the day (courtesy of Ron Vesely):

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