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Quintana, White Sox Have Payback on Their Minds vs. A’s

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) for the Sox vs. RHP Dan Straily (3-2, 4.60) for Oakland. The two pitchers faced each other last Saturday in Oakland as the A’s pushed across a run in the bottom of the 10th for a 4-3 win.

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

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Peavy on DL, Fresh Arms Arrive After Last Night’s 16-Inning Win

Before tonight’s game, the Sox placed Jake Peavy on the 15-day disabled list with a rib fracture, optioned Brian Omogrosso to Class AAA Charlotte, recalled reliever Deunte Heath from Charlotte and purchased the contract of reliever Ramon Troncoso from the Knights.

Draft Starts Tonight

The 2013 MLB Draft begins tonight with the first two rounds and competitive balance rounds. The draft continues tomorrow with rounds 3-10 and concludes on Sunday with rounds 11-40.

The Sox own the 17th and 55th picks in the initial two rounds.

Two-time MVP Frank Thomas, the seventh pick overall by the Sox in 1989, will represent the club tonight during the opening round.

A Lefty Weekend

With Quintana, Chris Sale, John Danks and Hector Santiago scheduled to start for the Sox against the A’s this weekend, it marks the first time that the club has started all lefthanders in a four-game series since July of 1980 when Britt Burns, Steve Trout, Ross Baumgarten and Rich Wortham faced the Royals.

“Inside the White Sox” Anniversary

So when a friend mentioned to me recently that today is the eighth anniversary of this blog, I stopped in my tracks.  It’s been eight years?  That is a lot of wins, losses and words …

The anniversary also hits hard because I started this blog in the middle of the 2005 season, so it also means it’s been eight years since we spent October covered in champagne.  THAT, just doesn’t seem right. 

The concept of a blog was just hitting in 2005 when I decided to take a shot at creating a White Sox front office blog.  Folks at MLB say I was the first, or one of the first, club officials to begin an online diary of sorts, but my main goal was to take advantage of this new technology to speak directly to the fans, to share info and insights and to also hear from fans in return.  And I have tried to keep my eyes and ears open for funny lines and funny moments.  In most major league clubhouses, there is always something funny happening.  My goal has been to share those moments with our fans in a way that doesn’t betray confidences, but that leaves people laughing.  You are the best judges as to whether I have succeeded or not.

Ultimately, the fun in this has been connecting with White Sox fans, passionate, passionate Sox fans.  Many have read along and followed me for years.  Many attended our Blog Nights and Social Media nights so that I was able to connect faces with online names.  I’ve also heard from so many fans who don’t ever post but love to read.  For example, my mom and dad read all the time and always tell me how much they love my stories (but not always my spelling).

But I do think more people than just my mom and dad have been along for this eight-year ride. I appreciate that you are willing to spend a little of your valuable time reading this blog, and most importantly, caring about the White Sox.

After all, we never forget that it is our fans who truly matter.

I will never forget the first day I posted to this blog because the earth moved … literally.  I finally found some time while the team was in San Diego to figure out how this thing worked.  So sitting in my hotel room on the water in San Diego, I posted my first post.  If my memory is correct,  the next morning was a Sunday.  I woke up and was getting dressed to head to the ballpark.  Sitting on the edge of the bed, I felt a jolt. 

What was that?

I walked to the window, partly expecting to see people running from the building (I might have been on the 30th floor).  Nothing.

I flipped on the TV and kept packing.

The news quickly circulated that San Diego has just suffered a small (seemed big to me) earthquake.

Wow, I didn’t think then, but think today for dramatic license, that this blog thing is pretty powerful.  It moved the earth and all … HA!

Quote of the Day

With Robin on his way to his daughter’s high school graduation, bench coach Mark Parent managed the end of last night’s marathon. He spoke to the media following the game:

“Hopefully those guys grinding offensively late in the game carries over until tomorrow (today) and the future, that’s the good part about it…the whole pitching staff and the team really rallied around each other in the dugout and it was really good to see.”

Play of the Day

It was also heartening to see the way the Sox persevered last night. Losing the lead in the 14th on the Kyle Seager grand slam was deflating, but we came right back to win and end the losing streak.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-3, 2.44) for the Sox, RHP Jarrod Parker (4-6, 4.90). Sale and Parker face each other for the second time this week. They were the mound opponents in a tight pitching duel last Sunday in Oakland with Parker winning 2-0.

Did You Know…

…that, according to Parent, if last night’s game would have gone longer, outfielder Casper Wells–who pitched during his college days at Towson State–would have been called upon for mound duty. All seven relievers on the Sox active roster saw action in the extra-inning affair.

Photo of the Day

Parent, shown here congratulating Alex Rios, will be managing the Sox again tonight in Robin’s absence.

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Alex Delivers, Alexei Laughs and “Off-Day” Fun on the Golf Course

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Today’s News

Rios to the Rescue

In Wednesday night’s WBC elimination game between Puerto Rico and Italy, Alex Rios was a key factor in PR’s 4-3 win. He singled in the eighth inning and scored the go-ahead run on Sox minor leaguer Andy Gonzalez’s infield single. Let’s hope Alex celebrates like this frequently in 2013.

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Alexei’s Passion

Apparently, a certain White Sox shortstop from Cuba has a certain passion for more than just baseball.

Try the canned air horn.

A grinning Alexei Ramirez can often be heard well before he’s seen in camp over the past few days, sneaking up on unsuspecting teammates and startling them with a burst of an air phone.

Then he laughs.

In the shower.

Alexei laughs.

In the clubhouse.

Alexei laughs.

Echoing down the hallway.

Alexei’s laughter following right behind.

Where Can You Find the Sox on an Off-Day?

For many players and coaches, it’s on the golf course. Two White Sox foursomes tackled TPC Scottsdale on the off-day Tuesday. Here manager Robin Ventura lines up a putt, while director of team travel Ed Cassin, an unidentified golfer in a white floppy hat, coach Daryl Boston and caddie look on. “Unidentified” was latter pegged as bench coach Mark Parent. For more off-day action, see Photo(s) of the Day.

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Congratulations are in Order

Darius Day (below on the left) and Rahman Williams (right), both Chicago White Sox ACE participants, have verbally committed to  play baseball in college. Day, who attends Simeon Career Academy, will be heading to the University of Arizona. Williams, who attends Morgan Park Academy, will attend the University of Michigan. Both will enroll in the fall of 2014.

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Quote of the Day

Bobby Thigpen: “You took a photo of me golfing? Worst round of my life.” The photo in question is below.

Play of the Day

Dewayne Wise homered, his second of the spring, Blake Tekotte tripled and drove in two runs and Jordan Danks went 2-2 with an RBI in the Sox’s 12-4 loss to the Angels in Tempe.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). Gavin Floyd will start for the Sox while the Cubs starter is TBA.

Did You Know…

…that while the College of Cardinals selected the first Pope Francis, the first Francis to play for the White Sox was Chicagoan Francis (Frank) Roth in 1906 (compliments of @soxnerd on Twitter)

Photo(s) of the Day

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McEwing golf

Here are bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen (top) and third base coach Joe McEwing on the famous Par 3 at the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale. Can you hear the roar?

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!
Photo of the Day
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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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