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Thursday, June 27, 2013
It’s the White Sox vs. Indians in a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field (1st game, 4:10, CT, 2nd game will follow, both on CSN). Probable starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.03) and LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.83) for the Sox, TBA for Cleveland. The twin bill is a result of the April 23 postponement.
Per trainer Herm Schneider, Jake played catch yesterday for roughly 10 minutes, at the three-week mark of his rib injury. He will continue to build up strength with the plan of having a side day at the four-week mark. According to Peavy it’s realistic to think he’ll be back around the All-Star break.
Congrats, Axe and Kash
Two members of the White Sox family, Dylan Axelrod and Mike Kashirsky, will have their uniform numbers retired tonight–by the Windy City ThunderBolts of the independent Frontier League. The ceremony will take place at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood before the Bolts’ regularly scheduled game vs. the Normal CornBelters.
Axe starred for the Thunderbolts in 2009 where he made the All-Star team and led the club to the playoffs. His No. 23 will be retired.
Kashirsky, a pre-game instructor and batting practice pitcher for the Sox, was a longtime player, coach and manager for the Cook County/Windy City franchise and is the all-time winningest skipper in the team’s history. The Bolts are retiring his No. 1.
Attention Blackhawk fans: Here’s an offer that’s pretty hard to pass up. The Sox are offering specially-priced $15 tickets to all fans who are wearing Blackhawks apparel at tomorrow night’s doubleheader with the Indians.
Tickets are available only at U.S. Cellular Field ticket windows and can be purchased only on Friday. Fans who will be attending the Hawks celebratory parade and rally and will return to U.S. Cellular Field for the twin bill, you can park in one of the ballpark lots for $20 and take the CTA. Lot A will be open at 6:00 a.m. and is accessible from Wentworth Avenue between 33rd and 35th Streets.
Quote of the Day
Robin, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, commented on the now infamous dropped pop-up in Tuesday night’s game with the Mets when Gordon Beckham collided with Conor Gillaspie.
“Gordon didn’t really drive through him. It was more like he wrapped him up. We need to work on Gordon’s tackling technique.”
You would think that Gordon, a product of the University of Georgia and the SEC, would have his technique down pat.
Play(s) of the Day
Nate Jones has recorded a 0.69 ERA over his last 10 appearances…Alexei Ramirez, with two hits last night, is hitting .361 with five doubles, four RBI, seven runs scored and five stolen bases over this last 14 games. He also ranks fourth in the American League with 18 stolen bases…John Danks retired the first nine batters he faced last night, extending his streak to 30 consecutive batters at home dating back to his last start on June 8 vs. Oakland. It’s the longest such streak by a Sox pitcher since Mark Buehrle retired 32 in a row in July/August of 2009. It’s the longest home streak in the majors since Felix Hernandez of the Mariners retired 36 in a row last July/August…Brent Morel, just recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, last night collected his first hit with the Sox since May of 2012.
Did You Know…
…that Chris Sale is already among the all-time best strikeout artists in White Sox history? With five 12+ strikeout games, Chris trails only Hall of Famer Ed Walsh and lefthander Juan Pizarro, who had six in their careers in Chicago. Sale also is tied with Walsh and righty Javier Vazquez with the most dozen or more strikeout games in a single season (3).
Photo of the Day
Nate is excelling in the ‘pen.
Monday, June 17, 2013
White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:05, CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (5-6, 3.47) for the Astros.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn,1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Gimenez, C.
A Conversation With PK
ESPNChicago.com’s Scoop Jackson caught up with Paulie and talked to the White Sox captain about his life in a Sox uniform.
Quote of the Day
Robin’s comments on the recent Sox losses:
“It’s baseball. You have to create your own breaks and attitude-wise and everything else. If you want to go down the road of feeling sorry for yourself and thinking bad things are going to happen, it’s probably going to happen. I’m not going there. You have to pick yourself up, stay positive and get after it.”
Play of the Day
Outfielder Trayce Thompson, one of the Sox’s brightest prospects now playing at Class AA Birmingham, gave his Dad quite a Father’s Day gift yesterday by belting two home runs and driving in five runs in the Barons’ 9-8 win over Jackson. Trayce’s father, by the way, is former NBA star Mychal Thompson, who was listening to the game. The younger Thompson has been red-hot recently and as a result was named the Southern League Hitter of the Week (June 10-16), batting .435 with three homers, nine RBI and five runs scored.
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.12) for Minnesota.
Did You Know…
…that Gordon Beckham is hitting .378 with three doubles, two RBI and six runs scored over his last 10 games?
Photo of the Day
Yep, that’s Chris Sale holding court with a group of enthusiastic youngsters during his recent visit to Ronald McDonald House.
Monday, June 10, 2013
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 3.73) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (5-7, 4.66) for the Jays.
Sox Starting Lineup: DeAza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Konerko,1B; Dunn, DH; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, 3B; Beckham, 2B; Gimenez, C.
Tribute for Heroes
Voting has started for this year’s “People Magazine/MLB Tribute for Heroes” (click on promo below). Each major league team features three eligible finalists submitted by fans. By voting, you can send one of the three well-deserving military veterans to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York City.
Officially, the White Sox cannot advocate for one candidate over the others, BUT one is my personal friend, a guy I’ve known now for many years.
So in that case, please allow me to stump for Israel del Toro (“DT”), a proud member of the U.S. Air Force.
A little background …
I met DT through the wounded warrior program several spring trainings ago. A Sox fan, DT’s choice was to receive a free trip out to Glendale to meet with White Sox, take in a game, tour, etc. I believe his trip was one of the first times he was out of the hospital in San Antonio, maybe the first.
DT, who grew up in New Lenox and went to Providence, was serving as a forward observer in Afghanistan when his Humvee was hit by an IED. Luckily for him, a small creek ran beside the road where the bomb exploded. Seriously hurt, his mates rolled him into the creek to douse the fires. The next thing DT remembers, doctors were cutting off his watch at a hospital in Germany. The next thing he remembers after that, it was months later and he was in San Antonio at the military’s special burn unit.
This is one tough Son-of-A-Gun. DT was burned over 90-some percent of his body (I think only three of four other guys at the time had been burned over more of their body and survived). He has endured over 120 surgeries (and counting) to repair the damage to his body and to rebuild his face and hands,
You will not find a stronger will to live. You will not find a better sense of humor about himself. You will not find a more proud soldier or White Sox fan. He’s thrown out first pitches in spring training and at U.S. Cellular Field. He’s spoken to our players in spring training about his experiences and his challenges. He competes in Warrior Games, winning medals for throwing, biking and shooting. He wants nothing more than to make the U.S. Paralympic Team. And he will. I know it.
I’m so proud to call him my friend.
Two moments will be with me forever.
DT became the first seriously burned soldier to be allowed to re-enlist. I was honored to attend that ceremony in San Antonio a couple of years ago with Scott Linebrink (who lived not that far away and joined me for the ceremony).
And DT invited my wife and I to his wedding a couple of summers ago. He wanted to give his wife the fancy wedding she deserved, surrounded by family and friends in Chicago, along with many from Mexico. The man looked sharp in his dress uniform, bride at his side.
So please vote for whomever you like, but as for me, my vote goes to my friend, DT. These videos give you more insight into how special he is.
Quote of the Day
Robin on the return of Gordon Beckham, who is hitting .308 in the seven games he’s played since returning to the lineup from the DL:
“I wouldn’t look at Gordon as a normal eight-hole hitter. He’s better. He’s grown up a lot. He’s a better hitter than that, it’s just where he needs to be right now. Valuable as far as his approach and everything else it’s been big for us to get him back, offensively and defensively. Everybody talks about his defense, but for me what he brings offensively is big.”
Play of the Day
When PK steps on the field tonight he will pass Hall of Famer Nellie Fox and move into second place on the White Sox all-time games played list (2,116). Only Hall of Fame shortstop Luke Appling, who played his entire 20-year major-league career on the South Side, played more games (2,422) in a Sox uniform.
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Chein Ming Wang (0-0) for Toronto.
Did You Know…
…that Alejandro De Aza is hitting .386 in his last 11 games with a pair of doubles, seven RBI and eight runs scored? He has raised his average from .239 to .267 during that period.
Photo of the Day
Addison Reed, who notched save No. 19 yesterday, spent some time in the #SoxSocial Lounge last week talking to fans on the phone. Apparently he needed to have some moral support from a facsimile of one of his teammates.
Karen Rand, a survivor of the Boston Marathon attacks, threw out the ceremonial first pitch this afternoon before the game. She was accompanied by a group of friends and was serenaded by “Sweet Caroline,” the theme song of her hometown Red Sox.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, ESPN). Starters: Chris Sale (3-2) for the Sox, C.J. Wilson (3-1) for the Halos.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo, DH; Keppinger, 3B; Wells, LF; Flowers, C; Greene, 2B.
Ron KIttle, the A.L. Rookie of the Year in 1983, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game as part of the on-going celebration of the ’83 “Winning Ugly” Sox. Here, Kitty reminisces about that championship season.