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Ready for the Future

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Adam Eaton talked a bit about the trade, what it means for his future and what he’s going to bring to the White Sox.

On being traded:

“Well, I mean it was very shocking.  This past spring training I thought I was going to be around for five to 10 years, that’s what they told me.  They went into a new direction and so have I.  I’m excited for the opportunity and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back in the Midwest and in the AL Central.  As shocked as I was it was more excitement to a new beginning, new club and new city, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

On what type of player he views himself as:

“I perceive myself as whatever you want me to do I’ll do.  I don’t care if you throw me behind the plate, I’m going to make the best of it.  I’d love to be at the top of the lineup, but if that’s not where I’m needed than that’s not where I’m needed.  I’ll play anywhere at any time.  I would like to think I’m a Lenny Dykstra, Kenny Lofton kind of a guy that’s going to be a scrappy dirt bag kind of guy that’s going to get after it day in and day out, but hopefully bring in a little finesse too and a little speed and quickness and score some runs.  I think if I can hang my hat on a .300 average and score 100 runs with an on-base percentage around .400 I think I had a heck of a year.  I think it’s definitely doable and that’s what I’m shooting for this coming year.”

On his injury from last year:

“It was a very difficult time in my life and I learned a lot about myself and my wife, we were newlyweds at the time.  It was about week prior to breaking camp, I think I hit around .383-90, I was ready to go.  I was a rookie out of camp but I felt that I earned my job.  I was pumped to start the year and it comes as it did and it’s tough.  The three months that I was out we had a little bit of a setback.  I was two to three days out from actually returning and made a hard throw in Ground Rock, Texas and it kind of blew up on me again so we restarted the process of it again.  I came back fairly healthy I would say.  I don’t think I came back too soon by any stretch of the imagination.  As I heard before with these injuries every throw, especially with the outfield you don’t throw for four innings and all of a sudden you let one loose.  Throughout the rest of the season the confidence grew back in it and the strength of it came back.  It hasn’t been an issue this offseason, I haven’t thrown at all, but you can kind of feel it here and there during the injury and throughout the injury.  It’s been a lot better and I don’t think it’s going to be an issue at all during spring training.”

On the mentality of a leadoff hitter:

“To get on base at all costs.  I don’t care if I get hit in the head, hit in the ankle.  Try to see 10-12 pitches and to get on base in any, doesn’t matter, because I know with the guys we have behind us like Konerko, Dunn and Beckham and all those guys am one pitch away from scoring.  I feel like I’m in scoring position when I’m on first when there’s a ball hit in to the gap.”

On bring energy and an edge to the White Sox:

Yea definitely I think that my 5-8 stature I think a lot of people relate to it.  I definitely think I can do that and being a young guy I have to have that type of energy, I need that type of spark.  I’m excited to bring that energy to the team and whatever they need me to do I’ll do it.

On what he needs to work on:

“I think consistency, I think all of us deal with that word all the way to Miguel Cabrera to Albert Pujols to me.  Especially last year I found it more in the minor leagues, but when you get to the big league level everyone else in more consistent. So, you need to raise that level of play and I think if I can be consistent day in and day out with my approach hitting I think my defense will always be there because you can control that energy you bring in the outfield.”

On favorite team growing up and coming to Chicago being a hockey fan:

“I was a Cleveland Indians fan growing up.  I was a big mid 90s early 90s guy with Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel, I was huge fan of those guys.  I’m a huge hockey fan, grew up in Ohio never really got much into the Columbus team, but when we moved out to Arizona we never missed a game with the Coyotes.  It’s going to be a tough transition to say the least but we were willing to make it.  We heard nothing but good things about the Blackhawks and we are excited to hopefully see a few games this winter.”

Meeting in Motown and the Double Duty Classic

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.69) for the Sox, Justin Verlander (9-5, 3.54) for Detroit.

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

Jake Update

Jake Peavy threw 76 pitches today in a simulated game at Comerica Park. He reported that he felt fine afterward and has made some progress since his last bullpen (in St. Petersburg). If all goes well, a rehab start is next on the agenda.

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The Future

One of the best days each year – especially in  a year like this – is our annual Double Duty Classic event, which celebrates and commemorates the old Negro Leagues East-West All-Star Game.  Amateur minority players from our ACE youth baseball program and a few standouts from across the country (Sox 2012 first round draft pick Courtney Hawkins played in the game) play an exhibition game wearing replica Negro Leagues uniforms.  Today’s game, the sixth annual, drew upwards of 4,000 fans, mostly Chicago youth groups on outings from their day camps. The atmosphere is always fun.

Prior to the game, we hold a forum for the players and their families that centers on the history of the Negro Leagues, explains who Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe was and his importance to baseball in Chicago, and offers advice to the kids on their future, whether in baseball or not.

“Double Duty,” of course, was a star in the Negro Leagues as both a pitcher and a catcher and a baseball legend in Chicago, his adopted hometown. Word is that Radcliffe, who lived to be 103, got his nickname from the famed writer Damon Runyon because he caught and pitched in successive games in the 1932 Negro League World Series.

This year, WBEZ and NPR correspondent Richard Steele was the emcee.  Steele was joined by 94-year-old Dr. Timuel Black, a former advisor to both Dr. King and President Obama, and by Ken Williams, Sox executive vice president and former GM.

“You have to protect your history,” Williams told the 35-or so players.  “You have to keep it alive.”

Dr. Black explained his own history – his grandparents were slaves – and how important faith and optimism have for people.

“It is about survival, progress and a belief,” he said. “Impossible … we can get that done this week.  Miraculous? … that might take us a little longer.  But one of the best examples is baseball.  Jackie Robinson.  He was not just a great baseball player.  He was chosen by Branch Rickey because he also was best equipped to succeed in all the other areas that were important at that moment.”

Robinson, Black and Williams stressed, didn’t just have athletic ability.  He also had intellect.

“Baseball is the best sport to prepare you for life, in my opinion, because it is built on failure,” Williams said.  “You need discipline and you need to show up.  A lot of people are afraid to show up because it is too risky.”

“You may lose today’s game,” Black told the kids. “but you will win tomorrow.”

He stressed the importance of using role models and adults as guides.

“What do you want to be?” he challenged the athletes.  “Not just today, this week or this year, but in your future and in your life.

“What do you want to be?  What do you want your neighborhood to be?  Your city?  You cannot do it alone.”

Here is a link to Phil Rogers’ column in today’s Trib about the Double Duty Classic and the impact that the Sox, spearheaded by Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, have made in the community.

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/436/article/p2p-76603521/

Quote of the Day

I think the following excerpt from Rogers’ column is worthy enough to underscore here:

“Chicago never has had a baseball owner who has done as much public good as Reinsdorf,” Rogers wrote. “And, unless Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg buys a team, probably never will.”

Play of the Day

Josh Phegley’s homer in the third inning of last night’s game was his second in two days. He joined Magglio Ordonez (second and third career games in 1997) as the only players in franchise history to homer in consecutive games within their first three career contests. Josh also joined Brent Morel (2010 vs. Royals), Josh Fields (2011 vs. Tigers) and Carlos Lee (1999) as the only White Sox players to homer in his first at-bat at U.S. Cellular Field. And Phegley is the first rookie in franchise history to drive in a run in each of his first three career games (RBI became an official stat in 1920).

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-5, 4.97) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (5-6, 4.82) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Gordon Beckham, in the sixth inning of last night’s loss to the Cubs, became the first Sox player to steal home since Juan Pierre did it on October 2, 2010? 

Photo of the Day

Phegley heads for home.

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Sox vs. Royals: The First of Three

Friday, June 21, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first game of a three-game series that will conclude the current 10-game road trip. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (2-5, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-4, 3.72) for K.C.

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

Roster Moves

After yesterday’s game, the White Sox optioned RHP Deunte Heath to Class AAA Charlotte. Today, RHP Brian Omogrosso was recalled from the Knights and placed on the active roster.

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Lee Retires

Carlos Lee, who hit 152 homers, drove in 552 runs and compiled a .288 batting average with the White Sox from 1999-2004, retired yesterday on his 37th birthday.

NIcknamed El Caballo by Hawk Harrelson, Lee also played for the Brewers, Rangers, Astros and Marlins in his 14-year major-league career. Of course, he was involved in one of the most pivotal trades in Sox history when he was shipped to Milwaukee in the deal that brought Scott Podsednik and Luis Vizcaino to Chicago prior to the 2005 championship season.

Quote of the Day

@CaptainOmo (Omogrosso) on Twitter: Back Up with the Sox!! Hazzaaaa!! #goodtobeback

Play of the Day

Jesse Crain’s consecutive scoreless appearance record and the back-to-back homers by Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn were the main Sox highlights yesterday. But it also should be noted that Alexei Ramirez had a four-hit afternoon with a double and three singles and stole his 15th base.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) for the Sox, RHP Wade Davis (4-5, 5.18) for Kansas City.

Did You Know…

…that in 11.1 innings pitched against the Royals in his career, Santiago has a 0.00 ERA?

Photo of the Day

Hector looks to begin a Sox turnaround.

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Crain Makes History in Series Finale; PK, Dunn Go Back-to-Back

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: Twins 8, White Sox 4

Record-Setter

With his scoreless seventh inning this afternoon, Jesse Crain now holds the White Sox record with 28 consecutive scoreless appearances. He was tied with J.J. Putz.

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Play(s) of the Day

Back-to-back homers by Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn in the sixth inning of today’s matinee. Paulie’s two-run shot was his seventh of the season and 429th of his career. Adam’s solo blast was his 19th of the year and 425th lifetime. This was the second time the duo has gone back-to-back (it happened last April 23 at Oakland).

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first game of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (2-5, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-4, 3.72) for K.C.

Did You Know…

…that White Sox second base prospect Micah Johnson, who leads the minor leagues with 54 stolen bases for Class A Kannapolis, won the “Star of Stars” award Monday night at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game? Johnson stole second and third base on consecutive pitches and scored a run for the North Division in a 2-1 win over the South. In addition to his stolen base total this season, Johnson is batting .339 with five homers, 36 RBI and 64 runs scored in 66 games for the Intimidators. He’s shown here accepting the award:

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Quote of the Day

Sox VP/Assistant GM Buddy Bell on Micah Johnson:

“He’s a very smart player, he’s a sponge for information, he’s a strong kid.”

Photo/Video of the Day

Opposing teams should know by now not to run on Mr. Viciedo. Watch Dayan gun down Ryan Doumit in the third inning of today’s game.

http://atmlb.com/15nLdyM

It’s Time For a Sale-a-bration

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-5, 2.43) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (5-4, 3.97) for the Twins.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko,1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.
 
Tim Anderson to Kannapolis
 
Originally set to begin his pro career at Advanced Rookie Bristol, the Sox’s No 1 pick in this month’s First-Year Player Draft, Tim Anderson, has instead reported to Class A Kannapolis.
 
After our Sox brass watched the promising shortstop work out with the other draftees, the decision was made that he was ready to play at a more advanced level.
 
Quote of the Day
 
GM Rick Hahn on the state of the Sox:
 
“We are and continue to be in a bit of a disappointing stretch right now. I know there’s frustration in the clubhouse, obviously frustration amongst fans, amongst staff, but we do have a fair amount of time left to get this thing right. We’ve been saying that for a while now and it is obviously time to get going if we’re going to make that run. But despite the frustration and disappointment thus far, I don’t think there’s a reason to believe this is going to continue. I know guys are doing everything in their power in terms of preparation, in terms of trying to make adjustments to stem the tide of defeats we’ve had recently…”
 
Play of the Day
 
Paulie’s 4-4 performance (three singles, a double, an RBI and a run scored) in last night’s 7-5 loss to the Twins.
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (12:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (1-3, 4.50) for the Sox, LHP Scott Diamond (4-6, 5.29) for Minnesota.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Sale ranks among American League leaders in opponents slugging percentage (2nd, .283), opponents on-base percentage (3rd, .245), baserunners per 9.0 IP, opponents average (3rd, 8.54) and ERA (4th, 2.43)? While Chris is winless in June he has recorded a 2.11 ERA and in his last nine starts he’s at 1.63. He is also 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 11 appearances (three starts) vs. Minnesota and 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA over his last three starts. 
 
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Sox Plan: Leave Houston on a Winning Note

Monday, June 17, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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.

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/9384624/paul-konerko-chicago-white-sox-written-yet

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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.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

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.

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Game Postponed; Sox Sign No.1 Pick Tim Anderson

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
The finale of the White Sox-Blue Jays series has been postponed due to a severe weather forecast. A makeup date and time will be announced at a later date.
 
Anderson in the Fold
 
We announced today that Tim Anderson, our first selection and the 17th pick overall in last week’s June Draft, has been signed to a minor-league contract with a $2.164 million bonus. He will report to Advanced Rookie Bristol.
 
The promising shortstop from East Central Community College in Mississippi is shown below in the first link meeting Harold Baines and taking a picture with his family in front of the Sox dugout. In the second link, Tim signs his contract.
 
 
 
White Sox-Bulls Launch Series of Anti-Violence PSAs
 
The Sox and Bulls today launched a series of public service announcement videos highlighting an anti-violence message and the teams’ partnership with Youth Guidance, a leading provider of school-based programs serving more than 14,000 at-risk youth in 70 Chicago Public and charter schools.

The Bulls and White Sox support of Youth Guidance, specifically the organization’s B.A.M. (Becoming A Man™) – Sports Edition program, is part of the teams’ shared commitment to violence prevention in the city of Chicago.  The special PSA videos launched today, in advance of summer vacation, feature “discussion sessions” with young men from B.A.M. programs at Hyde Park Academy and Little Village Academy, as they engage with Bulls players Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson, along with White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams, respectively.

 To view the videos, go to whitesox.com/community.

Quote of the Day
 
Chris Sale, commenting on his visit yesterday to Ronald McDonald House (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):
 
“Definitely makes you be thankful for what you have. It’s kind of how I live my life and even playing baseball. Don’t get upset about what you don’t have or what you could have. But appreciate the days you do have and the fun times you are having. Not everyone gets to live their life that way.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Conor Gillaspie’s three-run blast, his fourth homer of the season, in the fourth inning of last night’s 7-5, 10-inning loss. 
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
Off-day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: Sale (5-4, 2.68) for the Sox, TBA for Houston. The rest of the Sox rotation vs. the Astros: John Danks on Saturday, Hector Santiago on Sunday and Jose Quintana on Monday.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the Sox’s Class AA Birmingham club will advance to the postseason for the 10th time in 14 seasons after it clinched the Southern League’s Northern Division first-half title on Monday with a 7-3 win over Jacksonville? The Barons are 40-24 and have a 7.5 game lead.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Enjoy this terrific play by Gordon Beckham, who robbed the Jays of a hit in last night’s game.
 

With Three Straight Wins, the Sox are Finding Their Way Through the Fog

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Chien Ming Wang (0-0) for Toronto.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Konerko, DH; Dunn,1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.
 

Perspective

I had the opportunity earlier today to attend the unveiling of the “White Sox Family Field rooftop” at the downtown Chicago Ronald McDonald House along with Jerry Reinsdorf, Howard Pizer, Christine O’Reilly, Chris Sale, Jesse Crain and Gavin Floyd (it might tell you something about Gavin to hear that he stopped by the ballpark last night and when he heard about the event, asked to attend along with his wife).

This Ronald McDonald House is the largest in the world, featuring 86 rooms, and serves as a home-away-from-home for families and outpatients undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital downtown.  The rooftop provides kids with a place to play outside on a small-scale U.S. Cellular Field (heavy on Southpaw graphics).

Visiting with families and kids certainly put a perspective on things, and seeing the year-old facility was awesome. Here are Floyd, Sale and Crain talking with a youngster (top) and a look at the replica field:

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Funny Moment

On the elevator ride up to the roof, Jerry Reinsdorf joked with Jesse Crain that we needed to get a two-run lead for the ace reliever to give him a little breathing room.

“Why?” Chris Sale piped in.  “What difference would it make.  No one scores off him anyway.”

The facility features a very cool kaleidoscopic sculpture that you can make move by cranking a wheel.  Sale couldn’t stop and didn’t want to leave the kids.  All three players gave their uniform tops to children (so we might need a nifty move by clubhouse manager Vince Fresso by game time!)

As they planned out the event, folks from the House asked the players to help a four-year-old throw out the “first pitch” and then have him “hit” a pitch and run the bases.

They asked Floyd to throw the pitch with the kid.  “Me?” Gavin laughed, pointing to the large brace on his arm.  “As long as it’s underhand!”

“Don’t have Crain pitch to the kid,” Sale said.  “He won’t get a hit.”

Speaking of Jesse

Crain has made 26 consecutive scoreless appearances (covering 25.1 IP), the second-longest streak in White Sox history behind J.J. Putz’s 27 in 2010.
 
The Foggy City
 
A look at last night’s fog and how it affected baseball on both sides of town:
 
 
“The Road to Return”
 
Here is Part 3 of the “Road to Return,” a closeup look at John Danks’ journey from shoulder surgery to a major league comeback: http://atmlb.com/12giGPo
 
If you missed the first two parts, here they are:
 
Robin on last night’s fog:
 
“I played in a lot of games like this in high school. I got a lot of hits that way, too,” he said laughing.
 
Play of the Day
 
With the potential tying and winning runs on second and third for the Blue Jays in the top of the eighth, Alexei Ramirez made this spectacular play to quell the rally and end the inning.
 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-4, 2.68) for the Sox, RHP Esmil Rogers (1-2, 3.60) for the Jays.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that every White Sox starter reached base at least once in last night’s win as the Sox scored a season-high 10 runs?
 
Photo of the Day
 
Adam Dunn’s 4-4 day that included two homers–one of them a three-run shot in the fourth inning that gave the Sox a lead that they never relinquished–in last night’s 10-6 victory. Dunn now has 15 homers and, along with his five runs batted in, has 37 RBI.
 
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Blue Jays Next as Sox Continue to Climb

Monday, June 10, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-q1txTmVRE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9K_FME1A2U

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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.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

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.

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Just Call it a Good Team Effort

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final: White Sox 4, A’s 2
 
1983 Royalty
 
This afternoon’s ceremonial first pitch honorees were two of the major factors in the success of the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox, who won the American League West by 20 games–Tony LaRussa, who was the ’83 A.L. Manager of the Year, and LaMarr Hoyt, the league’s Cy Young Award winner that year. Here they are before the start of today’s game:
 
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
Call it a seven-way tie.
 
Tyler Flowers’ solo homer in the third inning which tied the score at 1-1. atmlb.com/11P99Zi 
 
Hector Santiago‘s outstanding 6.1 innings as he allowed just one earned run and four hits along with six strikeouts.
 
Gordon Beckham‘s run-scoring double in the fourth inning. atmlb.com/11Pbt2G 
 
Jesse Crain‘s 1-2-3 eighth, which extended his personal high of consecutive scoreless appearances to 25.
 
Alex Rios‘s 11th blast of the season in the eighth which gave the Sox an insurance run and a 4-2 lead. atmlb.com/11Pjlky 
 
Addison Reed’s 1-2-3 ninth for his 19th save.
 
And last, but not least, Conor Gillaspie’s three sparkling plays at third and his sac fly in the fourth.
 
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Quote(s) of the Day
 
As the Sox paid tribute today to the ’83 White Sox as we do every Sunday, here is the second in a series of quotes we’ll excerpt this season from Bob Vorwald’s book, “What It Means to Be a White Sox.” Richard Dotson, a 22-game winner in ’83 and now the pitching coach at Class AAA Charlotte, talks about the night, September 17, that the Sox clinched the division title:
 
“The night we clinched was really exciting. Any time you do something like that, you are excited and also looking forward to the next step. Big leagues, minor leagues, no matter where you are, you want to win. It’s more rewarding when you go out there and feel like you’re acomplishing something. Being able to share that with 24 other guys, the coaching staff, the traveling secretary, the whole front office, was a blast.”
 
And here’s pinch-hitter extraordinaire Jerry Hairston sharing his memories of ’83:
 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 3.73) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (5-7, 4.66) for the Jays.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the following were all drafted by the White Sox yesterday, the last day of the June amateur draft?:
 
Nick Parent, 1B, Cal State-Monterey Bay, on the 36th round (son of Sox bench coach Mark Parent).
 
Cody Yount, OF, Virginia Commonwealth, on the 37th round (son of former major league pitcher Larry Yount and nephew of Hall of Famer Robin Yount).
 
Audry Santana, SS, Eckerd College, on the 38th round (son of former major league shortstop and ex-Sox coach Rafael Santana).
 
Ronell Coleman, 2B, Simeon Career Academy, on the 40th and final round (member of the White Sox Amateur City Elite program).
 
It’s also interesting to note that Adam Law, INF, Brigham Young University, was selected in the 12th round by the Dodgers. He is the son of former White Sox infielder Vance Law, currently with the Sox as a special assistant to player development, and grandson of one-time Pirates’ Cy Young Award winner Vern Law. 
 
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