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Thursday, July 10, 2014
Thanks to the best fan base in baseball, Chris Sale has won the American League’s Final Vote and will join White Sox teammates Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez on the American League All-Star squad next Tuesday night in Minneapolis.
Chris is the fourth White Sox player to win the AL Final Vote, the most of any team, following in the footsteps of Scott Podsednik (2005), A.J. Pierzynski (2006) and Paul Konerko (2011).
And a big congratulations and thank you to all my extraordinary colleagues in the White Sox organization who have been working 24/7 since Sunday to make sure Chris was an All-Star for the third straight year.
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.20) for the Sox, Jon Lester (9-7, 2.73) for Boston.
Quintana is 2-0 with a 0.94 ERA, 31 strikeouts and .188 opponent average in his last four starts, all of the quality variety. Jose currently owns a 15.2 scoreless innings streak and has allowed just one earned run over the last 25.2 innings. He is one of 13 American League pitchers since 2012 to work seven-plus scoreless innings at least eight times.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Sierra RF, Flowers C, L. Garcia 3B.
Plays of the Day
Sale was brilliant last night, allowing a run and four hits along with six strikeouts in 7.2 innings, but the bullpen couldn’t protect the Sox’ late lead in the 5-4 loss to the Red Sox…Abreu and Conor Gillaspie each went 2-4 with a homer–it was Jose’s major-league high 28th (tied) and Gillaspie’s third of the year and second in as many nights (click on links below)…Alejandro De Aza was a homer shy of the cycle.
Sox Notes of Note
Abreu’s 28 homers, 48 extra-base hits and 192 total bases are the most by a first-year player before the All-Star break since the first All-Star Game was played in 1933. He also has 70 RBI, is slugging .627 with a .961 OPS…Sox starting pitchers own a 2.61 ERA in the last 16 games (since June 23). It’s the best mark in the AL and third-best in the majors…Sox first-base prospect Rangel Ravelo now owns a 25-game hitting streak for Class AA Birmingham, second longest streak in the minor leagues this season…Class AAA Charlotte catcher Josh Phegley has been named to the 2014 International League All-Star team. Phegley, who spent part of the 2013 season with the Sox, leads all IL catchers with 13 home runs this season. He joins teammate Tyler Saladino, previously elected as the IL’s starting shortstop, as the Charlotte representatives for the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 16 in Durham, NC.
Quotes of the Day
Everything (almost) you ever wanted to know about Chris Sale via @danhayesCSN:
* Most ice cream cones consumed in one day: 5 (twice).
* Number of tattoos: 2.
* Most calories consumed in a day (estimate from John Danks with help from trainer Allen Thomas: 5,000-6,000.
* Healthy foods he eats: “I’ve never seen him dig into a salad or eat broccoli,” said Tyler Flowers.
* Favorite movie: “I’m not really a movie guy.”
* Favorite saying: (with help from Flowers): “Was that a good pitch?” said after hanging a slider.
* Favorite baseball venues to visit: Yankee Stadium, Target Field.
* Go-to karaoke song (with assist from Flowers): “Man in the Mirror,” Michael Jackson.
* Most random fact about him (assist from Danks): “He’s really good at ping pong.”
* Favorite vacation spot (assist from Danks): “He always talks about Jamaica.”
* Number of remote-controlled cars owned: One because he gave the second to Daniel Webb.
* Favorite video game: “Putting me on the spot. Three-way tie between NHL, FIFA and Call of Duty (Zombie mode).”
* Favorite snack food: “Pretty much anything. Whatever I can get my hands on.” Said he “goes off” at Wendy’s.
* Sport he’s good at besides baseball (with an assist from Danks): “He’s a pretty good golfer.”
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and the finale of the seven-game road trip leading up to the All-Star break. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (3-6, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (8-6, 2.86) for the Tribe.
Photo of the Day
Your 2014 White Sox All-Stars:
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The #TargetSale Campaign: Behind the Scenes
It’s been a terrific week so far for all of us with the White Sox. We’ve won three in a row with Chris Sale on the mound tonight and we are immersed in the excitement of the #TargetSale campaign to get Chris on the American League All-Star squad via the Final Vote.
I’ve been asked numerous times about our strategy in the Final Vote since we have been successful three times in the past with Scott Podsednik (2005), A.J. Pierzynski (2006) and Paul Konerko (2011). Like anything else, a lot of thought and planning is involved even though we don’t get any inside info until the day the All-Star rosters are announced.
Beyond the general planning and creating a strategy, here are three key factors:
1. First and foremost is that you have to have a great player with All-Star credentials. I think most baseball fans would agree that Chris absolutely fits that criteria. He is undoubtedly one of the best pitchers in baseball, is already a two-time All-Star and is having an outstanding season.
2. You have to have a passionate and engaged fan base to get on board. And it doesn’t hurt that they’re social media savvy to boot. Well, I’m happy to say that the Sox have exactly those kinds of fans and it’s been proven in the past with our three winners and this year with Sale leading the voting up to this point. And the fact we’ve once again formed an alliance with a National League club–the Washington Nationals and Anthony Rendon (#Vote Rendon)–and others like Sale’s alma mater, Florida Gulf Coast University, extends our reach even further. It seems those strategies are working so far as Chris has great support in the Midwest, the greater D.C. area extending into Pennsylvania and other parts of the Northeast plus his home state of Florida.
3. You need an internal organization whose staff enjoys the challenge and is eager to display its creativity to make it happen. And if you’ve been following our social media you have to agree that it’s obvious that my Sox colleagues, about two dozen of them, have risen to the occasion with some outstanding work–and are having fun doing it.
How did we come up with the slogan #TargetSale? It actually came from a brainstorming session among GM Rick Hahn, manager Robin Ventura and me shortly after we got the news from MLB on Sunday morning that Chris was in the Final Vote. With the All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis, it just seemed like it would be something that would resonate. We then met with a larger group of Sox staffers and got more ideas, but none was better. I have to say that it really helped to have Rick and Robin as part of the process. Rick was responsible for coining the priceless “Punch A.J.” slogan in ’06 right after Pierzynski’s altercation with the Cubs’ Mike Barrett and Robin always has good ideas about these things.
White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (8-1, 2.16) for our Sox, RHP Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 2.51) for their Sox.
Sale is set to make his 14th start of the season and fifth on the road. He is 5-1 with a 2.10 ERA and two complete games over his last nine starts and 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 28 Ks over his last four. He earned the win in his last start, July 4 vs. the Mariners, as he allowed one run and six hits along wth 12 strikeouts over nine innings–his seventh career complete game. Chris is limiting left-handers to a .121 average with one extra-base hit in 2014.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.
Plays of the Day
Conor Gillaspie cranked a two-run homer (No. 2) in the sixth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie and giving the Sox the lead for good, and was a triple shy of the cycle as the White Sox won their third straight, 8-3, over the Red Sox…Jose Abreu went 3-4 with a pair of doubles and was on base for Gillaspie’s blast…Alejandro De Aza singled and tripled in a run…Ronald Belisario tossed 2.1 scoreless frames in relief of winning pitcher John Danks (8-6) and Eric Surkamp pitched a scoreless ninth. The Gillaspie round-tripper:
Tonight’s Watch & Vote Parties
Sox Note of the Day
In addition to three victories in a row, The White Sox have won five of their last six games and eight of the last 11. Our .727 winning percentage since June 27 is the fourth-best in the major leagues.
Quotes of the Day
White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.20) for the Sox, Jon Lester (9-7, 2.73) for Boston.
Photo/Video of the Day
Tyler Flowers‘ Top 10 things batters say when facing Sale: