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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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White Sox Shooting for Second Straight Win

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: Jose Quintana (0-0) for the Sox, J.A. Happ 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.
 
Jordan Returns
 
After last night’s game, the White Sox optioned RHP Deunte Heath to Class AAA Charlotte. Replacing Heath on the 25-man roster is OF Jordan Danks, who was hitting .333 with a pair of homers, five RBI and a .433 on-base percentage in 13 games at Charlotte.
 
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Calling All Fans
 
Saturday, May 18 is Family Field Day and Garage Sale at U.S. Cellular Field. Enjoy an hour on the field where you can shop for game-worn White Sox gear. http://atmlb.com/10ag7i5
 
The Sox will be hosting Teacher Appreciation Games at U.S. Cellular Field. On these special game dates we offer discounted tickets for all teachers, faculty, students and their families. http://atmlb.com/Yqdzpn
 
Sox Notes of Note
 
Paul Konerko has an eight-game hitting streak, going 10-28 (.357) with three homers and 10 RBI. Paulie also has an RBI in four straight games (five total)…Pitching coach Don Cooper, who was hospitalized with diverticulitis while the Sox were in D.C., will return to the team on Friday for the start of a 10-game homestand against the Twins, Indians and Rays.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the value of Hector Santiago, whose ERA remains at 0.00 after pitching 1.2 innings in last night’s 4-3 victory:
 
“He’s kind of like a Swiss Army knife. He’s a little bit of everything–he’s closed, he’s been in-between, been a lefty guy, been a long guy, been a starter. There’s a lot of different ways you can use him. The biggest thing is that he’s effective and he gets the job done. How we use him from this point forward, he’s probably forcing your hand to use him a little more. He’s got good stuff, he throws strikes and he gets a lot of swings and misses for a guy who throws a fastball… Personality-wise, the way he views himself, he can do a lot of different things. He has a lot of energy when he comes in the game, which is great…”
 
Play of the Day
 
Dayan Viciedo’s line drive double to left-center in the top of the ninth inning that gave the Sox a 3-2 lead.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN) in the series finale and last game of the 10-day road trip. Starters: Chris Sale (1-1) for the Sox, R.A. Dickey (1-2) for the Jays.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Dylan Axelrod, who pitched six strong innings last night to keep the Sox in the ballgame, has an excellent 2.49 ERA in his last four starts against the tough A.L. East?
 
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Photo/Video of the Day
 
Enjoy Paul Konerko’s seventh inning, game-tying homer in last night’s victory. It was his third of the season and 425th of his career. PK is in 46th place on the all-time home run list.
 

Sox Aim to Even Series…and Thinking of Boston

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox vs. Josh Johnson (0-1) for the Jays.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Ramirez, SS; Gimenez, C.

Boston

As I sat and watched the terrible footage from Boston yesterday – probably just like every other American – one thought kept returning to my mind.

It was October 2005, and the White Sox had just swept the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox in three games.  The moment was amazing for us and our fans as we celebrated at Fenway Park.  I will never forget the number of Red Sox fans, staff and workers at the park, who came up to us and repeatedly said:

“Good luck! “ or “Beat the Yankees!” (many people assumed New York would beat the Angels) and “Enjoy the ride!”

To a person, Red Sox fans were so gracious, and while disappointed that their team lost, wished the White Sox nothing but the best.  Pure class.

And I remembered that yesterday as I watched the scenes from Boylston Street (I love to eat at the Atlantic Fish Company for lunch whenever we are in town).  So here’s best wishes to a great city with strong citizens and fanatic sports fans.  You remain in our thoughts and our prayers. And U.S. Cellular Field, along with all MLB parks, followed President Obama’s request to lower our flag to half mast.

 
Today’s Chicago Tribune featured a keeper of a front page in its sports section today:
 
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Good News
 
Gordon Beckham’s wrist surgery went “splendidly” today, according to Sox trainer Herm Schneider. Recovery time is still estimated at six weeks…John Danks threw six innings and 71 pitches yesterday in extended spring training. He felt good and his next start is Saturday.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin, on the Sox bullpen (which ranks second in the A.L. in ERA and opponents average) thriving in close games:
 
“They do a good job. For us, even last year, this is the kind of baseball that we play…They’re used to coming in with it being a close game. I don’t think that becomes an issue. They’re  just going out to pitch to give us a chance. They’ve been able to do that. Adding (Matt) Lindstrom this year helps with that, he can do a lot of different things. He’s been great so far to mix in there.”
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
In last night’s tough 4-3 loss, Dayan Viciedo went 3-4 with a double and RBI and Tyler Greene singled twice in his Sox debut.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: Jose Quintana (0-0) for the Sox and J.A. Happ (2-0) for the Jays.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the White Sox are tied for third in the American League with 16 homers?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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The Sox pay tribute to Jackie Robinson last night in Toronto.

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.

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