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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
Paul Konerko on Jose Abreu:"He has such instincts, such a work ethic, that when he gets more used to our game he can hit .320, .330."—
Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 09, 2014
Quit crying, Brazil fans. It's not like this is a @WhiteSox game or something—
(@SoxNerd) July 08, 2014
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:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Due to last night’s postponement, the Sox and Angels will play a straight doubleheader today at U.S. Cellular Field.
The first game is scheduled at 4:10 p.m., CT, and the nightcap at 7:10 p.m., or 30 minutes after the end of Game 1.
RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.07) will start in the opener for the White Sox vs. RHP Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76) for the Halos. Scott Carroll (2-4, 4.76) will do likewise for the Sox in Game 2 vs. RHP Jered Weaver (8-6, 3.33) for LA.
Heading into the twin bill, the Sox are riding the wave of a three-game winning streak.
Game 1 Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
White Sox fans, with all the great coverage of Frank Thomas’ retirement, we thought it might be useful to pull together a quick reference page of articles about Thomas, his retirement and his potential to be a Hall of Famer. Hope you enjoy…
Ozzie: Frank “one of the best” Joe Cowley, Chicago Sun-Times
‘Big Hurt’ calls it quits, press conference Friday Dave Van Dyck, Chicago Trib
Thomas’ place in history secure Dave Van Dyck, Chicago Trib
Hitting guru recalls Thomas’ prowess David Haugh, Chicago Trib
Frank Thomas major force in his time Phil Rogers, Chicago Trib
Big Hurt even better than you think? Rob Neyer, ESPN.com
Thomas calls it a career Scot Gregor, Daily Herald
Former White Sox slugger Frank Thomas to announce retirement Friday Bruce Levine, ESPNChicago.com
Big Hurt decides to call it a career Scott Merkin, MLB.com
Thomas ‘at peace’ with retirement Scott Merkin, MLB.com
Thomas relishes his accomplishments Scott Merkin, MLB.com
Thomas deserves Hall of Fame on first ballot Dan Cahill, Chicago Sun-Times
Frank Thomas ‘proud, honored’ that the White Sox will retire his No. 35 Dave Van Dyck, Chicago Trib
Thomas doesn’t take a shot at steroid users Scot Gregor, Daily Herald
Thomas retires with Sox; next stop Cooperstown? Scot Gregor, Daily Herald
Don’t loathe Frank for his earnestness Phil Ariva, Southtown Star
Bowing out gracefully, at peace Melissa Isaacson, ESPNChicago.com
Reinsdorf: Put Thomas in HOF Melissa Isaacson, ESPNChicago.com
Thomas leaves legacy as greatest player in White Sox history Tom Verducci, SI.com
Big Hurt truly did it his way George Bremer, Boston Herald
White Sox to retire Big Hurt’s No. 35 Lisa Winston, MLB.com
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