If it’s Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field this season, you’ll be sure to see the Sox wearing replica 1983 uniforms honoring the ’83 “Winning Ugly” White Sox that won the A.L. West.
The new old uniforms were all the buzz during batting practice today as players were already asking manager Robin Ventura about the chance to wear them more than just Sundays.
“You look like a natural in that,” I told coach Harold Baines, who of course played a key role in the ’83 team’s success. And take a look at Jake Peavy in the photo below, accepting his 2012 Gold Glove Award before the game in his retro uni.
The batting practice tops are especially sharp looking and the players raved about the comfort. Early season reports from The Chicago Sports Depot across the street show fans like the retro look as well, with sales up.
But will you see the uniforms more than just home Sundays?
“Let’s win a game in them first,” a clubhouse sage noted before the game.
Well, I’m happy to say that the Sox got their first win in those uniforms today, powered by a two-run homer by Adam Dunn and solo blasts by Alex Rios and Dayan Viciedo, the latter a walk-off shot in the 10th to give us the 4-3 victory. Kudos also to starter Chris Sale and the bullpen trio of Matt Lindstrom, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed, who each worked a scoreless inning. Reed added a win to his three saves.
The Sox ended the season’s first homestand with a 4-2 mark.
Law, Cruz Represent ’83 Sox
Leadoff hitter and centerfielder Rudy Law, who stole 77 bases in 1983, and flashy second baseman Julio Cruz, who added enormous energy and speed to the ’83 lineup, were in the house today. They signed autographs for the fans and participated in the ceremonial first pitch festivities. Here is Law reminiscing about that memorable ’83 season.
The Final Two
Embarking on their first road trip of the young season, the White Sox will be getting together as a team tomorrow night to watch Louisville and Michigan clash in the national championship game. The Sox open a three-game series with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night and head to Cleveland for three and Toronto for four.
…to Michigan alums Rick Hahn, Scott Merkin (mlb.com) and former Sox players Chris Getz (Royals) and Clayton Richard (Padres)–those are the only ones I can think of this morning, but I’m sure there are others–on last night’s win over Syracuse. But c’mon, let’s make a free throw at the end to save on the stress.
A sign in the clubhouse reminded players to pack carefully for the road trip to Washington, D.C., Cleveland and then Toronto.
“Remember to pack your black shoes,” it read.
Four teenage boys will be surprised when they see their on-the-field photo from batting practice. Sneaking up behind the four as they posed for a lifetime memory was 6-foot-5 bench coach Mark Parent, smiling broadly as he provided two of them with “bunny ears.”
Rocky Mountain HIgh
Righty Jon Garland won 92 games for the White Sox in eight seasons on the South Side, including back-to-back 18-win seasons in the world championship year of 2005 and 2006 and an All-Star nod in ’05. Plus, along with pitching mates Jose Contreras, Mark Buehrle and Freddy Garcia, Sox starters pitched four consecutive complete-game victories in the ’05 ALCS to end the series, the first time the feat was accomplished since the 1928 Yankees.
Since leaving the Sox, Garland pitched for the L.A. Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks, L.A. Dodgers and San Diego Padres, but because of undergoing right-shoulder surgery he hadn’t seen action since June 1 of 2011 with the Dodgers. Until last night that is, when he made a successful comeback with the Colorado Rockies, allowing just two runs and five hits in six innings of work for the victory over the Padres in Denver.
Welcome back, Jon!
Everyone in the clubhouse who attended last night’s Bob Seger concert at the UC was raving.
“Top four concert in my life,” Jake Peavy said, with enthusiasm (which, as true fans know. needs to be put into some context because everything Jake says is with enthusiasm).
Many years before college basketball and the NCAA tournament were as popular as they are today, Sox Vice Chairman Eddie Einhorn was way ahead of everybody. Read more.
Quote of the Day
Bo Jackson, a proud Auburn product, to White Sox 3B Jeff Keppinger, a former Georgia star, on Opening Day: “Did they ever fix the dent I put in that light tower at your field?”
Play of the Day
Viciedo’s walk-off homer. And the celebration begins…
Off day. On Tuesday, White Sox vs. Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Probable starters: Jake Peavy (1-0) for the Sox vs. Gio Gonzalez (1-0) for Washington.
Did You Know…
…that Conor Gillaspie’s father, Mark, was an All-America outfielder at Mississippi State in 1981 and was selected in the 11th round by the Padres in the ’81 June Amateur Draft? It is also interesting to note that in the years following the elder Gillaspie’s honor, MSU had a string of outstanding players who went on to excel in the major leagues. They included Rafael Palmiero, Will Clark, Jeff Brantley and former Sox closer and current bullpen coach, Bobby Thigpen.
Photo of the Day
Sox Executive VP Ken Williams is shown here playing guitar with an “Air Band” at WVON’s star-studded 50th anniversary event last night at the Chicago Theatre. Toni Braxton provided the featured entertainment and rocked the house.