Scott Merkin wrote a great piece on the White Sox playoff hopes as they look to the second half. If anything, I like it because he confirms that my cynicism from before the season was well-founded. As Merkin puts it, the White Sox needed a mountain of 'if's' to go their way this season to be competitive...it just so happens that they all did.
He moves on to detail the things the Sox need to go right in the 2nd half (HINT: JOHN DANKS), and it's worth a read. But there's also another day till the last 77 games get started, which means there's still time to bask in the pleasant surprise of the first 85.
When pondering the best moments of the season, a small list of moments spring forth immediately.
But that's not sufficient. The first five I thought of didn't even include Humber's perfect game. After going over it all in my head and in the schedule, here's 18 great moments and links to clips and summaries on them. I'm pretty sure they're in order.
Rios' dramatic home run gives the Sox their first win
Peavy opens U.S. Cellular in style
Peavy dominates A's, proves he's back
Paul Konerko's 400th
Philip Humber's perfect game
Rios' triple off Chris Perez wins it in extras
Dunn's 9th inning 2-R HR off Valverde beats Tigers
Konerko homers, gets beaned, beats Cubs
35 runs power three-game sweep of Cleveland
Chris Sale's 15 strikeouts
Five-run 6th inning rallies Sox past James Shields
Sale's first complete game
Chris Sale-Zack Greinke pitcher's duel
Eduardo Escobar's walk-off breaks scoreless tie in the 10th
Dayan's 9th inning 3-R HR wins it in the Bronx
The Entire Texas Series at U.S. Cellular
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