Category: White Sox culture

Carlos Sanchez is (on) the Gordon Beckham plan

Carlos Sanchez is (on) the Gordon Beckham plan
White Sox minor league infielder Carlos Sanchez has been promoted to AAA Charlotte after 30 games in AA Birmingham, where he had been promoted to this same season after 92 games at High-A Winston-Salem.  This is shocking and not shocking. It’s shocking because Sanchez only turned 20 in June, and was already one of the... Read more »

Morning notes - Thanks for the memory, Jordan Danks

Morning notes - Thanks for the memory, Jordan Danks
Apparently the White Sox were more than aware of the redundancy of carrying both Jordan Danks and DeWayne Wise on the roster.  They’re sending Jordan back to AAA Charlotte, and replacing him with what was being announced Sunday as “pitching depth”.  In case you were wondering, Jordan Danks’ last at-bat with the team was the... Read more »

Kenny rages against the dying of the light

Kenny rages against the dying of the light
For a few years now, I’ve been waiting for the White Sox destitute farm system and aging major league core to culminate in a hellish disaster of a season–a last place finish where everyone’s prime ends simultaneously, and the lack of any viable replacements forces the franchise to go into an Astros-like coccoon for five... Read more »
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Twins healing powers activate

Twins healing powers activate
Boy, that Twins series really cured some ills. Not only did the Sox snap a five-game losing streak, wipe away their deficit to Detroit in the AL Central standings, and rejuvenate their offense with a 26-run, eight-homer outburst, but even the injuries they suffered seem to be of the carefree variety. Kevin Youkilis said the... Read more »

The best of the White Sox 1st half

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... Read more »

Morning notes: Stories unrelated to the All-Star Game

Morning notes: Stories unrelated to the All-Star Game
Making a natural transition from talking about the All-Star Game, the White Sox and Cubs are probably going to be playing four games next season, instead of their usual six. As a partial-season-ticket holder, I was initially excited by the prospect of having the chance to avoid being obligated to buy a hyper-expensive Cubs-Sox game every... Read more »
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James T. Farrell’s Baseball Diary: A History of Old Comiskey Park 1910-1919

James T. Farrell’s Baseball Diary: A History of Old Comiskey Park 1910-1919
This installment of Comiskey Park history comes to us vicariously through James T. Farrell. Farrell (1904-1979) was an American fiction writer, most remembered for his three Studs Lonigan novels published in the early 1930s.  Studs Lonigan resonated with a few notable 20th century authors.  The books were among Richard Wright and Norman Mailer’s early favorites,... Read more »

The dearly departed: Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart

The dearly departed: Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart
It becomes a lot easier to wax nostalgic about players when they’re out the door.  Their deficiencies are no longer a part of your daily concern, and all that’s left is the memories. Worry no longer that Brent Lillibridge can’t hit, or that Zach Stewart is threatening the league’s supply of baseballs.  Before spending all... Read more »

Morning notes - Happy Chris Sale Day

Morning notes - Happy Chris Sale Day
For the second-straight Friday, Chris Sale will square off against one the best pitchers in the National League, this time it being Zack Greinke of the Milwaukee Brewers. Hopefully this goes better than last week’s showdown against Clayton Kershaw, where both hurlers struggled as the game spiraled into a discombobulated slugfest.  Sale in particular seemed... Read more »
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Attendance kvetching

Attendance kvetching
The Cubs and Sox just finished up playing the worst-attended 3-game set of the Crosstown series that U.S. Cellular Field has ever hosted–95,808 total fans. That’s already not great sounding, but the Crosstown series carries a reputation of being the one series the Sox should always be able to sell out.  By that measure, clocking in at the... Read more »