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 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

Zach Stewart–HERO

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

O-Dog’s walk-off

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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  • good job fegan.

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