October 30, 2011 |
The World Series is over, which can mean only one thing: free-agent frenzy! Between the Cubs and White Sox, 10 players filed for free agency this weekend. Assuming we've seen the last of these guys in Chicago uniforms, we rank them in order of who will be missed most. 1. Mark Buehrle , Sox 2011: 13-9, 3.59 ERA, 205 1/3 innings He might not fit into the team's payroll anymore, but Sox fans would be thrilled to have him back. 2. Reed Johnson, Cubs 2011: .309, 5 HRs, 28 RBIs Puts up solid numbers for a backup...
January 27, 2013 |
White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham didn't get a ring on the field in 2012. Once the season ended, however, that was a different story. "I got engaged [to "Amazing Race" contestant Brittany Fletcher], so that was kind of a big one," he said. Beckham and other Sox players converged on the Palmer House Hilton last weekend for the team's annual fan extravaganza, Sox Fest. In addition to getting engaged, the Georgia native spent a lot of time hunting. "I mainly like to hunt deer, so that's obviously a fall sport," Beckham said.
March 28, 2013 |
I'm not typically into video games, but I did break down and buy "MLB '13 The Show. " I'm excited enough about baseball's return to want to rush it a little. Turns out video game baseball has come a long way since "RBI Baseball" for Nintendo. The simulated virtual reality of this new generation of games is now close enough to actually sitting and watching a baseball game to officially introduce a Chicago-friendly element to the equation: schadenfreude. I advocate supplementing your baseball experience with one of these games to anybody rooting for a Chicago team for...
April 17, 2014 |
It's just a tremendous week for sports here in Chicago. Oh, you thought I was talking about the Bulls and Blackhawks playoffs starting this week? No. I'll get to that. This is the week we got to watch how it's done in baseball. The Red Sox visiting the White Sox. The Cubs in the Bronx. Rick Hahn, Theo Epstein: Hope you were watching and learning. Cubs in NYC. Look over there! It's Joe Girardi! Remember him? He's the guy who used you to get more cash from the Yankees. Memo to Epstein and Hoyer: He was never interested in you, ever.
September 11, 2012 |
With jobs at a premium these days, many young professionals are finding themselves learning a new skill to make themselves more valuable in the workplace. For White Sox utility infielder-turned-emergency catcher Ray Olmedo, that means learning how to block 90-plus mph fastballs in the dirt. It's a skill he's hoping will give him added job security on a first-place team in his inaugural campaign on the South Side. "That's the point," Olmedo said. "That's why I don't care about anything else, I just want to stay here for a long time.
March 31, 2013 |
There is something about White Sox opening day each year that leaves me in complete Soxtasy, a made-up word in Soxman's dictionary used to describe the sense of anticipation, elation and renewed proclamation of undying loyalty to the team I love. Anticipation in knowing that the first snap of Chris Sale's fastball, swing (or swing and miss) by Adam Dunn or put-out by Tyler Flowers forecasts what Sox fans can expect to see over the 161 games that follow. Anticipation over seeing what's new at U.S. Cellular Field teases my imagination while putting my salivary glands into overdrive.