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May 27, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Your browser does not support iframes. A Sox fan just upped the ante on foul balls. She caught a foul bat. In a game against the Cleveland Indians this weekend, Sox catcher Tyler Flowers lost his grip while swinging his bat during the second inning at US Cellular Field. The bat took one quick hop on the dugout, and a fan with quick reflexes quickly caught it mid-air, saving the crowd behind her from a headshot.  The announcers, of course, joked that she should be signed to the team immediately.    Want more?
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May 27, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Your browser does not support iframes. A Sox fan just upped the ante on foul balls. She caught a foul bat. In a game against the Cleveland Indians this weekend, Sox catcher Tyler Flowers lost his grip while swinging his bat during the second inning at US Cellular Field. The bat took one quick hop on the dugout, and a fan with quick reflexes quickly caught it mid-air, saving the crowd behind her from a headshot.  The announcers, of course, joked that she should be signed to the team immediately.    Want more?
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March 30, 2014 | By Soxman, For RedEye
I had a dream last night that as the White Sox took the field Opening Day, instead of "Thunderstruck" playing, the theme to AMC's megahit "The Walking Dead" oozed through the chilly spring air. Was the dream a premonition that the Sox's chances of winning the division will be devoured faster than ravenous zombies tearing apart a victim? Is it that my growing obsession with the show is rivaling that of my favorite team? Or maybe it's that I'm hoping the Sox get infected with a disease that consumes them with an undying hunger—for winning.
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April 17, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
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.
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October 30, 2011 | RedEye
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...
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January 27, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
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.
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March 28, 2013 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
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...
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April 17, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
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.
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September 11, 2012 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
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.
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March 31, 2013 | By Soxman and For RedEye
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.
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March 30, 2014 | By Soxman, For RedEye
I had a dream last night that as the White Sox took the field Opening Day, instead of "Thunderstruck" playing, the theme to AMC's megahit "The Walking Dead" oozed through the chilly spring air. Was the dream a premonition that the Sox's chances of winning the division will be devoured faster than ravenous zombies tearing apart a victim? Is it that my growing obsession with the show is rivaling that of my favorite team? Or maybe it's that I'm hoping the Sox get infected with a disease that consumes them with an undying hunger—for winning.
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September 24, 2013 | By Julie DiCaro and Soxman and For RedEye
Mercifully, the 2013 baseball season in Chicago will be over in about 120 hours. With the White Sox and Cubs about to finish dead last in their respective divisions, no one blames you if you stopped paying attention after Opening Day. But before you completely immerse yourself in fall sports, RedEye contributors Julie DiCaro and Soxman show you why this season was so forgettable, and why 2014 can't get here soon enough. CUBS: JUST FORGET IT Carlos Marmol While the blown saves were instantaneous, the emotional damage will last a lifetime.
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July 16, 2013 | By Julie DiCaro and Soxman, For RedEye
While there are exceptions, most Chicago baseball players are having forgettable seasons. But we didn't want to feel left out from all the pomp and circumstance of the All-Star Game and the ESPYs on back-toback days this week. So RedEye is doing what any conscientious publication would do: handing out a unique set of first-half baseball awards, courtesy of Julie DiCaro (Cubs) and Soxman (White Sox). Julie DiCaro and Soxman are RedEye special contributors. . WHITE SOX Phegley of the Year The rookie of the year award has been renamed for the arrival...
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July 10, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
When Josh Phegley boarded a plane with his Triple-A Charlotte teammates headed to Atlanta to play Gwinnett, it was a trip that was supposed to last two days, not the rest of his life. "We were on a two-day trip in Atlanta so I took two T-shirts and that was it," Phegley said. "It was just a one-night stay and I got the call to go to Tampa [to join the White Sox]. " Upon getting to Tampa Bay with the Sox, Phegley made his presence felt almost immediately, hitting his first big league home run off reigning Cy Young winner David Price in only his second major league...
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April 1, 2013 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
Opening Day in baseball is all about optimism. Even the Cubs, who lost 101 games in 2012, and the White Sox, who collapsed in September after leading the AL Central Division most of last season, can look like juggernauts after one game. We're celebrating the return of Chicago's boys of summer with our favorite firsts from Monday's 2013 curtain raisers. First double-take Yes, that guy starting at second base for the Cubs looks familiar. Brent Lillibridge is the player whose trade from the White Sox last season caused a 5-year-old boy to cry on a video his...
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March 31, 2013 | By Soxman and For RedEye
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...
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April 1, 2013 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
Opening Day in baseball is all about optimism. Even the Cubs, who lost 101 games in 2012, and the White Sox, who collapsed in September after leading the AL Central Division most of last season, can look like juggernauts after one game. We're celebrating the return of Chicago's boys of summer with our favorite firsts from Monday's 2013 curtain raisers. First double-take Yes, that guy starting at second base for the Cubs looks familiar. Brent Lillibridge is the player whose trade from the White Sox last season caused a 5-year-old boy to cry on a video his dad posted on YouTube.
SPORTS
July 10, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
When Josh Phegley boarded a plane with his Triple-A Charlotte teammates headed to Atlanta to play Gwinnett, it was a trip that was supposed to last two days, not the rest of his life. "We were on a two-day trip in Atlanta so I took two T-shirts and that was it," Phegley said. "It was just a one-night stay and I got the call to go to Tampa [to join the White Sox]. " Upon getting to Tampa Bay with the Sox, Phegley made his presence felt almost immediately, hitting his first big league home run off reigning Cy Young winner David Price in only his second major league...
SPORTS
March 28, 2013 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
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 one reason: control.
SPORTS
January 27, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
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.
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