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June 21, 2012 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
I'd like to thank the White Sox. You almost did it. You almost kept me occupied until Bears preseason in late July and August. You fell short by about a month or so … but hey, really nice effort, guys. Sorry, but losing two of three to the Cubs will not cut it. In a few years, when the Cubs are built, then you can lose two of three to them. Not here. Not now. Is there someone in Chicago, Charlotte, Birmingham, Winston-Salem, Kannapolis or Great Falls who can play third base?
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May 31, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
What CAN'T this kid do? Chance the Rapper threw out the first pitch at last night's White Sox game and unlike 50 Cent, he actually managed to keep it in the same area code. Chance will be performing at Northwestern's Dillo Day student concert on Saturday. Watch video of the pitch below:   Your browser does not support iframes. Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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September 10, 2012 | Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Earlier this season, the White Sox attempted to propel Jake Peavy to an All-Star berth using the #TakeJake campaign, a social media movement that became wildly successful, despite Peavy's bid coming up short in the end. Now the Sox are taking to those networks again, hosting a Social Media Week in order to highlight the fans' favorite moments from the 2012 season. The team is accepting nominations in a number of categories until the end of the week, including "Most clutch hit," "Most amazing catch" and "Favorite 2012 call by Ken Harrelson.
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May 29, 2014 | By Emily Brown, @emily_brown88 and RedEye
Ceremonial first pitches before a Major League Baseball game by a celebrity or honored fan aren't expected to be perfect, but 50 Cent's first pitch Tuesday night at Citi Field has been hailed as arguably the worst first pitch ever. The baseball veered far, far left of the intended target, the catcher behind home plate. Another rap artist, Chicago native Chance the Rapper, will throw out the first pitch at the White Sox game  Friday, May 30. Game time is 7:10 p.m. The Sox are offering discounted tickets to fans of the hip hop artist for Friday night's game.
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May 22, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
A handful of elderly folks stopped, peered past a set of double glass doors, scratched their heads and were on their way.    “Why's there a bird on the door?” one passerby said, index finger stapled to her chin and forehead scrunched.   The younger crowd had a much different reaction. Once the youngsters spotted the sign that hangs just below Section 154 at U.S. Cellular Field, a slight nod of the head and a casual peek inside came to be expected.   “This is pretty convenient,” 19-year-old Dylan Goll said.
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May 22, 2012 | RedEye
The weekly announcements from the White Sox about the activities surrounding home stands are usually pretty sedate: a local choir singing the anthem, a radio personality throwing out the first pitch, a pregame concert featuring a high school band. But that wasn't the case Tuesday afternoon. The White Sox, preparing for a six-game home stand that started Tuesday night vs. division rival Minnesota, announced, among other things, that star Bob Saget - of "Full House" fame - would sing the anthem before Saturday's game...
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May 6, 2012 | RedEye
Chicago, collectively, just might owe Adam Dunn an apology or two. Dunn, the White Sox's prized offseason acquisition before the 2011 season, sleepwalked through a historically bad season. He set the dubious Sox record for strikeouts in a single season with 177, had a gag-inducing .159 batting average and an even worse .142 average with runners in scoring position. Sox fans, Cubs fans, of course, and the media let him have it. By the end of the season he was being booed mercilessly.
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June 3, 2012 | RedEye
The AL Pitcher of the Month for May has already begun an impressive campaign for AL Pitcher of the Month for June. Pitcher Chris Sale turned in a complete game in the White Sox's 4-2 win over Seattle on Sunday, the same day he was given the AL pitching honor. "He's a good pitcher. He's just young and continues to get better," manager Robin Ventura said. "He's got a lot of great pitches. " He threw a lot of those great pitches Sunday. Sale struck out eight Marines, allowed just five hits and lowered his earned-run average to 2.29.
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April 3, 2012 | By Ryan Smith, For RedEye
Wait till next year might be the eternal cry of fans of Chicago's baseball teams, but the uncertain shape of the Cubs and White Sox have some already talking about 2013 before a single meaningful pitch has been tossed this season. Is it possible the media and fans are writing the eulogies of these two rebuilding franchises too soon? To find out if hope should spring eternal once again, RedEye simulated the upcoming season using the video game "MLB 2K12. "   CUBS RECORD: 72-90, 5th place in the NL Central, 22.5 games back The...
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September 25, 2012 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
In most lines of work, having a short memory is a liability. That is unless you're a closer for a Major League Baseball team, in which case White Sox closer Addison Reed says being able to forget blowing a late-inning lead is nearly as important to his job as being able to twirl a breaking ball. "No matter if it's good or bad the day before, it's over with and all I can do is what's in front of me that day," Reed said. He hasn't had to put many bad memories out of his head this season.
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May 13, 2014 | By Emily Brown, @emily_brown88 and RedEye
Major League Baseball has already begun interleague play, and this season two teams are ready to ship two fans across the country. In the White Sox and San Francisco Giants ' #SocialSeries contest, a fan of each team will win an all-expenses-paid trip, with a friend, to the opposing team's city and ballpark when the teams play each other and serve as the team's social media correspondent. To win, fans must write an Instagram or Twitter post explaining why they should be the #SocialSeries correspondent for their team.
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May 4, 2014 | By Emily Brown, @emily_brown88 and RedEye
There are 2,430 baseball games in Major League Baseball's regular season. At 3 hours per game, that's about 304 days' worth (7,290 hours) of TV watching packed into about six months. And two Chicago-area residents are undertaking that challenge. Cubs fan Michael Bolling and White Sox fan Stanten Jones uprooted their lives to move to New York City in March after they were among the eight fans selected to be part of this year's MLB Fan Cave. Bolling, 23, was born on the West Side and has lived in the city his entire life.
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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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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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January 8, 2014 | RedEye
It's the sports equivalent of that hot girl/guy finally calling you. As of Wednesday, Frank Thomas and Greg Maddux are done waiting for that moment: The Chicago legends were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The inductions are July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Thomas, who spent the first 16 years of his 19-year career with the White Sox, garnered 83.7 percent of the vote. We asked Soxman why The Big Hurt's election is such a big deal. FRANK THOMAS IS MY HERO By Soxman The dictionary defines "hero" as "a mythological or legendary figure endowed with great...
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December 19, 2013 | RedEye
The man they call "Magic Mike" has put some spell on Chicago. After fans cast a total of more than 3,600 votes on the RedEye Sports Facebook page last week, Fire forward Mike Magee emerged as the 2013 Chicago Sports Stud of the Year. The arrow's been pointing up for the Chicago-area native all season. Since being traded to the Fire early in the year, Magee scored 15 goals and notched four assists. He had a total of 21 goals in 2013 and was named MLS' most valuable player last month.
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April 12, 2012 | By Chris Sosa and RedEye
Since winning the 2005 World Series, the White Sox have been burned often. While they've been fearless in making high-profile moves, many of them - Manny Ramirez, Andruw Jones, Adam Dunn,Ken Griffey Jr. - haven't panned out. So after a disappointing 2011, the Sox cooled off this winter. In other words, they embraced rebuilding. First they traded combustible manager Ozzie Guillen to Miami. Next they allowed Mark Buehrle, their top pitcher and one of their most popular players, to exit via free agency.
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February 22, 2012
"All in" is sooo 2011. The revamped White Sox in 2012, appropriately, have adopted a new slogan: "Appreciate the game. " "The 'All In' thing got abused last year," reliever Matt Thornton said. "I'm glad that one is over with, and it didn't work out well, anyway. It's one of those things I can't wait to get out on the field and start playing games. " "Appreciate the game" joins "the kids can play," "good guys wear black" and "grinder rules" in the pantheon of Sox slogans.
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December 16, 2013 | RedEye
Another great year in Chicago sports is in the books. Also, another awful year for Chicago sports is in the books. Which means it's time to choose RedEye's Stud and Dud of the Year. As always, don't be shy about voting! STUDS Mike Magee, Fire The Chicago native almost singlehandedly cured the Fire's scoring woes, tallying 15 for Chicago and 21 for the season after starting the year in L.A. Oh yeah, he was named 2013 MLS most valuable player. Alshon Jeffery, Bears He's becoming one of the best receivers in the NFL before our eyes.
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December 12, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
First off, it was the Cowboys. Secondly, it was zero degrees outside, and they are the modern poster children of the warm weather sissy team. Remember the Ice Bowl in '67? They lost that game too. Nonetheless, thank you Josh McCown. Where have you been all of our lives? Playing with all those toys like that. And so the debate rages on. McCown or Jay Cutler. If Cutler is ready, I say Cutler. But I'm in the minority around here. Certainly, Brian Urlacher disagrees with me but hey, all of the sudden he's a media star after mumbling his way around town for 13 years.
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