The Chicago White Sox SoxFest fan convention, was held downtown this weekend (January 24-26) at the Palmer House Hilton. It was not very well attended. Rumors are that the Cubs Convention, this past weekend, did not sell out for the first time in its 29 year history. Easy to understand why Soxfest and Cubs Con had so much less interest than usual- it was truly the worst season in Chicago baseball history
It’s that time of the year again. Roll out the hams and turkeys with sides of stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mediocre Thursday NFL football. But before all of the fun and awkwardness that family can offer comes over to your recently cleaned house, let’s take a look at some of the biggest sports turkeys the Windy City has seen in 2013.
To be clear, a sports turkey does not mean that they are not necessarily bad or ignorant. All it takes is one boneheaded or off-the-wall act or decision to be labeled a turkey.
Jordan Lynch bandwagon: This one pains me, but who in their right mind thinks Jordan Lynch is worthy of the Heisman Trophy? Even if Lynch somehow manages to snag an invite to New York for the trophy presentation, it will be a token one. His numbers are more than impressive but have been accumulated against bums. There are at least three other quarterbacks that will rank ahead of him in the voting process, and it is deserved. Like everyone else, I am enjoying watching Lynch single-handedly lead the Huskies to another BCS Bowl game, but have realistic expectations beyond the college football regular season. [Read more...]
If you live in the Chicago area, or even just pay attention to what goes on there in the sports world, a collision of irrelevant sports are going to be on the calendar the weekend of Aug. 16-17.
Think about this: On Friday night there will be the first professional boxing event at a Chicago baseball stadium since Sonny Liston fought Floyd Patterson on Sept. 25, 1962 at the old Comiskey Park. And on Saturday, Arlington Park Racecourse is hosting its annual International Festival of Racing.
Horse racing. Boxing. Baseball.
There is a connection here between these three sports that used to be the trifecta of popularity in this country at one time — about 100 years ago — when men still wore suits and fedoras to baseball games, horse racing grandstands were packed and there was never a shortage of the “Next Big Fighter.”
The Biogenesis report and subsequent investigation by Major League Baseball led to 13 players being suspended on August 5. For the Chicago White Sox and general manager Rick Hahn, this could mean an increased interest in some of the current players for a potential trade before the waiver trade deadline on August 31.
The Chicago White Sox moved three players before the July 31 trade deadline, and are better off for it.
Matt Thornton and Jake Peavy were moved to the Boston Red Sox, and Jesse Crain is now a Tampa Bay Ray. Double-A prospect Brandon Jacobs and Detroit Tigers #2 minor leaguer Avasail Garcia were the prized pieces in the deals to Boston. Crain’s move will bring back a player at a later date.
The Boston Red Sox sent Cleuluis Rondon, J.B. Wendelken, and Francellis Montas to the Chicago White Sox; OF Avisail Garcia was traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Red Sox to the White Sox. So it’s a three team deal: Red Sox, White Sox, Tigers.
As the July 31st Major League Baseball trade deadline looms, the White Sox are expected to move at least a couple of players including starting pitcher Jake Peavy.
What are the latest rumors? The Sportsbank has you covered.
For the Chicago White Sox in chapter 13 bankruptcy. Liquidation. Everything (with the exception of Paul Konerko and Chris Sale) must go. It’s a total tear down, with only Sale and Konerko saved because the team needs at least one or two stars to help market the White Sox and keep some interest as things will get much worse before they get better.
At 40-60, that’s a .400 winning percentage. Maintaining that winning percentage for the final 62 games gets your Chicago White Sox a final record of 65-97. So pretty close. But bear in mind the White Sox are going to have much less talent to play with the final weeks of the season. The major sale has not yet even begun.
For Jordyn Wieber it’s been an exciting couple of weeks. First she rocked the ESPYs, then she met her beloved Justin Bieber. Now she’s the guest of honor at at a Sox game. Jordyn Wieber threw out the first ball etc.
The Chicago White Sox on the other hand, well they’ve have had kind of a…well, we all checked out on the White Sox a few weeks ago. Some of us never even checked in to begin with. There were A TON of empty seats at Sox Park tonight.
The Chicago White Sox are heading into the All-Star Break with their worst record since 1989. The team has been tough to watch, and the next four days off gives the players and fans time to forget about the first half.
The Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox have made a deal. Not a deal of huge proportions, but the Red Sox did acquire former All-Star reliever Matt Thornton along with cash considerations in exchange for minor league outfielder Brandon Jacobs.
The Red Sox have added a lefty arm for the stretch drive while the White Sox have officially begun their tear down. Thornton is 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA, 18 holds and 21 strikeouts over 40 relief appearances this season. He is 31-35 with a 3.28 ERA and 164 holds in 512 career games with the White Sox.
Matt Thornton ranks among Chicago’s all-time relief leaders in appearances (1st), holds (1st), strikeouts (2nd), wins (T3rd) and strikeouts (5th). At 37, he probably doesn’t have a whole lot left in the tank, but he’s a good acquisition for the Red Sox hopes in the LOADED AL East this season.
As Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale makes the All-Star team, teammate Jesse Crain was selected too, you have to wonder if win-loss records for a pitcher are still relevant. It’s kind of a really dumb stat. I know it was gospel for the longest time, and 300 wins is this gold standard for pitchers to reach Cooperstown, but that doesn’t matter as much anymore.
No one in MLB will reach 300 wins again anytime soon. And no pitchers really last long enough these days to even come close. And for Chris Sale, well the Sox just don’t hit for him, so the ol’ W-L record sucks.
Since May 17th, the White Sox have scored a meager nine runs for Chris Sale.