White Hot White Sox: From Worst to First

After fifty games in this 2012 MLB season, who’s standing alone in first place of the American League Central Division? I’ll give you two hints – it’s not the fancy-pants predicted Detroit Tigers and it’s not the the Cleveland Indians. It’s our very own Southsiders. The Chicago White Sox, a team that Sports Illustrated predicted to lose 95 games this season, are proving every nasty critic wrong.

How is the team that no one believed in making moves in the tough AL central? Here’s a little breakdown for ya:

*They’ve won eight games in a row, are 12-of-13 and homered in 15 straight games (their longest streak since 2004). Last night the Sox rallied for five runs against Rays’ pitcher James Shields in the sixth and Dayan Viciedo added an eighth-inning home run to push the White Sox past Tampa Bay 7-2.

*Paul Konerko, considered an “old man” at age 36, has a batting average of .386 and having a mind-blowing start this season. As my dad would say, “he’s just seeing the ball.” It’s more like, “Paulie’s hitting like a wild beast!” Konerko’s hot hitting landed him the AL player of the week honor for the period ending May 27th.

*Chris Sale may be all arms and legs, but this young pitcher has a studly throwing arm and is an early candidates for the Cy Young Award. On Monday, Sale struck out 15 Rays players, setting his own career high and finishing one strike out away from the team’s franchise record (Jack Harshman struck out 16 against Boston on July 25, 1954). SALE’S COMIN IN HOT!

*Rookie GM Robin Ventura is giving Dayan Viciedo the chance Ozzie Guillen never did and boy is it paying off. Viciedo, my Cuban brother is nicknamed “tank” for his stocky physique, has been crushing the ball and is absolutely one of the best young hitters in the league. This guy’s proving he deserves to be in the White Sox lineup this season.

*Adam Dunn is a present force this season and is on a hot comeback trail. His slugging percentage is up from last year and he already has 16 home runs – that’s five more than last year. Basically, he’s hit as many home runs this month as he did all of last season (let’s not dwell on the past). The Sox just need him to stay on track and good things will continue to happen.
*Most skeptics figured the White Sox had either given up or lost their damn minds when they hired Robin Ventura as Ozzie Guillen’s predecessor. The guy had never managed a baseball game in his life. However, said skeptics forgot to consider his knowledge of the game, leadership abilities, communication skills and laid-back personality. These qualities are seemingly a perfect fit for this ball club and just what the doctor ordered after last season’s soap opera.
*Impeccable defense doesn’t hurt either. With the help of Chris Sale on the mound, the Sox are definitely one of the top five defensive teams in the American League. Their impressive defensive lineup and swift gloves are what have kept them rolling when their offensive bats have struggled.
For a team no one expected anything out of, I’d say this season has gotten off to a great start. I know it’s still early, but it’s not that early in the season and it’s starting to feel a lot like 2005 to me! The only problem seems to be the lack of White Sox fans in attendance at home games. So get some tickets and support your favorite guys in white and black. Sorry to brag Cubs fans, but it’s a lot more fun to root for the South Side right about now.

Diddy’s Son Awarded Full Scholarship to UCLA

Drama has ensued in the realm of college sports. Justin Combs, son of multimillionaire Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, received and accepted a full scholarship to the University of California Los Angeles to play football.

Little Combs sealed the deal last week after graduating from high school in New Rochelle, New York, where the 18-year-old stud finished with a 3.75 GPA – you can’t say the boy didn’t work hard.

The full-ride is worth a reported $54,000 and people seem to think Justin doesn’t deserve it because his daddy is so filthy rich.

J. Combs just chillin on his 300,000 Maybach during his graduation party

At 5 feet, 9 inches and 170 pounds he’s rather small for college football, but apparently effective on defense.  As a collegiate athlete, athletic programs don’t just offer you thousands of dollars unless you’re scouted, recruited and the school believes you’re the type of player they’re looking for. Yes I understand Justin Combs doesn’t “need” a scholarship for school, but who’s to say the boy doesn’t deserve it? He absolutely has lived a privileged life thus far (I mean I obviously took pictures on my $300,000 car when I graduated from EGHS), but maybe his rich daddy will donate millions to UCLA to give other students the same great opportunity the university provided to his son? I’m sure the university sees it as an investment for the future.

So what do you think friends? Should Sean Combs return the scholarship money and pay for his son’s education? Or does Justin Combs deserve a scholarship for working hard on his football game and GPA?