Penguin Party with the White Sox

Peguins_whitesoxWe all know the White Sox relief pitching has been struggling and now it looks like they’ve ventured to the Shedd Aquarium to find some new prospects wearing the black and white. Or maybe they just wanted something absolutely adorable to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

I mean, does it get any cuter than penguins on a baseball field? Yea, I don’t think so.

My main concern is why I wasn’t aware of the penguin invasion taking place at US Cellular this afternoon. I would have loved to meet Stanley, the Magellanic Penguin.

Alexei Ramirez, John Danks, Adam Eaton and Jacob Petricka all had some meet and greet moments with Stanley. The cuteness is too much to handle.

Alexei and Stanley

Danks and Stanley

Eaton and Stanley

 

I’m on board with the Penguin mascot idea ūüôā

Why Alexei Ramirez Should Top your White Sox List

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Alexei Ramirez is easily the friendliest guy in a¬†Chicago White Sox uniform¬†and probably the nicest starting shortstop in the MLB. Not only should we love him for his character, but he’s also¬†doing big things at the plate for the South Side in his first few weeks of the 2014 season.

I’ve always had a soft spot for my fellow Cuban brother and this season you should too. Here’s why:

  • He’s HOT HOT HOT.¬†Alexei¬†has three home runs under his belt¬†after the White Sox have played 13 games.
  • Alexei’s hot bat has helped the White Sox lead all of baseball with 80 runs in 13 games when the Sox scored a terrible 598 all of last season. It’s a TT – total turnaround –¬†we hope Ramirez and the crew can keep it going.
  • He’s worked on his whiffs. Ramirez has always been an aggressive swinger, but he’s really cut down on his strikeouts in the first two weeks¬†of the season averaging 5.6 percent.
  • Bases, Bases and more Bases: He’s lanky and quick like a bunny. He’ll steel a base from right under your nose and takes CWS base running to the next level.
  • Alexei’s line drive walk-off home run on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians has really picked up the morale in the dugout – it’s something to get excited about.

Who knows what the White Sox will do this season, there’s a REALLY long road ahead, but Alexei Ramirez is something to get excited about this spring. Go Go Go White Sox!

White Sox and Tigers Get Ready for a Motown Showdown

Bring out the big guns this weekend boys! After a disappointing series in Baltimore, the White Sox have headed to Motown to take on their ferocious conference rival Detroit Tigers. This series is crucial as the Tigers trail the AL-Central leading White Sox by three games and are vying for the conference crown this season.

Both the White Sox and Tigers are coming off losing series, so we’ll call it a wash. The Tigers haven’t been playing their best ball lately – they were swept in three games by the Royals, whereas the Sox came into their roadtrip after a¬†6-0 homestand against the Yankees (swept the Yanks for the first time in 21 years) and the Mariners.¬†If Detroit takes advantage of their home field advantage (which they’ve done this season – Chicago is winless in four straight at Comerica Park) they could pick up some serious conference ground. In other words, the White Sox need to take this series in Detroit to prove they’re the big dogs in the ALC.

Here are the three top “musts” the Sox must do to keep those Tigers in check.

1. Pitching

Detroit has their three big mound guns going Friday through Sunday with Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. Chicago’s big guys need to show-up and shut-out – I’m talking to you¬†Jake Peavy, Francisco Liriano and Chris Sale. Peavy has the honor of opening the series and starting things off right. This Tiger offense is powerful, the Sox need to maintain and tame it. Also, the bullpen needs to be one their best behavior.¬†No hiccups allowed. ¬†Addison Reed (who’s really performed like a vet when called upon),¬†Nate Jones, Brett Myers, Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain all need to be ready for tight situations.

2. Heat-up the bats

Detroit has some of the heaviest hitters in the league (Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder to throw out some names)¬†and Chicago’s offense needs to heat things up a bit. After some slumping in the Orioles series, the Sox need to see a resurgence from Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn.¬†A.J. Pierzynski has been having a career year and seems to have¬†hit his first major funk of 2012 – let’s put a kabosh on that right now. Also, they need their lead off men to get on base, we’re looking to you¬†Dewayne Wise and Kevin Youkilis.

3. Attack with the gloves

Defense is something a professional baseball team can take for granted – especially with the Tigers. Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez have been making some incredible moves throughout the infield, don’t stop now! The Sox have to allow the Tigers 3 outs and that’s all folks. If Chicago makes defensive errors and allows Detroit freebies to get on base – they can say goodbye to the top spot in the ALC.

Give them hell White Sox! Make it a showdown in Motown to remember.