Ladies, find it’s been a while – but I’m back. Let me start by thanking The White Sox organization for case May 23rd vs. New York Yankees” href=”http://sportsdivasinc.com/2014/05/white-sox-host-annual-ladies-night-friday-may-23rd-vs-new-york-yankees/” target=”_blank”>a wonderful Ladies Night! It was a night that included a walk-off home run, fireworks, massages and the beautiful Derek Jeter. I talked to fathers/mothers and daughters, couples and just girls hanging out. I met ladies from out of town who wanted to enjoy the city so they chose US Cellular and they definitely chose the right night. Well done White Sox, you sure know how to treat a lady! Now back to baseball…
Now that we have recovered from the devastating Blackhawks loss and there are over 90 days before football, baseball is in the spotlight and what a time to be there with the return of Chris Sale and Jose Abreu; both of them made an impact in their return. The Sox continue to hover at or around .500 and are fighting for playoff position in their division (four games back) as well as in the wild card race (one game back).
Quick Review: The Sox have split the first two games of the series against the L.A. Dodgers. Losing the first game thanks to errors by Gordan Beckham and Conor Gillaspie. The south side superstar Jose Abreu has homered in consecutive games, this man is on a mission and knows that there is more he can do when he improves at the plate. The Sox finished the home stand 6-4 with a masterful complete game victory by the ace Chris Sale. The south siders also swept the Indians and split the 4-game series with the Yankees.
News: To make room for the return of Jose Abreu the Sox optioned Marcus Semien to triple A Charlotte where he may begin working in the outfield to become an even more flexible player. Alexei Ramirez is second in American League All-Star voting, trailing the great Derek Jeter. The White Sox could be looking at sending three players to the mid-season classic, way to go fellas!
What’s Next: The Sox will continue their west coast trip with two more games against the Dodgers and new left fielder and might I add beautiful Matt Kemp and three against the L.A. Angels
My Thoughts: I don’t’ know about you, but hovering around .500 and fighting for playoff position is a pleasant surprise. As Rick Hahn and the Sox were putting together this team I didn’t think they would be competitive and who knows where they’ll end up because there’s still time for a swoon.
Their bullpen is still suspect due to injuries and their defense can still cost them a game, but it just doesn’t feel like they’ll go through a terribly long losing streak like the Boston Red Sox. The Sox are exciting to watch because you never know what can happen or who will be the star. What makes this resurgence even better? It was done the right way; with a mix of youth and veterans who can teach the young players how to win and persevere through hard times. I’m not going to guarantee an above .500 record or a playoff berth, but I will guarantee this team will keep you on your toes, delight and anger you. It’s baseball baby and it’s one of the greatest reality TV shows, so sit back and enjoy every twist and turn.