While most of Chicago is focused on Melo and the ridiculous (and downright disrespectful) stories coming out about Derrick Rose, health there’s still baseball being played in this city. Now granted, doctor it’s not very good baseball but it is baseball. The White Sox are under .500, sovaldi they are struggling to score, struggling to close out games and struggling to get fans in the park; even though it has been a struggle there are still plenty of good things to see. Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez were voted to the All-Star Game by the players and #TargetSale to get Ace Chris Sale to the game.
White Sox All-Stars Ramirez and Abreu
Chris Sale and Jose Abreu are must see TV and even better in person. Adam Eaton is a steadying force in the outfield and a catalyst at leadoff. Paul Konerko is “sparingly” playing his final season and pitchers Hector Noesi and John Danks are bringing it each time they pitch. You have all that and a chance for a great experience in the sun with friends and family, good food, good drinks and plenty to do for the kids. So, why do I still have to talk about this each week, each season? Don’t give me that it’s because they’re not winning, because this problem existed with a winning record. Don’t give me it’s the neighborhood, are you watching it on someone’s front porch? You’re not there for the neighborhood, you’re there for a game. Watch the game and then go home, you’ll be safe. Another excuse is the cost but there are so many discounted tickets and plans that you can find a game you can afford. So, you’re out of excuses it’s time to get a group together get out to the Cell and support the men in black.
35th on the all-time home run list, Adam Dunn
Notes: Adam Dunn passed Carl Yastrzemski to move into 35th place on the all-time home run list with 453. Paul Konerko has entered the closure phase of his retirement tour as he hit Fenway Park for a final series. He says it is hitting him now as his family is in town and will take some games. Will the Sox be sellers at the trade deadline? It is pretty known some of the players who could be moved like: Dayan Viciedo, GordonBeckham, Alejandro DeAza, Adam Dunn, Tyler Flowers and others. What the Sox are looking for in return is more bullpen and rotation help. How much can any of these players return in a trade? I don’t think much, you would probably need to offer a team Alexei Ramirez to get a positive return, but we’ll see.
The White Sox are 44-47; seven and a half games behind the Detroit Tigers.
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Games Review: The White Sox beat the Red Sox in the first two games of the series. The 2013 World Series Champs are in last place in the American League East and look awful. Sox took the holiday weekend series against the Mariners including a complete game by ChrisSale and the 27th home run by Jose Abreu. The bullpen couldn’t close out a game leading to an extra inning defeat in the series.
What’s Next: There are three more games in Boston and they will close out the first half of the season with three games in Cleveland. They return from the All-Star break with a home stand against the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals.
Don’t forget: #TargetSale…let’s get him to the All-Star game like he deserves!
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…
From Ladies Night on May 23rd
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 ConorGillaspie. 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!
Alexei Ramirez All-Star?
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
New left fielder and a little disgruntled Dodger, Matt Kemp
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.
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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.
Looking for a place to hang out with your girls this Friday night? I’ve got one for you – it’s capsule 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”>Ladies Night at US Cellular on Friday, search May 23rd. The game starts at 7:10 pm, and but get there early for the activities like: Zumba, massage therapy, discount shopping at Chicago Sports Depot, Girl Band performs and a lucky lady and three of her friends will be randomly selected to take a picture on the field.
After all of that fun you get to see the White Sox take on the New York Yankees when the Yankees begin their 3-game series at the Cell after wrapping up on the North Side against the Cubs. This will be the last time you’ll find Mr. Derek Jeter play at games at the Cell, before baseball’s most eligible bachelor retires from the game. Get a big group together for a perfect girls night out with music, food, drinks, baseball, fireworks and plenty of eye candy on the field! For heavily discounted tickets to this premiere matchup, head over to www.whitesox.com/ladies
The White Sox are still under .500 at 22-24 and are eight games behind Central Division leading Detroit Tigers. They definitely didn’t take full advantage of their schedule last week.
Week In Review: The Sox took game one of the 3-game series at Kansas City Royals thanks to a go ahead 2-run home run by Paul Konerko. His improving offense will be needed in Jose Abreu’s absence. The south siders lost two of three against the team with the worst record in the American League, the Houston Astros. They also lost 2 out of 3 against the hottest team the Oakland Athletics. They lost games and their young star Jose Abreu.
Sox Notes:Jose Abreu was placed on the 15-day disabled list with ankle tendinitis. The Sox were relieved after getting the MRI results that it is nothing more to the injury. He will remain on anti-inflammatory medication and wear a walking boot and there is no timeline for his return. To take his place on the roster the Sox activated the sparkplug Adam Eaton.
Chris Sale continues his rehab and a decision on his return date could come after his next bullpen session. Closer Matt Lindstrom left Monday’s game with a leg injury he suffered trying to field a bunt. The Sox are hoping they will not have to add him to the list of the walking wounded. Jeff Keppinger was designated for assignment and it may cost the team $7.5 million but with the emergence of the youngsters it was a move that needed to be made. In triple A news, 2nd baseman Micah Johnson was promoted to Charlotte and is looking good on and off the field.
What’s On Deck: After finishing up in KC the Sox will come home for four games against the Yankees. May 23rd is Ladies Night and fireworks, May 24th is Chris Sale bobblehead and May 25th is Family Day.
Much improved Alexei Ramirez
My Thoughts: Even the Sox aren’t much better record wise this year there is still something different about this team that gives you hope (not including this past week). The defense isn’t great, but it is still much better than last year (couldn’t get much worse). Jose Abreu is emerging as a rookie of the year candidate and is adjusting quite well to major league baseball. Newcomer Adam Eaton has added a spark to the top of the lineup that reminds many of Scotty Pods from the ’05 season. Other players like Alexei Ramirez, Tyler Flowers, Conor Gillaspie, Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo have greatly improved their numbers and hopefully have figured it all out. Those are just some of the reasons I feel different writing about this team.
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Yes, I still write a lot about losing, but I don’t feel like the losing will drag on forever like it did last year. Last year was hard to take and I could be proven wrong by the end of the year, but with the way this team is playing and fighting every game I just don’t think I will be wrong. Well at least I hope I’ll be right!
Most Chicagoans will agree that it is a little early in the season for the Crosstown Series, thumb but many of us will still attempt to watch two less than stellar teams battle it out for the sake of their fans. It’s Sox vs Cubs, here South side vs North side, ’05 Champs vs Loveable Losers, etc. and our let’s be honest, the annual Chicago subway series isn’t what it used to be.
Gone are the days of punching A.J., Ozzie talking about rats and Carlos Zambrano threatening to hit anyone and everyone. Now the teams are counting on their young stars to bring the excitement back to the series. In a very classy move the Chicago Cubs honored Paul Konerko before playing his final game at Wrigley Field. If there’s one thing Sox and Cubs fans can agree on is that Paulie has been great for Chicago baseball.
Konerko honored at Wrigley Field
The Sox (17-17) are in 2nd place, five games behind the Detroit Tigers. They can continue to chip away in the division this weekend against sub-500 teams..
Quick Week In Review: The south siders swept the 2-game series at Wrigley. Winning game one in 12 innings after great pitching performances by Jose Quintana and Jeff Samardzia along with Marcus Semien driving in the winning run with a double in the 12th. The star of game two was Gordon Beckham who had 4 hits including a home run in the 8th. The series will shift to US Cellular and the fellas will go for four straight against the Cubbies.
Earlier last week, the Sox avoided being swept and snapped a 4-game losing streak against the Cleveland Indians thanks to a 9th inning Dayan Viciedo 3-run home run. The series also featured Jose Abreu’s 12th home run and a nice defensive play by him. He couldn’t get the ball out of his glove, so he threw it to Scott Carroll to get the out. They were swept in the quick two game series against the Detroit Tigers. This series had great pitching from Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer as well as a 9th inning RBI bunt. Over this stretch of games the bullpen has greatly improved, which is a good sign for the team.
News: Jose Abreu won American League Rookie and Player of the Month honors and is leading the major league in home runs with 12. Cubs pitchers are very impressed with Jose Abreu; in fact Edwin Jackson repeatedly mentioned that he is a big dude. Adam Eaton was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. There is still no timetable set for Chris Sale to return, but he felt good after throwing recently. Conor Gillaspie could return Wednesday after hitting a home run during his rehab stint. Pitcher Nate Jones was moved to the 60 day DL and will have surgery to remove lower back herniated disc material.
AL Rookie and Player of the Month, Jose Abreu
What’s Next: The Cubs head over to the Cell for a 2-game series on May 7 & 8th. Arizona Diamondbacks will come to town May 9-11th. Promotions: May 9th-Miller de Mayo and Fireworks, May 10th-Pink Out Night, Pink White Sox Scarf, Mother-Son Night and Fireworks, May 11th-Mother’s Day, Family Sunday
My Thoughts: This crosstown series has lost its fire. There aren’t any characters on either side of town. The closest to a character would have been Adam Eaton but he is on the DL. The managers and players are nice and complimentary, so no one will be punched or have a ball thrown at him. Yes, all of that is a reason for the lack of interest in the classic, but in my opinion the problem is that the teams just aren’t good enough to get the fans fired up. Sure you want bragging rights but so what if at the end of the year both teams have lost 90+ games. This series should never mean as much as a series against the Tigers or Twins, but it should provide entertainment and a chance for fans to watch good baseball. So, until each side of town has a product worthy of the series in the past they will remain ho-hum and played in May!
While the Blackhawks continue their playoff run, prostate the Bulls begin setting tee times and making vacation plans after an early elimination in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. All while Chicago baseball is in full swing with the teams going about their business in different ways and going in different directions in the standings. The weather isn’t completely cooperating, but it won’t dampen our sports spirit in Chicago and it definitely isn’t bothering our Chicago White Sox.
At 14-14, the Sox aren’t lighting up the league but they are staying in the tight Central Division conversation only two games behind the Detroit Tigers. They are already better than they were last year at this point in the season.
Injuries and Returns: There is no clear timetable for the return of Chris Sale from the DL. If he is unable to return this weekend he will take another week and pitch a rehab assignment in the minors. Conor Gillaspie is on the 15 day DL with a right hand contusion, which is a tough break for the kid who had been off to a hot start. Felipe Paulino will begin a rehab assignment in hopes of returning soon. Making his season debut will be Gordon Beckham who returns from the DL to reclaim second base.
Scott Carroll’s major league debut
In the News:Jose Abreu was named American League co-player of the week, leading the AL with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs. He set a rookie record for RBIs in April. Paul Konerko broke the franchise total bases record with 3,950 bases. Current HAM of the Week Scott Carroll won his major league debut only allowing 1 earned run over 7 1/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. He capped off his great outing by celebrating with 30 family and friends courtesy of Adam Dunn who picked up the tab at Timothy O’Tooles.
Quick Week In Review: The Sox split the Tigers series winning two of four games and won the Rays series winning three out of four. Sox fans were treated to a grand time this week thanks to a walk off slam by Jose Abreu and in another game a go ahead slam by Marcus Semien. Paul Konerko made appearances showing improvement at the plate as he gets more comfortable with his part time role. Fans also watched strong pitching performances by Andre Rienzo and Scott Carroll. The Sox continue their strong offensive output with their new approach. Adam Eaton says they compete every at bat and when you compete good things happen and winning 5 of their last 8 is a good thing.
What’s Next: The south siders have some quick series the next two weeks including against the Detroit Tigers who they trail in the standings. Also on deck is the crosstown series against the Chicago Cubs (May 3-6), which has lost some excitement but this is a chance to take a look at some future and hopefully long-term stars in Chicago.
My Thoughts: OK Sox fans, I know the weather has been iffy but as the weather turns I expect to see the attendance to take a turn for the better. There is no way in the world that the Astros and Rays should outdraw the south siders. I know they were terrible last year and maybe you thought it would be the same this year, but guess what this is not the same team so don’t be the same fans that don’t support.
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This Sox team has an attitude about them that will keep them in games all year. There are some exciting players and raw energy and talent that has not been seen for quite some time. With cheap seats, great food and the drink at the Cell, consider bundling up for a cool night and head out out to support the guys early in the season.
Ladies, look it is the most wonderful time of year and I am not talking about the holidays. People Magazine released their Sexiest Man Alive issue today! I can’t deny that a good part of my morning wasn’t spent drooling over the 180+ men in this jam-packed issue, but I will admit that I was very happy to see Adam Levine, Chris Pine, David Beckham as well as all of the other eye candy who People snubbed once again.
I mean come on, no Ryan Reynolds or Bradley Cooper?! Really, People – I know you want to spread the love, but the list without Reynolds is like nachos without the cheese.
Last year we did our first annual Chicago Athlete’s Top 10 list, and boy did I hear it from you, good and bad. So, this year I decided for the most part to put the list selection in your hands. Granted, I had to make some executive decisions, but SDI readers definitely had an input.
In addition to taking into consideration the recommendations we received from all of you over social media, this year we’ve also opened it up a bit to include the sexy stunners of the Chicago Fire & the ChicagoSky in our list. Silly of us for forgetting them in our inaugural list.
We all know Chicago is a LOADED sports town with world class teams and sexy athletes that contribute to each roster, so once again let’s give credit where credit is due. Therefore, I present to you SportsDivas, Inc.’s 2nd Annual Chicago’s Top 10 Sexiest Athletes. In alphabetical order…
Gordon Beckham: Chicago White Sox, Age: 27, Origin: Atlanta, GA, Marital Status: Married
The 411:The future of the White Sox always looks good with Beckham’s sexy mug in the picture. The White Soxs’ second baseman has the southern boy charm, athleticism, country boy swagger and power at the plate that the ladies just can’t get enough of. Drafted 8th overall by the White Sox in the 2008 draft, Beckham’s had his ups and downs in terms of production but continues to be a fan favorite for his grit, talent and of course, those country boy looks.
Beckham just recently tied the knot to girlfriend Brittany Fletcher and is now officially off the market, leading us and many others to ask, “who’s the next most eligible White Sox bachelor?” Hitched or not, Beckham continues to land on the sexy lists, and for good reason. We can’t wait to see how married life fine-tunes this south sider slugger.
Martellus Bennett: Chicago Bears, Age: 26, Origin: Houston, TX, Marital Status: Married
The 411:Move over B. Marshall, there’s a new media darling in the Bears locker room! Eversince the Bears landed the dynamic tight end from the NY Giants this offseason, Chicago’s romance with the edgy and sexy Bennett continues to grow week after week, especially when he’s completing clutch plays, winding up in the end zone and blocking like nobody’s business.
This picture says it all… HELLO ABS. Not only does Bennett have a killer body, but he is a huge threat on the field and has finally filled the void TE position the Bears lacked for so long. The “Black Unicorn” and his adorable and social-media savvy wife, Siggi (she’s one of our favorite WAGs) have both become fan favorites here in Chicago and are expecting their first child early next year. If you don’t follow Martellus on Twitter (@MartysaurusRex), he is a must for a great some fantastic humor. Body and Humor, sign us up!
Jimmy Butler: Chicago Bulls, Age: 24, Origin: Houston, TX, Marital Status: Single
The 411:There is just something about the starting Bulls small forward that I can’t put my finger on. Maybe it is his sweet face, that mischievous grin, or his style, but Butler is one sexy Bull.
Jimmy Buckets just recently ditched the fro/flat top for a nice buzzed cut, making us love this former HAM even more.
Swin Cash: Chicago Sky, Age: 34, Origin: McKeesport, PA, Marital Status: Single
The 411: Yes, I have a girl crush and it is on Swin Cash. Did you see this year’sESPN the Magazine Body Issue, I mean DAYUM! Besides having one of the best athlete bodies I have ever seen, the 34 year old forward for the Chicago Sky is one of the best forwards in the league and was a integral part of getting the Sky to their first playoff run in franchise history this season.
Scoring, rebounding, and defense this beautiful baller can do it all and the girl is a winner. Not only in the gene lottery, Cash has won NCAA titles, Olympic Gold medals, WNBA titles, WNBA All-Star honors, and the list goes on and on.
One thing I admire the most and fine truly sexy about Cash is her humbleness and off the court through her community work with her foundation ‘Cash for Kids’. She is a true champion and is one hell of an amazing role model for young women, and for that alone she couldn’t be left off my list.
Kyle Long: Chicago Bears, Age: 24, Origin: Ivy, VA, Marital Status: Single
The 411: Kyle Long is the definition of a rough, tough, burly football player with brains..and doesn’t that just scream SEXY?!
The rookie starting offensive guard has had a solid season so far for the Bears keeping both Cutler and McCown vertical which has been no easy task in seasons prior. The former HAM of the Weekis the perfect combo of size and sensibility, which I’m sure is making ladies line up around the corner for the chance to meet this young star of the Bears offense.
The former Oregon standout is also very funny and active on social media; if you don’t follow him on Twitter he is a must too @KyleLong1.
It also has to be mentioned that Kyle is from a football dynasty family. His father is the one and only, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and NFL analyst Howie Long and his older brother Chris is a defensive end for the St. Louis Rams.
Joakim Noah: Chicago Bulls, Age: 28, Origin: New York, NY, Marital Status: Single
The 411: I know what you are thinking, Jo-No?!?! Are you kidding me? Look, I was surprised too, but from the response I received over SM asking who you wanted to see, an overwhelming amount of you said Noah.
A unique man, and former HAM of the Week, that needs no introduction in Chicago or in the NBA for that matter, the starting center of the Bulls has one of the biggest followings in Chicago and for good reason, his quirky style, big personality and defensive dominance has won fans over since his arrival on the team back in 2007.
There has to be something about his messy bun swag or the fact that he is just too cool for school. Yes, he rocks some RIDICUOUS outfits, but then again he does clean up nicely. One of the things that I think is sexy about Noah is his charitable heart. He started the Noah’s Arc fund when he entered the league and he is always contributing to other organizations. Yeah… that sexy.
Daniel Paladini: Chicago Fire, Age: 29, Origin: Los Angles, CA, Marital Status: Single
The 411: We don’t spend as much time as we should at SDI covering the Fire and it’s guys like Paladini that remind us why we should be spending more time down at Toyota Park.
This hard working footballer has worked his way through several clubs including LA Galaxy and Chivas USA before landing with the Chicago Fire in 2011. The tatted up fashion-concious SoCal hottie provided depth to the Fire this season and has so many things that are sexy about him, there should be no surprise as to why we added him to our list this year.
Paladini is a force on the field and contributed nicely to the Fire’s lineup this year. He has killer style and we were lucky enough to see him in the Fire’s fashion show this summer where he definitely turned the heads. Paladini has model good looks and from what we can tell by sneaking around on social media, a very cool personality to boot. Here’s to hoping Paladini is a Fire fixture for many more years.
Brandon Pirri: Chicago Blackhawks, Age: 22, Origin: Toronto, ON, Marital Status: Single
The 411: I know what you are thinking, why Pirri? With a loaded Blackhawks roster of sexiness, I felt that I had to spread the Blackhawks love around and I choose center, and recent call-up Brandon Pirri for many reasons.
Yes, we all know that Toews and Kane are young guns and the superstars of the Hawks, but at 22 years old Pirri is the future of the Hawks, and slowly making his presence felt on a team full of big names after spending the last few years waiting patiently playing for the IceHogs.
Now let’s get to the goods, this boy is fine! Dark hair, dark eyes, and a Canadian accent, enough said, eh? I had the pleasure of interviewing Pirrilast year during the NHL lockout, so I know first hand just how fine this young gun is, and to add to his sexiness, for a 22-year old Blackhawk, the guy is honestly humble. Add him to your must know Blackhawks he is going to be around for a while.
Anthony Rizzo: Chicago Cubs, Age: 24, Origin: Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Marital Status: Single
The 411:Where do I even start with Rizzo?! The Cubs starting first baseman, former HAM of the Week and face of the Cubs franchise has a boy next door looks with a smoldering body and bat to boot. Maybe it was his longer curly locks he sported in the spring that transitioned into a shaved head look during the brutal Cubs’ summer, the guy never takes a bad picture, and trust me, I look!
I think this year’s list has a theme: athlete’s who give back are sexy. Rizzo, a cancer survivor started the Anthony Rizzo Foundation and is one of the most approachable and down to earth Chicago athletes. This summer Rizzo hosted the “Cook Off For Cancer” Fundraiser that benefited the Anthony Rizzo Foundation for cancer research. Rizzo is charged with the tall task of leading the young Cubs clubhouse in the right direction during these next few rebuilding years. Thankfully, having Rizzo at the helm will make the pain of watching the Cubs rebuild that much more bearable.
Patrick Sharp: Chicago Blackhawks, Age: 31, Origin: Thunder Bay, ON, Marital Status: Married
The 411: Do I even need to discuss why Shaprie is sexy? Last year, I got emails and calls left and right filled with outrage for leaving Sharpie off my list. Well, I listened to you ladies this year and added the Blackhawks most notorious and eldest heartthrob to our list.
Not only is he hot off the ice, but the Blackhawks forward is heating up the ice this season once again. Sharpie and our favorite guys on the ice are gearing up to defend as Stanley Cup Champs. Even though Sharpie is married and father to two adorable little girls, we can still sit back and drool at him every time he is on the TV, magazine, etc. those dark eyes, that dark hair… SWOON. I mean seriously, he is even sexy in a picture with his dog.
There you have it ladies! I know I can’t please everyone, and you may or may not agree with me on this list, and that is OK. Everyone has their own definition of sexy. But, I do like feedback and of course, I’m interested in hearing yours. Tell us who you would put on this list and we’ll consider them for next year’s third installment of our Top 10, that is, as long as they are still playing for a Chicago team.