Thursday, March 3, 2011
Posted 3:46 p.m. Updated: 6:29 p.m.
By Brett Ballantini
GLENDALE, Ariz. Another day, another scoreless, hitless outing by Chicago White Sox starting pitching. This time, it was John Dankss turn to spin some magic and set sail toward a 6-1 victory, Chicagos first of spring training.
The rotation made sure all morning to let me know the starters havent given up a hit, Danks said. Its fun. We talked before how we all kind of push each other as a group. Thats an example.
Danks threw very well, the four guys so far in the rotation have thrown the ball very well, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. Obviously, its only two inningswere looking for strikes, command, not stuff yet. He had a lot of pressure today because all the guys in front of him threw the ball well. Hopefully, they continue to do that.
It qualified as an offensive outburst for the White Sox, who spun 11 hits down into six runs, which were well more than enough to thwart the anemic Ms and secure the clubs first win of the spring.
When the expectation is you have to win every game in spring training, thats a little overrated, Guillen said. But winning the games, thats a better feeling. Weve been playing pretty good baseball. Im glad about the way were playing.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.