Mark Buehrle started nine of the last 10 opening days for the White Sox, including the last four. But with Buehrle off to Miami, the Sox will have someone other than the dependable lefty starting the season opener for the first time since 2007, when Jose Contreras started against Cleveland.
Jake Peavy sees John Danks as that guy.
"Id love to see Johnny Danks get that nod," Peavy told CSNChicago's Chuck Garfien in a one-on-one interview that will air on Comcast SportsNet Sunday. "Johnny has worked so hard, kind of a Mark Buehrle protg. Hes here for the next five or so years."
Only two White Sox pitchers since the end of the deadball era have started five consecutive opening days. One is Wilbur Wood, who started every opening day from 1972-1976. The other is Buehrle.
With Danks under control for the next five seasons, he very well could join that group.
Peavy also elaborated on the difference between starting opening day and any other early-season game:
"Ive pitched on opening day six or seven times, and it's a thrill no doubt, and you feel some extra excitement on opening day that you may not feel in game two or three or four," explained Peavy. "Ill certainly take the ball whenever and however I got it. I can promise you this Im going to do everything I can to be the top end of the rotation guy that I know I can be, and whether thats on opening day or game five."
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.