From the weekend:
Detroit is reportedly looking at a pair of players to counter Victor Martinez's season-ending ACL injury: Johnny Damon and Juan Pierre. Not Prince Fielder. Damon makes sense, Pierre really doesn't, although given the reaction I got on twitter after passing along the Pierre rumor quite a few Sox fans would be okay with Detroit bringing in Pierre.
Ozzie Guillen promised vengeance, one riddled-with-misspellings-tweet at a time.
Kenny Williams' son, Kyle, was unfortunately the goat in San Francisco's loss to New York in the NFC Championship. I feel awful for Kyle -- I hardly blame his decision to try to make a play on that last punt return with the 49ers' offense looking stagnant. A Giants player made a good play to strip the ball. Stuff like that happens in football.
For Williams' post-game comments, head over to CSN Bay Area.
SoxFest week is upon us. Here's the schedule of events -- I'm looking forward to the seminar with Rick Hahn, Buddy Bell and Doug Laumann the most.
Jake Peavy's 1-0 shutout of Cleveland from last May ranked as the best pitcher's duel of the 2011 season involving the White Sox.
Kevin Slowey will return to the AL Central after kinda-sorta leaving it, as Cleveland acquired him from Colorado with the status of Fausto CarmonaRoberto Hernandez up in the air.
Ever wondered what Jermaine Dye looks like in cookie form? Thanks to the wonders of the internet and former A'sCardinals pitcher Mark Mulder, we now know.
It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.
Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:
Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.