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Wrapping up day 1 of SoxFest

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Wrapping up day 1 of SoxFest

From opening night of SoxFest:

This is technically from before SoxFest kicked off, but Jim Thome -- who has a handshake agreement to work for the White Sox after he retired -- surprised Jerry Reinsdorf during a taping of "Inside Look."

Last year, the White Sox opened SoxFest with the expectation they would compete for the division. This year, they're asking "why not us?"

Meanwhile, Robin Ventura re-introduced himself to White Sox fans over a decade after leaving. And while he's no Ozzie Guillen, he did show a light-hearted, quick-witted side of his personality.

Jake Peavy is healthy for the first offseason since joining the White Sox, which he feels good about. He also cleared the air over his quasi-feud with Ozzie Guillen.

Kenny Williams played coy when asked about the Sox interest in Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler, declining to answer a question about them at a seminar.

Williams received more than a few boos at the opening ceremonies, which he responded to in fine fashion.

Bud Selig expects baseball to add a second wild card this season, which certainly can't hurt the playoff chances of the White Sox.

Cliff Politte, Joe Crede, Neal Cotts and Pablo Ozuna reminisced about the 2005 White Sox -- as did a bunch of fans.

And one other note: the Phillies signed Juan Pierre to a minor-league deal, and he'll compete with Scott Podsednik for a backup job.

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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:

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

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.