Friday Sept. 23, 2011
Posted: 11:40 a.m.
WHITE SOXCharlotte AAA
Outfielder Jordan Danks and infielder Andrew Garcia were named to the Team USA roster for the 2011 IBAF World Cup and Pan American Games. The White Sox led all major league clubs with three players from its farm system making the team. Pitcher Justin Cassel will also participate.
The roster features 24 players not currently on Major League Baseball's 40-man rosters. This fall, Team USA will compete in both the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Cup in Panama City, Panama, October 2-15, and the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, October 20-25. Players will join with the team September 27-29 in Cary, N.C. for training at the U.S.A. Baseball National Training Complex.
Team USA will be looking to win its third straight IBAF World Cup title. USA has defeated Cuba in the gold medal game in each of the last two World Cup finals.
Danks helped a Team USA squad featuring college players secure a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as a third-place finish at the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2007. He hit .257 this season with 14 home runs, 65 RBI and 18 stolen bases at Charlotte.
Garcia played in 104 games with the Charlotte Knights in 2011 playing second base and shortstop. He finished the season hitting 24 doubles and batting in 43 runs. ... Cubs prospects outfielder Brett Jackson and lefty Jeff Beliveau were also named to the squad.
Great Falls Rookie
Lefty Scott Snodgress and catcher Kevan Smith were named by Baseball America as two of the top 20 prospects in the Pioneer League. Snodgress, who was tabbed at No. 14, was 3-3 in 16 games 12 starts with a 3.34 ERA while Smith, No. 17, hit a combined .355 between Bristol and Great Falls. He was also ranked as the 20th-best prospect in the Appalachian League by the publication.
It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.
Sosa is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.
Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th.
Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.
The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.
Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.
Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.
Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.
"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"
Paxson famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch the series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.
"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"
Watch the video above to see the interaction.
Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.