Wuz good world & welcome to a farewell edition of White Sox Real Talk..Today I will pay tribute to two of the most classiest players to ever put on a White Sox uniform, Jim Thome & Jose Contreras. When I heard dis news last night I can’t really say I was shocked or upset. I was partial about it cuz I know it was time for them to go but at the same time these are guys who will definitively be missed. Now drumroll please for the tribute……………….JIM THOME:
Now when we first got this guy I can’t lie that I wasn’t too happy because I was a huge Aaron Rowand fan but I knew he could help us, and boy did he. He always had a clutch homer, I remember his 500th home run against the Angels back in 2007. It was memorable because it was also a walk-off & it was one of the few highlights in a very bad season. But who can forget this……………………..
His VERY clutch home run against the Twins in the memorable Blackout game. I remember watching that game at home super nervous & when he hit that homer, I jumped up in pure joy. He was a very classy guy & fun to watch while he was here, I wish him the best & hope he gets his ring in Mannywood.
Man who can forget Jose Contreras’s performance in the 2nd half of the 2005 season…LIGHTS OUT. He was simply phenomenal in the postseason going undefeated in all his starts. What was so so weird about Jose’s time here was he could be sooooo lights out one start & soooo horrible the next. Despite his horrible year with us this year you gotta respect how he came back from that injury last year.
Gotta respect him for that, cuz he didn’t have to come back. He could’ve just retired but he didnt. All in all these were guys who made great contributions to this organization but it was necessary to get rid of these guys. Wish em well tho
Wuz good world dis ya boi White Sox Real Talk checkin in with the first blog of the second half of the season. The Sox began their 7 game homestand against the Baltimore Orioles and started it off in a very positive way in the 1st inning as Paulie Konerko hit his 17th HR of the season to give the Sox an early 1-0 lead. The Orioles then struck back when their All-Star Center Fielder Adam Jones hit a 2 run bomb off Johnny Danks to give them a 2-1 lead.
John Danks looked a lil shaky in his first outing of the 2nd half giving up 8 hits and 3 runs in only 5 IP but it was enough to get him his 8th win of the season. So goin to the 6th inning the game was tied at 3 until Jim Thome struck for the first time with a 3 run shot to right field to give the Sox a 6-3 lead. The Orioles would not die tho as they put up 2 more runs the next inning to cut it down back to only a 1 run lead at 6-5. That’s when Thome struck AGAIN when he hit his 2nd homer of the night which just happened to be a Grand Slam that gave the team a 10-5 lead & Thome a career high 7 RBI’s.
Even though Matt Thornton & Scott Linebrink gave up 3 more runs in the 8th, Tony Pena came in the 9th to close the door on the O’s to get a 12-8 win. Other great news that happened yesterday was that Detroit lost in the Bronx to the Yankees to shrink their AL Central lead to just 2.5 game lead. I was personally shocked to find out that this was the first time Big Jim had 7 RBI’s in one game. He joins Alber t Pujols, Derek Lee, Choo from the Indians & also Paulie as the only players with 2 HR’s & 7 RBI’s in one game this season.
-Scotty Pods got on base 5 TIMES yesterday night
-Paulie hit his 17th Homer early which is good because he particulary doesn’t always put together 2 half together but is looking good early.
-Carlos Quentin should be 6-7 days away from returning to lineup.
Today The Sox will have our All-Star Mark Buerhle on the mound looking to have a outing similar to his All-Star appearance & not like the outing he had on Sunday against the Twins. Until next time yall PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!