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Third Base Coach

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With my son now in College and working a part-time job , I was glad we were able to get together for a Sox game last Saturday (9/13) . We've hit a lot of ballparks together but the Sox and the Cell are our "home" .

With Paul Konerko retiring , the Sox are holding a month of give away's and special days in his honor . They had a game used jersey baseball card for the first 20,000 for our game . We had joked earlier in the week about how great it would be if Friday's game was rained out and we got to see a double-header and sure enough it came true . A traditional DH , 3:05 with a 30 minute break before game 2 .

A beautiful day , 62 degrees and sunny awaited us in Chicago . On the way up (100 mile car ride) I was telling him about the last double-header I was at back in 1991 --also against the Twins . It was the inaugural year of New Comiskey and the last home games of the year . The Sox won both games in extra innings on walkoff's , the night cap was ended by a Carlton Fisk HR .

We sat in section 159 , just to the left(from our seats) of the Sox bullpen in LF . It's famous for the "blue" seat that designates where Konerko's grand slam landed in the World Series against Houston in 2005 . We were the row just in front of the blue seat , it's amazing how many people still come down to get their picture sitting in it 9 years later .

 The park was pretty empty for the first game and the fans missed a good pitchers duel , with Jose Quintana beating Phil Hughes 5-1. Hughes pitched well , striking out 11 Sox but wore down later in the game . Quintana was great , striking out 13 in 7 innings --allowing just 1 run on 3 hits . An Alexei Ramirez HR put the Sox up early .

Game 2 started out terrible , with the Twins scoring 4 times in the 1st off on the strength of an Arcia 3-run HR of Matt Carroll . The Sox answered back in the bottom of the inning though and had a 3-run shot of their own off the bat of Avi Garcia . Both pitchers settled down until the 5th when the Sox got a solo homer from Jose Abreu  to tie it at 4-4 .

Like the Sox did in the 1st , the Twins answered right back in the 6th to retake the lead on a Trevor Plouffe solo shot . Connor Gillaspie would retie the game in the bottom of the 7th making it 5-5 with a pinch-hit single .

My son called the Kurt Suzuki pinch hit double in the 9th that gave the Twins a 6-5 lead . The bottom of the 9th saw a great AB from Abreu to get on base with a walk . Glen Perkins then got Avi Garcia for the 1st out bringing up Dayan Viciedo . The Tank battled for a couple pitches before crushing the offering from Perkins 10 rows or so over our heads for a walkoff homer ! The place went crazy .

A post-game fireworks show was next , they really put on a good show . Days like this make you wish the season would never end .

 

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Quintana warming up in bullpen , with bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen looking on

 

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Our view from LF

 

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Twins LF Chris Parmalee

 

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Post-game fireworks



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Very cool!  Way to luck into a twinbill.

I visited old Comiskey back in '75, for what was supposed to be a DH against the Tigers.  Instead, we got rained out in the seventh inning of the first game.

You got a couple of great games, plus fireworks.

Take me with you next time. wink



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seajaw wrote:

Very cool!  Way to luck into a twinbill.

I visited old Comiskey back in '75, for what was supposed to be a DH against the Tigers.  Instead, we got rained out in the seventh inning of the first game.

You got a couple of great games, plus fireworks.

Take me with you next time. wink


 Nothing like a day at the park! Glad you guys had a good time. I know you're a Bucs fan, so if you can ever get back this way, let's make plans for a game at PNC.



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Looks like you had a great day at the park with your son.    Like the pics.



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chip71bucs wrote:
seajaw wrote:

Very cool!  Way to luck into a twinbill.

I visited old Comiskey back in '75, for what was supposed to be a DH against the Tigers.  Instead, we got rained out in the seventh inning of the first game.

You got a couple of great games, plus fireworks.

Take me with you next time. wink


 Nothing like a day at the park! Glad you guys had a good time. I know you're a Bucs fan, so if you can ever get back this way, let's make plans for a game at PNC.


 Will do .

I'd expect to be that way in the next couple years , as our baseball net over ball parks expands . Probably Cincinnati and Cleveland next year , Detroit and PNC soon after .



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seajaw wrote:

Very cool!  Way to luck into a twinbill.

I visited old Comiskey back in '75, for what was supposed to be a DH against the Tigers.  Instead, we got rained out in the seventh inning of the first game.

You got a couple of great games, plus fireworks.

Take me with you next time. wink


 I miss Old Comiskey but it was time . Hard to believe it's been 23 years since it closed .

New Comiskey , The Cell or whatever you want to call it ( I still call it Comiskey Park out of habit ) , has held up well . That was the first time we had sat in the OF , really good seats , much lower to the field than I suspected .

Excellent food , no obstructed views , easy to get to and a fan friendly team . Only 2 drawbacks that I can think of and 1 of them they can't control .  That upper-deck is way too steep , I could never sit up there . And if you have a weekday , day game --you'll have big time traffic trying to get home . Like literally 1 mile per hour



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stratfan70 wrote:

Looks like you had a great day at the park with your son.    Like the pics.


 thanks strat fan . I'm not much of a camera man , in fact first time I used the camera on the my new phone . I couldn't even figure out the zoom no



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Great story. My experience there was a good one as well. The White Sox gave me a free ticket for being active duty. It was a pretty good seat.

I like the Aparicio to Fox statues set up to turn the play.



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Nitrous Oxide wrote:

Great story. My experience there was a good one as well. The White Sox gave me a free ticket for being active duty. It was a pretty good seat.

I like the Aparicio to Fox statues set up to turn the play.


 Yes , they have a nice collection of statues out there .

They treat the servicemen well , as they should .  They must have brought out 4 or 5 guys between innings for recognition , standing ovations for all of them .  They often get to throw out the 1st pitch but it was Bulls day , so Tony Snell threw it out . I think Joakim Noah threw out the 1st pitch the night before



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Perfect games - Jamie Moyer , J. R. Richard , Sandy Koufax



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Always fun to get out to the ballpark.

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For those that have not been there these are the statues that Stargell and I were referring to. They are right next to each other.

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Thanks for posting N/O .

The latest statue to be added was Frank Thomas , we went up there on the day it was dedicated . Lots of Sox legends on hand for that , we got probably 50 feet from where Big Frank was giving his speech .

Other statues out there are of Minnie Minoso , Charlie Comiskey , Carlton Fisk , Harold Baines and Billy Pierce

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No-hitters- Ray Culp , Freddy Garcia , Phil Ortega , Scott Kazmir , Needle Nose Wright , A.J. Griffin , Carlos Torres , Stan Bahnsen , Mario Soto

Perfect games - Jamie Moyer , J. R. Richard , Sandy Koufax



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No bronze love for Sunday Teddy or Ol' Aches and Pains yet? wink



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seajaw wrote:

No bronze love for Sunday Teddy or Ol' Aches and Pains yet? wink


 Lyons does have his number retired , I saw it among the numbers painted under the press boxes . I know Walsh didn't have a number back when he played but there is no mention of him anywhere in the park that I saw .



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Go Bucs !!!

No-hitters- Ray Culp , Freddy Garcia , Phil Ortega , Scott Kazmir , Needle Nose Wright , A.J. Griffin , Carlos Torres , Stan Bahnsen , Mario Soto

Perfect games - Jamie Moyer , J. R. Richard , Sandy Koufax

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