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Today in White Sox History: April 11

The White Sox put a big chill on the Yankees in 1982, sweeping a delayed-Opening-Day doubleheader.

A blizzard, a Pilot, and two unexpected home runs!

1917

The world championship season began in St. Louis, where the White Sox battered the Browns, 7-2. Claude ‘‘Lefty’’ Williams picked up the win. Just slightly more than six months later, the Sox would win the World Series in six games over John McGraw and the New York Giants.

1969

The White Sox helped initiate Major League Baseball in...

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Hannah LaMotta

What to Expect When Returning to Guaranteed Rate Field

The Chicago White Sox hosted their home opener on Thursday, with fans in the stands for the first time since the 2019 season. | Ron Vesely/Getty Images

Being back on Opening Day felt as good as ever, but things were definitely different this time around

When it came to the action on the field during the home opener for the Chicago White Sox, things went just how we planned it: Fans saw a shutout from Lance Lynn, Yoán Moncada’s second straight home opener home run, and Yermín Mercedes...

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Ashley Sanders

Royals at White Sox: Postponed, Rain

Rain, Rain: Go away; come back some other day. | Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The White Sox and Royals will play in a split doubleheader on May 14

We were all looking forward to the first Saturday home game for the Chicago White Sox and riding the momentum from a complete game shutout against the Kansas City Royals, but today’s 1:10 p.m. CT game has been postponed to May 14.

The rescheduled game will be the first of a split doubleheader, with the opener at 1:00 p.m. and nightcap at 7:10...

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Nello Rubio

The Yerminator Rises

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Yermín Mercedes has become baseball’s latest feel-good, underdog story

A monster shot, Yerminated, to the concourse in left field at Sox Park, with a most unlikely hitter standing in the box, watching the ball enter orbit.

Yermín Mercedes has had quite the journey to the bigs: minors, winter leagues, and even independent ball. His Hollywood story of going through several organizations for nearly a decade before reaching the majors is playing out right in front of...

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Today in White Sox History: April 10

Carlton Fisk returned to Boston in 1981 and delivered for his new (White) Sox.

More openers, punctuated by Carlton Fisk heroics in Beantown

1959

The season opener to a memorable, pennant-winning year started in Detroit where Billy Pierce faced Jim Bunning. The Sox blew a 7-4 lead when the Tigers got three runs in the eighth inning, and matters weren’t decided until the 14th. That’s when Nellie Fox, who hit home runs as often as he struck out, blasted a two-run shot to give the Sox the 9-7...

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South Side Sox Reacts: Yermín Shocks the Baseball World

The biggest surprise in baseball? It’s none other than our own Yerminator, according to SB Nation readers. | Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Almost half of all respondents point to the Yerminator as the biggest surprise of the early season

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in Chicago White Sox fans, and fans across the country.

Sign up here to join Reacts.

According to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, 94% of White...

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Brett Ballantini

I’ve Got Home Opener Shutout Fever, and the Only Prescription Is More Lynnsanity

Hey, our Lance Lynn-Breaking T collaboration is back, baby

After a heroic South Side debut — complete game, shutout, 11 Ks, five hits, no walks, 95 game score, no biggie — we’re bringing back our Breaking T Lynnsanity wear!

Sure to please the bearded fan on your gift list, or any White Sox fan who likes pitching performances befitting a Tonka Truck.

The big man is in town and ready to push the rotation toward a World Series!

Peruse all the White Sox offerings at Breaking T, or use...

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Today in White Sox History: April 9

Bo Jackson watches the product of his first at-bat after an arduous hip surgery rehab. | Getty Images

Some big Opening Day wins and crowds — and the triumph of the human spirit

1963

The start of the season found the White Sox in Detroit and it was a highlight game for third baseman Pete Ward. Ward smacked a seventh-inning, three-run home run off of Jim Bunning to push the Sox into the lead, and he also made a barehanded pick up-and-throw out of a slow roller hit by Al Kaline. The Sox would...

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The Season Is 5% Over. Let’s overreact!

Sox fandom reacts to another bad defensive play.

Which of our early takes will hold up?

It’s a fan’s nature to overreact to small sample sizes. What else do we have to do, really? It’s not like we can turn in a lineup card or make a call to the bullpen.

Here’s a few takes that White Sox fans may have early in the 2021 season. Are they overreactions, or will they hold true when 90% of the season is gone?

The team defense is terrible.

Overreaction? Not at all. The defense has been...

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South Side Sox Podcast 38 (Post-Home Opener Edition) — Lynnsanity!

Brett Ballantini talks over the stirring and decisive home opener win with Chrystal O’Keefe and Joe Resis

Well, this was a much more fun postgame podcast than a week ago, on the heels of a dominating Lance Lynn performance and more Yerminating. The Indianapolis branch office, staffed by Joe Resis and Chrystal O’Keefe, again joined me for the discussion:

Did anyone adhere to Opening Day traditions, and do any involve watching Parks and Recreation” episodes? Learn how Chrystal juggled...

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Brett Ballantini

White Sox, Lynn, Yerminate Royals, 6-0

Well, Yermín Mercedes knows how to play to a crowd. Four pitches into his first career at-bat at Sox Park, he nearly hit the concourse with a 485-foot blast. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Tonka Truck backs up and chucks a shutout, while the Mercedes Truck goes DEEP

After more than a two-hour delay to today’s home opener, the White Sox and Royals took to the field in a driving rainstorm and 58 degrees.

Lance Lynn, Yoán Moncada and Yermín Mercedes proceeded to warm everyone up right...

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Ashley Sanders

Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 6, Royals 0

Home Opener Success: With brilliant pitching, timely hitting, and solid defense, the White Sox captured their home debut win. | FanGraphs

Complete game shutout and a longball that has yet to land create a successful home opener for the South Siders

Who doesn’t love a good White Sox home opener blowout? The Chicago White Sox did just that against the Kansas City Royals. And who doesn’t love a complete-game shutout because Lance Lynn did just that for the South Siders! AND who doesn’t...

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Colleen Sullivan

Know Your Enemy: Kansas City Royals

My most hated of all enemies

If you were to ask anyone in the halls of SSS (or my husband) they would tell you that there is no team in the known universe that I hate more than the Royals. Not even the Cubs, which is surprising but a very close second.

Happy Home Opener, y’all, let’s trash the Royals!

2020 Record: 26-34 (4th in AL Central)

File the 2020 Royals under “Couldn’t Accident Into the Wild Card.” They reaped zero benefit from the expanded playoffs and looked exactly the...

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Brett Ballantini

Gamethread: Royals at White Sox

See those cardboard cutouts in the seats? In 2021, those cutouts will be replaced by things we call “fans,” and they are made of human flesh. | Ron Vesely/Getty Images

Righting the ship, sidestepping the rain, and seeing a starter get to the sixth are all on today’s Opening Day agenda

Hey there, everybody! It’s the home opener!

As the final task in the descent into madness that has been covering the first eight days of the 2021 season — 59 stories and counting since Opening Day in...

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Year of the Hamster

Pregamethread: Favorite Opening Day Memories

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This is not the gamethread

Hey, we’d like to get Opening Day off to a slightly early start without weighing down the gamethread.

So here’s a spot for pregame talk, and also to reminisce.

What’s your favorite Opening Day tradition? Or just ballgame tradition?

How about a favorite Opening Day? I actually don’t remember if I’ve been to a GREAT Opening Day. Definitely seems like I’ve seen more losses than wins. For all the fantastic wins I’ve...

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White Sox place Billy Hamilton on IL, call up Nick Williams

Williams will get right into the action today. He is starting in left and batting seventh against the Royals.

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Tony La Russa takes blame for loss to Mariners: ‘Lousy job managing’

La Russa obviously deserves far more time than one week to prove he still has what it takes to run an MLB ball club, and taking the fall for Wednesday’s loss will likely only further ingratiate himself to his players.

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Today in White Sox History: April 8

Sammy was Sosa-wonderful on Opening Day in Baltimore in 1991.

The tale of two who got away

1963

On this date, one of the biggest “what if’s” in franchise history took place.

As per the rules at the time, the White Sox had to choose between two pitchers signed to “bonus baby” contracts, as only one player signed to a deal for over a certain amount of money could remain in the organization; the other would have to be waived.

With that in mind, rookies Bruce Howard and Denny McLain...

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South Side Sox Podcast 37 — Happy Opening Day Pregame Show!

Brett Ballantini talks the home opener with a delightful mix: Tommy Barbee, Trevor Lines, Colleen Sullivan, Chrystal O’Keefe and Joe Resis

On the heels of a rough, 3-4 trip for the White Sox, South Side Sox girded its collective loins and brightened its collective spirit to band together for a DELIGHTFUL pregame podcast in anticipation of Thursday’s home opener.

So much covered, in so little time:

Tommy Barbee manages to crash the podcast early enough for a spectacularly profane rant...

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Bill Meincke

Mariners 8, White Sox 4: A Tale of Two Teams

There was a murder committed on Wednesday, and it was Matt Foster, by manager Tony La Russa. | Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully the White Sox will not return home to a bleak house in Thursday’s opener

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Charles Dickens probably wasn’t a huge baseball fan, considering he died just a year after the sport was “created” in 1869, but his words still ring true, especially about Wednesday afternoon’s White Sox game against...

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