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Before this crazy train storms outta the station Juan Marichal Jersey , let’s all get acquainted (or re-acquainted)"AnalysisGame RecapsGamethreadsMinorsOffbeatFull ArchiveExclusives South Side Sox Hall of FameCard of the MonthDeep DiveDigitsFlashbackFranchise FactsKnow Your EnemyMost Essential White SoxRace to the BottomSix Pack of StatsSouth Side SnapSouth Side StumperSSS Literary SupplementSuper Stats PackThe Game I’ll Never ForgetTwitterpatingUnder the RadarView From the Other SideWhite Sox on SB Nation HomeStoriesScheduleRosterStatsWhite Sox on Yahoo! HomeDepth ChartTransactionsMasthead MastheadMeet the Players!Links White Sox Web LinksSouth Side Sox standardsCommunity GuidelinesOdds Shop StubHub 鉁昅eet the PlayersIntroduce yourself to the South Side Sox community!New,115commentsBefore this crazy train storms outta the station, let’s all get acquainted (or re-acquainted)CDTShareTweetShareShareIntroduce yourself to the South Side Sox community!Oh, my goodness: Look at the mega-chill dude in the lower right.Jim Young-USA TODAY SportsHey![tap-tap-tap]I said, HEY![glasses clinking]Is this thing on?[catcall]Hello, Chicago! HELLO CHICAGO![golf clap]Man o nam, this friggin’ offseason.OK, well, howdy all, I’m your friendly neighborhood Year of the Hamster, former holder of the now-vacated Deputy Editor position here at South Side Sox, right-hand gal to B-Ball, sometime recap-writer and permanent SSS pollster.Now, before I bring out Lurker Laura, who’s got a doozy of a welcome to the season for you, I thought we’d take some time to do the thing we didn’t do a year ago, mostly because we all (sorry, BB) were still assembling staff, a style guide, a season schedule, and a semblance of hope for 2018.We are on the cusp of the greatest day of the year, our national holiday, Opening Day. But before we find out which Chicago White Sox slugger is going to torment Kansas City this season, it’s the perfect time to introduce ourselves. There are new people reading South Side Sox, and even finding the courage to jump below the fold and into the comments section. (C’mon in, the water’s fine.) So, even if you’re a veteran hand at SSS http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , it might benefit all to tell us just a little bit about yourselves.Brett’s usually the one doing all the assessing and updating and thanking, but I’ll hop in to put my spin on it.Obviously, we’ve recently encountered a bit of a speed bump on our way to the 2020 World Series title, and I don’t mean just in the sense of the complete and total bust that Offseason 2018 turned out to be. You can do something about that, if you’re able.But it has been an extraordinary year at South Side Sox. Our numbers so far this year are way up, be it total posts, comments, views, uniq—skxzskzskxsxz ... oops, sorry, put myself to sleep with “website talk.”And the backbone of our success is everyone reading us here, the community that engages each and every day together, even if we’re on a death march to 100 losses or trying to celebrate the Christmas that never came that was this offseason. We find ways to celebrate even the little things. We’re smart fans. We police, and encourage, one another. As one of the folks here charged with moderating our site, I’m proud to share that we’ve banned no one from this site since I’ve been here. There are very few flags thrown on comments — one a month, maybe? Probably not even. We may be a smaller community than some other sites, but we keep the communication level high, in both quantity and quality. That’s on all of you, so pat yourselves on the hiney, all.Thanks to Michael Kenny for keeping SSS going on all things above the fold after the old guy up and took his ball back home, bringing essentially the entire SSS staff with him. Danks for Nothin spent just one short summer with us, but provided a lot of editorial backup and last-minute gamer assignments. Darren Jackson, his partner-in-crime, has done enormously good work both on the minor league updates and player analysis; it is not speaking out of turn to say that SSS is stronger than ever in both areas due to him (oh, and holy crap, his one-man wrecking crew performance in updating our draft coverage with near real-time updates far surpassed anything SSS — and perhaps any other site — has ever done). whisoxman20051917 came on around draft time a year ago and was this winter’s MVP http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , setting all records for words and articles written by profiling an extraordinary 200-plus players in his offseason Deep Dive series (and he’s banked like 30 Draft Prospects You Should Know pieces running up to the draft, we can’t even keep up with him). Lurker Laura may well be the true voice of our site, debuting early last year on game coverage and delighting us all with every effort, as well as memeing the hell outta the site with CRAZY BREAD! and crabbiness factors. katiesphil finally took the writing plunge, and has been a huge plus for us, with humor and thoughtfulness; if there’s a “host” on this site, a voice, a conscience, it’s him. Leigh Allan has come on this offseason to bring additional humor and insight to the site, a pro’s pro bringing more good energy to us all. TiffW96 and KimCinAZ have provided terrific photography, and have given us glimpses of players who even a year ago we’d be wondering young or old, skinny or robust, facially haired or bared. AJ Hellraiser was crucial to getting our Minor League Updates off the ground, with very seasoned writing that actually outdid the indefatigable DJ in overall games logged. #SoxMath champ jresis is a great new voice covering the big club, and scout’s-eye Daniel Victor the same working the prospects. larry continued to bring the bite when someone needed to get bit, and we’re looking at you, Chisox suite class. mechanical turk wowed us all with otherworldly prose, including an all-time classic ode to James Shields that might well be the funniest thing ever run at SSS. e-gus and homesickalien helped to bridge the site from old to new, with HSA earning an extra kudo for, again, organizing the methup. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.S, AliWhiteSox, Matthew_Smith and realrob2005 all played somewhat minor roles over the past year, but hopefully will be back for more fun one day. KenWo4LiFe up and vanished, but before then launched our exhaustive White Sox Hall of Fame with an 8,000-word opus bringing White Sox history to the forefront. ESim3400 gave us minor league insights, Micah Johnson a glimpse of same.And then Dave Dravecky Jersey , there’s Brett Ballantini. I’ll let him say his piece himself, otherwise I’ll turn this gig into a goddam Irish wake.Anyway, as we head into the first games of the regular season, it’s a great time to introduce ourselves to each other. Below the fold in the comments, tell us a little bit about who you are and why you love the White Sox. Some of you have been here for years, while others have just signed up here this week. Old or new, we’re White Sox fans connecting in the SSS community, and good or bad, we’re all in this 2019 season together.We hope to have a bevy of big developments on SSS this year, from merch to features to new voices — no matter how we’re regarded outside of these walls. There is no doubt that South Side Sox is the strongest, deepest and tightest White Sox community out there. Let’s reaffirm that with a little meet-and-greet as the season gets underway. There’s coffee and doughnuts in the back; drop a dollar in the cup so we don’t have to scavenge for day-old bagels set out for trash collection this time next year. CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians are in that rarest of positions: it’s early September, but they are already preparing for October. Such is the luxury enjoyed by a team leading its division by 14 games.The American League Central-leading Indians are 14 games ahead of the second-place Minnesota Twins. So the Indians, who host Kansas City on Monday afternoon at Progressive Field, will use most of this month to prepare for postseason baseball.The Indians added Josh Donaldson to their active roster. However, Donaldson, acquired from Toronto in a trade on Aug. 31, won’t see any action against the Royals, who have won five in a row.Article continues below ...Donaldson is still rehabbing a calf strain. That means Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who will become the odd man out in the infield once Donaldson starts playing, remains at second base.It’s a challenging situation for Kipnis, who made a statement of sorts Saturday, when in his first at-bat after learning he was going to eventually lose his job to Donaldson, belted a pinch-home run.The 31-year-old Kipnis, a career .268 hitter at the start of this season, has hit in the .220s for most of this year, with career lows in most offensive categories. He’s a two-time All-Star who has spent eight years in Cleveland. But the plan, once Donaldson starts playing http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , is he takes over at third base, moving Jose Ramirez to second, and Kipnis will compete for playing time in center field with Greg Allen.“He’ll start taking balls in center field (during batting practice) and at some point we’ll put him out there and see how it looks,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Kipnis. “He’s a pretty good competitor.”Indians president Chris Antonetti applauded Ramirez’s unselfishness.“It’s not often that you see an MVP candidate being asked to change positions during the season, but Jose has been great about it,” Antonetti said.With Donaldson not yet ready to play, the Indians’ lineup on Monday against the Royals will be the one they’ve used most of the season — with Kipnis at second and Ramirez at third.On the mound for Cleveland will be right-hander Adam Plutko (4-4, 4.94 ERA), who will make his first career appearance against Kansas City. In Plutko’s last start, he received a no-decision in the Indians’ 4-3 loss to the Twins on Aug. 29.In that game, Plutko pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs and five hits with five strikeouts and two walks.Plutko hasn’t won a game since June 24. In six appearances (four starts) since then, he is 0-3 with a 5.27 ERA.Kansas City’s starter will be right-hander Jakob Junis (7-12, 4.53), who is coming off the first complete game of his career in his last start on Aug. 28. In a 6-2 win over Detroit, Junis pitched nine innings while throwing 104 pitches, allowing two runs and six hits, with seven strikeouts and no walks.Junis’ last start against Cleveland was a 9-3 loss on July 2. He pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing nine runs (eight earned) with eight hits, two strikeouts and one walk.In two starts against the Indians this year, Junis is 0-2 with a 9.82 ERA. In four career appearances (three starts) vs. Cleveland, he is 0-2 with an 8.05 ERA.Before Sunday’s game, the Indians activated right-hander Neil Ramirez off the disabled list.
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