The Return of John Danks and a Fitting Tribute to the Chairman

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Today’s News
Danks: “It’s Like Christmas Day”
After last night’s game Robin announced that John Danks, who is coming off four minor-league rehab outings, has been reinstated from the disabled list and will make his first start of 2013 against Miami Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. 
Danks, who made nine starts in 2012 before having shoulder surgery last August, said he was excited and might have some butterflies because it’s been so long since he last appeared in the major leagues. He said his return is so special that it feels like Christmas Day.
To make room on the 25-man roster, the Sox optioned LHP Donnie Veal to Class AAA Charlotte.
A Special Time
It was an honor to be in New York last night to see Jerry Reinsdorf receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Sports Business Awards and to see the Sox and Bulls Chairman looking so proud with his son Michael, daughter-in-law Nancy and his grandchildren right beside him. 
Here are a few of the evening’s highlights and a link to a story by Richard Justice of
–Jerry joked during his speech that he thought so much of his daughter-in-law that if she ever decided to leave Michael, he was going with Nancy. The line, like many, drew laughs from the audience.
–It seemed strange to sit at a table with Sox GM Rick Hahn watching our game with the Red Sox on the MLB At-Bat app as the awards program was going on.
–Bulls GM Gar Forman asked jokingly if anyone had taken away Jerry’s phone for the night so that he wouldn’t be on it.
–The high point might have been a five-minute and 30-second video tribute done by MLB Productions’ Gary Waksman that featured interviews with Tony LaRussa, David Stern, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Paul Konerko and Bud Selig. It was narrated by Kenny Williams (if the day job doesn’t work out, Williams might have a future in voiceovers.).
–After the ceremony, several White Sox staffers headed to a nearby sports bar where the establishment was kind enough to throw the last two innings of our game onto one of the televisions. Alas, a great night couldn’t quite deliver a perfect ending.
Quote of the Day
Robin, having some fun with reporters when asked what he expects from John Danks’ start on Friday:
“A perfect game…27 strikeouts and a perfect game. (A no-hitter) would be acceptable.”
Play of the Day
Hector Santiago’s solid six-inning performance against the Red Sox last night after only three days of rest and a bullpen session the day before. He gave up just two runs and three hits while striking out nine and walking four.
Tomorrow’s Schedule
White Sox vs. Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: John Danks (0-0) for the Sox, Tom Koehler (0-2) for Miami.
Did You Know…
…that Alex Rios’s sixth-inning single last night extended his hitting streak to 17 games, the longest in the major leagues this season? During the streak, Rios is batting .388 with seven doubles, a triple, four home runs, 13 RBI and 13 runs scored, including seven multi-hit games. The last Sox player to hit safely in as many games was Carlos Lee (28 games) in 2004.
Photo of the Day
Here’s Jerry pictured with his family at last night’s event.

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