@SoxNerd Blog for June 20 …

*NOT BAD: If I had told you the White Sox would be just six games under .500 on June 20 and …

–key relievers Nate Jones and Zach Putnam were on the disabled list and Jake Petricka spent time there 

–No. 2 starter Carlos Rodon would not have pitched an inning and fellow rotation members James Shields, Miguel Gonzalez and Dylan Covey spent time on or are on the disabled list

–journeyman David Holmberg has emerged as an important part of the starting rotation 

–Opening Day starting second baseman Tyler Saladino and Opening Day roster members Leury Garcia and Geovany Soto and projected Opening Day starting center fielder Charlie Tilson would be on or spend time on the DL

–the team had taken four road trips of at least nine games already

–Todd Frazier was hitting .205

–the current primary catchers entered 2017 with a COMBINED 41 games of Major League experience

–Jose Quintana was not pitching like Jose Quintana 

–the Opening Day center fielder Jacob May and DH Cody Asche were busts and are in Triple-A Charlotte

–Jose Abreu had no home runs at Guaranteed Rate Field

–all this during a rebuilding process, which is seemingly moving along well 

THEN, and don’t lie, you would be pleased with the way things are progressing.

I know I am.

*SOX STUPMER: Here is the trivia question flashed on the Sox scoreboard on this date in 2012: Who led the Cubs with a .323 average in the 2003 NLCS a year after leading the Sox with 22 steals (answer below)?

*UP ON THE ROOF: After I posted a link to my blog on Comiskey Park roof shot home runs, follower @LarryCarta asked me to look into a Jim Hickman roundtripper at the old park.

Larry recalled Hickman landing a dinger on the Comiskey Park roof for the Cubs during an exhibition game.

He asked for research and the Nerd loves research so off I went.

I found that on May 21, 1970 Hickman launched a massive four-bagger to left field in the Cubs’ 7-6 win before 28,863 in the 21st annual Boys Benefit Game at 35th and Shields.

“The Hammer from Henning, Tenneseee” came close to hitting a “roofer,” according to the next day’s Tribune.

“Hickman’s (home run) would have been a tape measure job if it hadn’t struck something on top of the left field rafters and bounced back,” wrote Richard Dozer.

It sounds like Hickman came close but just missed a roofer.



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