@SoxNerd Blog for July 11 …
Some @WhiteSox related All-Star notes (@SoxNerd style):
*Garcia is the first Sox position player to be an All-Star since 2014 (first baseman Jose Abreu and shortstop Alexei Ramirez) … This was also the last time Sox players batted in the game (Abreu 0-for-1, Ramirez 1-for-2)
*Ramirez, who replaced Derek Jeter in that 2014 game, is the last Sox player to hit safely (single) and steal a base in the All-Star Game
*Garcia is the first outfielder to represent the Sox at an All-Star Game since Carlos Quentin in 2011
*Frank Thomas (1995) and Magglio Ordonez (2001) are the only White Sox players to homer in an All-Star Game. … TODAY IS THE 22ND ANNIVERSARY OF FRANK’S HOMER!
*The last Sox double, multi-hit game and RBI in All-Star Game was by Paul Konerko in the ill-fated tie in 2002 in Milwaukee. PK would have been the MVP that year if the A.L. had one, IMHO
*The only Sox All-Star triple belongs to Luis Aparicio. “Little Looie” led off the third with a three-bagger off Don Drysdale in 1962’s first All-Star Game in Washington DC
*The Sox are 3-for-3 in steals in All-Star Games (Ramirez, Ray Durham 1998, Aparicio 1958)
*Chris Sale started last year’s All-Star Game as the White Soz rep. The last position player to start an All-Star Game was Thomas at first base in 1995
*Right field is the only position, including DH (Harold Baines 1989) where the Sox have NOT had an All-Star starter
*The Sox are 1-for-13 in the All-Star Game since 2008.
*Between Carlton Fisk in 1991 and Konerko in 2002, Sox hitters were 14-for-20 (.700) with four doubles, two homers and seven RBI
*The game is in Miami, a National League park tonight. The Sox haven’t gotten an All-Star on NL grounds since Konerko went 2-for-2 in Pittsbugh in on this date in 2006
*Garcia is the sixth Venezuelan to represent the Sox at the All-Star Game. The others: Ordonez, Wilson Alvarez, Ozzie Guillen, Aparicio and Chico Carrasquel. A shortstop, Carrasquel was the first Latin All-Star as a Sox rep in 1954