We’ve heard it a bunch on the Southside, the emphatic shout-out to his Mother back in his native Dominican Republic, “Hi Mom!!!”.
Much like Eloy Jimenez, the rest of the White Sox apparently really love their Mom’s, because the club hasn’t lost a Mother’s Day contest in five years! The last loss on the annual day of appreciation for the special women in our lives was a 5-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondback on May 11, 2014.
Today, as we all celebrate the special women in our lives, let’s take a look back at this current five-year Mother’s Day winning streak.
May 12, 2019 – Tim Anderson Goes Deep in Sox Win at Toronto
In the bottom of the fourth inning at the Rogers Centre, Sox shortstop Tim Anderson took Blue Jays’ starter Aaron Sanchez deep for his eighth home run of the season at that point, and would finish the day 3-4 with a home run and three RBI as the White Sox cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Blue Jays.
You’ll probably remember that after the Anderson bat flip game the month prior, Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk had some choice words for Anderson on Twitter about “professionalism”, so that made this moment that much sweeter for Anderson and Sox fans, I’m sure.
Lucas Giolito had a strong outing in the winning effort, throwing seven innings of one-run baseball, allowing just four hits and notching eight strikeouts.
May 13, 2018 – Sox top Cubs in Mother’s Day Crosstown Showdown
Just like in 2019, Lucas Giolito’s turn in the rotation fell on Mother’s Day in 2018 as well, this time against the Cubs in an early-May edition to the annual Crosstown Showdown.
Giolito wasn’t as good as he was in 2019, but he was good enough to get the win, tossing 5.2 innings while allowing three runs on two hits, and an ugly seven walks. Yes, SEVEN walks. An RBI-triple by Nicky Delmonico in the top of the sixth, a sacrifice-fly by Matt Davidson, and an RBI single by Leury Garcia in the seventh was enough to pick up their starter in the latter innings as the White Sox went on to win, 5-3.
The win over their crosstown rivals was the fourth consecutive Mother’s Day victory for the White Sox.
May 14, 2017 – The Eight-run 8th
Mother’s Day has always had this pesky tendency to fall on my birthday every few years, and this was one of those years. I remember getting up ridiculously early — and ridiculously hung over — for the annual Susan G. Komen breast cancer walk by the lakefront with my wife, children and mother-in-law.
We left there just in time to shoot over to Guaranteed Rate Field for a Mother’s Day matinee with the San Diego Padres. 2017 was ground zero for the rebuild, and the White Sox did not have much in the way of offensive firepower back then, but they made it work on this particular day for the fans.
The night prior, Yolmer Sanchez had walked-it-off for the White Sox versus the Padres — and contributed to my aforementioned brutal hangover — so what was the likelihood of another late-inning comeback from the lowly 2017 White Sox, right?
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the White Sox erupted for eight runs against the San Diego bullpen, taking a commanding and eventual winning lead at 9-3. Watch the madness yourself below.
May 8, 2016 – Quintana Stymies the Twins
What’s better than winning a ballgame on Mother’s Day?
Beating the Twins, and winning a ballgame on Mother’s Day. That’s just what the White Sox did in May of 2016.
At this point in 2016 the White Sox were 21-10, leading the American League Central, and we all thought that we were on the cusp of something special. We’ll leave the rest of that 2016 season exactly where it belongs, in the past.
On this day, Jose Quintana was straight-up dealing. Quintana held the Twins to just one run in his seven innings of work, striking out five Twins on the afternoon.
The offense mustered only six hits, but they did it when it counted and tagged Twins’ starter Tyler Duffy for three runs. Austin Jackson, Dioner Navarro, and Todd Frazier (barf) each drove in a run, and the White Sox topped the Twins, 3-1.
May 10, 2015 – Beckham Walks-it-off
Back in 2015, there wasn’t a whole lot to be excited about on the Southside, but Gordon Beckham did something pretty cool that summer.
He started it on Mother’s Day when his walk-off single against the Cincinnati Reds capped a walk-off victory for the White Sox, and finished it when he did the same a month later on Father’s Day.
There’s plenty of things that White Sox fans would rather forget from the Gordon Beckham era on the Southside, but I’d say this isn’t one of them.
While the White Sox won’t have a chance to run the streak to six this Mother’s Day, we still want to wish you all a very happy, and healthy holiday!