MLB 2017 Game #4: Tigers vs. White Sox (Game 1)As the 2016 season was coming to an end, the Chicago Cubs secured a playoff berth with the best the record in baseball. I managed to catch a Cubs game against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field, and I wasn't certain that I would be attending any postseason games. When the calendar flipped to October, the weather remained beautiful and I wasn't quite ready to say goodbye to the season. The Chicago White Sox were playing their final game of the season at home against the Minnesota Twins. Rumors swirled that Chris Sale was on the trading block and that game could be his final game in a White Sox uniform. Not only was it Sale's final game before being traded to the Boston Red Sox, it was Robin Ventura's final game as manager. That was also the final game with the ballpark branded as U.S. Cellular Field.
Today, I make my first trip to the south side in 2017. Thanks to free ticket vouchers from a friend, I'll see the White Sox (21-25, .457) and Detroit Tigers (22-25, .468) play two. Both teams trail the American League Central leaders, the Minnesota Twins. The Tigers are 4.5 games off the pace and the White Sox sit five games back.
The Tigers will send Michael Fulmer (5-2, 2.55 ERA) to the mound for the opener. The White Sox will counter with Tyler Danish (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Danish will make his first career start.
Fun Fact: My last doubleheader was a non-traditional experience. On October 3, 2012, Susan and I caught the Cubs' season finale at Wrigley Field against the Houston Astros. Immediately, following that game, we jumped in the car and drove to Miller Park to catch the Milwaukee Brewers' season finale against the San Diego Padres.