One celebration was not enough for Jackie Robinson West, which became the first all African-American Little League team to win the U.S. championship in Williamsport, Pa., last week.
Honored with a Chicago victory parade and celebration in Millennium Park Wednesday, Jackie Robinson West will receive similar treatment at U.S. Cellular Field Saturday.
Before the second game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers, the White Sox will honor the wildly popular Little Leaguers.
All fans attending the game are encouraged to wear gold.
"We could not be more proud of the achievements of the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars and how they represented the city of Chicago in Williamsport," White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. "It is our honor and privilege to bring them to the ballpark and continue to extend appreciation and support for these tremendous young men."
Jackie Robinson West features six players from the Sox' Amateur City Elite (ACE) program.
"Baseball has been taking a back seat to a lot of other sports lately," Paul Konerko said. "You see a lot more kids playing other things. Hopefully, at least in the Chicago area and Illinois, maybe this pushes kids into our game instead of something else."
Abreu sparks 3-2 win
Jose Abreu was 3-for-4 and he delivered a pair of run-scoring singles to center field Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field as the White Sox edged the Indians 3-2 and snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Abreu leads the American League with 96 RBI.
"Jose was great tonight, just staying through the middle of the field," manager Robin Ventura said. "He came up with some big RBI for us."
Starter Hector Noesi (8-9) continued his bid to stick with the Sox in 2015. The right-hander pitched 7 strong innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits.
"Hector threw a great game," Ventura said. "He's going up a gainst a tough pitcher (Cleveland ace Corey Kluber), and being able to get us to that point was big."
Down the stretch:
September will be Paul Konerko's final month before retirement, and the White Sox plan to honor one of the best hitters in franchise history on several occasions.
Konerko figures to get increased playing time before bowing out, but he is not expecting or demanding anything.
"I'm here to do whatever Robin (Ventura) wants," Konerko said. "I'm just here to serve really. I have no expectations one way or the other. That's kind of been me, as soon as I signed to come back, it's just whatever you need me for. You want me to play, I'll play. You want me to sit for a week, I'll sit for a week.
"Whatever Robin wants to do or (GM) Rick (Hahn) or the team, whatever they want to do, it's right. There's no discussion on. It's impossible to offend me. It really is."