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Bo Jackson: 'Big change' in White Sox clubhouse atmosphere this spring

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Bo Jackson: 'Big change' in White Sox clubhouse atmosphere this spring

GLENDALE, Ariz. — There's a noticeable difference to the White Sox clubhouse atmosphere this spring and Bo Jackson feels it.

Making his annual visit to White Sox camp, the former outfielder and legendary two-sport star said Monday morning that he detects a different energy under manager Rick Renteria. While part of the changing atmospheric conditions are a byproduct of the team's youth movement, there's little doubt Renteria's upbeat, energetic style has had an impact. Jackson likes the feel he has sensed when addressing the room earlier this week.

"I've noticed a big change," Jackson said. "And not saying that the past people that were here didn't do a good job, because they did. But this spring, players have a little more hop in their step. They are smiling more and they are talking more and they are having a good time. That's always a positive.

"It's always a positive when you are on a baseball team that wants to win."

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A community relations representative for the club, Jackson addresses the clubhouse each spring. He said he noticed the change because of the way players have interacted with each other in the clubhouse. Part of it could stem from a new voice after five seasons under Jackson's former teammate Robin Ventura. 

"I noticed it right off the bat," Jackson said. "The guys, you know, it's almost like you get tired of doing the same old thing every year and they are trying to do something different and they are having fun doing it different.

"There's a whole lot more conversation that's going on around here. Guys are hanging around the clubhouse longer. They are sitting and talking at lunch and breakfast and so forth. That is a positive thing. Nothing can come out of that but positive."

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.  

Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.

Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”

Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.

The White Sox released this statement:

Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.