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Bobby Jenks remembers ‘incredible’ White Sox World Series run

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Bobby Jenks remembers ‘incredible’ White Sox World Series run

Ten years after debuting as a World Series-winning closer, Bobby Jenks returned to the mound at U.S. Cellular Field.

Back problems forced him to retire, even though he’s only 34 years old, and they were evident as he bounced his ceremonial first pitch to John Danks. But the music — “Boom” by P.O.D. — and the rousing ovation from the crowd all sounded the same as it did a decade ago.

“It’s meaningful,” Jenks said. “More than just coming back for a visit, it was a special year or everybody, it was a special team and obviously with the history of not winning in so many years, it means a lot more to the city as well. But just for us as players alone, most of us aren’t playing anymore due to injuries or retirement so it’s nice to be remembered and come back for other reasons.”

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The White Sox gave out Jenks bobbleheads to fans on Saturday and, two weeks from now, will have a proper celebration for the 2005 championship team. Jenks isn’t sure if he can make the July 18 reunion (the list of players who are scheduled to appear can be found here) but even without his teammates here, the memories flooded back of winning the city’s first World Series in 88 years.

“It just went by in such a flash,” Jenks said. “It was so amazing not just that it was your rookie year but to be part of a team that goes to a World Series and not only goes but wins. It’s incredible. That’s the only word for it.”

Jenks went on to earn two All-Star bids with the White Sox and tied the then-major league record for most consecutive batters retired (41) in 2007. He last pitched on July 7, 2011, as serious back issues cut his career short only a few months after his 30th birthday.

Jenks has no desire to return to baseball and is happy those issues are behind him and he can live a normal life.

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“I gave it a run it’s just too much pain off the mound,” Jenks said. “I can play catch again, I can play with the kids, throw the football around on the beach, do all those things that you want to do to live your life, but getting on a mound again, that ship has sailed.”

While he wasn’t able to end his career on his terms, Jenks said he doesn’t have any regrets about his seven years in the majors.

“All in all I was very fortunate, very blessed to be able to put on a major league uniform,” Jenks said. “And (to) still have the opportunity to come back and have my own bobblehead day after the fact is still pretty special.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.