Jose Abreu went the extra mile this week to help out some Latinos on the visiting Houston Astros.
Yuli Gurriel, a 33-year-old Cuban rookie who plays for the Astros, talked with La Vida Baseball's Clemson Smith Muniz to discuss getting accustomed to the United States from Cuba. Gurriel said that he has adjusted okay, and players have been a big reason why.
When Gurriel walked into the Astros clubhouse on Wednesday, a Cuban meal from a Latino restaurant in Chicago (direct from Punta Cana) was waiting for him and a lot more.
“I know the importance — and how difficult the adaptation process to this league and this country can be,” Abreu told La Vida Baseball. “Being able to find a little taste of our culture in the places we go is very important and reminds us of home.
“That is why I always try to help my fellow countrymen and make them feel comfortable here."
Classy move by Abreu.
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.
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.