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Hurricane Irma ripping through Cuba overnight left Jose Abreu concerned for family members: 'I couldn't sleep'

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Hurricane Irma ripping through Cuba overnight left Jose Abreu concerned for family members: 'I couldn't sleep'

If Jose Abreu looks like he didn’t sleep last night it’s because he didn’t.

The White Sox first baseman was concerned for his family members who were in the middle of Hurricane Irma in Cuba and the ones in its path in Miami. Abreu’s grandmother and son are still in Mal Tiempo, Cuba, where the storm arrived early Saturday morning. His pregnant wife and parents are in Miami, which should feel some effects of the outer bands as the hurricane travels up Florida’s west coast.

“(My family in Cuba is) good,” Abreu said through an interpreter. “Thank God they are good. They are safe. The last couple of hours were very stressful for me.

“I actually couldn’t sleep last night because the hurricane was passing through my home town. My grandmother and my kid are there. But I could speak with them and they are OK. Now I’m just waiting for the hurricane to touch base in Miami.”

The hurricane is expected to make landfall in South Florida on Sunday afternoon. Abreu thinks his family should be safe in Miami.

“I built a house like a fort just to be aware of that hurricane season,” Abreu said. “We all know that Miami is a very common place for a hurricane, but they are good and safe now. They are under protection.”

Abreu isn’t alone -- it has been a long week for several White Sox players whose families have been in the record-breaking hurricane’s path.

“I’m sure that their families are on their minds,” manager Rick Renteria said. “Like most professionals, you have to compartmentalize as best you possibly can.

“it’s tough. I’m sure everybody deals with it differently. Hopefully, our guys are able to deal with it as well as they possibly can and still do both things.”

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.