Chris Perez has rubbed people in the AL Central the wrong way before -- just ask Alex Rios. Following Cleveland's sweep of Detroit, Perez stirred the pot again, with MLB.com's Jason Beck passing along the quote he gave when asked about the Indians garnering some national attention:
I hope so. I dont think we care. Were not like flipping on ESPN to see if were leading off SportsCenter. We dont care. They do their thing. They cover the Yankees and the Red Sox and how bad the Angels are. Were doing our own thing. Theyll eventually turn. I saw a couple articles. Were starting to get some love. Its just we dont have the star power. You look over there and youve got Cabrera and Fielder and Verlander and Valverde. But that doesnt win baseball games. Good teams win baseball games.
Perez is right: Detroit doesn't have much depth. But Cabrera, Fielder and Valverde have been part of the problem in their own ways -- Cabrera has been very good, but not elite as he has in the past. Fielder has been merely good, not very good or elite as he's been in the past. And Valverde has crashed hard after his tenuously-perfect 2011, posting an ERA above 5 heading into the weekend.
Of course, it's still early, and Perez may see these words come back to haunt him if Detroit goes on the run so many are expecting. And this direct of a call-out probably will earn Perez an enemy tag in Detroit.
Oh, and the line about ESPN's coverage probably has the entire Midwest yelling "THANK YOU!"
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.