KANSAS CITY -- Paul Konerko has been to enough All-StarGames to know their importance.While there is constant media scrutiny over whether or notan exhibition game should determine home field advantage for the World Series,Konerko, a six-time All-Star, said players take the event seriously.Sure, Mondays press conferences and the Home Run Derby arefun, Konerko said. But come Tuesday, the contest takes on a serious tone.Theres definitely a focus that is there on the bench andin the clubhouse, said Konerko, who earned his third straight All-Star nodlast week. Especially in the last couple of them. Todays all fun and tomorrowhalf the day is kind of fun. But as it gets closer to game time, it feels morelike a normal day inside the clubhouse.The White Sox slugger knows his team potentially has more atstake this season than other clubs. With the White Sox currently ahead of theAmerican League Central by three games, Konerko, Adam Dunn, Jake Peavy andChris Sale could help determine whether or not the franchise could host up tofour games if it were to reach the World Series.But even if that isnt the case, the drive is still there.We keep that in our heads that this could matter for us,Konerko said. But that second thought is, if it doesnt matter for us, westill want to keep it inside of our league. Ask the Rangers guys about that. Theyknow homefield advantage is crucial. Thats the goal is to win. You still havefun and joke around, but as you get closer to the game you have responsibilityand dial it in.
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.