When Alejandro De Aza opened Monday's win over Cleveland with a solo home run, it represented the first leadoff home run hit by a White Sox player since October of 2009 -- the longest drought in the majors.
On Wednesday, with the Indians mounting a rally, De Aza took Dan Wheeler deep for a two-run homer, putting the Sox up 7-4 in the sixth. Through five games, De Aza has hit as many home runs as Pierre did in 158 games last year, and only one fewer than Pierre hit in the 318 games he spent with the Sox.
Everything isn't peachy with De Aza -- he had a bad series against Texas, committing two outs on the basepaths and biffing diving attempt at a fly ball. And he still has yet to take a walk this season, not ideal for a leadoff hitter.
But just the fact that the White Sox leadoff hitter has the capability of hitting home runs is something we haven't seen in years. Heck, when Scott Podsednik led off, he wasn't much of a home run threat. Same goes for, dare I say, Jerry Owens (although Roy Halladay may disagree).
There's just something refreshing about De Aza's power. Maybe it's because Pierre spent the last two years leading off for the Sox, when home runs were a shocking matter. But with De Aza, that doesn't appear to be the case.
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.