June 25, 2010 was the beginning of the end for Carlos Zambrano's tenure with the Cubs. The pitcher allowed four runs in the first inning against the White Sox, and following that crooked number he angrily confronted first baseman Derrek Lee in the dugout.
But that game also served as the beginning of rumors predicting a union between Zambrano and then-White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. After the game, Guillen had this to say about whether he could manage Zambrano:
"Yes, I can. Why not?"
Guillen then went through with his plans to go out to dinner that night with Zambrano, although he said he didn't discuss the tirade with him.
It was just the beginning of a quasi-courtship that finally came to an end Wednesday.
The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.
Skoug, the 22-year-old catcher, was a seventh-round pick of the White Sox in last summer's draft.
A Libertyville native, Skoug played his college ball at TCU, where he and the Horned Frogs made three consecutive College World Series appearances in the last three years. During his final season at TCU, Skoug slashed .272/.378/.544 with a whopping 20 homers and 71 RBIs.
After joining the White Sox organization, Skoug played 21 games with Class A Kannpolis, only picking up 10 hits — but two homers and two triples — in his 76 plate appearances.
As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Skoug rated as the No. 24 prospect in the White Sox organization.
Get to know Skoug in the video above.
Playing a rebuild-centric edition of fantasy baseball is all the rage for South Side baseball fans.
After Baseball America forecasted the White Sox starting lineup for the 2021 season, it sparked a new round of projections, and we weren't going to be excluded.
So here's a guess at what the South Siders will look like three years from now, with some variables obviously being discussed such as additions the team could make through free agency or a trade — Manny Machado? Nolan Arenado? Christian Yelich? — and which of their bevy of young pitchers could be left out of the starting rotation of the future.
Also be sure to send us your future lineups on Twitter. We're @NBCSWhiteSox.