The White Sox have been delighted to return home to a packed U.S. Cellular Field this week. After wrapping up a 10-game road trip Sunday, the Sox have played in front of sellout crowds the last two nights. But after Wednesday's day game against the Twins, the White Sox head right back out on the road for a pair of three-game series in Texas and Minnesota.
"That's just the way it goes," manager Robin Ventura said. "Nobody's really talking about it. You knew it was on the schedule, so we were prepared for it. It's a long stretch. It's a long stretch in July to be on the road most of the time."
In August, the Sox play 15 home games, six more than their July total at U.S. Cellular Field. Attendance has been up, and Ventura believes that's helped as his team has gone 7-1 at home this month.
"Guys are talking about it as far as the energy level of not only the guys on the field, but in big situations, big plays, it's a lot more fun to play when it's full instead of looking at a bunch of empty seats," Ventura said.
After stumbling back to Chicago on a five-game losing streak, the White Sox have been re-energized at home, scoring 18 runs in wins over Minnesota on Monday and Tuesday.
"These guys have had the ability to do that all year," Ventura said of his team's resiliency. "We've gone through little stretches, not as bad, but similar to what happened on the road trip. To come back and have the offense that we've had, that's the good stuff for what we have in the lineup."
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.