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Tadahito Iguchi visits White Sox to celebrate retirement, is managerial job in his future?

Tadahito Iguchi visits White Sox to celebrate retirement, is managerial job in his future?

Tadahito Iguchi threw out the first pitch before Thursday night’s White Sox game. And no, he didn’t do it while horizontal to the ground.

The starting second baseman on the 2005 World Series championship team, Iguchi just retired from his professional baseball career, a 21-year tenure as a pro in both Japan and the United States.

In addition to his first pitch, Iguchi got a congratulatory video featuring messages from Ozzie Guillen, Paul Konerko, Kenny Williams, Geoff Blum, Hawk Harrelson and Jerry Reinsdorf.

Iguchi will always be remembered as a key cog on that championship squad, a much-beloved team that’s still very much in the minds of fans more than a decade after the fact.

“It was his dream,” Iguchi said through a translator before Thursday’s game, “and it came true.”

And, of course, he’ll be remembered for this:

Now that his playing days are behind him, Iguchi has his sights on what’s next, and what’s next could be a future as a major league manager, that is if Iguchi gets his way.

And maybe that future could be with the White Sox.

“He doesn’t know yet, but in the future he wants to wear the uniform in Major League Baseball.

“About two years ago, he was invited for SoxFest, and he remembers he spoke to Jerry about wanting to come back to the Chicago White Sox again.”

If the ovation he received at Guaranteed Rate Field was any indication, White Sox fans would be happy to see more of Iguchi, too.

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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.