Ahhh, Interleague play.
When NL teams move to the AL, pitchers no longer have to hit. But when AL teams move to NL parks, they lose the designated hitter, making for some interesting lineups.
What are AL managers to do? Sit one of their best bats all series, or stick a guy out in the field at a position he has no business playing?
First-year White Sox manager Robin Ventura already has a solution when his team heads to the North Side this weekend for the first edition of the Crosstown Classic.
Adam Dunn will play left field.
Yep, seriously. He can't play first, since Paul Konerko will be there and he's just as vital to the White Sox lineup (or maybe more so) as Dunn is.
Dunn has some experience playing outfield. But, that "experience" has been an adventure, as Dunn was widely considered one of the worst defensive players in all of baseball when he played in the National League. He last played left field in 2009 with the Nationals.
Wrigley Field is no Fenway Park, so at least Dunn doesn't have to contend with the Green Monster. If he does, indeed, play left field as Ventura intimates, then Dunn also wouldn't have to deal with the sun as much, since right field typically gets hit harder in that area as the sun sets.
Either way, this should make for an interesting weekend.
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.