From the weekend:
Good stuff here on the new White Sox marketing slogan.
Former Cubs manager Mike Quade, hypothetically offering advice to Robin Ventura, detailed the importance of relying on one's coaching staff as a first-year manager. Good thing Don Cooper and Harold Baines are still around (in addition to Mark Parent, etc.).
Gerardo Concepcion went to the Cubs, but Jorge Soler and Yoenis Cespedes both remain free agents -- and the Sox still have a chance to sign either of the Cuban outfielders. James thinks Concepcion's contract, though, is reason to believe the Sox won't get involved in a bidding war for SolerCespedes. Fornelli agrees.
As if there was any doubt, Ventura confirmed Paul Konerko will still be the team captain.
Magglio Ordonez is still hanging around, although having to fight your way on to the surely-doomed Oakland Athletics is hardly a glamorous avenue to continuing one's career.
Finally, Jim did some good pitch-fx research regarding Matt Thornton's offspeed pitch.
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.