The White Sox officially kicked off spring training with their first practice under manager Robin Ventura. And as Chuck Garfien reports from Arizona, everything is different.
The early returns on Ventura are positive, Jake Peavy is finally healthy and Chris Sale showed up to camp bulked up -- well, kind of.
Kenny Williams is accepting of whatever his future holds, whether that's accomplishing his goal of winning multiple titles or being shown the door. The quote at the end of Garfien's piece from Williams about what he would do if he was let go is pretty great.
Ventura likes to use the word "obviously," which puts him in the category of "every other manager or coach" in sports.
Could Brent Morel be primed for a breakout season? At the least, there's reason to believe that his September stats could carry over to 2012.
David Kaplan and Chicago Tribune Live debated our All-Chicago Team for 2000-2011, taking specific umbrage with our selection of Geovany Soto over A.J. Pierzysnki. I responded to Kap here, explaining our decision to go with Soto.
One area the in which the White Sox shouldn't be criticized is the way they've handled their closers since the Billy Koch trade. There's been plenty of turnover, yes, but that's a good thing for a few reasons.
Potpourri: Larry at South Side Sox wrote about the Ryan Braun loophole, Jim teased the cover of White Sox Outsider 2012, Austin Jackson's trying to cut down on his strikeouts and a "mistake" forced Bobby Jenks to have life-saving surgery in late December.
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.