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Back in White Sox lineup, Todd Frazier intends to continue to play all out

Back in White Sox lineup, Todd Frazier intends to continue to play all out

NEW YORK -- He’s sporting a fat lip and his mother gave him a new nickname, but Todd Frazier is otherwise OK two days after a nasty spill scared everyone, himself included.

“Good to go,” Frazier said before Friday’s series opener against the New York Yankees.

Two days after the third baseman punctured his lower lip after he dove into the stands in pursuit of a foul ball, which required five stitches, Frazier is back in the White Sox lineup. Frazier said he isn’t restricted and was even able to enjoy Thursday’s day off with his family in nearby Toms River, N.J.

“It looks like a big ol’ lip, that’s about it,” Frazier said. “My mom keeps calling me Louie The Lip. My name’s not Louie, but uh, ready to go. I’m in the lineup, I’m pretty excited and it’s good to be in New York. It was a good day off yesterday. Couldn’t have asked for better weather. I was playing kick ball with my nephews and son and nieces and we had a good little day.”

Frazier’s dive into the stands at Globe Life Stadium in Arlington, Texas caught the attention of his friends and family, many of whom checked in on him both Wednesday and Thursday. It actually may have been the way Frazier covered his mouth with his glove and raced to the dugout that frightened people.

While Frazier feels fortunate the damage isn’t worse -- “Shoot man, I could have my jaw wired shut,” he said -- it won’t stop his all-out play. Despite a full out dive into the stands, Frazier couldn’t haul in Prince Fielder’s foul pop up. Later in his at-bat, Fielder doubled in a pair of runs off Mat Latos and tied the game. Frazier said his effort on every play can make the difference between winning and losing and he intends to push it.

He also has no plans to wear a mouth guard.

“That’s what happens,” Frazier said. “You play hard. I’m trying to get every ball on defense and the pitchers know. A lot of them came by me and said thanks for putting the effort in and I appreciate that a lot because to win a game sometimes is harder than you think. Make a big play there, Prince Fielder doesn’t get a double and maybe we win that game. You just never know what situation comes up and helps you during the game.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list