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New father Tim Anderson returns to White Sox camp

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New father Tim Anderson returns to White Sox camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tim Anderson returned to the grind of spring training Thursday as a proud new father, having been away from Camelback Ranch for four days to witness the birth of his daughter. 

Peyton Kensleigh Anderson was born on Monday in Atlanta. The White Sox shortstop prospect was excused from camp Sunday to be with his family and fiancee, Bria, and said his daughter is healthy and all is well back in Georgia. 

“It was awesome,” Anderson said. “It was better than even getting drafted. It was a great moment I enjoyed with my family and her. It was very exciting.”

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

“She came out and I just had a moment to myself and took it all in, which was exciting,” Anderson said. “It was a very emotional moment, exciting. And (it was) emotional leaving, too.”

Anderson said his family will move to Charlotte, where he’s expected to begin the 2016 season in Triple-A ball. Rated by Baseball America as the White Sox No. 1 prospect, Anderson will have a chance this summer to play his way into a promotion to Chicago — and bring his daughter with him to the major leagues.

“Hopefully she can come wherever I am,” Anderson said. 

You can't script this: Eloy Jimenez smacks game-winning homer in first game at Wrigley Field

You can't script this: Eloy Jimenez smacks game-winning homer in first game at Wrigley Field

Had this been the scripted outcome, it would've sounded a little too cheesy.

But in reality, it was a moment that got White Sox fandom as excited as the dude rounding the bases.

Eloy Jimenez, playing in his first game at Wrigley Field nearly two years after the Cubs traded him to the White Sox, smacked a game-winning homer off Pedro Strop in the ninth inning, breaking a 1-all tie and giving the South Siders a 3-1 victory in the first Crosstown game of the 2019 season.

Jimenez had been asked countless times about what it would be like to play in the park he long assumed would be the one where he played his big league games. And he expressed excitement, though committed to saying it would be like any other game.

It wasn't.

Jimenez had a disappointing outcome in his first at-bat of the evening, ending a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the first inning with a double play. He singled and walked in later plate appearances, but nothing was anywhere near as dramatic as his trip to the plate in the ninth. He hit Strop's pitch so hard it sounded like he broke his bat. The ball still ended up in the left-field bleachers.

One ninth-inning blast in June 2019 won't rip the rebuilding White Sox contention window open immediately, but what an image of rebuilding progress it was, with Jimenez, the middle-of-the-order centerpiece for the next decade, blasting a game-winner against the Crosstown-rival Cubs.

Jimenez's permanent smile was indeed present as he rounded the bases, made even bigger by his Tuesday night heroics. The White Sox are hoping they were the first of many.

 

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: It's that time again: Ricky's Boys vs The North Siders

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: It's that time again: Ricky's Boys vs The North Siders

Ozzie Guillén and David DeJesus join Leila Rahimi on a special Crosstown edition of Baseball Night in Chicago.

Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below: