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Robin Ventura, John Danks relish Children's Hospital visit

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Robin Ventura, John Danks relish Children's Hospital visit

Robin Ventura has been a regular visitor to the children’s hospital over the years.

That much was evident Thursday as the White Sox manager made the rounds at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

In between talking to patients, several longtime doctors made their way over to exchange pleasantries with Ventura, who is in town for SoxFest this weekend.

Ventura offered his brand new White Sox hat to one doctor and spoke to many others throughout the hour-long visit. He also advised pitcher John Danks, who visited alongside his wife, country singer Ashley Monroe, that he needed to autograph his jersey and leave it for a patient. Having experienced the visit repeatedly over the years, first as a player and now as manager, Ventura said he enjoys the perspective each trip provides.

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“It’s incredible to come in here,” Ventura said. “It seems so little for us to come in here and do this, but it means a lot for them. If you can interrupt their day for 20 minutes, it’s worth it.”

This wasn’t Danks’ first visit, either.

“As bad as we think a bad night is, it’s nothing compared to what these kids are going through,” Danks said. “It’s a good reminder.”

As the group made its way from room to room, Monroe sang songs to another patient. And the team’s mascot, Southpaw, played games with a handful of children.

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Ventura said he began his involvement with Lurie Hospital during his playing career at the behest of a friend who was an intern at the time.

“It’s always meaningful,” Ventura said. “Every time you come in here you’re meeting people that are struggling in the worst possible way.

“They’re fighting for their lives and you have to understand that. You’re trying to get them to put a smile on their face and not think about that for a little bit. But it hits home real quick.”

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White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.

Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.

Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.

It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.

Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.

Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.

Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.