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Sox Drawer: Frank Being Frank

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Sox Drawer: Frank Being Frank

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
7:54 PM

By Chuck Garfien
CSNChicago.com

It's never a good sign when your team has only one player batting over .300 and it's the back-up catcher.

That's the White Sox reality right now. A team hitting .220, 28th in the majors. And if it wasn't for Donny Lucy's sparkling .500 average (in 6 at-bats) it would be worse.

But I interrupt your White Sox panic attack to deliver the following message:

It's April. Almost May. But still April.

Or as a surprisingly calm Kenny Williams said on Monday "it's just 13 games." There are 149 left.

And if the sometimes angry, occasionally surly Sox GM is this relaxed with his team buried in last place right now, you can be too.

Well, maybe not relaxed. How about cautiously optimistic with a heavy dose of patience.

Before Monday's game against Tampa, the Sox had a visitor in the clubhouse razzing guys in an effort to lighten the mood.

Frank Thomas.

He was acting as friend, cheerleader, and stand-up comic. That's right. Big Frank Thomas doing his best Don Rickles impression.

Eventually A.J. Pierzynski had seen enough, yelling at the Sox legend and CSN analyst, "Get the @& out of here! No media allowed!!"

Here's Frank and I talking about the Sox struggles before the game. Thomas has been through them before. Good wisdom here from the Big Hurt.

Chuck Garfien hosts White Sox Pregame and Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet with former Sox slugger Bill Melton. Follow Chuck @ChuckGarfien on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox news and views.

Andrew Vaughn wants to wear No. 99 as homage to Ricky 'Wild Thing' Vaughn

Andrew Vaughn wants to wear No. 99 as homage to Ricky 'Wild Thing' Vaughn

We're not saying Andrew Vaughn is ready for the Major Leagues, but...

Vaughn is, of course, referring to Charlie Sheen's Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn from the 1989 film 'Major League.' Sheen's character in the movie is a hot-headed, hard-throwing pitcher for the Cleveland Indians with a checkered past. Real-life Andrew Vaughn is a White Sox first base prospect, selected by the team in the first round of the 2019 draft.

So hopefully, outside of their shared last names, there don't end up being too many parallels between the two.

As for Vaughn's wish, the only White Sox player to ever don the No. 99 was Manny Ramirez back in 2010. Big shoes to fill.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Emotional interview with Michael Kopech and Vanessa Morgan

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Emotional interview with Michael Kopech and Vanessa Morgan

Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey speak with Michael Kopech and his wife Vanessa Morgan at SoxFest about their relationship, Michael’s comeback from Tommy John surgery, his battles with mental health, removing himself from social media, handling fame, Morgan’s acting career and more.

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White Sox Talk Podcast

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