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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.

Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

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Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

Call it the White Sox Hitters Revenge Tour.

Last week, Eloy Jimenez provided the single best image of rebuilding progress to date for the White Sox, smashing a game-winning homer in the ninth inning against the Cubs, the team that traded him, at Wrigley Field, the park he always assumed would be the one he'd call home as a big leaguer.

Well, a week later, Yoan Moncada exacted similar revenge on the team that traded him.

In the first of a three-game series between the White Sox and Boston Red Sox, Moncada took a second-inning pitch out to left field, depositing a ball over the top of the Green Monster for a tie-breaking two-run homer at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox traded Moncada — as part of a package that also included Michael Kopech and Luis Basabe — to the White Sox during the Winter Meetings in 2016 in the deal that jump-started the South Side rebuilding project.

Between signing with the Red Sox in 2015 and making his White Sox debut in 2017, Moncada spent time as the No. 1 overall prospect in the game. After a disappointing first full season in the majors last year, Moncada is having a much better go of things in 2019, bringing a .295/.347/.509 slash line into Monday night, when he belted his 13th home run of the season.

Of course, the Red Sox are pretty happy with their return in that trade, Chris Sale, who in addition to being one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past two and a half seasons got the championship-clinching out in the World Series last October.

But part of the reason the White Sox future is so bright is the return they got in the Sale trade. And one of those players got his revenge, Eloy style, on Monday night.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

Chuck Garfien gets the inside info about some of the top prospects in the White Sox organization from director of player development Chris Getz.

They talk about the wow factor of Luis Robert, what he's working on before being promoted to Triple-A, if he can make the majors in 2019, what kind of major league player he will be and more (3:45)

-Why Nick Madrigal has the "it" factor and why he might have been disappointed with Getz at the start of the season (10:10)

-Why Zack Burdi has struggled this season and a great sign of things to come (16:30)

-Why Kyle Kubat is so highly thought of in the White Sox farm system (18:20)

-How close Dylan Cease is to the major leagues (20:15) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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