Tim Anderson is headed home Friday morning to attend the funeral of his close friend and will rejoin the White Sox in Southern California on Monday.
The White Sox shortstop said after Thursday’s 7-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins he plans to attend the funeral of longtime friend Branden Moss. Moss, the godfather of Anderson’s young daughter, was shot and killed early Sunday morning near the University of Alabama campus. Anderson said he has done his best to enjoy the moment throughout a trying week off the field and has relied on his teammates for support.
“Trying to balance those off the field things with on the field,” Anderson said. “Try and combine and let them run into each other. But for the most part on the field I’ve been feeling real good and been enjoying the moment and trying to stay happy.”
Anderson was very candid about the death of Moss before Wednesday’s rainout. Moss, 23, reportedly tried to help an assault victim outside of a bar early Sunday when he was shot from behind.
“Just tears, hurt,” Anderson said on Wednesday. “It was tough, just to think about the last conversation and text we had was real tough.
“He means a lot to me. He was a special part of my life. I looked up to him, and we made each other better.
“We had a bond.”
Anderson learned of Moss’ death on Sunday morning and sat out the team’s finale at the Baltimore Orioles. He returned to the field on Tuesday. Anderson plans to rejoin the White Sox when they open a 10-game road tip against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.
“There is a human element to everything that we do,” manager Rick Renteria said on Wednesday. “Any time something personally affects you, that creates grief or causes you to pause, obviously, I think we all understand it. I think every human being on the face of the earth understands it. I think it’s just a matter of how we’re going to allow the individual to deal with that particular situation and then, you know, kind of just get through it. You never forget it. I think it’s just one of those things, it’s just life. Sometimes things happen and you just have to deal with it and you move on.”
Anderson credited his teammates for their support, calling them “a great group of guys.”
He finished 1-for-4 in Tuesday’s loss and had two more hits as the White Sox attempted to rally from a 6-0 deficit on Thursday. Anderson also represented the go-ahead run after he drew an eighth-inning walk — his fourth free pass of the season.
“Some pitchers don’t want to pitch to me,” Anderson said. “They know I’m an aggressive swinger and we’ve got a runner on there and there’s a time for me to start learning to be patient. At-bats like that are something I can learn to build off of. I feel like all my ABs today were pretty good. Can’t do anything about the results, but I feel like I had productive at-bats all day today.”