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Todd Frazier already feeling right at home with White Sox

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Todd Frazier already feeling right at home with White Sox

GLENDALE, Arizona -- Todd Frazier has yet to play a regular season game for the White Sox, but the team’s new third baseman already feels like he’s home.

I mean, really home.

If it was up to him, Frazier says he’d play for the White Sox for the rest of his career.

“Just talking to the guys, talking to Rick (Hahn), Robin (Ventura), the atmosphere. It’s just a different vibe,” Frazier said. “I can just tell it’s going to be a good fit for me.”

So if Rick Hahn came to you and offered a lifetime contract, you’d sign it?

“Sure. Most definitely.”

Frazier might have grown up in New Jersey, but he relates to the backseat sentiment of many White Sox fans who live in the shadow of the more popular Cubs.

In fact, he thrives on it.

“I went to a high school where we were the low high school,” Frazier explained. “There are three Toms River High Schools and we were always the one they put aside, and we’d come out and bring out the broomsticks and take care of business. I like that a lot.”

After facing the White Sox twice during spring training, San Francisco Giants (and former White Sox) pitcher Jake Peavy delivered a message to Chicago after Sunday’s game, saying, “Don’t sleep on that South Side team.”

Frazier agrees.

“We want to be those guys that nobody talks about. and the next thing you know - boom, here we come. I think we have that team,” Frazier said. “We have to prove ourselves, of course. The Chicago Cubs the last couple years I’ve been playing against them every two to three weeks. I know them really well. They’ve been playing great. They have a good caliber of guys coming up. Good for them, but don’t sleep on us, and we take that seriously. We’re going to work our tails off and we’re gonna wake some people up and hopefully when that rivalry (with the Cubs) comes around, it’s meaningful this year.”

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As you can probably tell, Frazier is a straight-talking quote machine.

He’s also got the bat and glove to back it up.

His 35 home runs last year with the Reds would have led the White Sox. It was 11 more than all White Sox third basemen hit the last two seasons combined.

No wonder Hahn traded away three of their top prospects to get him.

But as you’ll find with Frazier, he’s not just thinking about himself when he takes the field. And he’s not just thinking about his teammates.

Be on the lookout when you come to a game, because he might be thinking and playing for you.

“Why not go out there everyday and say to a kid in the stands, maybe that’s his first time watching a game. Why not perform for him? Give him something to remember,” he said.

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Reds fans will always remember Frazier’s walk-up songs in Cincinnati. Growing up an hour south of Frank Sinatra’s hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey, Frazier picked Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Come Fly with Me” to be belted over the loudspeakers whenever he came to the plate.

He still hasn’t finalized which song or songs he’ll use at U.S. Cellular Field.

“I was going back and forth," he said. "I’ll start listening to music and I’ll figure it out. It’s coming along.”

You mean you’re not going to use “My Kind of Town (Chicago is)?” It seems like a perfect fit.

“I’m not sure. I’m up in the air right now.”

It would probably be a big hit.

“I think it would, too. It’s up there on the list.”

Will it be something Sinatra?

“Most likely.”

Come to think of it, “Summer Wind” wouldn’t be bad when the weather heats up.

If Frazier is on a hot streak, he can deliver a message to the opposition with “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

But come to think of it, if there’s one Frank Sinatra song that White Sox fans have been waiting for and can really get behind, it’s this:

“The Best is Yet to Come.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list