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Ventura on Friday's controversial play: 'We all missed it'

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Ventura on Friday's controversial play: 'We all missed it'

DETROIT — Most eyes were transfixed on Saturday morning as a replay of the previous day’s controversial play appeared on TVs across the White Sox clubhouse.

A few groans could be heard as Detroit’s broadcast feed showed where shortstop Alexei Ramirez tagged Nick Castellanos before he reached second base, a play Robin Ventura and the White Sox elected not to challenge until it was too late. The scene later took a surreal turn when announcers Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone dropped in on the manager’s media session to say they missed the call, too, believing at the time — and in the confusion — that Ramirez had missed the tag because of a technical issue with their broadcast.

Having finally seen the play in question, Ventura, who initially said there wasn’t enough evidence to challenge on Friday only to reverse course seconds later, acknowledged the mistake.

“I think we all missed it,” Ventura said. “You move on. Everybody in 20-20 hindsight would like to change it. But you know, we left that one out there.”

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Many have opined that Ventura should have immediately challenged the play because he had nothing to lose in the situation given that it put the winning run on second base with no outs. But Ventura stressed that the initial indication from the clubhouse was the White Sox didn’t see clear-cut evidence the play would have been overturned until after he returned to the dugout. By the time he returned to the field, crew chief Jeff Kellogg determined the play was over and Ventura could no longer request a challenge.

“You can go out there and do it but when you also get — you haven’t seen anything to change it — you can go out there and throw one away, too,” Ventura said. “You get the feeds, it’s what you see. Later on there is a different feed, so at that point you’ve kind of already made your stand out there. You go back in and there is a time limit at that point.”

Ventura has run the play through his head a number of times and what could have been done different from a number of aspects. But with Saturday’s game only hours away, the manager didn’t want to spend any more time focused on Friday’s effort.

“There’s a lot of things you could have done,” Ventura said. “You have to put that behind you and play today instead of sitting around worrying about yesterday.”

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