Robin Ventura and Emily Beazley formed a close bond shortly after Ventura took over as White Sox manager in 2011. Late Monday night, Beazley, 12, passed away after a long fight with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
One of the first things Ventura did as White Sox manager was appear in a cameo with Beazley at the Goodman Theater’s production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ in December 2011. Beazley, a native of Mount Greenwood, Ill. who had battled her disease since age 8, threw out the first pitch to Ventura prior to the White Sox win over Cincinnati on Sunday, May 10.
“It’s sad. It breaks your heart,” Ventura said. “For me being a parent ... with her passing she was a tough kid going through something unimaginable. Her attitude, being upbeat the way she was through it all, you learn things. You get a perspective on what is important.”
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Over the last three weeks, Beazley received an outpouring of support after doctors ended a last-ditch treatment that wasn’t working, according to the Chicago Tribune. She received a phone call from Taylor Swift, was given the opportunity to attend prom, had a section of Homan Avenue dedicated in her honor and was made an honorary Chicago Police Officer, among other gestures of love and support from the community that had been with her for the last four years.
“Her and the family and everything the community did for her was incredible,” Ventura said. “She jammed a lot in in 12 years, especially the last three to four. Your heart breaks. It’s incredibly sad.”
When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.
That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.
One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.
Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.
Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.
This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).
The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.
Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski comes on the podcast and tells Chuck Garfien why he’d sign Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado (6:15).
Pierzynski criticizes Machado for saying that he doesn’t play hard everyday (7:08). Would he make Machado the face of the White Sox franchise? (12:30)
He also talks about how bullpenning cost the Milwaukee Brewers a spot in the World Series (14:45).
He reveals the former White Sox player who had a gift for recognizing players who tipped their pitches (21:00). Pierzynski tells behind the scenes stories about former teammates Nick Swisher, Bartolo Colon, Gavin Floyd and more (28:00).
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