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White Sox: Carlos Rodon OK with Robin Ventura's call for bullpen

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White Sox: Carlos Rodon OK with Robin Ventura's call for bullpen

Carlos Rodon needed only one more out on Wednesday afternoon to qualify for the victory.

But with the White Sox in need of a win and the rookie not entirely on the mark, White Sox manager Robin Ventura elected to call for the bullpen. Rodon, who allowed six hits and four earned runs with two walks in 4 2/3 innings, slowly walked off the mound and headed for the clubhouse. The White Sox bullpen couldn’t hold the lead though they ultimately defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 in 10 innings at U.S. Cellular Field.

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If Rodon bore any resentment afterward it was nowhere to be found in his postgame media session.

“It’s a decision that the manager has to make, and you go with that and what’s best for the team,” Rodon said. “I totally understand the circumstances and the outcome, and I agree with it. That’s all you can do.”

Rodon appeared to be doing all he could to hang on after his team spotted him five runs in the first inning. He allowed a pair of runs in the third inning on three consecutive two-out hits. The left-hander followed that with a nine-pitch frame in the fourth but wasn’t as lucky in the fifth. He hit Brandon Guyer and induced a double play before Evan Longoria homered to deep center to make it a 5-3 game. Rodon’s day ended after he walked Logan Forsythe as Matt Albers took over. Albers also had thrown earlier in the game when Rodon loaded the bases with one out in the second inning.

“He was getting a little erratic,” Ventura said. “I think that’s part of him going through walking a guy, getting behind in counts and things like that. Once we get that lead, you want to see a guy attacking the zone. Today just wasn’t quite that, so we felt it was best to start using up the bullpen.”

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