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White Sox draft pick joins team he rooted for growing up, will he blast as many homers as his favorite player?

White Sox draft pick joins team he rooted for growing up, will he blast as many homers as his favorite player?

Jake Burger may already be a fan favorite on the South Side. 

Aside from his fantastic last name and projection as a power hitter, the Missouri State product's favorite team while growing up was the White Sox, according to MLB Daily Dish. And his favorite player? Just the South Side icon who blasted a grand slam in the 2005 World Series. Oh, and some other guy. 

"Paul Konerko was my favorite player... or Scott Rolen. One of those two," the third baseman told MLBDD ahead of the 2017 MLB Draft. "My favorite team was the White Sox." 

Well done, Burger, well done.  

Burger, 21, hit 47 career dingers in college, including 22 this season. He also produced an impressive .328/.443/.648 slash line. 

For his dominant season, the Chesterfield, Missouri native was named a First Team All-American by Baseball America and given the Joe Carter Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year award.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: When will Manny Mania end?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: When will Manny Mania end?

David Haugh, Leila Rahimi and Jay Cohen join Kap on the panel

0:00- Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy leave open the possibility of bringing in Kareem Hunt. Would this be a bad move by the Bears? Would next season be too early?

15:00- Matt Nagy was none too pleased with Cody Parkey's appearance on "Today". So, he's gone, right? And could this lead to a reunion with Robbie Gould?

22:00- All quiet on the Northside with Cubs Convention opening this weekend. Does Theo have a trick up his sleeve or do their key players just need to improve?

27:00- Still no news on Manny Machado. The panel discusses.... well, nothing.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Instant South Sider Daniel Palka

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Instant South Sider Daniel Palka

Daniel Palka spoke with Chuck Garfien about a whole bunch of topics.

Losing weight this offseason and how he's done it (3:15), the Chicago Bears losing in the playoffs (5:48), why he walks around with a baseball bat wherever he goes (11:05), his connection with White Sox fans and the South Side of Chicago (16:10), his humorous Twitter feed (20:25), his Uber driver asking if he can use his bathroom (28:00), going to his first SoxFest this year (33:12), his conversation this offseason with hitting coach Todd Steverson (40:18), why he loves Roberto Clemente (44:05) and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast

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