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White Sox give Frankie Montas taste of life in MLB

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White Sox give Frankie Montas taste of life in MLB

The White Sox want Frankie Montas to get his toes wet.

The White Sox promoted their top-pitching prospect on Friday for one day only, designating him as their 26th player for a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. The club hopes to use him Friday and wants to provide Montas with a taste of life in the majors in case he’s needed later this season. Montas, who pitched in Futures Game on Sunday and the Southern League All-Star Game last month, is the second of two players to come over in the Jake Peavy trade to wear a White Sox uniform along with Avisail Garcia.

“Being traded and all the guys that are in the big leagues, like Avisail and (Jose) Iglesias,” Montas said. “Now, me I’m here, I feel great. I feel really happy right now.

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“When they said you’ve been called up to the big leagues, I was like ‘Man don’t play like that. Are you serious?” And he was like ‘Yeah, I’m serious.’

“I was shocked. I was really happy. It’s a dream coming true.”

Montas hopes to control his emotions and not get overly excited if he gets his shot. Given he could join the club again this season, general manager Rick Hahn said the intention is to help Montas overcome some of those nerves.

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“It wouldn’t shock me if it were similar to Jose Quintana, who originally came up for one 26-man experience and then returned, if Montas followed the same path and we see him again at some point this season,” Hahn said.

Montas would have no issue with that plan no matter what role he would be assigned. Though Montas has been a starter since the White Sox acquired him in July 2013 and he has a 1.42 ERA over his last 38 innings, he’d work out of the bullpen if necessary.

“I still feel the same way,” Montas said. “Like I said before, if they want me to be a starter, I’ll start. If they want me in the bullpen, I’ll go out to the bullpen. It don’t matter.”

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