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White Sox having fun with ‘most comfortable uniform’ ever worn

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White Sox having fun with ‘most comfortable uniform’ ever worn

The White Sox aren’t just posting on social media about Throwback Thursday (#TBT). They’re living it as well. 

Thursday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners on CSN will feature the South Siders wearing the franchise’s uniforms from 1976, one of baseball’s more unusual outfits.

Not only did the jerseys have collars, but the team played in shorts as well. 

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White Sox manager Robin Ventura joked before the game that he would have his guys wear the shorts during batting practice but later admitted he has no idea how the White Sox used to play in those outfits. 

“I’ve always heard they’re the most comfortable uniform anybody has ever worn,” Ventura said.

"Just sliding in those and figuring out what fields probably felt like back then to slide on was a whole other issue. But I can’t believe they did that."

Tyler Saladino, who has never had a problem with getting his uniform dirty, is impressed with how players didn’t mind the nicks and scrapes that came with wearing shorts during a baseball game. 

“If I was in some shorts, I’d feel extra loose," he said. "I’m the guy that would probably want to roll around in the dirt and get scraped up. I love it.

"I might just leave it on after the game. Just go out and grab a bite to eat."

For reliever Nate Jones, these uniforms seem as if they were worn long before 1976. 

“When you’re thinking old school baseball, you don’t envision collard shirts and stuff like that,” Jones said. “It does seem a little bit older.”

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The White Sox wore these collared uniforms from 1976 to 1981. For fans, it brings back good memories of the “South Side Hitmen” from 1977, who crushed 192 home runs that year. 

Ventura hopes these “business casual” uniforms can rub some magic on his team tonight.

“Hopefully we can channel a little South Side Hitmen and score some runs,” Ventura said.

 

Danny Farquhar to throw out the first pitch before White Sox game on June 1

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Danny Farquhar to throw out the first pitch before White Sox game on June 1

In another example of how amazing Danny Farquhar’s recovery has been, the pitcher will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the White Sox game on June 1.

Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm during the sixth inning of the team’s April 20 game against the Houston Astros. But his recovery has been astounding, and he was discharged from the hospital on May 7. Farquhar’s neurosurgeon expects him to be able to pitch again in future seasons.

Farquhar has been back to visit his teammates at Guaranteed Rate Field a couple times since leaving the hospital. June 1 will mark his return to a big league mound, even if it’s only for a ceremonial first pitch with his wife and three children. Doctors, nurses and staff from RUSH University Medical Center will be on hand for Farquhar’s pitch on June 1.

The White Sox announced that in celebration of Farquhar’s recovery, they will donate proceeds from all fundraising efforts on June 1 to the Joe Niekro Foundation, an organization committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness of brain aneurysms.

White Sox Talk Podcast: The fallout from Welington Castillo's suspension

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The fallout from Welington Castillo's suspension

Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the shocking news that Welington Castillo has been suspended for 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enchancing drug, putting the White Sox catching position in quite the precarious position.  You’ll hear reaction from Rick Hahn and Ricky Renteria, Castillo’s apology, the options the White Sox have at catcher both inside and outside the organization, and what it means not only for Castillo’s future with the White Sox but what the team might do at catcher going forward.