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White Sox: Robertson's first trip back to Yankee Stadium 'a little different'

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White Sox: Robertson's first trip back to Yankee Stadium 'a little different'

NEW YORK -- David Robertson is back where he spent the first seven seasons of his career and “it’s a little different” to be in the visiting clubhouse.

The closer pitched for the New York Yankees from 2008-14 before he joined the White Sox in December on a four-year, $46-million deal. Now almost a full season in, Robertson, 6-4 with 31 saves and a 3.34 ERA, said the environment between the two clubs is the biggest difference and he attributes it mostly to media coverage as the number of outlets that covers the Yankees nearly triples the White Sox.

“You’re kind of under a microscope a little more playing here in New York,” Robertson said. “You’re expected to win every day. I don’t blame them. That’s just the mentality they have on that side. 

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“It’s not that we don’t try to win here. It’s just a different feeling. It’s hard to express that feeling or sense that there is when you’re in the New York clubhouse, but that’s the biggest difference for me. It’s an intense atmosphere here.”

Robertson feels fortunate to have learned from so many Yankees greats during his time in New York. He cited Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada as those who had the biggest impact on his career.

“I had a lot of good years here,” Robertson said. “I was fortunate to play under some of the greatest baseball who have ever played.

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“Those guys are legends of the game. Having them tuck me under their wing and being able to watch how they went about their business and how they became who they are kind of led me on the straight path, made it a whole lot easier to play baseball.”

Some of that preparation could come in handy in making his first trip back to Yankee Stadium easier for Robertson. Robertson stopped by the home clubhouse on the first day to see Yankee equipment manager Rob Cucuzza and expects to see a bunch of former teammates during the four-game series.

“It’s a little different being on this side, field still looks the same, still the same dimensions,” Robertson said. “I’m just in a different uniform and I’m going to be facing against some guys I’ve played with for a long time.”

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