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White Sox: Robin Ventura accepting of his critics

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White Sox: Robin Ventura accepting of his critics

The White Sox rapidly changed the narrative Monday evening, ripping through a furious ninth-inning rally to beat Cleveland, 4-3. Seven consecutive hitters reached base off Indians closer Cody Allen, the last of whom was Melky Cabrera, whose deep fly ball plopped into the left-center field grass at U.S. Cellular Field for a walk-off single.

Without that comeback, the storyline would’ve been about another listless performance by the White Sox lineup and a team that continued to underperform expectations, even only 12 games into the season. Instead, the scene after the game featured a jubilant White Sox clubhouse and a jovial manager.

For a team that added three big-name players in the winter and touted legitimate playoff aspirations heading into the 2015 season, Ventura knows the criticism surrounding his decisions will be heightened. That turned out to be the case last week when Adam Eaton failed to lay down a bunt with two strikes Wednesday in Cleveland and the club ran into some confusion in failing to challenge a controversial play in Saturday’s defeat in Detroit.

“That goes with the territory, that’s part of the job,” Ventura said before Monday’s game. “The focus for me is what we’re doing and how to make it better and turn it around. Stuff on the outside is always going to be there regardless. Even if we’re winning there will be criticism and things like that. The focus is in here and trying to turn it around, not kind of the outside stuff.”

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When asked if the organization was pleased with Ventura as its manager, general manger Rick Hahn said that “absolutely” was the case.

“I get it. It’s part of the nature of the gig,” Hahn said. “There’s an in-game strategy element that everyone — and it’s part of the great part of the game that everyone at home, everyone in the paper or on the radio, whatever — can have an opinion on and perhaps have a better point of view than the manager in the heat of the moment. There is also a personnel-management side of the game that most people aren’t privy to.”

Hahn said the White Sox haven’t lost sight of their big-picture view that Ventura is a good manager of the personalities in the clubhouse. There will be disagreements with the minutiae of the job throughout the season, Hahn said, but he added that’s the case with any front office-manager relationship.

The White Sox have confidence in Ventura to stay the course with the roster he has. It took eight innings Monday night, but the fourth-year manager’s faith paid off.

“You sit there and think things through and different things you could do to either relieve stress or get a guy going,” Ventura said. “We do a lot of those things, kicking it around, but in the end the trust is in these guys and what they can do.”

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