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Wrapping up day 1 of SoxFest

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Wrapping up day 1 of SoxFest

From opening night of SoxFest:

This is technically from before SoxFest kicked off, but Jim Thome -- who has a handshake agreement to work for the White Sox after he retired -- surprised Jerry Reinsdorf during a taping of "Inside Look."

Last year, the White Sox opened SoxFest with the expectation they would compete for the division. This year, they're asking "why not us?"

Meanwhile, Robin Ventura re-introduced himself to White Sox fans over a decade after leaving. And while he's no Ozzie Guillen, he did show a light-hearted, quick-witted side of his personality.

Jake Peavy is healthy for the first offseason since joining the White Sox, which he feels good about. He also cleared the air over his quasi-feud with Ozzie Guillen.

Kenny Williams played coy when asked about the Sox interest in Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler, declining to answer a question about them at a seminar.

Williams received more than a few boos at the opening ceremonies, which he responded to in fine fashion.

Bud Selig expects baseball to add a second wild card this season, which certainly can't hurt the playoff chances of the White Sox.

Cliff Politte, Joe Crede, Neal Cotts and Pablo Ozuna reminisced about the 2005 White Sox -- as did a bunch of fans.

And one other note: the Phillies signed Juan Pierre to a minor-league deal, and he'll compete with Scott Podsednik for a backup job.

Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

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Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

Call it the White Sox Hitters Revenge Tour.

Last week, Eloy Jimenez provided the single best image of rebuilding progress to date for the White Sox, smashing a game-winning homer in the ninth inning against the Cubs, the team that traded him, at Wrigley Field, the park he always assumed would be the one he'd call home as a big leaguer.

Well, a week later, Yoan Moncada exacted similar revenge on the team that traded him.

In the first of a three-game series between the White Sox and Boston Red Sox, Moncada took a second-inning pitch out to left field, depositing a ball over the top of the Green Monster for a tie-breaking two-run homer at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox traded Moncada — as part of a package that also included Michael Kopech and Luis Basabe — to the White Sox during the Winter Meetings in 2016 in the deal that jump-started the South Side rebuilding project.

Between signing with the Red Sox in 2015 and making his White Sox debut in 2017, Moncada spent time as the No. 1 overall prospect in the game. After a disappointing first full season in the majors last year, Moncada is having a much better go of things in 2019, bringing a .295/.347/.509 slash line into Monday night, when he belted his 13th home run of the season.

Of course, the Red Sox are pretty happy with their return in that trade, Chris Sale, who in addition to being one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past two and a half seasons got the championship-clinching out in the World Series last October.

But part of the reason the White Sox future is so bright is the return they got in the Sale trade. And one of those players got his revenge, Eloy style, on Monday night.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

Chuck Garfien gets the inside info about some of the top prospects in the White Sox organization from director of player development Chris Getz.

They talk about the wow factor of Luis Robert, what he's working on before being promoted to Triple-A, if he can make the majors in 2019, what kind of major league player he will be and more (3:45)

-Why Nick Madrigal has the "it" factor and why he might have been disappointed with Getz at the start of the season (10:10)

-Why Zack Burdi has struggled this season and a great sign of things to come (16:30)

-Why Kyle Kubat is so highly thought of in the White Sox farm system (18:20)

-How close Dylan Cease is to the major leagues (20:15) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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