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Greene, Thornton hold off Crete

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Greene, Thornton hold off Crete

Friday, Dec. 31, 2010
8:50 PM
By Tim O'Brien
Yourseason.com

Watching the varsity squad win the 2008 Big Dipper as a sophomore, Thorntons Brian Greene Jr. couldnt help but think that he wanted to be part of that championship feeling.

So after the Wildcats were knocked out in the semifinals in 2009, the senior swingman made sure he left his impression on the 2010 McDipper.

Scoring 22 points and being named tournament MVP, Greene Jr. led Thornton to a 57-55 win in the McDipper championship Thursday night over Crete-Monee.

This feels great, and I watched that 2008 team win it and always wanted to be a part of the team, Greene Jr. said. I wanted to win that championship, and we did it as a team effort. Everybody made big plays.

The tournament title is Thorntons seventh and first since 2008. Greenes 20 points led the Wildcats (12-0) with Jay Parker (eight points) and Antonio Levy (seven) contributing.

It means so much for the program and the community with the bragging rights, Thornton coach Troy Jackson said. (Brian) played out of his mind. He grew up and matured and is definitely a Division I prospect.

Thornton only trailed twice the entire game but consistently found the Warriors nipping at their heels. After a back and forth fourth quarter, it was Cretes LaQuon Treadwells three-pointer from the right wing that tied the game at 55 with 1:43 remaining in the game.

Parker responded with a driving basket that proved to be the game-winner to put Thornton up at 57-55 with 1:23 to go.

In the closing seconds, Jamee Crockett had one last shot at sending the game to overtime with a long jumper from the left side, but the shot hit the far rim where Thorntons Charles Knowles corralled the rebound to preserve the win.

You have to execute down the stretch and get every defensive rebound, and we didnt do that in certain possessions, Crete-Monee coach Matt Ryndak said. We gave up some second shots and turned the ball over, and you cant do those things against Thornton.

Crockett finished with 20 points for Crete-Monee (9-2) who finished in second place for the second straight season after losing to Hales a year ago. Marvie Keith (14 points) and Michael Orris (12 points) also chipped in for the Warriors.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.

With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.

Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Rick Renteria issues another benching after Welington Castillo doesn't hustle on popup

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Rick Renteria issues another benching after Welington Castillo doesn't hustle on popup

One thing you better do if you play for Rick Renteria is run to first base.

Yet again, Renteria benched one of his players Monday for the sin of not hustling down the line.

Welington Castillo, a veteran, not a developing player in need of ample “learning experiences,” popped up to first base with two runners on and nobody out in the sixth inning of Monday’s eventual 3-2 loss to the visiting Baltimore Orioles. He did not run down to first, instead staying at home plate.

So when the inning ended and the White Sox took the field, Castillo stayed in the dugout.

Ricky’s boys don’t quit, or so the slogan goes. But what happens when a player doesn’t live up to that mantra? What happens when they don’t play their absolute hardest for all 27 outs, as the T-shirts preach? This is what happens. A benching.

“It was towering fly ball in the infield at first, probably had 15, 20 seconds of hangtime,” Renteria explained after the game. “I assumed the dropped ball. It has occurred. He could, at minimum, at least start moving that way.

“That’s uncharacteristic of him, to be honest, it truly is. Maybe he was just frustrated in that he had the fly ball and just stayed at the plate, but there was no movement toward first at all. And you guys have heard me talk to all the guys about at least giving an opportunity to move in that particular direction.

“Everybody says, ‘Well, 99 out of (100) times he’s going to catch that ball.’ And then that one time that he doesn’t, what would I do if the ball had been dropped? Would it have made it easier to pull him? Well, it was just as easy because you expect not the best, but the worst.

“That is uncharacteristic of that young man. I had a quick conversation with him on the bench, and he knew and that was it.”

It might seem a little overdramatic, a little nutty, even, to sit down a veteran catcher brought in this offseason to provide some offense and to do it in a one-run game. But this rebuild is about more than just waiting around for the minor league talent to make its way to the South Side. It’s about developing an organizational culture, too. And Renteria feels that if he lets this kind of thing slide at the big league level, that won’t send the right message to those precious prospects who will one day fill out this lineup.

“There’s one way to do it, you get your action, you start moving toward that direction in which you’ve got to go,” Renteria said. “What would’ve happened if everybody’s watching it — and I’m setting the tone for not only here, our club, (but also for) everybody in the minor leagues — and they’re saying, ‘Well, at the top, they said they’re going to do this and then they don’t do it.’

“It’s really simple. And people might like it, not like it. I’ve got to do this, do that so everybody understands what we’re trying to do here. We’re not done with what we’re trying to do.”

This isn’t the first time this has happened in 2018. Avisail Garcia was taken out of a game during spring training for not giving maximum effort. Leury Garcia was removed from a game earlier this month for not busting it down the first-base line on a weak grounder that went right to the first baseman.

It’s become a somewhat common tactic for Renteria, and while it might strike some as taking things a little too seriously, what good is this developmental season if a culture goes undeveloped? The White Sox have placed their bright future, in part, in Renteria’s hands, and they’ve talked glowingly about how the players have bought into his style and how the team played last season under his leadership.

If Renteria truly is the right man for the rebuild, things like this are how he’s going to establish his culture. And it will, he hopes, impact how all those prospects play when they’re no longer prospects and the White Sox are contending for championships.