The 100-loss White Sox didn't have much to celebrate as their season came to a close this weekend. But some of their players were among baseball's biggest partiers — and they did it Chicago, no less.
The White Sox made three separate trades with the Milwaukee Brewers this season, and three guys who started the year on the South Side ended the regular season by celebrating a division championship on the other side of town, thanks to Monday's victory over the Cubs in the dramatic Game 163.
Joakim Soria and Xavier Cedeno, two of the trio of ex-2018 White Sox, pitched in the same inning of Tuesday's game. Cedeno had some trouble, allowing a base hit and a walk, but Soria came on after him in the sixth inning and struck out Javy Baez to end one of the Cubs' few threats on the afternoon.
Both relievers gave props to the White Sox during the postgame celebration in the visiting clubhouse, and you can see what they — and Tyler Saladino, who was dealt away from the White Sox way back in April and played in 52 games for the Brewers this season — had to say in the video above.
Cedeno has been a strong addition to an already fearsome Brewers bullpen. He's allowed just one run in his 15 appearances. Soria hasn't fared quite as well, with a 4.09 ERA in 26 appearances, but he might have saved the game and the division title with his strikeout of Baez on Monday.
They're not the only two former White Sox arms in that relief corps, either. While they're the only ones sent directly from the South Side to Beer City this season, ex-White Sox hurlers Dan Jennings and Matt Albers are on the squad, too. And starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez, another midseason addition by the Brewers, has the distinction of being traded away from the White Sox organization twice (first for Jim Thome and then for Nick Swisher), both before he made his major league debut.
So while many White Sox fans would surely never think of reveling in a Cubs loss — cough, cough — at least they had something to celebrate Monday, with some former White Sox winning a division title.