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White Sox OF prospect helps one young fan leave Camelback Ranch extremely happy

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White Sox OF prospect helps one young fan leave Camelback Ranch extremely happy

25-year old White Sox outfield prospect Joel Booker has plenty of untapped potential and once was called the most underrated prospect in the White Sox farm system by our own Chuck Garfien. In 2018, Booker batted .279/.360/.399 and supplied a solid combo of speed and power. He chipped in 26 stolen bases, 7 home runs and 38 RBI over his season between the Winston-Salem Dash and Birmingham Barons (in 2018).

But on Thursday, Booker showed how baseball can be bigger than the numbers, in making one lucky fan’s dreams come true.

Booker autographed a baseball for six-year-old Joan Stiltner and from the looks of the photo, Stiltner was absolutely overjoyed.

Amid all the initial disappointment amongst White Sox faithful over the lack of superstar free agents acquisitions this offseason, it is refreshing to get a reminder that the start of the MLB season is joyous time for all baseball fans, regardless of where your team ranks on the MLB-power-structure-totem pole.

MLB releases Cubs 2019 Spring Training schedule

MLB releases Cubs 2019 Spring Training schedule

Major League Baseball released the 2019 Spring Traning schedule Wednesday morning and the Cubs are once again heading to Fort Meyers, FL to face the Red Sox to conclude Spring Training on March 25th & 26th. As of right now, the Cubs have 34 games this spring starting on February 23rd against the Brewers at Sloan Park.

The Cubs will play 18 home games at Sloan Park and another 16 on the road. They will face the White Sox twice, once at home in Mesa on March 3rd and again on March 15th in Glendale. The Cubs will also host the Rockies on St. Patrick's day, so expect both clubs to be sporting the kelly green hats. 

The coolest matchup will be the two games against Boston, especially since both clubs play in the two different Spring Training leagues and rarely meet during the regular season. And with the way both clubs have been playing as of late, it could be a potential World Series rematch - but we're getting ahead of ourselves. 

Cubs Talk Podcast: Kelly Crull and Jesse Rogers talk second day of camp

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Kelly Crull and Jesse Rogers talk second day of camp

Day 2 is in the books, and Cubs players continue to react to the team's pickup of Yu Darvish. Kelly Crull and Jesse Rogers discuss the Yu Darvish effect and how teammates and coaches believe the best of Darvish is yet to come. 

Plus, the odd-man out in the start rotation Mike Montgomery deals with losing his opportunity to be a regular member of the Starting 5.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.