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White Sox Talk Podcast: Dallas Keuchel's wakeup call to the White Sox

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Dallas Keuchel's wakeup call to the White Sox

After an embarrassing loss to the Detroit Tigers on Monday, Dallas Keuchel called out his teammates in person and in the media to be better and it seems to have worked.

Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey discuss Keuchel's leadership in the White Sox locker room, and the team's response to Keuchel's comments. They also dive into Tim Anderson's return to the lineup after coming back from injury and his home run trot after crushing a ball.

(2:00) - Keuchel's importance to the White Sox

(6:40) - Should Rick Renteria have called out the team instead of Keuchel?

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(11:00) - Tim Anderson's leadoff home run trot

(16:30) - White Sox bullpen is coming through

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White Sox' Tim Anderson digs Blazers' Damian Lillard doing things his way

White Sox' Tim Anderson digs Blazers' Damian Lillard doing things his way

They say game sees game. Well, TA sees Dame.

Tim Anderson tweeted out some love for Damian Lillard after the Trailblazers superstar talked about how important it was to him to win a championship in Portland, and nowhere else.

“The grass ain’t always greener,” Lillard said. “I feel like we can really build something in Portland and get it done. I really believe that… This is what I really want to accomplish and I’m willing to all-out commit to that.”

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Anderson has shared a similar sentiment for years, citing the connection he feels with young kids growing on the South Side.

“I’m going to continue to play hard and keep playing for my team and the South Side,” said in April 2019. “I’m in a place where I want to be. I’m going to continue to play hard and keep having fun.”

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He elaborated on his experience playing in Chicago later that year on a podcast with C.J. McCollum, who is coincidentally one of Lillard’s teammates on the Blazers.

"I enjoy it [the responsibility of being the lone black player on the White Sox],” said Anderson. “A lot of those kids in the area [the South Side], they kinda remind me of myself.

“Everything [is] not always good [for kids in inner-city communities], so I think that understanding that and kinda being a role model and motivating and inspiring those kids that look like me. And I look like them, so I think it's easier for those kids to look up to me. So that's why I go out and play hard and....enjoy the moment and do those crazy things on the field.....because that's what those kids like."

That last sentiment, enjoying the moment, also plays into “game seeing game” and “TA seeing Dame.”

“I don’t live my life, or play the game, to the standards or expectations of other people,” Lillard said. “I do it for the reasons I love.”

Again, this lines up perfectly with Anderson’s ethos, from bat flips to having fun on the field and wanting to “change the game.”

“We’re just making those younger guys comfortable now,” Anderson said on CC Sabathia’s podcast last March. “Allowing them to be themselves because like I said, when you’re yourself, that’s when I’m going to get the best you. You’re going to go out and play hard and be excited and do whatever it takes to make that play. But when you’re not being yourself, then obviously who knows what could happen. You could be nervous or whatever, scared of what the next guy thinks.

"Do you. Whatever you do, do you because that’s how we’re going to get the best you.”

Anderson extends that to the “traditional” way of doing things around baseball.

“The thing I would change are them weak ass unwritten rules. “They need to let us know what the rules is. Can we have fun? Are we going to let the kids play or what?”


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White Sox' Tim Anderson knows his impact on lineup better than anyone else

White Sox' Tim Anderson knows his impact on lineup better than anyone else

Saying the White Sox are happy to have Tim Anderson back in the lineup might be the understatement of the season.

In his second game back from a 10-day IL stint, Anderson again set the tone for the entire day, this time with a 10-pitch leadoff at-bat that culminated in a home run. He finished the day going 4-5, with three runs, and was a double shy of hitting for the cycle.

And no one knows how important he is to the Sox offense better than Anderson himself.

“I definitely want to start the party,” Anderson said. “I’m the energizer bunny, baby. Just my presence being in that lineup, definitely makes the guys go, makes the other team scared.”

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Opposing teams should be terrified, as Anderson is somehow hitting the ball even better than last season when he won the MLB batting title. Tuesday’s performance pushed his season average to .385 and his OPS to a whopping 1.107.

Anderson’s assertion that he makes the rest of the White Sox lineup go is backed up by the numbers, as well. Since returning to the lineup, the White Sox have gone 2-0 and scored 15 runs. In the six games before that, the team went 1-5 and only scored 11 runs.

Anderson’s teammates have felt his presence, too, but it’s not just his ability at the plate. Anderson provides intangibles for this team and is starting to feel like a “glue guy.” Think A.J. Pierzynski or Aaron Rowand. Yes, these guys played great in the field, but they added even more value in the clubhouse, off the field.

“He’s an excellent leadoff,” said Luis Robert via translater Billy Russo. “Just the energy he provides in the dugout, in the field, it’s important.”

“You can’t overlook it,” said Rick Renteria on Tuesday. “You know, what he does, he does. It’s just natural, it’s who he is. You know when it’s missing.”

If you’re somehow still dubious about how much of an impact Anderson makes on this team, he doesn’t mind.

“Let ‘em sleep, baby,” Anderson said. “Let ‘em sleep. There’s a lot of doubters out there. They’re motivating me like, ‘Who’s gonna be the leadoff guy?’ Nothing against Luis Robert, but, c’mon man. C’mon.”


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