Let’s distract ourselves by looking at some entertaining nuggets from the White Sox media guide that have little or nothing to do with baseball.
— Lucas Giolito’s parents are actors. I’m sure you already knew that. Just like you probably knew that his grandfather was also an actor and played George’s fiance's father on “Seinfeld.” But did you know that Giolito’s father, Rick, appeared in programs like “Jake and the Fatman” and “Hit the Dutchman?” In the former, he played a character named Frank D’Amaso. In the latter, he played Carmine Genovese.
— Dallas Keuchel majored in apparel studies at the University of Arkansas.
— On the subject of apparel, Yasmani Grandal is a co-owner of Force3 Pro Gear, described on its website as “a visionary, 21st century company dedicated to enhancing and revolutionizing protective equipment for active participants in all sports.” They make catcher’s equipment, as well as protective masks for umpires. Former White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers is featured on the website.
— Alex Colome’s nickname is “El Caballo,” which means “The Horse.” White Sox fans may remember that this was also Carlos Lee’s nickname. Can there be “Dos Caballos?”
— Bench coach Joe McEwing is in the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
— Nomar Mazara’s father is a retired general in the Dominican Navy. It’s called the Armada de Republica Dominicana, and it’s been around since 1844.
“When people ask me if my father was in the Navy, they’re surprised because they have no idea we have a Navy,” Mazara told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson in 2016. “It’s totally different than (in the United States).”
— Pitching prospect Jonathan Stiever earned State Player of the Year honors as a high school senior in 2015… in football. He played defensive back and wide receiver at Cedarburg High School in Wisconsin. Watch him ball:
— Pitching coach Don Cooper has an honorary doctoral degree from the New York Institute of Technology and addressed graduation in 2006 via satellite before a Crosstown game against the Cubs.
— In the mid-1980s, head groundskeeper Roger Bossard designed and built the first natural turf soccer fields in Saudi Arabia, and continues to serve as a consultant to the royal family.
“Saudi Arabia is an experience I will never forget, working with royalty,” he told West Suburban Living in 2014. “And they treated me royally as well.”
— Eloy Jimenez “enjoys PlayStation.”