Ramón Laureano was as surprised as anyone when Eloy Jiménez ripped a double in the third inning of the White Sox Wild Card game against the Oakland A’s. The A’s centerfielder was mic’d up and chatting with the ESPN broadcasting booth when Jiménez ripped a double to the left center gap, forcing him to give chase. But when Laureano went to throw the ball back in, he was angry to see Jiménez trotting into second.
“Damn, he can f--king run!” Laureano said, forgetting for a moment he was live on TV. Later, he clarified he was shocked to see Jiménez on second easily, as he thought Jiménez was still nursing an ankle injury.
The scouting report was right as Jiménez had to be replaced by pinch-runner James McCann after running out his double. Apparently a healthy dose of adrenaline after hitting his first postseason extra-base hit helped Jiménez leg it out.
Laureano wasn’t done providing color commentary on the young Sox hitters either. On the very next at-bat, Luis Robert ripped his second hit-- and earned his second RBI-- of the day.
“That Robert kid is on fire,” Laureano said.
Sure is. After a lackluster September, Sox fans are hoping a new month will mean renewed success for Robert too.