Friday, December 19, 2014
An Early Christmas for White Sox Fans
As Christmas Day approaches, many Chicagoans are asking, “Haven’t we already celebrated Christmas?”
It’s certainly understandable to feel that way after the White Sox’ three Santas–Jerry Reinsdorf, Rick Hahn and Ken Williams–have demonstrated their generous gift-giving to Sox fans this offseason. The extraordinary “presents” under the proverbial Sox Christmas tree are in the form of pitchers Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson, Zach Duke and Dan Jennings, 1B/DH Adam LaRoche and outfielder Melky Cabrera. And the impressive haul is being praised throughout baseball as one of the most successful of the Winter Meetings/offseason.
Other fall acquisitions now on the 40-man roster include pitcher Michael Ynoa (obtained in the Samardzija deal) plus catcher Rob Brantly, outfielder J.B. Shuck and pitcher Onelki Garcia, who were selected on waivers from the Marlins, Indians and Dodgers, respectively.
A Sampling of Positive Industry Reaction
The added bonus to the acquisitions of Samardzija and LaRoche is that they both grew up as White Sox fans. Jeff rooted for the Sox while growing up in Northwest Indiana and Adam patrolled the team’s clubhouse when his dad, Dave, was the club’s pitching coach. Pretty cool, if you ask me.
They Said It…
Sox pitching coach Don Cooper on the day the Sox acquired both Samardzija and Robertson:
“I’m as excited as I’ve been on December 9th that I can remember. It’s an early Christmas present for sure.”
Adam Eaton on that same day:
“I was really fooled. I found myself sitting next to my phone and refreshing my Twitter as quickly as I could. When (the Robertson signing) came over it was like, ‘Holy Cow!'”…“I definitely think I speak for all of us (players) when I say that this is very exciting.”
Photo of the Day
SoxFest and Spring Training will be here before you know it…and here’s wishing you and your families a Happy Hanukkah, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Exciting times ahead.