“Adam Eaton Will Forever Be a Hero in His Eyes”
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
An E-mail From a Sox Fan Titled “Biggest Little Sox Fan!”
I am a Chicago native that was born and raised a die-hard White Sox fan, but I now live in the Phoenix, AZ area. I have a 4 year old son, Colton (pictured above) who is also a huge Sox fan. We had the opportunity to attend opening day at Camelback Ranch on March 4th. My son started noticing the ballparks getting ready for spring training a few weeks ago and has been asking non-stop when baseball is starting. He is such a HUGE Sox fan, he even has a White Sox bedroom. That being said, I can’t say enough about how amazing your players are when it comes to interacting with your fans.
We arrived at the stadium 90 minutes early so we had time to grab some hot dogs and get to our seats in time for autographs. My son received autographs from Penny, Eaton, Ramirez and more. This made him so happy, he was even telling me that he’s lucky. And then his day got even better. In the middle of the 4th inning Adam Eaton was on his way off the field. While passing by he tossed a handful of bubble gum to the fans. He then stopped in front of my son and handed him the bat he used to play the game, saying it was for the little fan. At the moment my son was sort of stunned and speechless, but once Adam walked away and he realized what had happened he was so excited. All he’s talked about for the past 2 days is his White Sox bat. I had to explain to him why he can’t take it to school and I’m pretty sure he would sleep with it if I let him. I don’t know if this is something that happens often during games, but it meant more to my son than words could ever explain. Adam Eaton will forever be a hero in his eyes.
He loves baseball so much and being able to interact with players really made a lasting impression on him. We make 2-3 trips to Chicago during the summer and going to game day with his Grandpa is always the highlight of the trip. He was sad to leave after the spring training game and was already asking when we can go to the park with the shower (fan shower in the outfield concourse at U.S. Cellular Field). He is truly your biggest little fan.
I’ve attached a picture of my son with his new, most prized possession at opening day. Please pass along our immense gratitude to Adam Eaton if at all possible. We will be attending several more games during spring training (I would take the whole month of March off if I could) and look forward to cheering on the White Sox.
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Royals at Surprise (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable pitching order: RHP Tyler Danish, LHP Erik Surkamp, RHP Scott Carroll, LHP Joe Savery, RHP Arcenio Leon, RHP Raul Fernandez, LHP Zach Phillips, RHP Nolan Sanburn.
Micah Johnson (pictured below) came to the rescue with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the White Sox came back to tie the Diamondbacks at 3-3 in a game called after nine at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Shortstop Juan Diaz also smashed a solo homer and outfielder Trayce Thompson drove in a run on a sac fly…In his Cactus League debut, David Robertson gave up a hit and struck out a batter in a scoreless third…Matt Albers and Jairo Asencio pitched a perfect six and seventh, respectively, and Maikel Cleto struck out the side in the ninth.
White Sox Featured on MLB Network
The White Sox will be front and center on the “30 Clubs in 30 Days” series tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m., CT.
Sox Notes of Note
Jesse Crain (pictured below) is getting closer to pitching in a game. He threw 30 pitches during live batting practice yesterday and will be out there again tomorrow or Thursday…John Danks will pitch a simulated game today and Hector Noesi is scheduled to pitch in a “B” game tomorrow…The Sox are putting a high priority on baserunning and basestealing this spring. Click on the link: http://chicago.suntimes.com/baseball/7/71/426857/white-sox-embracing-better-baserunning-stealing-bags
Quote of the Day
Former Sox MVP Dick Allen on the passing of Minnie Minoso and the adulation Minnie is getting from his hometown fans.
“Goes to show all the baseball world of the true sincere loyalty of Chicago Sports Fans. The White Sox did retire his number 9…Well Deserved…a real player and even better human being…he had a love of baseball, The White Sox and a spirit of love for all human life. He loved Chicago almost as much as I do for what the city has done for me. Rest in Baseball Peace Minnie. Shame on the writers for not giving him his due in the The Hall. Nevertheless, he’s in mine. My friend Minnie Minoso.”
White Sox vs. Rangers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m.). Probable pitching order: LHP Carlos Rodon, RHP Javy Guerra, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Logan Kensing.
Photo of the Day
Spring Training fun.