Originally written on Grab Some Bench  |  Last updated 11/10/14
Recently, we had a chance to have a quick chat with emerging White Sox star, Hector Santiago. Zach: The 2013 White Sox is a mix of very young players and others with tons of MLB experience under their belt. How does that combination add up in the clubhouse? Hector: We all just click together. Younger guys, veterans, we all just come together to try to get the job done. Zach: With the team's struggles this year, Robin Ventura has continued to be the quiet leader that he is. Us fans and media members don't see him getting to low despite the hardships. How has he led the team this year with all the struggles as opposed to last year, which went much better? Hector: He just tries to do it by being positive all the time. Every day, he tells us to keep fighting. Zach: As a ball player who has to come to the park every day no matter if the team is winning or losing, how do you keep the competitive energy up when things aren't going well as a unit? Hector: By the love of the game. No matter what the situation is, you still get excited and happy that you've got the opportunity to play in the big leagues. Zach: All in all, you've been a pretty consistent pitcher throughout your 2+ MLB seasons. What are the things, as a pitcher and as a person, that you're constantly working on to get better going forward? Hector: My focus. Focusing on the zone, hitting my spots, and the goal ahead. Zach: What's it like being a young, successful athlete living some of the prime of his life in the great city of Chicago? Hector: It's fun! It's a nice city. A bit city. They love their professional sports teams so when you're doing well, you hear them behind you all the time. Zach: If you had to describe the White Sox' mentality going toward the 1/2 of 2013 left to be played, what would it be? Hector: To fight. We're a tough team, so we're not going to give in. We're going to give it our all. We all want to win. Zach: Is there any reason you're number 53? Any rhyme or reason behind it? Hector: I'm number 53 because they gave it to me. Zach: Finally, we were wondering if you have a nickname you go by (or that you like to go by). Last year, we had Scott Merkin pitch to you the nickname "Screwgie," which I came up with. He said that you liked it and Hawk even referred to you by that name a time or two on air. So ... Can we have the honor of making you're official nickname Screwgie?! Hector: Screwgie is fine with me ... but they usually call me "Turbo." Zach: Who is your favorite baseball player to watch? Hector: I really like watching Andy Pettite. Zach: Who is your favorite baseball player of all-time? Hector: Edgar Martinez is my favorite. Zach: Chicago style pizza or New York style pizza? Hector: New York style pizza all day.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bills will return to Ralph Wilson Stadium for Sunday's game

Miller to Oregon transfer rumor originates on Reddit

Valencia FC ditches bat logo amidst DC Comics challenge

Paul Pierce: Celtics' Big Three was like 'Holy Trinity'

Cubs reportedly offer Jon Lester more than $135 million

Colin Kaepernick: Jim Harbaugh will be back in 2015

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jeremy Maclin not happy with Riley Cooper’s contract remark

Broncos reportedly waive kicker McManus, sign Connor Barth

Report: Browns not committed to Brian Hoyer long-term

Pablo Sandoval, Red Sox officially agree to contract

Ex-NFLer passed out in Wendy's drive-thru, arrested for DUI

Ex-NFL DB Fred Smoot arrested on domestic assault charges

NBA rookie rankings after 1st month of 2014-15 season

Statistic about Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler very revealing

Aaron Rodgers blasts those who accused him of trolling Vikings

The century's 10 most one-sided college football rivalries

WATCH: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of NBA's first month

Sherman mocks NFL media policies in press conference

Why Packers' offense continues to evolve despite success

'Fire Idzik' billboard updated with suggestion for Jets owner

Watt buys pizza, shows gratitude to Houston firefighters, cops

College football's post-Week 13 Playoff projection

Which teams have the best shot at an undefeated season?

Infographic: Terrell Suggs' sack victims after notching 100th

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Braxton Miller headed to Oregon?

The century's 10 most one-sided college football rivalries

Pierce: C's Big Three like 'Holy Trinity'

Maclin unhappy with Cooper comments

Post-Week 13 CFB Playoff projection

What has Masai Ujiri built in Toronto?

How L.A. should replace Hanley

Lester, Red Sox still talking contract

Why each NFL team should be thankful

Could Kentucky beat the 76ers?

Greatest college football rivalries

LeBron on losing streak: 'I stink'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.