Found July 12, 2013 on
Grab Some Bench:
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.
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The Chicago White Sox are going nowhere this year and have a bunch of old players that will be gone either this year or after the 2014 season. Time to reboot, reload and make another run to do that they need to trade Chris Sale.
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Boston could always use another Thornton, right?
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It’s entirely possible that Luke Putkonen just lost grip of his pitch, leading it to sail behind Alexei Ramirez at the plate, but probably not.
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Detroit reliever Luke Putkonen threw a pitch behind Chicago's Alexei Ramirez, and both benches and bullpens emptied in the top of the sixth inning of Thursday's game between the Tigers and White Sox.
An inning after Chris Sale threw high and inside to Tigers star Prince Fielder, the trouble occurred. Ramirez started toward the mound after nearly being hit, pointing at Putkonen...
The Red Sox took the first step toward shoring up their embattled bullpen Friday, acquiring left-handed reliever Matt Thornton from the White Sox.
Thornton fills a serious need for the Red Sox, as Andrew Miller‘s injury last week left Craig Breslow as the only southpaw remaining in the Boston bullpen.
Miller, whose impending foot surgery will likely put him out for the remainder...
Going into this series, no one figured the White Sox had much of a chance against the dreaded lineup of the Detroit Tigers.
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***Game One with the Tigers
White Sox - 11 Detroit - 4
Behind the mike calling the game is the crew from the Detroit Tigers
Uniform of the day is – Grey Pants, Black Jerseys, with White Trim, Letters and Numbers
Pitching Staff today is Jose Quintana, Simon Castro
Playing Staff today is – De Aza, Ramirez, Rios, Dunn, Keppinger, Gillaspie, Viciedo, Beckham, Phegley...
It is game two of the three game series.
Dylan Axelrod is in the mound office today. So far there is no rain, so it looks like an on time start.
Grab that snack and see you soon.
*2 – 0 (tigers Lead)
Sox – De Aza(ground out to first), Ramirez(ground out to short), Rios(ground out to short),
Tigers - (flied out to center)(single to left)(popped...
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