The Chicago White Sox totally had a ball - without one.
In a throwback to comic routines from the game's distant past, the White Sox played ''shadow ball'' Thursday night, pantomiming catches and throws during a mock infield drill.
Coach Joe McEwing said the team ran out of time for a full practice before playing at Yankee Stadium. Instead, they went through all the motions, minus a ball. Phantom warmups were popular in the 1920s and 1930s in the majors, Negro Leagues and with barnstorming clubs.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura recalled once doing it when he played for the Mets. Most big league teams don't take infield practice anymore.
Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko had never even seen a shadow routine. He said Friday he enjoyed it and predicted the White Sox would try it again, perhaps as a good-luck charm after they wound up winning.
''Guys had fun. Maybe in July or August, when it gets hot, we'll break out the ball - or not break it out,'' McEwing said.