First-year Chicago White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel recently created some headlines by footing the bill for a $25,000 team dinner, but his mother’s fiery rallying cry that evening ought to be what’s receiving most of the attention.
In front of approximately 125 members of the White Sox organization, Keuchel’s mother, Theresa, delivered a profane one-liner that surely won’t be forgotten soon by anyone in attendance.
“Playoffs or die, b—hes!” Teresa exclaimed, via NBC Sports Chicago.
It turns out that Keuchel’s mom did not take it upon herself to motivate the White Sox in such an outrageous manner ahead of a 2020 season believed to be full of promise. Instead, Keuchel admitted he put her up to it, and for an amusingly good reason.
“She hadn’t paid up on a few bets before that, so she wasn’t the happiest. So she did it for me,” Keuchel said. “We’ve gone back and forth on numerous bets over the years. She doesn’t like public speaking by any means, so that was the gist of it for her to get up there and keep it light hearted. Just say, ‘Hey, hope everyone had a great time. Good luck on the season,’ and then I had her say the b-word.”
White Sox manager Rick Renteria was 100% behind what Keuchel’s mom had to say, even if the manner in which she expressed it left the room stunned.
“She was pretty succinct with her message and I think everyone appreciated it,” Renteria said.
After a decade-plus of some really lean years for the South Siders, things are finally beginning to look up for the White Sox. The team was aggressive this past offseason, bringing in Keuchel on a three-year, $55 million deal.
Perhaps the biggest move, however, was signing Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal. The White Sox also signed Edwin Encarnacion on a one-year, $12 million deal.
The Minnesota Twins without question remain the favorites in the AL Central. That being said, between the above acquisitions and the continued development of the team’s already-established younger players, maybe Keuchel’s mom is on to something.
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