Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel is new to the team, and his mother helped create a startlingly warm reception. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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.

This article first appeared on Sportress of Blogitude and was syndicated with permission.


  COMMENTS

The Morning Bark Newsletter. Emailed daily.

You'll 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.

Emailed daily. Always FREE!

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Can you name the league leaders in inning pitched since 2004?
SCORE:
0/32
TIME:
5:00
2019 / AL / HOU / 223.0
Justin Verlander
2019 / NL / WAS / 209.0
Stephen Strasburg
2018 / AL / CLE / 215.0
Corey Kluber
2018 / NL / WAS / 220.2
Max Scherzer
2017 / AL / BOS / 214.1
Chris Sale
2017 / NL / SF / 207.2
Jeff Samardzija
2016 / AL / BOS / 230.0
David Price
2016 / NL / WAS / 228.1
Max Scherzer
2015 / AL / HOU / 232.0
Dallas Keuchel
2015 / NL / 232.2 / LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2014 / AL / BOS / 248.1
David Price
2014 / NL / SF / 243.2
Johnny Cueto
2013 / AL / KC / 228.2
James Shields
2013 / NL / STL / 241.2
Adam Wainwright
2012 / AL / DET / 238.1
Justin Verlander
2012 / NL / NYM / 233.2
R.A. Dickey
2011 / AL / DET / 251.0
Justin Verlander
2011 / NL / STL / 237.1
Chris Carpenter
2010 / AL / SEA / 249.2
Felix Hernandez
2010 / NL / PHI / 250.2
Roy Halladay
2009 / AL / DET / 240.0
Justin Verlander
2009 / NL / STL / 233.0
Adam Wainwright
2008 / AL / TOR / 246.0
Roy Halladay
2008 / NL / NYM / 234.1
Johan Santana
2007 / AL / CLE / 241.0
CC Sabathia
2007 / NL / ARZ / 236.1
Brandon Webb
2006 / AL / MIN / 233.2
Johan Santana
2006 / NL / CIN / 240.2
Bronson Arroyo
2005 / AL / CHW / 236.2
Mark Buehrle
2005 / NL / MON / 246.1
Livan Hernandez
2004 / AL / CHW / 245.1
Mark Buehrle
2004 / NL / MON / 255.0
Livan Hernandez

Customize Your Newsletter

+

Get the latest news and rumors, customized to your favorite sports and teams. Emailed daily. Always free!

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.