First, developments heading into the weekend:
The sort of a-little-too-late Hawk victory tour rolls on with some interesting pairings, while Steve Stone and Jason Benetti perhaps actually will have a meal with one another during the time off:
The celebration of Hawk’s final season in the broadcast booth continues this season as special guests will join Hawk in the booth:— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) June 15, 2018
– Frank Thomas on 6/17 on WGN-TV
– Paul Konerko on 8/19 on NBC Sports Chicago
– A.J. Pierzynski on 9/2 on NBC Sports Chicago pic.twitter.com/ls6W3tA7ya
Personally, I hope this is an entree to get A.J. involved in White Sox broadcasts full-time. Maybe he can just roam around the park during home games, accepting accolades from adoring fans and giving people crap for whatever it is A.J. likes to take the piss out of people for.
On the Hawk-A.J. broadcast day, September 2, there’s this marvel, which may make the Hawk alarm clock pale by comparison:
Join us 9/2 for the Hawk Harrelson nesting doll giveaway (first 10,000 fans)! The giveaway commemorates phases of Hawk’s career in each doll, depicting Hawk as a broadcaster, a front office executive wearing his cowboy hat and as a Red Sox player.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) June 15, 2018
: https://t.co/lYM6ibpmp9 pic.twitter.com/VKZ6HOKZ5q
And finally, an actual baseball move: Triple-A Charlotte reliever Gregory Infante was outrighted off of the 40-man roster today. Chris Beck recently suffered the same fate, and is now a New York Met; we’ll see if the Baltimore Orioles or any other club bites on Infante or not.
The best White Sox starter not named after a legendary 1960s songwriter (OK, I made that up, Covey), Reynaldo López, takes the hill tonight vs. the Detroit Tigers.
Somehow, Leonys Martin is still starting and leading off for the Tigers, yet Detroit remains 7 1⁄2 games better than the White Sox: