Sunday, March 6, 2011
Matt Buys Dinner
The White Sox and Matt Thornton agreed today on a two-year contract extension (through 2013) with a club option for 2014.
“Both sides are satisfied and I am very satisfied,” Thornton said of the deal. ”It is a really exciting situation. It’s a substantial amount of money for my family and for the future of my children and hopefully their children.
“It was an easy choice with an organization like this, especially over the past five months or so, bringing in some pieces and maintaining the core guys,” Thornton said.
“They gave me a lot of security, and they put trust in me to be a part of their organization for the next three years. My goal is to make it at least four (referring to the club option for a 4th), and hopefully, I can finish my career in Chicago. I want to be in Chicago the rest of the way.
“I expect to go out and perform the same way I always have,” the lefty said. “It means a lot that I wanted to stay here and be a part of this. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else in the game of baseball. I love being in Chicago- the city, the fans, the organization.”
Reliever Sergio Santos didn’t want to miss his son’s first Little League game so what did he do? Drive home to SoCal and then back this morning because the moment was too important to miss.
Manager Ozzie Guillen and infielder Omar Vizquel sat talking in the White Sox clubhouse this morning. As I walked past, I thought, ‘How many thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of ground balls have those two guys fielded in their lives?’
Heading to Tucson tomorrow for our Charity Game matchup with the Arizona Diamondbacks. I’m looking forward to being back in the Old Pueblo and am debating where to eat dinner. Klein, if you are coming to the game, let me know …
Edwin Jackson, Josh Kinney, Sergio Santos, Chris Sale and Charlie Leesman throw in Tucson tomorrow, while Jeff Marquez, Lucas Harrell, Nate Jones, Freddy Dolsi, Anthony Carter, Kyle Cofield and Gregory Infante hurl vs. Cleveland in the other split squad matchup.