With Three Straight Wins, the Sox are Finding Their Way Through the Fog
I had the opportunity earlier today to attend the unveiling of the “White Sox Family Field rooftop” at the downtown Chicago Ronald McDonald House along with Jerry Reinsdorf, Howard Pizer, Christine O’Reilly, Chris Sale, Jesse Crain and Gavin Floyd (it might tell you something about Gavin to hear that he stopped by the ballpark last night and when he heard about the event, asked to attend along with his wife).
This Ronald McDonald House is the largest in the world, featuring 86 rooms, and serves as a home-away-from-home for families and outpatients undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital downtown. The rooftop provides kids with a place to play outside on a small-scale U.S. Cellular Field (heavy on Southpaw graphics).
Visiting with families and kids certainly put a perspective on things, and seeing the year-old facility was awesome. Here are Floyd, Sale and Crain talking with a youngster (top) and a look at the replica field:
On the elevator ride up to the roof, Jerry Reinsdorf joked with Jesse Crain that we needed to get a two-run lead for the ace reliever to give him a little breathing room.
“Why?” Chris Sale piped in. “What difference would it make. No one scores off him anyway.”
The facility features a very cool kaleidoscopic sculpture that you can make move by cranking a wheel. Sale couldn’t stop and didn’t want to leave the kids. All three players gave their uniform tops to children (so we might need a nifty move by clubhouse manager Vince Fresso by game time!)
As they planned out the event, folks from the House asked the players to help a four-year-old throw out the “first pitch” and then have him “hit” a pitch and run the bases.
They asked Floyd to throw the pitch with the kid. “Me?” Gavin laughed, pointing to the large brace on his arm. “As long as it’s underhand!”
“Don’t have Crain pitch to the kid,” Sale said. “He won’t get a hit.”
Speaking of Jesse