Farewell to Minnie
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Our Friend and Hero
Holy Family Church in Chicago was the site of today’s memorial service for Minnie Minoso as the city and the game of baseball bid the Sox icon an emotional farewell.
Speakers at the service were Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County commissioner John Daley (on behalf of the Daley family), historian and author Dr. Adrian Burgos, friend of the family Zach Strauss, White Sox executive vice president Howard Pizer, former Sox teammate Billy Pierce and son Charlie Minoso (on behalf of the family). All expressed their love and admiration for Mr. White Sox.
Others attending the service included: Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, Executive Vice President Ken Williams, Hall of Famers Frank Thomas and Billy Williams, former Sox Carlos May and Ron Kittle and ex-major leaguer Jose Cardenal.
There was a procession immediately following the service that passed U.S. Cellular Field and the home plate of Old Comiskey Park, located in the parking lot adjacent to the ballpark (pictured above).
The new Sox lefty reliever visits with Casey Stern (with the microphone) and Jim Bowden on the MLB Radio Network.
Sox Notes of Note
Earlier this morning, the Sox played the Rockies in a “B” game at Camelback Ranch. RHP Erik Johnson started the game, allowing just one walk with three strikeouts over two innings of work…Jose Quintana will make his second start of the spring on Monday in Glendale vs. the Diamondbacks and closer David Robertson is set to see action as well…Highly-touted pitching prospect Tyler Danish is scheduled to start on Tuesday vs. the Royals in Surprise while John Danks will throw a simulated game the same day…Carlos Rodon will make his second start on Wednesday vs. the Rangers in Glendale.
Quote of the Day
Pierce, talking about Minnie at today’s memorial:
“I’ve known Minnie for more than 60 years and you’ll never have a better friend.”
White Sox vs. A’s at HoHoKam Stadium, Mesa (3:05 p.m., CT). Pitching schedule: RHP Jeff Samardzija, RHP Javy Guerra, RHP Chris Beck, RHP J.D. Martin, LHP Joe Savery, LHP Onelki Garcia.
Photo of the Day