Hawk Harrelson likens these White Sox to “raising children … in their early teens they sprout their wings. As parents, you see a lot you don’t like.”
But if you can resist the temptation to disown them …
“Talent-wise, this is by far the best we’ve had since I’ve been here. Not even close,” said Harrelson, who has been with the Sox since 1982. “I said at SoxFest that we’re not going to contend this year or next year, in my opinion. In 2020, we have a chance to grow and be a monster.”
Harrelson spoke with the Tribune before calling Sunday’s game. At 76, he plans to take part in about 20 broadcasts before becoming a team ambassador in 2019.
He hopes to be around long after that, saying: “Over the next 10 years this is the best chance for Chicago to have a crosstown World Series. The Cubs aren’t going anywhere. They’re good, and I’m happy they’re good.”
As for the Sox, Harrelson said that second baseman Yoan Moncada “can do anything on a baseball field he wants to do. You take a look at a guy like Freddie Lynn. Ichiro Suzuki. Moncada, he can do anything he wants to do if he stays and listens to (manger) Rick (Renteria). We have the perfect guy to be running this show with the influx of Latin players. Perfect man.”
Moncada and Renteria stamped out a mini-controversy from Saturday’s game, with both saying Moncada exited the game early because of hamstring tightness, rather than a less-than-exemplary run to first on a groundout.
No update on Farquhar: A new day brought no new information regarding White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar, who collapsed in the dugout Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm.
White Sox officials continue to say he is in critical but stable condition.
Renteria addressed the Sox players about it but is keeping updates brief out of respect for Farquhar’s family.
“Let the medical staff do what they can do and then at the appropriate time, everybody will let us know when it’s OK to go ahead and reach out and go see him,” he said.
Farquhar, 31, remains in the care of Dr. Demetrius Lopes and the neurosurgical team at Rush University Medical Center.
Century club: The White Sox became the first American League team to issue 100 walks. Starter Reynaldo Lopez issued four in five innings, throwing just 56 strikes in 100 pitches.
That high pitch count wasn’t the only reason he did not work deeper in the game. He had what Renteria called a “little stomach thing” and what Lopez termed a “stomach ache.”
“I wasn’t feeling good physically,” Lopez said. “I felt the discomfort as soon as I woke up. But it’s no excuse for me to not do my job. I didn’t tell anybody till the end of the game.”
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