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White Sox Weekly (06-25-2017) Part 2

Connor McKnight hosts PART 2 of this week’s White Sox Weekly. We re-live the Mark Buehrle #56 retirement ceremony, with speeches from Sox TV Play by Play announcer Hawk Harrelson, Pitching Coach Don Cooper, White Sox Hall Of Famer Frank Thomas, and of course Mark Buehrle himself. We also listen back to a conversation between Buehrle, and the White Sox Radio Broadcast Team Ed Farmer, and Darrin Jackson. Connor keeps us up to date with the status of White Sox Pitcher Carlos Rodon, with Rodon’s own comments about coming back to the big leagues, as well as Manager Ricky Renteria’s pre-game comments about Rodon’s return to the White Sox starting rotation.

No. 56 Gets its Place in History

Mark Buehrle Day had all the fanfare he never really wanted. Sometimes, though, a celebration needs fanfare regardless.

With Hawk Harrelson leading the parade, Buehrle was joined on the field by family and friends, teammates and trainers, coaches and chairmen. He spoke, briefly but earnestly, about his appreciation and genuine awe about the honor being given to him. For a guy who said time and time again he hates public speaking, he seemed comfortable–if overwhelmed–by his latest chance to perform at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Buehrle’s career is filled with unbelievable fun facts. He was cut by his high school team–twice. He was drafted in the 38th round. He never threw a 95 mph fastball. He threw a complete game in the World Series–and earned a save. He threw over 200 innings in 14 of his 16 big league seasons. The only two in which he failed to throw 200+ were his rookie season (in which he was mostly a reliever) and his final season (where he threw on two-days rest on the final day of the season needing two innings to hit the mark).

Despite a lack of swing-and-miss stuff, Buehrle threw a no-hitter and a perfect game. He logged 27 career complete games–one of them in the 2005 World Series. That championship, he said, was the greatest achievement of his career. It’s an achievement reached by a team, not just one man. A fitting choice for Buehrle.

Once at the podium to speak to fans, Buehrle called up his wife and two children to stand by his side. He acknowledged them all for their help and support through his career. As he moved on to the next part of his speech, the other three Buehrles went to sit back down. “Where are you all going?” Buehlre said. “I didn’t tell you to sit down yet,” he joked.

There they stood, the four of them, as Buehrle wrapped up his thank-yous.

No. 56 was finally unveiled on the facade behind home plate. It’s up there forever, now. Alongside Nellie Fox, Harlod Baines, Luke Appling, Minnie Minoso, Luis Aparicio, Paul Konerko, Ted Lyons, Billy Pierce, Frank Thomas, and Carlton Fisk.

He’ll always be welcome at the park. He’ll come back into the fold sooner or later. Just as soon as he’s had enough time with his family. They haven’t told him to go sit down just yet.

Minnie Minoso’s Private Collection Live Auction

Personal Collection of Chicago White Sox icon Minnie Minoso will be on display at U.S Cellular from September 14th-17th.

The auction itself will be held live at U.S. Cellular Field on September 17th with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Chicago White Sox Charities.

Highlight items of the Minoso Collection will include:

-1960 Minnie Minoso Gold Glove award (Est. $20,000-$30,000)

-1957 Minnie Minoso Gold Glove award (Est. $15,000-$25,000)

-1959 Minnie Minoso Chicago White Sox AL Championship ring (Est. $15,000-$30,000)

-Minnie Minoso Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame ring (Est. $10,000-$15,000)

The auction will also feature a select grouping of additional premium consignments inclusive of materials direct from the Chicago White Sox to include:

-Game-used base and home plate from the April 18, 2007 Mark Buehrle No-Hitter

-Game-used base from the April 22, 2016 Triple Play

-2015 White Sox game-worn jerseys, including Chris Sale

-2006 Paul Konerko game-used jersey

Hunt Auctions is accepting a very limited number of consignments for the Minoso Collection Live Auction. Please contact Hunt Auctions Consignment Department at 610.524.0822 or [email protected]