It’s been nice to have something concrete to look forward to again, sports-wise, but the wait these last couple weeks has felt interminable. It’s officially baseball-that-counts season again, huzzah!
The first game of the truncated 2020 season is between the Yankees and Trea Turner’s Nationals, which will air tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Maybe Trea will get the chance to celebrate with that NC State gear again this postseason.
Carlos Rodon and the White Sox get underway on Friday against Minnesota; Rodon pitched in the team’s final exhibition game on Wednesday and should make his regular-season debut some time early next week in Cleveland.
“I think about this every day. I’ve gone through a few things, granted [it’s] in the sports world. People have gone through a lot more in the real world,” Rodón said.
“To be honest, I never had to deal with much adversity growing up. I was fortunate. My parents provided everything for me. I had a great childhood. Played baseball through all of high school, got drafted out of high school, didn’t sign, became a great pitcher at NC State and waltzed into the big leagues. Through my time with the White Sox, we’ve had a few ups and downs, and that’s kind of where I’ve had to learn how to mature, and I think I’ve grown a lot through them.
“It hasn’t been easy, especially [Tommy John surgery] coming off a shoulder [surgery]. Honestly, having my baby girl, Willow, kind of got me through the TJ. And it’s been a ride, man.”
He struck out seven and walked one in five innings. Here’s hoping he gets to forget about injury troubles from here on.