White Sox' Gillaspie likes idea of joining brother
The White Sox always like to consider themselves a large family, and they have a current brother act on the 40-man roster with starting pitcher John Danks and outfielder Jordan Danks, who is playing for Class AAA Charlotte.
Are the Gillaspie brothers going to be playing for the Sox sometime in the near future?
"I never used to think about it," said White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie. "But it's crossed my mind a few times since I came over here because of the Danks brothers being here.
"I started thinking, "Hmm, it would be crazy to play with my brother.'"
Acquired in a Feb. 22 trade with the San Francisco Giants, Gillaspie has been a pleasant surprise for the Sox while batting .283 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI.
But Gillaspie said his younger brother Casey is a better baseball player.
"He always has been, even though I'm six years older than him," Conor said. "He's got more talent, more power, he's bigger, pretty much everything. He's been invited to play in the Cape Cod league this summer, and I expect him to do well there, too."
Casey Gillaspie is in his sophomore season at Wichita State, the same school where Conor played.
Casey (6-feet-4, 230 pounds) is batting .300 and leads the Shockers with 10 home runs to go along with 42 RBI. Former Palatine High School star Cody Bobbit also plays for Wichita State; the reserve shortstop is batting .289 with 9 stolen bases in as many attempts.
Casey Gillaspie will be eligible for the amateur draft in June 2014. If the White Sox are looking for a first baseman, maybe the Gillaspie brothers will get a shot at being major-league teammates.
Mark Gillaspie, Conor and Casey's father, was a minor-league outfielder/first baseman with the Royals, Padres and Cubs.
Shoot the puck:
White Sox captain Paul Konerko is a huge hockey fan, and he was thrilled to be at the United Center on Wednesday night for the Hawks' OT playoff win over the Detroit Red Wings.
"It was a fun game," he said. "It was Game 7 and a lot of energy there, obviously. People were there early. The place was packed at like 6:15 (p.m.). Everybody was in their seats by 6:30. You don't see that much.
"And it was a good game. It really could have gone either way. Everybody got their money's worth, that's for sure."
Konerko also participated in the shoot-the-puck contest after the second period.
"It was fun," he said. "I didn't know really what to expect out there, but I had fun with it. It was over and done with pretty quick."
White Sox TV broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson missed his second straight game Thursday with a sore throat.
Harrelson was expected to fly to California with the Sox after the game and broadcast from Oakland beginning with Friday night's game against the Athletics.
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