Chicago White Sox's Anderson doing what he can to take 'boring' out of baseball
Tim Anderson has seemingly been in the headlines every day this season, either for his actions on the field or his comments in the clubhouse.
On Wednesday, it was the latter.
Before the Chicago White Sox lost to the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 in Game 1 of a doubleheader that dragged on for nearly four hours, Anderson was asked if baseball needs more excitement.
"I think it does because the game is boring," the Sox's shortstop said. "A lot of fans don't watch, I'll admit it. So you try to do something to make these fans want to come back and make these kids want to come back to the ballpark."
Anderson has twice launched his bat at the White Sox's dugout after hitting home runs this season, and he's going to continue to celebrate as much as possible.
"I'm going to do whatever it takes to draw fans to the South Side," Anderson said. "I'm going to do something different every day. Whatever it is, it don't matter. I think it's cool when you bring excitement to the game and you bring something different.
"I think I bring something different to the game, and that's a lot of energy and a lot of excitement."
The Sox purchased relief pitcher Evan Marshall's contract from Class AAA Charlotte on Wednesday.
To clear a roster spot, the White Sox optioned reliever Thyago Vieira to Charlotte.
Marshall, 29, was 3-0 with 2 saves and 13 strikeouts in 10 scoreless innings at Triple-A. Over parts of five seasons with the Diamondbacks, Mariners and Indians, Marshall was 4-7 with a 5.15 ERA.
The right-hander debuted for the Sox in Game 1 and pitched 1⅓ scoreless innings.
In the third inning of Game 1, Jose Abreu was on third base and Nicky Delmonico was at the plate with the Sox holding a 3-2 lead over Baltimore.
Delmonico squared his bat to bunt but pulled it back when the pitch from Orioles starter David Hess was low and inside.
Abreu broke for home on the pitch and was an easy out. He also was at fault.
"It was a safety squeeze and (Abreu) continued to go instead of letting the play develop, so he got caught in between," manager Rick Renteria said. "It's got to be a strike. That's why it gives everybody an opportunity to read the ball and do everything you're supposed to."