I've been in a few locker rooms in baseball, dating back to my days as a bat boy when my dad was the baseball coach at Tennessee. I have to say, what we have right now with the White Sox is the best clubhouse I've ever been in. And the
I've been in a few locker rooms in baseball, dating back to my days as a bat boy when my dad was the baseball coach at Tennessee. I have to say, what we have right now with the White Sox is the best clubhouse I've ever been in. And the fact that it is at the big league level is unbelievable.
The character, the love we have in the locker room -- I don't think I've ever been a part of anything like it. It's a lot of fun to go out and play with these guys every day.
:: Chicago White Sox: In My Words ::
Last year, at the end of the season, we were getting really close. We were playing well, and everyone kind of meshed. We saw it then. Then, when we all got together during the offseason at SoxFest, we grew even more. You could feel it when we came to Spring Training. It was awesome to have everyone feeling the same thing.
Ricky [Renteria] sets the tone of how we do things. Minor Leagues, big leagues, the White Sox are one big family. So if you're in our organization, you're a part of our family. That is what he has established. We've got everybody from top to bottom buying into this. I saw it last year, I saw it even more in Spring Training, and I see it even more now with the season beginning.
When I got called up last year, I got welcomed with open arms. Everyone was awesome. It made me feel so comfortable. All the success I had last year was due to my teammates treating me with the utmost respect.
The biggest thing is being comfortable with yourself. Coming into our clubhouse knowing you can be yourself, and then going out and playing hard, everyone is comfortable in the clubhouse with each other. There's no worry about fitting in, trying to do the right thing. Everybody knows what you're coming in to do that day. You feel like everyone has your back.
James Shields does a great job of bringing everyone together, getting people to do stuff. He is one of the best I've ever seen at doing that. He's one of the greatest teammates I've played with.
You've got guys like Yolmer Sanchez, who keeps the clubhouse so much fun, loose. You've got Tim Anderson, who always has a smile on his face, cracking jokes. We just have a good group of guys who love coming to the field every day.
During Spring Training, we had fun with social media. Every day it was someone's day, and we all posted about him. For instance, we had a day where everyone would post about Matt Davidson. I had a day. It's just another thing we do to try to bring us together, along with interacting with the fans. It was a lot of fun.
Chemistry is big in this game. From my experience in baseball, the teams that get along the most, play for one another, play the game right, they tend to be successful. It was like that with my dad's best teams. If you look at any winning team, I don't think it has a bad clubhouse. They all get along. There are other parts, too, but chemistry goes a long way.
Everyone in our clubhouse believes that we're at the beginning of something special. We're all going to do it together and keep riding this train.