Call it the Grinder legacy of 2005. Since then, the White Sox have been intent on duplicating the hard-nosed play that earned them a World Series championship. So this year, they signed tough but oft-injured Darin Erstad and stuck him in centerfield over Brian Anderson. The result? Nearly half the season on the disabled list. But the important thing is Erstad’s a Grinder. He goes at it hard and sports facial hair. He even played college football. Granted, he was a punter, but who in the Sox brass is looking at details?
Best audience comment: “That’s ‘White Sock,’ numbskull”
Best of Chicago 2007