The White Sox announced on Sunday that Miguel Gonzalez would be starting on Monday night in Toronto, and that John Danks would be getting skipped in the rotation. It came as something of a surprise because, if skipping Danks was going to be the decision, with Erik Johnson already on the roster after he was called up last week following Carlos Rodon's horrible start against the Angels, the easiest thing to do would have been start Johnson on Monday.
Instead Johnson will end up receiving a week's worth of that MLB money without having to do anything, which is a great way to go on vacation to Chicago for a week.
Because of all the moving parts, and some of the answers that Robin Ventura gave when asked about those parts, it's hard to know exactly what it all means right now.
Remember when you were a kid and you'd come up with preposterous trade scenarios with your friends? The kind of trades that would never happen because they were ludicrous, but you and your friends thought they were brilliant.
Well, The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo totally did that as a child, and he's still doing it now as an adult.
Cafardo wrote a column in the paper coming up with possible trade scenarios for the Boston Red Sox. A baseball team he not only covers, but one whose logo no doubt adorns his bed sheets, pillowcase, onesie pajamas, and the walls of his bedroom painted to mimic The Green Monster.
I felt a strange sensation on Sunday afternoon. I tuned into the White Sox game a few minutes before first pitch against the Blue Jays and was greeted by Steve Stone going over lineups and all the usual pre-game fare. But then as he was taking the broadcast to break, he said something that caused my shoulders to sag and a disappointed sigh to pass my lips.
Stone said that the broadcast would be back with Hawk.
That was the moment I first realized that it was a Sunday home game, and that meant Hawk Harrelson would be in the booth instead of Jason Benetti. Now, it says a lot about how much I enjoy Benetti, and how quickly he's ingrained himself as a part of the White Sox broadcast that I was upset to learn he wouldn't be calling the game today. Having said that, while Benetti deserves some of the credit for that, Hawk deserves a significant share as well.
I love Hawk Harrelson. I don't say that as an empty platitude, either. He's the narrator of my baseball life. He'…