November 2008

Guest Blogger: Jordan Danks

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Hey everyone, my name is Jordan Danks and I am a 22 year old outfielder in the White Sox organization. You may be wondering why my last name sounds so familiar, that is because if you are a Sox fan you have probably heard of my older brother John Danks who just spent his second full season in the big leagues for the sox. I like to believe that I’ve been with the Sox longer than he has though because I was actually drafted out of high school by them in the 19th round in 2005. However, I elected to attend the University of Texas and play for Augie Garrido. After three years as a Longhorn I was lucky enough to play in the same organization as my brother. I signed in late August and was immediately shipped out to Kannapolis North Carolina to play for the Intimidators (class low-A) for the remaining 12 games of their season. When the season ended I had about two weeks off before attending the instructional league right here in Arizona. After spending a month in Arizona I was only home a week before discovering I would be returning for another month. Truth be told I was bummed at first because I had just gotten back home. Once I realized what a terrific opportunity this was though I became ecstatic. I have enjoyed my time here so far and met a lot of great guys. We have unbelievable team chemistry. It is really fun being able to play with guys from different organizations and especially with those you read about every time a new Baseball America is published. Also it is really cool to be wearing the official uniform of the Chicago White Sox. hopefully after the saguaros win the AFL, Ill get to wear it at US Cellular Field some day. 

       Sincerely,

             Jordan Danks

Master of Your Domain

Hello everyone!  I hope this letter finds everyone safe and well.  So, as many of you don’t know, I am a big fan of Seinfeld.  For any of you that have not seen some episodes, it’s a show about nothing.  So in the spirit of Seinfeld, this blog will be about nothing but encompass everything.

First I would like to say thank you to the many readers, and for all your kind words.  I recently visited the Soxtalk website thanks to a comment below my last post.  I want everyone on that forum to know that I, as well as many of the other minor leaguers, really appreciate your support.  It is my sincere hope that I can give you guys some good things to talk about someday on the Pale Hose forum.  By the way, every time I hear the phrase “pale hose”, I always think about the movie Major League II.  Bob Ueker (no idea how to spell that) states that the Tribe will play the “Pale Hosers from the windy city”, makes me laugh.  Anyways, thanks again for your support.  As I am sure you know, none of the White Sox players ever want to let the fans down.  But, as I’m sure you know, this is Baseball.  It is quite possibly the most difficult and frustrating game anyone can play.  When in life do you fail seven out of ten times and still be considered good?  Never.  That is the measure of a difficult game.  But to quote Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own, “Baseball is something that gets inside you, it’s what lights you up.  If it wasn’t hard, everybody would do it.  The hard is what makes it great.”

I also received a question about Jordan Danks.  Danksy has become a very good friend of mine since we both began Minor League Baseball.  This guy is a very humble and nice guy and I am proud to call him my teammate and friend.  Talk about an athlete.  This guy is 6’6 and runs like a deer.  It takes him about three strides to get to first base.  I think Chicago will really enjoy watching him play one day, as I am sure he will make it to the big leagues sooner than later.  Don’t try to get in a movie quote war with the guy either, he dominates. 

My roommate out here is Brett Wallace.  Wally World, as I call him, is one heck of a baseball player.  I nicknamed him Wally World because of the obvious reason, Clark W. Griswald.  In the first of his famous Vacation movies, he takes a cross country trip to Wally World, a theme park on the west coast I believe.  But it was closed and he then proceeds to hold a security officer at gunpoint to experience all the rides.  ANYWAYS, Wally has been playing excellent baseball and should be playing in the big leagues very soon.

So recently I have been swinging the bat pretty well.  To take a quote from Will Ferrell in Old School, “What happened…I blacked out.”  I am very happy to be finishing the AFL season on a high note.  It’s always nice to finish a season on top so you have a little momentum going into spring training.

Once again I hope everyone is well.  “And in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and good night.”    

Spandex, all spandex.

Hello everyone!  I hope this letter finds you well as always.  In the last week I have experienced a couple of important dates in history.  It’s pretty amazing that I get to play baseball for a living.  There are so many people that work so hard for their paycheck.  And while I consider my job to be very difficult and frustrating, I can always be reminded that I play a sport for a living.  I know I have worked very hard to get to where I am today and I have to pinch myself to make sure it’s actually real.

The most recent event that happened other than playing a baseball game would be the election of President Barack Obama.  We live in a pretty amazing country and we have come a long way in a short period of time.  While I might not agree with everything that the President elect says and does in the future, I do hope that he can continue leading this country in the right direction.  It is my sincere hope that President Obama will guide this great nation forward through the many perils we have in front of us.

The second big event was of course Halloween.  Apparently Halloween is a big deal out here in Arizona.  So, I of course dressed up like the rest of the population.  I hope everyone has seen some episodes of Saturday Night Live.  I decided to dress up as Patrick Swayze in the Chippendales skit with Chris Farley.  That’s right.  If you were looking for a guy in skin tight pants (basically spandex), all you would have to do is find me.  On the top shelf was a button down polo with the sleeves cut off.  And of course I cut the cuffs off and wore them around my wrist.  All you have to do is type in Chris Farley Chippendales into youtube and you will get the exact replica of my outfit.  My buddies and I decided to go to a block party in Scottsdale put on by Steve Levine.  Steve did an excellent job with the party and I had a blast.  Overall this was an exciting week and I look forward to writing you again next week.