Updated: June 29, 2020 11:30 PM
Created: June 29, 2020 11:24 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — "You don't really understand it until you lose it," Mendon grad Danny Mendick said.
The White Sox' infielder was just like everyone else, missing baseball and following the negotiations between team owners and the MLBPA.
"At the end of the day, I think it worked out for the best. We get to play baseball and both sides came to an agreement," Mendick said.
The agreement entails a 60-game season and a 60-man player pool for each team. Mendick says he arrived back in Chicago on Friday, having an idea that he'd make the cut.
"I was on the 40-man, so I kind of had an idea, but I just wanted to be as prepared as possible. I wanted to get out here, find a place to live and stuff like that, so that I was prepared for when the day did come. It worked out, and I'm ready to go. I'm ready to get after it," Mendick said.
The White Sox selected 44 players in total for their summer camp, including Mendick. He and his teammates will report to training at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 3.
"The craziest thing is, once you put on the spikes again and then you have to wear them throughout the course of the day, you get done and your feet are hurting a little bit and your legs. That takes a little getting used to, and that's what this camp will be nice for, but it's also just gonna be getting back in the swing of hitting, seeing a lot of pitching and taking ground balls," Mendick said.
Camp will also determine who makes the initial 30-man roster when play resumes.
"Good teams have a lot of depth, and that's what we have - is we have a lot of depth. A guy can't get complacent. You have to be better, and that's the good part about it. It's something to look forward to," Mendick said.
Mendick isn't sure exactly what his role will look like with the team, but he's ready to contribute.
"Most importantly, I wanna help the White Sox win any way possible, so whether that's a pinch hit at bat in the 9th or whatnot, I'm gonna give 110%," Mendick said.
He does have an idea, though, of what it'll feel like without fans in the stands.
"Everyone whose played pro ball, played rookie ball and there was no fans in rookie ball. We've all done it before, so I guess we can get up for it, but I'll tell you what. It's the big leagues, so if you can't get up for a big-league game, I don't know what's wrong with you," Mendick said.
Opening Day is scheduled for July 24.
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