Why do White Sox pitchers always do this? Whenever they throw at an opposing hitter intentionally, they always admit to it, opening themselves up for possible fines and suspensions.
Every team in the league intentionally throws at someone every now and then. The White Sox are the only ones who talk about it in the newspapers. Everyone else lies and says, "I didn't throw at him. The ball just got away from me."
Not the Sox. Here's what John Danks had to say after he threw a brushback pitch to Detroit's Ryan Raburn during Wednesday night's 5-1 Tigers win.
"They hit Manny (Ramirez) twice yesterday and almost hit Andruw (Jones), so we were definitely trying to send a message," Danks said. "We didn't hit anyone, so I don't know if the warning was warranted, but I can definitely understand why the umpire did it. It is his job to keep control out there, so you can't fault him."
I'm glad Danks sent the message by throwing at Raburn. The Sox have their starting second baseman, Gordon Beckham, out of the lineup right now because he was hit by a pitch. And Ramirez has been plunked four times already in his short time with Chicago. Enough is enough. Go ahead and retaliate.
But when the media asks about it, lie through your teeth. There's a reason the White Sox have a reputation as "headhunters," even though their pitching staff has hit the second fewest batters in the league this season. They just can't resist telling the truth in these situations.
Sometimes, you're just better off fibbing a little bit, ya know?