Friday, April 14, 2017

EXTRA: The Garcias, and a 2-1 victory for the Sox playing up in Minneapolis

Admittedly, it’s not quite as unique as back in the mid-1960s when the San Francisco Giants on occasion had all three of the brothers Alou (Matty, Felipe and Jesus) as their outfield.
Will we see the Garcia trio take the field this season in Chicago? Photograph provided by Chicago White Sox
But the Chicago White Sox on Friday had an all-Garcia outfield as they beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1.

THAT’S THE OUTFIELD of Willy in left field, Leury in center field and Avisail in right field. No, they’re not related. They’re not even of the same nationality or ethnicity (Avisail is from Venezuela, while Leury and Willy are from the Dominican Republic).

Los hermanos Alou when they were the Giants' outfield
But Garcia is such a fairly common Spanish surname, and this is yet more evidence of how strong the Latino presence is in professional baseball these days.

And for the record, the three of them got four hits in 10 at-bats combined. Willy got a double, but also hit into a double play, while Leury got caught trying to steal a base.

By the way, this win gives the White Sox a winning record (5 wins, 4 losses) for the season. We’ll see how long that lasts before mediocrity takes over this season at The Rate.


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