Who would you want back from the '05 Sox?

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Who would you want back from the '05 Sox?

Only two players from the 2005 White Sox remain on the team's roster heading into spring training: A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko.

CSN's Chuck Garfien asked the pair of champions who they would like to have back from that 2005 team. Of course, both would probably be okay with Mark Buehrle, and their responses weren't meant to slight anybody. But both responses serve as interesting.

Konerko told Garfien he would go with Juan Uribe as someone who would be good for the team and be fun to hang around again.

"He'd probably be both, but I got to have him around at all times if I could," Konerko said. "He's just a great teammate and a fun guy to have around.

"When you ask players questions like that, we never think about how he'd help the team. We only think of guys you want on the team and hang around with. Jon Garland would be up there."

Garfien then jokingly asked Konerko about Carl Everett, to which the first baseman responded:

"Carl would be the guy as far as helping the team because Carl was a great help to that team. He was a mean guy out there. I think his attitude kind of caught on with everybody else, so he might be a guy you bring back. We became a better team when he came on as far as our killer instinct. When Carl was between the lines he was a mean individual, which was good."

As for Pierzynski, he went a different direction.

"Everyone expects me to say Rowand just because we are still very good friends," Pierzynski said. "I think I'd probably go with someone who had a career year like a Neal Cotts or Cliff Politte just because what they did for that one year when they were so good for that one whole year and then the post-season. It's cool to see how guys can have that one year where everything comes together and it works out and it leads to something special in the end."

Personally, in terms of players I enjoyed watching, Uribe and Everett would be right up there. Uribe's cannon arm was great, as were his palms whenever he really connected with a pitch. And Everett was just a bad dude on the field -- the two home runs he hit against Kyle Lohse on April 18, 2005, stand out in my mind.

So who would you like to have back? Let us know in the comments and vote in the poll. We're excluding Buehrle, because realistically, no other player would have a shot in a poll against him. So think of it as "player other than Buehrle" poll.

With first big contract in hand, Tim Anderson planning a run to the Pepsi machine

With first big contract in hand, Tim Anderson planning a run to the Pepsi machine

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tim Anderson plans to buy one very expensive Pepsi.

When it comes time to make his first big purchase, the White Sox shortstop already has a good idea what he's going to do.

As he quickly rose through the minors, Anderson — who signed a six-year deal Tuesday that could pay him $50.5 million through 2024 — talked to his mother about her retiring if he ever reached the big leagues. But all Lucille Brown joked that she has wanted from Anderson is a Pepsi, just one Pepsi. Anderson said on Thursday morning that he intends to make good on his promise and then some.

"She always told me, 'I don't want anything from you, I just wish you the best. The only thing I want from you is for you to buy me a Pepsi,'" Anderson said. "Pepsi is her favorite soda. The first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to buy her a Mercedes and I'm going to buy a Pepsi and put it in the cup holder for her."

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An outpatient healthcare worker, Brown and her husband Roger — who are Anderson's aunt and uncle — raised Anderson along with their three children. Anderson said he and Brown have discussed her retirement over the past few years and will broach the topic again in the future.

If Lucille decides to retire, Anderson thinks she might take up decorating houses, which she did for the second-year player after he recently purchased a home in North Carolina. But for now, Anderson wants to take care of his family for helping him attain his goal of playing in the big leagues, which led to the "life-changing" contract.

"I think she's going to retire," Anderson said. "We haven't picked up on that conversation yet, but we'll talk about it.

"I feel like nothing but good people have been in my circle from the time that I got drafted."

Miguel Gonzalez can't stop two-out rallies as White Sox fall to Oakland

Miguel Gonzalez can't stop two-out rallies as White Sox fall to Oakland

GLENDALE, Ariz. — His split-fingered fastball could use a little work, but Miguel Gonzalez is ready for the regular season.

The White Sox pitcher allowed four earned runs, all with two outs, in his penultimate Cactus League start on Wednesday. Gonzalez also gave up nine hits as the White Sox lost to the Oakland A’s 5-3 at Camelback Ranch.

"I'm pretty excited for (the regular season)," Gonzalez said. "We all know that spring can be a little long sometimes. But we are here, we are here to work and keep doing what we are doing. We are going to be OK."

Gonzalez allowed two runs each in the first and second innings. Both rallies came with two outs and were a bit of a surprise to the right-hander, who left after 4 1/3 innings. Gonzalez wonders if his split-fingered fastball might not be as sharp as normal because of the dry desert air in Arizona that affects many pitchers.

"It wasn't there today," Gonzalez said. "Not quite as good as I thought it would be. Bullpen I felt really good. Falling behind hitters first two innings. That doesn't really help you, especially a team like this that's very aggressive.

"I'm working on (the splitter). It's fine. I mean it's a little different then it is in Florida. It's not as humid. But you can't think that way. You have to go out there and keep working."

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Melky Cabrera went 1-for-3 with two RBIs for the White Sox. Yolmer Sanchez tripled and homered in the loss. Former White Sox farmhand Frankie Montas struck out four over two scoreless innings to earn the save for Oakland.

The White Sox sent four more players to minor league camp before the game, including reliever Tommy Kahnle. The team sent five players to the minors on Tuesday, including pitcher Carson Fulmer. While Fulmer would love to start the season in the majors, he said it won't hinder him from taking advantage of his time at Triple-A Charlotte.

"Obviously last year getting a taste, it's that dream you've had since you were a kid," Fulmer said. "You want more of it. It's not an addiction in a way. But once you get a taste of it you want more of it. All of us young guys are trying to get back to where we've been. I think time will tell, but I think we'll get a chance here soon and get a chance to create something special."