White Sox hit the lanes for cancer research
Sale among present, past players at Celebrity Bowling Classic
CHICAGO -- White Sox pitcher Chris Sale went from throwing strikes Sunday to bowling strikes Monday for the White Sox Celebrity Bowling Classic in an effort to benefit pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children's Memorial Hospital and Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago.
Sale and other current and former White Sox players and coaches bowled alongside fans in the event, which included a White Sox auction and raffle prizes.
Manager Robin Ventura joined the event, as well as Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk. Other current White Sox included pitchers Philip Humber, Matt Thornton, Zach Stewart and outfielder Brent Lillibridge.
"The White Sox have always been great at doing events like this," Ventura said. "Children's is a special place for the White Sox."
The three main raffle items were an Apple vacation to Mexico, a Chicago getaway and a Streeterville "Staycation." The Mexico trip included a three-night accommodation for two at Riu Palace Peninsula in Cancun. The Chicago getaway included a one-night stay at the Palmer House Hilton and a $100 gift certificate to Lockwood Restaurant and Bar, while the Streeterville "Staycation" included a one-night stay at the Wyndham Chicago.
Current and former White Sox players signed baseballs, bats and jerseys for the auction, which also included a jersey of Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose. Other anonymous items to bid on included an autographed football by Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and a framed, autographed photo of the Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane, which included two tickets to a hockey game next season.
"These [events] are always important for us to get out and give back and have a little fun at the same time," Ventura said.
The players enjoyed themselves bowling, which Sale said wasn't a strange occurrence considering how close the ballclub is off the diamond.
"It's a great group of guys, and they're a lot of fun to hang out with," Sale said.
Though the team got a day off from the field, baseball was still on the mind of Ventura at the event. He joked that he wasn't bowling because he had to make sure pitchers like Sale were on a "roll count."
"I'm not a good bowler, that's why I don't have bowling shoes on," Ventura said. "I'm just walking around to make sure nobody gets hurt."
Ventura won't have much to worry about, as Sale said he doesn't take bowling too seriously.
"If I break 100, I'll be doing things right tonight," he said. "We'll have some fun, anyways."
Rowan Kavner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.