Robin Ventura explains how he got White Sox job, comments on Konerko report, Nolan Ryan
New Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura joined the show to talk about how he got the job and what he expects in his first season.
“I started thinking [about it] right after they called me,” Ventura said. “I was working in the minor leagues with them and not expecting this quick move.”
Ventura told Dan he did see the report that the team considered Paul Konerko as a player manager. Dan asked if that will be in his head. “Absolutely now,” Ventura said. “I’m going to be walking out the mound and he’s going to be there shaking his head.”
Ventura said he doesn’t understand how anyone could be a player-manager. “I just can’t even imagining doing that and thinking both sides ball,” Ventura said.
Dan asked Ventura how long it took in his first press conference to be asked about the Nolan Ryan fight. “Three minutes in,” Ventura said. “We had an over-under of five minutes.” Ventura said that reporters don’t lead off with that question, but try to surprise him with it by about the fourth question.