Among the racks of game-worn jerseys being sold at Sunday's Grinder Bash hung monuments to spring trainings past.
Easily the best find: An acceptable misspelling of Brandon Hynick's name could've been something like Rynick. But Nynick? A google search for "Nynick" turns up a bunch of usernames for people named Nick living in New York. Maybe this jersey was on the rack specifically for this Huffington Post user.
That's more like it: Although the correct spelling on the road jersey couldn't save Hynick from a 7.85 ERA in seven starts with Charlotte before being jettisoned to Cincinnati's Triple-A squad for "cash." Hynick's lasting legacy with the White Sox will always be that he was the guy the Sox got from Colorado for Jose Contreras in the Aug. 31, 2009 waiver-clearing trade bonanza that also saw Jim Thome head to Los Angeles.
Myrow! Brian Myrow played 48 games with Triple-A Charlotte in 2009 before heading to Pittsburgh's farm system. But before that, Myrow was one of the first four cuts the Sox made on March 11, 2009. The Sox cut two infielders that day. Myrow was the first. Sergio Santos was the second.
Remember Tony Pena? Brandon Allen was traded to Arizona for Tony Pena in July of 2009 in a deal that hasn't cost the White Sox yet -- but that's because Arizona has mis-managed Allen's development for the better part of the last two years. Once he finally gets a legitimate chance with the Diamondbacks, this could be a jersey worn in protest instead of an ironic fashion.
We don't want a player like Ryan Braun, we want THE Ryan Braun: In my book, he's the definition of a spring training pitcher. Braun pitched in the White Sox organization in 2009 and 2010, compiling a 2.20 ERA with Triple-A Charlotte in what appears to be his last year in baseball. Had Braun pitched 20 years earlier, he would've been nothing more than an afterthought -- but because he pitched while Milwaukee's Ryan Braun was tearing up the National League, Braun's legacy will last as the "other Ryan Braun."
Fun times in Clevelan today: Clevelan Santeliz never really amounted to much in his first three seasons in the Sox farm system, but nevertheless he was pushed to Double-A by the end of 2008. In 2009, however, Santeliz moved into "fringe prospect" territory with a walk-filled 0.96 ERA in Birmingham. But Santeliz regressed in 2010 as he gave up more home runs in Charlotte with the same strikeout-to-walk and eventually was released from the organization, landing in Pawtucket for 2011. If you want a token of Santeliz' fleeting prospect status, this is your jersey.
Pining for Man-Soo Lee: Mike Gellinger played one year in the White Sox farm system...in 1987. He's served as a stand-in for Harold Baines as the team's first base coach, so despite his official title as "Major League Computer Scouting Analyst," Gellinger indeed has won a White Sox uniform. That being said, if the bold text wasn't any indication, I'd love to find a Man Soo Lee jersey.
A quandry: Which Stefan Gartrell jersey should a prospective buyer choose? They're both so different! This was a guy who had been tabbed as the "biggest sleeper since Magglio Ordonez," so hey, maybe there's a market. Problem is, Gartrell currently plays for Triple-A Gwinnett in the Braves organization. He's 27 and has never really been given a shot in the majors, which screams organizational guy.
This is a Kelvin Jimenez jersey. He pitched with Charlotte in 2009, compiling a 4.02 ERA. He's pitched the last two years in Korea and Japan, respectively. He's only one of three players in major league history with the name "Kelvin." That's about all there is to know about Kelvin Jimenez.
Legitimately awesome: Had I been willing to shell out $40, I would've bought this. Ehren Wassermann! While Dewon Day was aggressively bad in 2007 -- like most other White Sox relievers that year -- Wassermann was one of the lone bright spots of a 90-loss season. He joined the White Sox organization after impressing in a 2003 tryout camp and climbed his way up the ladder to make an improbably MLB debut four years later. Perhaps more improbable was that Wassermann had success, posting an ERA south of 3.00 in the rare righty-specialist role. He also entered games to Down Under by Men at Work, making his appearances even more enjoyable. Unfortunately, Wassermann fizzled in 2008 and was last seen in the Independent Atlantic League. But still: Ehren Wassermann!