Editor’s note: White Sox lefthander Boone Logan wasn’t expected to make a splash in Double-A this year, let alone the big leagues. Logan was a 20th-round pick of the White Sox in 2002 out of high school in Texas, and he signed as a draft-and-follow in May 2003. He spent all but five innings of his first three seasons at Rookie-level Great Falls and wasn’t among the White Sox top 30 prospects in the 2006 Prospect Handbook.
And yet after a huge spring when Logan
went 1-0, 0.69 in 13 innings, manager Ozzie Guillen decided to keep the
21-year-old when camp broke in Tucson. This is the first installment in Logan’s story–told in his own words to Baseball America’s Chris Kline–about big league camp, life in the majors, and dressing up like a Viking.)
Getting to where I am is a story all by itself. It’s been a ride so far and it’s just started. If there’s one word I can use to describe it so far, it has to be fast. It’s just been a crazy ride up to this point.
It all started when they asked me to pitch in a B-game against hitters like Jim Thome and Rob Mackowiak. I struck both those guys out, so I guess that showed them something because they asked me to keep coming back on the big league side of things. It took a little while, but when I finally got in a game, I pitched really well and they invited me back the next day. I pitched well again the second time and Ozzie told me to get my stuff from minor league camp and move it into the major league clubhouse.
I’ve been really fortunate since the spring because every outing has been a good outing–and I have to keep that up, of course.
I was more relaxed in spring training. Now it really counts. I want to stay here, so the pressure’s on. The hard part’s begun. You still have to attack the hitters–I’m not going to change anything just because I’m in the big leagues now. I’m not going to change anything because that’s what got me here. There is more pressure here and I have less room for error. But I think I’ll be all right. I had a little trouble last night (against the Indians), but I got that under my belt now.
Putting on those pinstripes and walking out on that field the first time–the feeling I got was unexplainable. You have to experience it to know what I’m talking about. The stadium’s huge–and besides being to a Braves game, I’d never seen a major league field before. It was unbelievably crazy.
The guys have really made me feel like I’m a part of the team. And they did that before, but after we left camp it got a lot better–after we got picked on a little bit. When you’re a rookie, you’re going to get picked on.
When we left Tucson, Bobby (Jenks) and I had to wear costumes to get on the plane. I had to dress up like a Viking and Bobby wore a Fred Flinstone outfit. That was really something to see. We were headed to Atlanta to play our last spring training games and they made us wear them on the plane, to the hotel and when they took us out to dinner. I didn’t really care, though, wearing that thing all over town. It caught a lot of attention, I’ll tell you that much. And Bobby makes a pretty good Fred.
It’s been a blast. After spending three years at Great Falls, my meal money every day is more than it was for a month down there. It’s fun, but I’m just trying to stay focused and help this team win another championship. The life as a whole is completely different. And now that I’ve earned my way here, I want to stick around.