"Yeah, you know the personality of him and what he does, but everyone still misses him," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "That's just one of the things you don't really get over in your day-to-day stuff. You still play the game, but you're used to hearing and seeing certain things and it's just not there and I think that because of the way it happened, that makes it really hard. It was very unexpected and sad."
Hickey had remained unresponsive in the intensive care unit at Rush University Medical Center after being moved to Chicago from Dallas in early April. Hickey initially was taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas on April 5 after missing the team's morning workout prior to Opening Day.
Hickey's tragic loss helps put things in perspective for the White Sox as individuals and as an organization.
"Everybody really appreciates things a little bit more, probably hug a few more people and tell them what they really think because you just never know," said Ventura. "It's sad how it happened and how quick it happened. It's tough. I don't know how you put it to the side, but everybody's been able to put it to the side while you play.
"It's just when you don't play, there's reminders all the time when we're walking through our clubhouse and doing things he would normally do or say that you think about him. Those are the toughest parts, when you're actually not playing the game."
There was a pregame moment of silence for Hickey on Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field, followed by a slide show with pictures of his life.