This year's team has handled Hickey's loss, along with the recent medical problems of assistant hitting coach Mike Gellinger, who blacked out in his hotel room in Baltimore on Wednesday and is dealing with a problem associated with his neck, according to manager Robin Ventura. These life issues keep baseball in perspective for the White Sox.
"Well, you know, this is our job and this is what we do and it's important. Everyone realizes that. We get paid a lot of money to do this," Ventura said. "It's important for a lot of reasons. But by no means is it the end of the world.
"So, the stuff that's happened with Kevin Hickey at the beginning of the year, it really levels that out for people to realize the importance of life and being happy and all those things. You know, baseball needs its own compartment in being able to control.
"Even the stuff with Gelly that happened in Baltimore, you just never know," Ventura said. "So, you know it's important and do the best and you care about it. But in the real scheme of things, it's down the list a little bit."
A number of White Sox players such as Jordan Danks, John Danks, Chris Sale, Kevin Youkilis, Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn and Brett Myers, to name a few, sported mustaches on Monday. It was Youkilis' idea for Monday's series opener and parlayed into a tribute to the late Hickey, who sported a mustache of his own.
"This being Kevin Hickey Night, it actually worked out pretty well," White Sox captain Paul Konerko said. "With the win, I have a feeling they're going to be around for a while. It was a nice thing for Hick tonight. Maybe there's some wins in it. Maybe he's looking down, looking out for us."