Chicago White Sox' OF Gives Brutally Honest Quote on Why He Signed with Southsiders

The Chicago White Sox have won three consecutive games, coinciding with the arrival of veteran outfielder Tommy Pham. When asked why he joined the White Sox, Pham gave a brutally honest answer.
Apr 28, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox outfielder Tommy Pham (28) hits a single
Apr 28, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox outfielder Tommy Pham (28) hits a single / David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
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After sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend, the Chicago White Sox no longer have the worst record in baseball. Though they are still 6-22 and mired in a long-term rebuild, it's a nice moment for a Chicago team that hasn't had really any of them yet in 2024.

The team's three-game win streak coincides with the arrival of veteran outfielder Tommy Pham, who signed a minor league deal with the team shortly after the season began. He ramped up in the minors and was called up on Friday.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, there's only one reason that Pham signed with the White Sox: Money.

Pham was asked by reporters his first day with the Chicago White Sox why he chose to sign there.

Was it the opportunity to be an everyday player instead of just a couple of times a week like the Phillies wanted?

Was it being able to live and play in beautiful Chicago?


“Just came down to one,’’ he told reporters. “The economics."

He nearly signed with the San Diego Padres, but when they didn’t increase their offer, he signed a prorated $3 million deal with the White Sox that includes a $500,000 bonus if they trade him, as expected, at the July deadline.

Fans may not like to hear that a player made a money-driven decision, but you have to respect the honesty.

Through his first 14 at-bats with the Sox, Pham is hitting .357 and is bringing some respectability back to the lineup. The 36-year-old veteran is in the 11th year of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks.

He helped the D'Backs get to the World Series a season ago.

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