Mayor Daley escapes flying bat

The Daleys not only are known as the first family of Chicago politics, but as die-hard White Sox fans for many generations. So, it was no surprise to see Mayor Richard M. Daley in his regular seat for Wednesday’s game at U.S. Cellular Field, located just to the right of the White Sox dugout.

What the Mayor didn’t expect was having to dodge an Andruw Jones projectile in the bottom of the fourth inning of the White Sox 6-5 victory. Jones struck out swinging on a pitch from Jason Vargas and lost the grip on his bat, sending it flying into the stands. Daley moved out of the way quick enough to avoid injury, and the bat actually missed all innocent by-standers.

“He got almost hit by the bat, and two balls. I think somebody’s not happy with you when it’s like that,” said a smiling White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen on Thursday of Chicago’s Mayor. “The way Andruw has been going around, he couldn’t hit anything.

“We were making fun of him, because he was trying to hit the fans, and he couldn’t even hit the fans. Thank God nobody got hurt, because that was very dangerous. That was very dangerous.”

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