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An Ex-White Sox Comedy: Yermin Mercedes Takes Dallas Keuchel Deep

Did Keuchel instill TWTW in Yermin?

Yermin Mercedes Home Run vs Dallas Kuechel Former White Sox
Photo: NBC Sports Bay Area

There are only a few certain things that Chicago White Sox fans can appreciate. 2005, Drake LaRoche’s leadership, beers in Lot B, Gene Honda saying the words “Frank Thomas,” Hawk Harrelson checking on Todd Frazier, and maybe, just maybe out of all of those things, it’s Grinder Rule No. 1 that is most important… Win or die trying.

Dallas Keuchel, who joined the White Sox as part of the rebuild in 2020, certainly taught his team how to do that. And he was certainly vocal about it during the process.

No doubt, former teammate and greatest hitter of all-time Yermin Mercedes took his message to heart. Just looking back on Mercedes’ phenomenal April 2021, he really bought into what Dallas Keuchel was selling. Just take a look at this highlight package from MLB Network for further evidence.

During the short time the two spent together on the 2021 White Sox roster, Keuchel must have impacted Mercedes. Unfortunately, Yermin eventually fell into a slump, got sent down, called it quits, made a comeback, and stuck with baseball long enough to become a member of the San Fransisco Giants.

Dallas Keuchel didn’t fare much better. He was left off the 2021 playoff roster, entered 2022 with the White Sox, eventually got DFA’d, and wound up with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He spent some time in the minors but ultimately made it back to the bigs. Just in time to face his former teammate.

Recently recalled, Yermin Mercedes took the former White Sox pitcher and 2020 Cy Young candidate deep to add on some runs to an already pretty solid lead during the matchup between their respective new clubs on Tuesday night.

If anyone can teach you how to win, it’s Dallas Keuchel. He shouldn’t be too upset knowing that his lessons were heard within the 2021 White Sox clubhouse. Unless it was Yermin’s recent visit with Barry Bonds that taught him how to regain his power stroke.

At the very least, the Yerminator is back at it. Whether it was Bonds or Keuchel that helped him along the way is a minor footnote in the grand scheme of things. The real baseball poetry of this specific play only exists to those that know the story of Yermin Mercedes, and the story behind Dallas Keuchel.

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