Carlos Rodón just completed a feat he never thought he would accomplish. After years of battling injury and working through rehab, he threw a no-hitter. Not only did he throw the 20th no-hitter in Chicago White Sox history but he was also only two outs away from a perfect game.
The only baserunner to reach was Roberto Perez on an 0-2 hit by pitch that barely nicked his foot. He finished the game with seven strikeouts and no walks on 114 pitches. After throwing the game of his life you would think that Carlos would be amped up but in his postgame interview with Jason Benetti and Steve Stone, he was remarkably chill.
Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox deserves to be happy after this moment.
Rodón came across as personable, humbled, funny, and very easy to root for.
“What’s up, man? What just happened?” The 28-year-old left hander said as he threw on the headset.
When asked where his mind was at he quickly responded “on a toe ball” in reference to the pitch that ended his perfect game bid. He then threw in some great one-liners, such as even “someone’s dog in Kentucky” who knew that he was going to throw a fastball to Jose Rameriez.
Later one of his teammates snuck upon him with an ice cooler. Instead of trying to avoid it he grabbed a couple of ice cubes and threw them in his mouth to munch on.
Props to Carlos Rodón for putting together such a memorable interview in the spur of the moment. It was refreshing to see an athlete show their personality instead of giving some generic vanilla answers.
Rodón has had to overcome a lot to get to this point. He was drafted with high expectations. He faced some injury setbacks and was non-tendered by the White Sox following the 2020 season. He was brought back on a one-year deal and forced to compete for the starting job in spring training. After everything he has gone through this was a fitting reward for a man that has overcome a lot. On a team that already has a cast of likable characters, Carlos Rodón added his name to the list.