It can be assured that anyone who has watched a Chicago White Sox game and has seen closer Liam Hendriks perform has gotten quite a show. While it may appear as if he’s a little bit “strange” to some, what he does is just a way that he intimidates opponents and shows emotion.
Emotional. That is one word that can be used to describe Hendriks. He is one of the most emotional players in the game and it shows. He’s boisterous and shows a unique personality, a personality that baseball has needed for a long time.
You had to have loved what Hendriks did during the all-star game a few weeks ago. He forgot that he had a microphone on and managed to torment the censors with a barrage of swear words. We caught a few of them. The network should have known that putting a microphone on Hendriks could open things up for some “fun”. It certainly was entertaining.
His mannerisms speak a lot for his character. He likes to take a cursory walk around the mound whenever he strikes someone out. As he goes along, he is swearing away. Hendriks always looks so serious on the mound despite his usual jovial nature.
The Chicago White Sox have been lucky to have Liam Hendriks so far this season.
Being the closer is a very tough job. You have to be ready to prevent your team from losing the game. You have to be perfect in all aspects and Hendriks is often perfect most of the time.
We saw him suffer a little bit of a mini-breakdown in the Field of Dreams game. He went into the game to protect the fragile lead that the White Sox had over the New York Yankees but that lead slipped away during the top of the 9th inning when Hendriks was pitching. His breakdown, at that moment, just about cost the White Sox the game.
Hendriks is a great player, a great guy to interview, and he has a great personality. He’s a great baseball player and is good for the game. Hopefully, he will be able to continue doing what he does and helps keep the Sox winning games. Expect him to play well and be a huge help to the White Sox in the run towards a World Series championship.