Manage episode 285507760 series 1717505
After almost a year away from the game, Michael Kopech is back with the White Sox with a new perspective on life and a new role heading into the 2021 season. Kopech met the media Saturday and talked about the changes to his on- and off-field life. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Vinnie Duber react to Kopech's first public comments since he opted not to play during the 2020 season. Plus, White Sox ace Lucas Giolito gives his initial impressions of watching Kopech's bullpen sessions at spring training.
(2:20) - First reactions to Michael Kopech speaking to the media after a 1yr layoff. Why Sox fans should be rooting for Kopech the person as well as the player
(8:50) - Michael Kopech in his own words on why he needed to take the year off. Not only COVID related but wanted to work on his mental health as well.
(13:30) - Kopech describes what has changed in his life after taking the year off
(16:50) - Lucas Giolito discusses how great Kopech looks in spring training and that bringing Kopech from the bullpen might be the best strategy as he returns to form.
(19:20) - The White Sox goal with Kopech should be to get him primed and ready for a deep playoff run.