Monday, June 18, 2012
Top pick Hawkins enjoys first day at Cell
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox first-round draft pick Courtney Hawkins could have done a back flip after the day he had at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday.
But, of course, Hawkins’ days of back flips are over per the instruction of White Sox general manager Ken Williams. Despite the one limitation, Hawkins was given open reign at the ballpark Monday in his first official day as a White Sox player.
Top White Sox draft pick Courtney Hawkins took batting practice before Monday's Cubs-Sox game.
“Oh man, it’s been crazy,” Hawkins said during the Cubs-White Sox game.
Hawkins, who was joined by his parents, began with his day with a press conference to sign his pro contract. He and Williams took questions from the media afterward.
Hawkins then went to the White Sox clubhouse, was given a uniform and had a locker for the day next to reliever Matt Thornton. He later stretched with the team, played catch and took batting practice, which included hitting a few balls into the bleachers.
White Sox third baseman Orlando Hudson messed around with Hawkins at the batting cage.
“Orlando had some words for me taking a couple extra swings, but it was fun,” Hawkins said. “[He said] basically, ‘You’re a rookie and don’t be taking my cuts.’ ”