Chicago White Sox: Kyle Long

Bears' Long maintains love for Sox

April, 26, 2013
4/26/13
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Call it destiny that Kyle Long ended up as a Chicago Bears first-round draft pick Thursday.

Another Chicago team once tried to get him to the shores of Lake Michigan when the White Sox made the left-handed pitcher their 23rd-round pick in the 2008 first-year player draft.

Instead of signing with the White Sox, Long enrolled at Florida State to play baseball.

“First and foremost I turned that down because I wanted to get my education,” Long said Friday at his introductory Bears press conference. “Anybody coming out of high school that has an opportunity to get drafted would obviously like to see where they would get drafted and it was a pretty cool experience for my family and I getting to meet some big-name people and get to work out at some major league parks was a pretty cool deal. But I wanted to go to college and I wanted to get the college experience and get an education.”

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