Jerry Reinsdorf feeling better

Updated: July 26, 2014, 4:36 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is feeling much better one day after a fainting episode that required an overnight stay in the hospital.

A White Sox official said Saturday that the lightheaded spell was brought on by a combination of exhaustion and dehydration.

Reinsdorf was attending a White Sox dinner Friday night that included new Hall of Fame inductee Frank Thomas when he slumped down into a chair. An onlooker described the scene, saying the 78-year-old owner's eyes rolled back into his head.

Thomas, who was nearby when the incident took place, initially worried it might be a life-threatening situation.

"After seeing Jerry go down last night, I'll be honest, it scared the s--- out of me," Thomas said. "He was down for a long time and it didn't look good. He was white as a ghost on the floor. The first thing you're thinking is 'Oh, my God, he's gone.' "

Thomas said paramedics were pumping Reinsdorf's chest as they took him away in an ambulance, but a White Sox official disputed that account.

The White Sox say that Reinsdorf was alert the entire time and was immediately tended to by a paramedic that was in attendance at the team function. The issue was said to not be heart-related.

Reinsdorf stayed at a local hospital for observation and had what was described as a restless night. He was released from the hospital in the morning and spent Saturday at his hotel.

A clear sign that Reinsdorf was feeling much better was his request to doctors to continue enjoying cigars the remainder of the weekend. The request was granted.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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