CHICAGO -- I knew it was serious when my father called.
When the phone rang just after Jose Contreras let pitch No. 114 leave his right hand, after it found Casey Kotchman's bat, after it found Paul Konerko's glove, after Paulie's right foot found first base, I knew just how real this is.
It's not like my Pops never calls; it's quite the opposite. We talk all the time.
But the phone rang differently this time, and it had nothing to do with stolen preset Scott Storch ring ...