The Loop

Several Major Leaguers are watching this major

The Chicago White Sox don’t play the Pittsburgh Pirates until 7:05 Friday night, so several members of the Sox came over to Oakmont to watch some golf.

White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, has been following the action since the early morning. “We’ve been here since like eight o’clock,” he said. “We watched Tiger for a couple of holes and some other guys, but it’s hard to follow — especially him, there are too many crowds.”

Adam LaRoche, the first baseman for the Pirates, has a game tonight against Texas but was still at the course taking in the tournament. “I played this course two or three weeks ago and it was pretty miserable,” he said. “The greens were concrete…It was awesome to see the course. We wanted to come out to see how these guys compare.” LaRoche, who sports a four handicap, is tied for 73rd in Golf Digest’s ranking of athlete-golfers. He mentioned that he was planning to watch Tiger, the world’s number one. “I’ve played with him during the last three Spring Trainings down in Florida,” LaRoche said, “so I’ve gotten to know him.”

When asked about his own golf game, Pierzynski said, “It’s not that good, it’s not that bad — I play as often as I can. I wouldn’t even want to attempt to walk out here though because it would be real ugly.”

--Jeff Patterson