Bobby Jenks spent six years playing for the White Sox, and in just a few days went from Chicago to Boston, a move that he didn’t think he needed to make.
“It was my first hope, and it hurt,” Bobby Jenks told Scott Merkin, of MLB.com, about staying in Chicago. “During my first conversation with my wife after the season, she looked me in the eyes and said that she would go anywhere with me. I said that I wanted to go back to Chicago.”
“I don’t want to sit here and say I’m a 15-year veteran, but I felt I was a significant part of this organization and this team. With the moves that happened and the way things rolled out, it made more sense by their actions to look elsewhere.”
The White Sox had one of the most active offseasons of any team in the league. The signings of Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko indicated that the team was focused on winning. But the Dunn signing also indicated something else to Jenks.
“Once they signed Adam Dunn and gave him my number, I knew it was official,” Jenks said. “With that move right there, even though they talked to me after [Paul] Konerko and Dunn signed, it was almost like an afterthought, I felt. They never made it seem like they wanted to bring me back.”