The White Sox get closer to Liam Hendriks’ creative alter ego: “LEGO Liam”
‘LEGO Liam’ is the closest Sox star, clubhouse brick boss originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
You have met “South Slydah”. Now say hello to “LEGO Liam”.
Closest to the Chicago White Sox, Liam Hendriks, has already captured the attention of fans and members of the media with his great personality, whether on the pitch with his profane screams in-game or off with his talks about a wide range of subjects including tarot cards and Dr Pepper.
The last hobby the eccentric lifter adopted? Masonry. Well, plastic masonry, at least.
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“I’ve done a lot of LEGOs,” he revealed on Thursday.
Hendriks’ building projects have focused on some of his favorite pop-culture productions, with “Friends” and “Star Wars” making up the majority of what he calls a nascent collection.
“I have to show my little collection,” he said. “I built the ‘Friends’ set, I have an R2-D2 I’m about to build, I finished Baby Yoda, I finished a Darth Vader bust, I did stuff like that.
“Chicago has a really good LEGO store, so I went over there one day and bought a ‘Friends’ set. And since then it has evolved into the ‘Friends’ set, everything to do with ‘Star Wars’. I got a gift from a friend of ours, Joey, he actually bought the Chicago cityscape, which I did initially.
“Today I am starting the ‘Friends’ apartment. The first was Central Perk. Now we’re going to Monica and Rachel and Joey and Chandler, their accommodations, their apartments, with some cheesecake in the middle. Anyone who knows the story will understand it.
“I mix that up with ‘Star Wars’ stuff. I’m trying to get through a home stand game. Now it’s just a matter of trying to display it somewhere in my locker so that I can have at least a few people looking at it for a bit. “
Hendriks is shown to be a true yin and yang type player, someone who can gain the focus he needs to do his job by shouting, screaming and pumping his fist, as well as doing calming activities like reading. and play with LEGOs. He’s dedicated to both the physical and mental aspects of his job, and building a bust of Darth Vader out of plastic bricks can have a positive effect on his pitch, as can all of the mechanical stuff he also talked about on Thursday.
“Tim Anderson used to call me ‘LEGO Liam’,” said Hendriks. “Everyone is really relieved that I put on headphones and pack my LEGOs so they don’t have to hear me speak anymore. It’s a bit of a break for everyone, not just me.
“If I finish the set before the home stand (is over), I would read the last days. But I need that time away from the game when I’m on the pitch to lock myself in, and it’s an outlet I can do.
It seems to be working well.
Although he had a chaotic start to his tenure with the White Sox early in the season, he was practically perfect in May, winning AHL Lifter of the Month honors with an impeccable 0.00 ERA and eight stops.
Suddenly, Hendriks kept his promise of his big contract as an independent agent, mowing down opposing hitters and putting in a dominant performance in the ninth inning. He even recorded three saves in two days last weekend against the Baltimore Orioles.
“I think I’m definitely a little more aware of the way my body is moving than at the start of the year,” he said. “At the start of the year, I was focusing a little too much on speed and all that… like that.
“It’s just a little bit more about getting behind the ball and worrying less about speed, less worrying about trying to throw as hard as possible and more about going through the mechanics in the right way before the game, so when I’m going up the mound, I don’t have to think about anything. “
So swearwords, tarot cards, LEGO ‘Friends’ sets – all of these are part of the Hendriks package.
Fun for us, effective for him, and a glimpse into the spirit of arguably the best in baseball.
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