(670 The Score) New White Sox closer Liam Hendriks was drinking his fourth cup of coffee Thursday just after 8 a.m. local time in Arizona. It was part of his regular daily routine.
Legend has it that Hendriks will drink six cups of coffee a day, a mark he said was actually "putting it lightly." It's all part of how he finds finds his edge. Off the field, Hendriks is a fun-loving teammate who's known for his charitable work, which he has already begun in Chicago after joining the White Sox in free agency in January.
But when Hendriks takes the mound, he becomes a different person. He can get emotional and even scream at himself while pitching.
"My wife likes to call it 'White Line Fever,'" Hendriks said on the Bernstein & Rahimi Show on Thursday. "I'm a different person on the field than I am off the field. Off the field, I like to be a little bit more happy-go-lucky, enjoying life. On the field, I want to pretty much go out there and make sure I embarrass the hitter's family every time."
Hendriks, 32, admitted he also drinks coffee on the way home from a game, even if it's late at night.
The White Sox signed Hendriks to a three-year, $54-million deal that includes a team option for 2024. He has been arguably the best closer in MLB across the past two seasons, which included posting a 1.78 ERA in 24 appearances for the Athletics in 2020.