Funeral services for Kevin Hickey, Chicago White Sox pregame instructor and former pitcher, will be held Monday and Tuesday. Hickey passed away Wednesday morning at Rush University Medical Center at the age of 56.
Hickey had worked as a pregame instructor for the White Sox since 2004, and he pitched for the club from 1981-83.
Visitation will take place from 3-9 p.m. CT on Monday at Damar-Kaminiski Funeral Home at 7861 S. 88th in Justice, Ill. The funeral mass will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at Old St. Pat's Church on 700 W. Adams in Chicago.
Television cameras caught Jake Peavy having an animated discussion in the White Sox dugout in between innings with A.J. Pierzynski in the middle of Friday's 3-2 victory over the Cubs. Pierzynski said he received some texts about the matter but didn't really think there was anything to talk about -- remotely controversial or otherwise -- while Peavy said it was just an in-game matter and had nothing to do with the after-shocks of Jeff Samardzija hitting Paul Konerko in the left side of the face with a pitch in the third.
"That was just in-game fire," said Peavy with a smile, who joked with Pierzynski about the matter or lack thereof in the postgame clubhouse. "It was just a dugout matter. It was just the way I communicate sometimes, just an in-house matter.
"There's nothing to do with our team and our team chemistry. We are all on the same page. Just about the game and what was said on both sides, it was about the game."
Pierzynski is 10-for-18 with three RBIs over his last three games.
Gordon Beckham is hitting .370 with six RBIs lifetime against the Cubs.