CHICAGO -- The White Sox will turn to their ultimate good-luck charm on Sunday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Jake Hahn told his father, White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn, to pick heads for the coin flip that would determine where a potential tiebreaker game would be played. The heads call turned out to be a winner, and having home-field advantage for game No. 163 turned out to be a game-changer for the White Sox, who beat the Twins, 1-0, this past Tuesday to advance to the postseason.
"I hadn't won [a coin flip] in the last seven years, so I asked Jake what we should go with," Rick Hahn said. "He said: 'Heads. Because when you flip a coin, it usually comes up heads.' Since that logic was at least as solid as anything that I had previously used, we went with it."
Trailing the Rays 0-2 in the American League Division Series, the White Sox have the home field for the next two days to try to even up the series.
Will Jake be the game-changer once again?
"He is thrilled to be asked," Rick Hahn said. "I am not sure he entirely gets it -- at first he wanted to know if A.J. [Pierzynski] or Toby [Hall] would be catching him -- but for the past two days he has been telling every stranger who compliments his Sox hat all about it. It really was a very nice offer by the organization."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.