PK: You know when he's talking to the media, something's going to come out that is off the wall. [We] might have to answer some questions about that. But other than that, it's not as wild as it seems.
Will the White Sox reach the playoffs?
PK: Jury's out. We're leaning against it because we haven't been playing good baseball. The hard part of saying no is that we're four out with 67 to go [through Sunday]. And we haven't really come close—other than maybe the first 10 games of the year—to where we feel like we're doing what we want to do out there. You look at the positive, and you just keep grinding away. We've got to get better at a lot of things. The math is there that [making the playoffs] is totally possible.
I've been told you have a batting cage in your basement in Scottsdale, Ariz. How did you persuade your wife to go for that?
PK: You know how it is. It's all negotiations. I got a couple thousand square feet. The rest of it is all hers.
How fast does your pitching machine go?
PK: It can get up to about 95. I have it a touch closer than where a ball would come out [of the pitcher's hand], so 95 is really like 100.
If you have a party, don't people try to go down to the cage?
PK: It's happened. Let's just put it this way, now it's off-limits.
You can't mix beer and batting.