CHICAGO - James Shields has been following the White Sox for years.
His first ever playoff start was against the South Siders back in 2008.
Shields won that contest for Tampa Bay, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out four.
The 34-year-old right-hander faced the Sox numerous times since, pitching in the American League for the Rays and Royals for a combined nine seasons.
But the connection doesn't end there.
Shields' cousin, Aaron Rowand, is part of White Sox history.
Not only was Rowand instrumental in the Sox 2005 World Series win, he also was a fan favorite for his relentless hustle.
"There wasn't too many guys in the big leagues that worked harder than my cousin," smiled Shields. "He will run through a wall for you as you guys know. He's just a bulldog out there. He's a professional. He goes about his business the right way. He taught me a lot in my career and I definitely owe a lot to him."
Shield first start at U.S. Cellular is scheduled for tomorrow night, when the White Sox take on the Washington Nationals.