Bears QB Mitch Trubisky ‘big fans’ of Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, Coby White
“I love all Chicago sports — I love going out and meeting these guys,” Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky said.
Long before Mitch Trubisky embraced Eloy Jimenez at Guaranteed Rate Field last month, the Bears quarterback took batting practice with the White Sox’ rookie.
The two are represented by the same agency, which held a retreat for its athletes in February in Florida.
There, Trubisky saw Jimenez’s pop-up close.
“Just watched him absolutely crush the ball,” Trubisky said.
Trubisky had to take a few swings himself.
“I was hopping in with them and taking batting practice,” Trubisky said. “To get to watch him and some of the baseball guys in our agency hit, it was cool to be around him.”
And Trubisky’s own swing?
“It’s awesome,” he said, straight-faced.
In his second full offseason, Trubisky continues to make himself at home in Chicago.
That includes following local sports in the offseason. In late May, he threw out the first pitch at a White Sox game — only after his offensive line crouched in front of him, in formation — and man-hugged Jimenez on the field.
“I’m big fans of Eloy and [shortstop] Tim Anderson with the Sox,” Trubisky said. “They’re guys that I’ve gotten to meet and watch them — young guys having a lot of success. They just love being here in Chicago and playing for the Chicago teams and their fans.”
In his fourth season, Anderson has bat-flipped his way into the South Siders’ hearts. Like Trubisky did as a rookie, Jimenez has shown flashes of dominance, which includes a 471-foot home run against the Royals and a two-run, ninth-inning blast last week that eventually beat the crosstown Cubs.
“I know he and Tim are going to have a lot of success going forward,” Trubisky said. “Just because of what kinds of guys they are, how they love the game and just how they work.”
He has another rookie to get excited about: point guard Coby White, whom the Bulls drafted seventh overall earlier this month.
White averaged 16.1 points and 4.1 assists for Trubisky’s alma mater, North Carolina, as a freshman last year.
Trubisky and White have never met. But Trubisky, who follows Tar Heels basketball regularly, is already a fan of the Bulls’ first top pick from North Carolina since Michael Jordan 35 years ago.
“I watched him and the team this last season,” he said. “He was very talented. I think he’s going to be a huge help to the Bulls. I can’t wait to watch him and totally meet him in the future.”
Trubisky spoke Wednesday after holding his second area football camp in five days. In his second full offseason — and the first in which he doesn’t have to learn a new playbook from scratch — Trubisky said it has been fun letting fans get to know him better. He joked that the most common question from kids was what it felt like after the playoff loss to the Eagles.
“I’m very comfortable,” Trubisky said. “This is where I live. This is where I feel like it’s home. I just want to be a part of this community and give back. Let the kids, parents, whoever, kinda figure out and get to know me, who I am as a person, and what I’m about. I’m a quarterback for the Chicago Bears, but I’m also a person. I’m Mitchell Trubisky. If they get to know that side, I think that’s pretty cool.”
That includes cheering on two rookies that play for the city’s other franchises.
“I love all Chicago sports — I love going out and meeting these guys,” Trubisky said. “It just makes the experience that much more fun for everyone, and I think the fans involved, too.”