CHICAGO — Sometimes life throws you a curveball. White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd, who since May has been on the comeback trail after a season-ending elbow injury left his future with the Sox —and maybe his career — hanging in the balance, knows a thing or two about that. So does Ray Thompson, a die-hard Sox fan who, after years of suffering the effects of heart failure, finally and miraculously found himself in a position to make a big-time comeback of his own. Last month, either God or fate brought Floyd into Thompson’s hospital room just two days after successful heart transplant surgery. The men, strangers until that moment, left that day inspired by each other’s journey toward recovery.

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My Chicago By Mark Konkol on September 16, 2013