There was plenty of motivation for Hector Santiago after he started his fourth professional season at Class-A Winston-Salem in 2011.

It came from his father, Hector Sr., 46, who instilled the drive in his son that helped him persevere and quickly emerge as the White Sox's closer and earn his first major-league save Saturday.

"He took my brother and me to work in the summer when I was 10," said Santiago, recalling his youth in Newark, N.J. "We didn't have the greatest summers. We did go to the beach a few times, but when he needed someone to go to work with, we were the first ones he woke up. He showed us hard work and made sure you understand that you work hard to get ahead. It's not going to be an easy road."