So, we are now 13 games into the season and White Sox fans are going ballistic. The “small ball” that Ozzie Guillen has clamored for is not working to perfection. Thus far, the team has NOT BEEN SHUT OUT, but they haven’t won many games either. There have been a lot of close games (some of 1 run and a few of 4 run difference), but for the most part the team has been in the games. Our first few opponents have been the Indians, Twins, and Blue Jays. The way we are playing the Indians, you’d never know that Cleveland was in a “rebuilding” mode. They have owned the White Sox save opening day when they were blanked 6-0 by Mark Buehrle. The Sox split with Toronto, but that led to the Chicago Sun-Times’ beat writer and other commentators to speculate that Toronto should lose its baseball team because no one was at the park. (Comments on that in another post). Just one win against the Twins and that hurts because, well, I do not like them against the White Sox. Don’t get me wrong, they are a good team and I like their style, but they are a divisional rival and thus not liked.
In any event, the pitching is doing what it is supposed to do and the offense, not so much. The Royals have a better team and slugging percentage than the Sox (but how long can THAT really last?!?). Because the offense is not clicking, everyone is up in arms that there is not a legitimate DH. There are also a very vocal group of Scott Podsednik supporters who are angry he is not still in Chicago as the lead-off guy. Oh and there is the griping about not having kept Jim Thome because the team is missing a strong lefty bat in the lineup. And finally, there is still the grumbling that Gordon Beckham should play SS and not Ramirez and Mark Teahen needs to go because he is not a 3B. All of this just makes me laugh. I am not happy about not winning so many games, but I am also not crazed about it at this time. 1) it is a long season and 2) there is time to turn things around. No one ever wants to lose those early games because they can always come back to bite you in the butt later in the season. If it were June and this were still happening, then I’d be worried and up in arms. However, it is only the start of the 3rd week and there seems to be mass panic. There are even some calling for the manager to be fired now. Personally, I prefer to let this play out a bit before jumping on the panic bus. Not to mention that I feel like many fans just can’t handle change. Either that or they don’t know what they are talking about. Can’t we just enjoy it, love that the team is in these games and start panicking in a couple of months if things don’t turn around??? Hopefully today will be the start of something good.