Typical for me to start off my BDSSP debut talking about my favorite baseball team. Being in the AL Central, you would expect a lot of scratching and clawing for first place in the division. However, the Twins are one of the worst teams in the league, and are so far behind everyone that there are no worries about getting last place. Nonetheless, when you have players like Jose Abreu, Chris Sale and newly acquired Todd Frazier, you would expect at least division champs, but they’re not quite there yet.
Coming out of the All Star break at a record of 45-43, they lost three straight to the struggling Los Angeles Angels, who themselves are having an extremely difficult year at 14.5 games back of the division-leading Texas Rangers. For those that have followed the White Sox for a while, you know that they have coined the term “rollercoaster” when describing their seasons of late. After the opening month of the 2016, with a record of 17-8, people (such as myself) were hoping for a Chicago vs. Chicago World Series… that was until reality set in.
The following month, they went 11-17 to bring their record to 28-25. Usually I’d be jumping for joy with a record like that, but considering Cleveland (with the help of LeBron and the Cavs) are one of the hottest teams in the league, and the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals are looking for a repeat, it’s not good enough.
It certainly doesn’t help to have a seven-game losing streak in May, a five-game losing streak in June, and start the second half of the season being swept by the Angels. So much backlash, so much criticism…seems like the same old song and dance for the South Side. I honestly thought this offseason was one of the more productive offseasons the Sox have had in a while with notable signings that included 2nd baseman Brett Lawrie, catchers Dioner Navarro and ex-Tiger Alex Avila, ex-Cubs outfielder Austin Jackson, and of course the 2015 HR Derby champ, 3rd baseman Todd “Todd Father” Frazier.
Sure, the division is still up for grabs, but we have struggled against the teams in our division, which is certainly not helping our cause. Another thing that is not helping our cause is the inability to find that third punch after the 1-2 rotation of Sale and Jose Quintana. But wait, we got James Shields from the Padres, so that should solve it, right? Nope. He’s 2-4 with a 6.43 ERA.
So with all this helter skelter, who do we blame? Robin Ventura (manager), Don Cooper (pitching coach), Rick Hahn (general manager)? As fans, it seems at this point it doesn’t matter. Whatever the majority of us demand, there is a 99.99% chance it won’t happen. But with the MLB trade deadline coming up, it’d be interesting to see if anything gets done. No way we’re catching Cleveland, who are 9 games ahead of us, but there’s still somewhat of a chance we can get the second wild card spot.
However, we have to win in order to have a shot at it.
Raised in a competitive family, sports has been the majority of my life. Not only playing but watching as well. Born in Oak Lawn, IL (suburb of Chicago), I tend to have a bias, but I try to keep an open mind. Nonetheless, I enjoy watching and talking sports.