Watching October From Home… Again
Another Baseball Season Over, More Questions To Ask Baseball season in Chicago came to an end on the south side last Sunday. Interestingly enough, I couldn't help but enjoy myself at the park, even though I was watching two teams play for nothing. Sure, the White Sox didn't make the postseason this year, but they finished right where they were expected to finish, actually overachieving a bit in the eyes of some experts. Yankee Stadium with their tails in between their legs. With teams like New York and Tampa Bay trouncing around the American League it's no wonder the other teams don't just pack up their bags at the end of the season and call it a day, but we have all seen magic happen in October (refer to Boston's 2004 playoff run).For the first time as a fan I didn't set the bar too high for the White Sox and it paid off. Come on people, how good did you really feel about this team at the beginning of the season? Sure we added a Cy Young winner and our bullpen was expected to be among the best in the majors, but as always it is the intangibles that effect the outcomes of the season. Injuries, team chemistry, and underperformances were a major part of the success and failure of the 2010 season. And I hope you weren't fooled by Kenny Williams' attempt to stop the bleeding at the end of the season by picking up Manny Ramirez. The fact is that the White Sox were a mediocre team in a mediocre division where Detroit, Minneapolis, or Chicago could have ended up on top only to be promptly escorted out of
What now?With the season coming to an end, we can start looking to the future and answering questions for next year. We already know the answer to the managerial position. Whether you like it or not, we will be enduring another year of Ozzie Guillen as the White Sox manager. Konerko and Pierzynski? Nobody knows. It would seem that keeping Konerko would be a no brainer, but can he put up similar numbers in the future? Or was this a contract year spurt? He will surely want more than just a one year deal and there will be others interested in him. Management has made it clear that they would like the captain and backbone of this team to return, but they have also said that any deals they make must fit into the team's financial plans for the future. This White Sox fan would love to see Pauly come back for a few more years, as far as A.J. goes, he lost me once he started making wrestling appearances. The starting pitching on the other hand is a very solid 5 that I would put up against any other elite staff in the game.
- Mark Beurhle
- Jake Peavy
- Edwin Jackson
- John Danks
- Gavin Floyd