Most people go through life as either an optimist or a pessimist. The age-old adage is that the optimist sees the glass as half full, the pessimist sees that same glass as half empty. The same can be applied to the Chicago White Sox performance so far this season.
The pessimist sees a 15-23 record, including an awful 5-11 record at home which has been a strength of the Sox in the past. A team batting average of .248 and scoring 3.94 runs per game are other stats to encourage pessimism. That same pessimist will bring up poor performances from Alex Rios (.163 in April), Adam Dunn (.213), Gordon Beckham (.219), Juan Pierre (6 of 14 in SB), John Danks (0-6 record), and Matt Thornton (1-6 in Saves) as reasons to be down on the Sox. Not so fast… there are also reasons to be optimistic.
Last year on this date the White Sox were 14-20, only to finish the season 88-74. The Sox are currently on a west coast road trip where they have struggled in recent history. They have managed to win two series in a row and are starting to play better. Jake Peavy made his 1st start of the season and pitched fairly well if not “decent.” If Peavy stays healthy he brings a different attitude and bulldog mentality to the Sox starting rotation. Alex Rios is hitting .300 in May after hitting .344 last May. Adam Dunn is starting to heat up with 2 HR and 6 RBI over his last 10 games. Paul Konerko is following up his MVP type season last year with another tremendous season. The Sox are 10-12 on the road so far this season and no one expects them to continue to play so poorly at home, so one has to believe that eventually things will go back to what we consider “normal.”
White Sox fans are feeling down about the team because of their poor start. Baseball season is a 162-game, six month marathon, not a sprint. Tomorrow starts a 3 game series in Oakland, followed by a 7 game homestand so optimists think the Sox could win 7 of their next 10 - building momentum as the weather heats up. At this point in the season, it is all about perspective.
Which Sox fan are you, the pessimist or the optimist?
About the Author
Written by Shaun Balmer
Shaun is a graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. His love of the White Sox began as a kid in 1993 watching morning replays of games on Sports Channel. To this day he will argue with anyone that the strike of 1994 cost the White Sox a World Series title. Growing up in Indiana he is also a fan of the Colts, Pacers, and of course his alma mater the Boilermakers.