Sunday, June 24, 2007
Pods, LF; Gonzo, RF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; AJ, C; Iguchi, 2B; Fields, 3B; Terrero, CF; Uribe, SS. Contreras pitching.
KW spent a lot of time with reporters this morning responding to Sun-Times speculation about us possibly trading Mark Buehrle (this didn’t qualify as news in my mind but it did for the Sun-Times). I think most White Sox fans know that a trade of any of our potential free agents is a possibility given how the team has performed. KW basically said that all options are on the table at this point … we might be trading our potential free agents if he finds deals that make us a better team or we may end up playing out this season and accepting draft picks for any free agents who depart. Reporters were looking for answers that aren’t there yet. There are too many games still to be played. We still have to hold out hope that this team will start playing better. We’ve got weeks, not months, left to prove it. You maybe could argue we have days, not weeks.
And I love the intimation in the ST that we would extend Ozzie Guillen’s contract (a speculative story based on no sources that ran a few days ago) just to silence "critics." The same columnist, one of our favorites, also offered the conjecture that we are changing our ad agency and fired our scouting director to deflect blame.
On the first count, it is pretty ludicrous (not to mention arrogant) to think we would make decisions like a manager’s contract in response to public critics. Believe me when I say we tend — and have tended — to make those types of decisions on their merits without much concern for media reaction. We believe our fans understand our plan, our goals and how we hope to get there. The other two decisions were based on timetables that have nothing to do with team performance. To make that type of connection shows an amazing lack of knowledge about how sports organizations function (which shouldn’t surprise me given the source).
Anyone who comes out to the ballpark and talks with Ozzie or KW (which this columnist does not) would know those two are the first to accept the blame. You can physically see how this season’s struggles have affected them.
Maybe this disconnect from reality is one of the reasons why no one bothers to read him much anymore (or his newspaper for that matter given its last financial report).
We’ve certainly had a bad year to date, but I think analysts (financial and otherwise) might still argue that we’ve had a better year than a certain newspaper. Who has the "brighter" future?
About the Game
Anyway, one run per game certainly won’t cut it. We need to get something going today or Sox fans are going to hear about it for a long time, and none of want to hear it from Cubs fans (any more than we have to).