100 To Go
Monday, June 14, 2010
The Weekend That Was
Oh, but for a ninth-inning base hit last night to make the weekend even better …
People still were buzzing about the pregame atmosphere from last night. I know ESPN didn’t carry much of it, but here’s some of the action, courtesy of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
62 Games In
So 62 games into the season with 100 remaining, it might again provide some interesting perspective on the long, long baseball season.
It seems every year is the same. You come out of spring training thinking you have a pretty good team only to struggle early. Quickly, the experts declare that it’s time to give up the season, that all is lost and it’s time to think about next year.
That may, in the end, prove to be the case, but it is just so easy to forget how much baseball is yet to be played.
Through 62 games of 2009, the White Sox stood at 28-34. This year, 28-34. Certainly, we all felt we were in a deep hole a week ago, but after a strong week, we’ve climbed halfway out. What if this team continues to play well and we are able to reach .500 by the All-Star Break?
Last year, we went 8-2 to end June with a 39-38 record. By July 23, the White Sox — fueled by Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Game — were in first place. The team was 53-51 at the end of July 2009, and you felt we were hanging around in the race until a 1-8 stretch to end August left the Sox at 64-68 entering September.
The Minnestoa Twins, last year’s division champs, were 30-32 after 62, 45-44 at the All-Star Break and fell as far as six games under .500 on August 17 (56-62) before a furious rally saw them go 31-14 down the stretch to win the division in 163 games with an 87-76 mark.
People can ridicule us for holding out hope, but things do happen to teams — including teams changing their personalities — over a long. long 162-game season.
That’s why it’s fun to watch the campaign unfold each summer.