Requiem For A Season
Sunday, October 3, 2010
The 2010 White Sox Season
What a crazy, bizarre year! This was easily — in my 20 seasons of White Sox baseball — the most bizarre season I’ve experienced. 2010 was really three campaigns smushed into six months. We fought through the first two months — which would normally be enough to kill most teams and most seasons — enjoyed an extraordinary, record-setting mid summer hot streak, then stumbled in August before righting the ship somewhat (albeit too late) in September.
The roller coaster of on field rsults created a very unique emotional season. Out of it. Back in it. We might not lose again to a sense of finality as our bullpen health and struggles seemed to doom us (along with the Twins stunning success) well before the season closed.
Strange, in a sense, because if you look at all of the phases of the game — offense, defense, starting pitching, bullpen — we had periods of time, sometimes lengthy, when we just dominated. Then there were other times when we really struggled. I can’t ever recall that type of dramatic swing in performances in these areas during a single season.
A few of the story lines as I think back (feel free to comment with your own):
Ultimately outperformed expectations
Still a sense of falling short
Amazing Paul Konerko. Class. Flair for the dramatic. Clutch. Definition of MVP.
Future excitement about Chris Sale, Brent Morel and Dayan Vicideo
Awe at Omar Vizquel’s durability and flair
How good our defense was in mid summer with three shortstops on the infield
Fun watching our starting rotation click during our hot streak
Winning four of six against Chicago’s NL team
Dominant bullpen when all available
Alex Rios patrolling centerfield and hitting line drives
Andruw Jones’ 400th HR
Juan Pierre on the base paths
Four World Champion trophies in one place
Frank Thomas Day
Nancy Faust’s Goodbye
A Few Notes to Remember
25-33 over the first 58 games, 9.5 games out
26-5 run and a division lead of as much as 3.5 games
11 straight wins (June 15-26)
First place as late as 8/11
Eighth above .500 finish in the last 11 seasons
Buehrle winning at least 10 games with 30 starts and 200 IP for 10 straight years
Pierre becoming the first Sox to lead the AL in steals since Luis Aparicio (1961)
As another season ends, thank you to all the White Sox fans who followed this blog in 2010. I wasn’t always the most consistent of correspondents — my day job seemed to get in the way a lot this summer — but I so appreciate your coming back here time and again, your feedback, questions and comments and most importantly, your passion for the White Sox. It’s what keeps all of us coming back …