It's Not the Dome's Fault the Sox are Bad in Minnesota

Geoffrey ClarkCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 14: American League All-Star Mark Buehrle of Chicago White Sox looks on during the lineup before the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

Every time the White Sox go to Minnesota to play the Twins at the Metrodome, everybody associated with the organization, even the fans, expects the worst. This is exactly why the worst happens every single time the Sox play there. Further, it's why they've only won two games in Minnesota over the past two seasons.

It's as if it's all part of a formula. If the Sox don't beat themselves in games there right away, they eventually do so during a critical point. A consistently-good team wouldn't wet the bed everytime they travel to a certain destination.

The 2009 White Sox are consistently-good, but rather incredibly streaky. In my 13 years of being a White Sox fan, I have never seen a team that after going into a long slump will break out of it and become incredibly hot only to fall back into the slump they previously have. One could write a whole article about why the Sox have been so mediocre this season, but that's for another article.

What White Sox fans love to do is blame the Metrodome itself for why their team has played so poorly there, particularly this decade. The artificial turf, the baggie, the white roof, the speakers, and the air ventilation system have all been listed as reasons as to why the Metrodome is a shoddy place for an outdoor team.

In fact, this perception has been felt all around baseball since the Dome opened in 1982.  However, it's White Sox fans who are most happy that the Twins will be moving into an outdoor stadium in 2010.

Although there is a light at the end of the tunnel for the Sox and their fans, they are still not short on words about how poorly things go when they play there. Once again, this mentality has cost them many a game in that stadium. Blaming the stadium itself is just making excuses despite the place's complete lack of anything resembling a decent ballpark.

Good teams learn to the elements regardless of where they're playing. Although the White Sox have had considerable success this half-decade, the Dome has been their kryptonite nearly every season. There is little doubt that had last year's one-game playoff been played there, we would have seen an all-dome ALDS featuring the Twins and Rays. It's all because of the loser's mentality this organization possesses in Minnesota: if you expect the worst to happen, it will.

The Sox may be saying "good riddance" to the Dome after this season, but they're not doing themselves any favors in the division race by making stupid plays there during games. Although first place is up for grabs and the Sox could easily have it right now, they have not seized the opportunity. In addition to losing three of four in Detroit, the same thing that has plagued them for some time now is biting them, and they need to adjust quickly, or they'll be playing golf when the playoffs begin.