What do the White Sox need to do for this season to be considered a successful one?
A. Win the division?
B. Win a playoff series?
C. Win the World Series?
D. It already is.
If you answered “D”, you’re correct. Good job.
If you didn’t answer D, you’re too demanding, you should really work on that. Let’s remember the expectations for these Sox during spring training. They were picked anywhere from 3rd place to last in the AL central. Yes, picked to finish behind the Royals (things seem a lot simpler before the season).
As you’re reading this the Sox are in second place and within striking distance of claiming the division lead. Not only that, they’ve acquired an ace for this year’s rotation as well as the future, along with a two-time All-Star in the outfield. Not to mention both guys are under contract for the next few years.
Quick question: If before the year I offered this deal “The White Sox won’t make the playoffs in 2009, but they’ll enter the next few seasons as the odds on favorite to win the division and as one of the most talented teams in the AL” would you take the deal? Of course you would.
Kenny Williams took the deal too. Sure the team still has a chance to improve on the deal and maybe the Sox will have the best of the present and the future. Just make sure you don’t forget the original deal and get disappointed if the “Clean Sox” aren’t around in October.
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