The Truth About the Spoiler Role: A Sad End for the Chicago White Sox

Cregen McMinnCorrespondent ISeptember 28, 2009

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 16: Manager Ozzie Guillen #13 of the  Chicago White Sox blows a bubble against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 16, 2009 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Teams fall into different rolls throughout the season: contender, pretender, doormat, and last and least enjoyable…spoiler.

“Watch out for the White Sox now, cause they’re playing spoiler!” Seriously?

Do you think that Paul Konerko cares that he could contribute to knocking the Tigers out of first place so that the Twins can win the division? I’d love to hear about any player who strives to be the best “spoiler”.

Let’s face the facts about the spoiler role and the last week of the Sox season. The White Sox don’t care about spoiling the Twins or the Tigers season. Sure they’d like to win, but what motivation would there be to help the Twins win the division when they’re every bit the rival that the Tigers are? The truth is that the Sox are playing out the string with the same lack of fundamentals and questionable intensity they’ve been playing with all season.

Speaking of intensity, Ozzie seems to be upset that some guys just want to watch college football instead of worrying about baseball. “And I'm going to make it clear. It's a bunch of [expletive] out there watching football games like a piece of [expletive] with no pride the way they play the [expletive] game, and that's embarrassing.”

Well said Ozzie. Or should I say, "[expletive] well said Ozzie.'"

These players that we’ve cheered for (and occasionally booed, sorry Bobby) don’t care about who’s going to make the playoffs, and who’s going to compete with them for tee times. The dirty little secret is summed up by Ozzie ''We'll finish third no matter if we win or lose these [last] games.”

Wow, a whole sentence without swearing, Ozzie must not feel well.

The spoiler role is taken as seriously as an Adam Sandler film.

A week from now the White Sox 2009 season will officially come to an end. Meanwhile either the Twins or Tigers will begin a first round playoff series against the Yankees.

Rest assured that White Sox players don’t care which one makes it, as long as it doesn’t conflict with when the big football game comes on.