Tim Anderson on White Sox: 'F--k It, We're the Best Team in the American League'

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIFebruary 26, 2021

Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson prepares to hit at practice during a baseball workout in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. The White Sox are scheduled to play the Oakland Athletics in an American League wild-card playoff series starting Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has never been accused of lacking confidence, it just may be coming out earlier than ever this year with his team firmly among baseball's World Series contenders. 

Speaking to The Parkins and Spiegel Show on 670 The Score, Anderson made an emphatic declaration of just how good this year's Sox team is. 

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Tim Anderson: "I got to be a little bit more careful with my words. ... We have a chance to be the best team in the AL." @DannyParkins: "Tim, don't become a politician on me. ... Just say what you feel." Anderson: "(Bleep) it, we're the best team in the American League."

"F--k it," Anderson said. "We're the best team in the American League."

The comment would come off as bold in most other seasons. Not in 2021 when Chicago has added Lance Lynn, Liam Hendriks and Adam Eaton alongside emerging stars like Anderson, Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Yoan Moncada and reigning AL MVP Jose Abreu.

After falling in a three-game wild-card series to the Oakland Athletics last postseason, the White Sox (+380) enter the year with the second-best odds to win the AL behind the New York Yankees at +230 (bet $100 to win $230) on DraftKings. The Sox are also +850 to win the World Series, behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers (+350), Yankees (+550) and San Diego Padres (+800).

In Anderson's mind, those odds may be a bit too low. The 2019 batting champion believes Chicago is the team to beat. On paper, it's certainly tough to argue. 

Any Sox fan who agrees can go ahead and buy a T-shirt with Anderson's words on them. The Score began selling them almost as soon as Anderson's interview ended. 

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