All the players are in camp, which means the White Sox are a very confident group. Not confident on the way that they are spouting how great they are, or how the American league should be worried. It’s a quiet confidence, one that says we’re ready to do battle.
I’ve seen a lot of large players, but Adam Dunn is the biggest one I have every seen. He towers over every other player. He was standing next to Gordon Beckham and looked like his father. Even Paul Konerko, who isn’t small by any means, just doesn’t have the size to match Dunn’s. I guess that’s why they call Dunn the Big Donkey.
A true wonder is shortstop Omar Vizquel. Vizquel is 43 years old, but looks like he’s in his early 30’s. Vizquel started his playing career in the late 80’s along side Ken Griffey Jr. He is still a marvel at 2nd, SS or 3rd base.
The White Sox slogan is “All In”, because they spent millions of dollars and are are all in the win it. I think they have a legitimate shot, but so do about hand full of other teams. I think one of the things working against the Sox is age. Konerko, Pierzynski, Vizquel, and Buehrle are all in their 30’s or 40’s. And those aren’t just any players, three of them play a vital role with Chicago. The Sox have some quality backups, but if any of those players go down for a long stretch, the White Sox could be selling players at the trade deadline.
It’s been a quiet camp for the Sox, which is good. Teams are highly tunes machines. Any distraction, whether with a player or management could throw off the delicate balance, actually dooming a team before they’ve played any games.
We’ll talk White Sox again in a couple days.