Winter Meeting Post Thoughts
**this is MY opinion**
Well, by now you know the news of the White Sox. Chris Sale and Adam Eaton both have new homes next season and we have 7 new pitchers.
There is still talk of more possible trades and all which should make everyone happy. Yes, I know it’s a part of the business but it is a hard one. A few years ago, I watched as my favorite player, Jake Peavy was traded to Boston. I cried for 2 days, knew it was going to happen but it was not any easier. I got up to watch him pitch for the last time in White Sox colors. He chose the 80’s throwback. It was hard but things eventually became OK.
Now there is more talk of trading players who (in my opinion) are pieces that we need for a successful season. Yes, we resigned Brett Lawrie and Avi Garcia. Both Brett and Tyler Saladino were shut down due to injuries late in the season but they are strong players who I think can contribute a lot. so, there was so silliness but the boys were having fun but getting the job done. What’s wrong with that if it creates the spark needed to fight back and win?
Let’s talk about the pitching for a couple – Since our ace has been traded we have no one to lead our pitching attack. Jose Quintana should fill that role provided he is not traded also then we to look to last year and Miguel Gonzalez, (who at times was brilliant) Then there was James Shield, every 4th or 5th day was pretty much a loss. Now, remember a few years back when JOhn Danks had the same issues and they pulled him for good. You should’ve heard all the screaming then, well now its the same case but a different pitcher so where’s all the screaming now? I don’t watch a pitcher out there who can’t win games. I know James tries as hard as he can but something is not working, let’s get it fixed while at the ranch or whatever in spring training before the boys get home to The Cell ( Comiskey). Zack Putnam and Jake Petricka were both on the disabled list for all last season, how can you expect them to be ready to throw back at their normal pace and all. Nate Jones was out for roughly 18 months and last season he was back throwing to where he was before he got hurt. I can’t wait to see him this season.
My other question is this, everyone says it will be a crap season but HOW do you know that will actually be the case? We have a new manager in Rick Renteria, players gone and new players joining. It could be the case of things falling into place for a great year. I just checked the injury list and it is clear. Will be great to see Charlie Tilson get a real crack in center field, With Adam Eaton gone, Right field is now open for someone to earn a regular spot.
I would still like to see us pick up an experienced catcher at some point. Omar Narvaez was a really surprising find in my book.
Everyone wants the house cleaned, to start again but how many of you will actually go to Comiskey, for games and all, or will you just sit at home complaining once again and refuse to go until the team gets better?
There was good stuff last season but everyone seems to forget that, how many times we fought back and won in the bottom of the 9th or extra innings. Did you forget that we turned 3 triple plays last season and 1 of those the combination was so unreal the Sox own that world record.
I understand it all, it’s just business but the negative gets a little too much when all I see on every article is TRADE HIM TOO.
I want to win just as much as the next guy but. . . .