Sox baseball, on the rocks
It’s an hour before first pitch here on the South Side, and the temperature has dipped to 37 degrees.
Factor in the winds, which are blowing pretty good from right field to left, and it probably feels about freezing.
Yesterday was OK, but all in all it’s been a blustery opening homestand for the White Sox.
It is – the saying goes- what it is.
“There is nothing you can really do,” Paul Konerko said. “I'm not big on putting a bunch of stuff on and trying to be warm. I just feel like you have to grit it out. It's great when your pitcher throws well because you can get off the field and back in the dugout, but you just have to have the mindset that it's going to be three to four hours where it will be tough and you have to grind it out.”
Pitchers tend to have the advantage when the thermometer drops, and that certainly was the case in the opening series against the Royals.
While the Sox managed only 7 total runs on 24 hits, Kansas City was held to 5 runs, only 3 of them earned, on 17 hits.
As the weather warms up, major-league bats should follow suit.
“I think the first series there on both sides, I don't know what the Royals’ guys said, but I'd say everybody kind of tipped their hat to the pitching,” said Konerko, who was 1-for-12 vs. KC pitching. “I think everybody threw the ball really well. There were some at-bats, I think everyone one of us in here could say, 'You know, I was a little out of control that at-bat' or 'I kind of gave them on there.'
“But for the most part, their guys made good pitches and our guys did, too. So that can happen in any three-game stretch during the season. When it's the first three games of the year it's always magnified a little bit. We'll be fine.”