The not so mighty White Sox
There go the Hawks, the mighty Blackhawks...
And, here come the White Sox, the not so mighty White Sox.
Like it or not, the Hawks' admirable postseason run is over, and they are the Stanley Cup champions for the second time in four years.
And, like it or not, it's baseball season in Chicago.
The Sox are back home tonight for the first of two interleague games vs. the New York Mets.
If you've been tuned in to hockey the last month or so, here's a quick update on the White Sox:
They are 31-42 and occupy last place in the AL Central. The Sox are coming off a 3-7 road trip and rank last in the American League with 272 runs scored, a .295 on-base percentage and 179 walks.
The White Sox are also tied for last in the AL with a .980 fielding percentage and have made 53 errors in 73 games.
That, in a nutshell, says a lot about the forgettable first three months of the season.
As for the next month or so, we'll have to wait and see if first-year general manager Rick Hahn makes a roster tweak or two or opts for a major rebuilding job.
-It's been a rough first half for shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
He's hit just 1 home run, and that came during the second game of the season.
Ramirez has also made 12 errors, already matching last year's total, and his miscue at Kansas City Sunday cost the Sox a three-game sweep of the Royals.
Through an interpreter, Ramirez talked about his struggles before batting practice Tuesday.
"It has been difficult for me," Ramirez said. "When you lose a game, more importantly than anything else, it's hard on me. I have done everything I have always done to catch the ball, anticipate and, obviously, I hurt more than anybody else when these things happen.
"My mind is still the same. I still have high expectations. I can't do anything about yesterday or the past. I've got today and that's why I have to concentrate on."
-Paul Konerko is not in the starting lineup today due to a sore back.
“It's just tight,” manager Robin Ventura said. “He's trying to work it out right now. He won't be out here for BP. Hopefully he can pinch-hit."