Sox' miserable season almost over
The end is near for the White Sox, and that's a good thing.
Only four games are left in the Sox' worst season since 1970, when they lost 100 games. The White Sox need to win one of four against the Royals to avoid 100 losses this year.
In reality, it doesn't really matter.
This season has been spiraling downward since late May, when the Sox lost eight in a row after scratching their way back to the .500 mark.
"It's not the season that you wanted," manager Robin Ventura said in his pregame media session. "At this point you can't go to the playoffs so you're ready to end it and get ready for what you're going to do next year."
Speaking of next year, I talked with RV one-on-one after he was done with the group session Thursday, and he is very much looking forward to returning to the dugout in 2014 and even beyond.
Look for that story in tomorrow's Daily Herald.
A few other things:
-GM Rick Hahn will talk to reporters Friday afternoon for the final time of the season, and Paul Konerko will also take questions in a formal session.
Konerko had to leave Tuesday's game at Cleveland after fouling a ball off his right knee, and he didn't play vs. the Indians Wednesday night.
Konerko is in the lineup tonight. As every White Sox fan knows, Konerko's contract is up at the end of the season and retirement is a very real possibility.
-Tyler Flowers is back with the Sox after having season-ending shoulder surgery on Sept. 5.
Flowers replaced A.J. Pierzynski as the No. 1 catcher this year, but he lost his job to Josh Phegley in earl July.
Flowers batted .195 in 84 games and his future with the Sox is uncertain, at best.
“I hope to be back,” Flowers said. “I want to be back, and I want to show I am a better player than what everyone's seen thus far. I believe that, and I think they believe that, too. I've got to get my shoulder ready, priority one. Other than that, I'm excited to see what happens. I believe I'm going to come back, and I believe I'm going to be the starting catcher again. I believe I can be a lot better.”