Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Konerko Sums Up The 2001-04 Sox

I'm not sure Paul Konerko thought he was writing the epitaph for the 2001-2004 White Sox when he was talking after yesterday's game, but he sure did when he said:

'The way I look at it is we're not out of it, and we're not in it,' first baseman Paul Konerko said. 'By the time we play the Twins, we have to be four, five back, and then play well against them, which isn't easy. This team seems to be playing better with the attitude that we're not finishing first. People seem looser.'
Yep - playing better when you know you're not going to finish first. Playing better when it doesn't really matter. Playing better when only your statistics and contracts will look better going into next year. Playing better when the pressure is off.

One year, maybe the Sox can try getting players who play better when the team thinks that they have a chance to finish first. One year, maybe the Sox will have players who play better when the pressure is on.

But that's just a silly dream I have from time to time.

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