Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The "What Does It All Mean" Rant

There was a Fox Sports article which I saw quoted on yet another blog. Rosenthal said,

“Williams, sitting in a golf cart, seemed worn out — not by Guillen, but by what he called “the peripheral changes around the game that have made it difficult to navigate your way through your job.” He seemed to be referring to social media — Twitter, Facebook, etc. — but he could have been talking about local media, national media, even MLB-operated media. The cycle of non-stop information, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year”

Indeed, the Sox have been plagued by the media. Partly because of outspoken newspaper columnists, partly because of bloggers like me, but undeniably because of Ozzie’s outspoken Twitter, Facebook, and even e-mail antics. Lately, even Ozzie’s son has been bringing attention to the organization. While I frankly could not care less about this debacle, there is quite a lot for the media to scrutinize. And I’m not just talking about Ozzie’s dismal grammar.

No, I am taking issue with the White Sox stats this spring. First off, their record is a dismal 6-11. And yes, “Spring Training doesn’t count.” But how is this possible? Carlos Quentin is the owner of 6 RBI, but he collected 5 of those in one game and hasn’t done much since. What looked like a very promising start slowed down to a disappointing .225 average.

Speaking of low averages, Mark Teahen… Over 28 at-bats, he only managed to pull together 4 hits. Surely, the White Sox cannot be the place where mediocre talent comes to die? Not this season, when the pitching staff is supposed to be the best in the history of the world! Alas, this may be the case, as Juan Pierre is not even turning 1 in 4 at-bats into a hit.

Yes, Spring Training is a time to try out new things. Yes, Spring Training isn’t regular season. But what is the separation? What is the point of Spring Training if it no indication of anything?
I guess there are only a couple of more weeks until we will know for sure. But what is certain is that no matter what, I’ll be watching.

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