Posted at 11:48 AM on April 20, 2005
by Bob Collins
"Look around. Does it look like we're worried?" Sound familiar? If there's a native sport in Minnesota, it's refusing to recognize the obvious. Call it denial, but we've got it down pat. Just ask the Minnesota Timberwolves. And now we're getting that same feeling, aren't you? We're beginning to wonder if we're that good, aren't you? And, let's face it, like the Timberwolves, we're forgetting what it took for a previous year's success.
One thing it took last year -- and the year before by the way -- is the Chicago White Sox to absolutely roll over and play dead like dogs even though they may have had more talent on the field.
Watching the ChiSox this year against the Twins -- and also paying attention to the two ChiSox-Indians series earlier -- I'd say we best not count on that this year. Paul Konerko is in the early stages of what may be an MVP year. The starting pitching is fabulous and the ChiSox are able to bring Damaso Marte -- a closer on most teams -- in as a middle reliever.
As for the "it's early" quote. It's from Jacque Jones who needs to understand that a series dropped to the ChiSox in April actually is the same as dropping one to them in a close pennant race in September.
Just ask the Oakland A's.