Do the Chicago White Sox have the desire to win? That’s a question that has gone unasked for way too long. Let’s take it back to early May, when the South Siders had an American League leading record of 23-10, one of the best starts the franchise has had in a season for decades. If the question had been asked back then, the answer would be a definite yes. Third baseman Todd Frazier was slugging his way to the American League lead in home runs while the pitching staff - rotation and bullpen - was one of the best in the whole MLB with Chris Sale and Jose Quintana both making serious Cy Young cases, not to mention the outstanding defense that was being played including the league’s most bizarre triple play. All seemed right in the world of White Sox baseball until it all suddenly collapsed.
Ever since an amazing extra-innings showdown with the Texas Rangers, which featured Todd Frazier’s latest grand slam, the Sox have recorded one of the league’s worst records. Now people have finally brought up that dreaded question that I cannot stress how dire it is to the White Sox organization: Do they have the desire to win? This question was directed towards the Cuban slugger Jose Abreu after the club’s third straight loss to the Kansas City Royals and his response was almost immediate: “No.” Abreu then explained how a team like the Royals has tasted that desire when they won the World Series last year, and they crave for it while the White Sox haven’t had a winning season since 2012 and have simply forgotten that satisfying taste. Jose Abreu made that point clear to the media. Not only did Abreu express his feelings about the team’s lack of the desire to win, but other players including outfielder Adam Eaton and catcher Alex Avila had shared their thoughts as well, both agreeing with Abreu. I’m not sure what it is that drives a team to victory. Maybe it’s something about their offense or defense, perhaps it’s the pitching or maybe just something mental. I don’t know if it all has to do with the players or the management, but it’s quite obvious that something is getting in the way of the White Sox desire to win. One thing is for sure, if the White Sox want to be a playoff contender or at least finish over .500 anytime soon, there must be a way to gain that desire to win that both the team and fans have been longing for.