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Baseball: White Sox fans could be in for a fun ride in 2011

April 6, 2011

By S.C. Zuba
Sports Columnist

There’s a lot to like about this year’s Chicago White Sox.

Heck, just look at the first game of the season—a 15-run attack is always a great way to start the season. Granted, it’s early, but it seems that once again, General Manager Kenny Williams knew what he was doing when he put this team together.

Can someone tell Jerry Reinsdorf to sign this man to an extension?

Remember during the offseason when Paul Konerko was on vacation when he heard Adam Dunn had signed with the White Sox? Konerko thought his time on the south side had ended.

I mean, let’s face it, Dunn is basically a mirror image of Konerko. They both hit for power, and they both can play first base—the only difference is that one bats from the left and the other from the right.

Not to mention they both command salaries in the eight figures, so how could the White Sox get them both?

Well, that’s because Williams is in charge.

All along, Williams knew he wanted both. He knew he needed both to take this team to the next level. I imagine as he tossed and turned in bed during the winter months, he pictured what it would look like when Dunn batted No. 3, and Konerko followed in the clean-up spot.

I bet he pictured the RBIs and the homers this duo could put together, and so far, he’s right.

Dunn wasted no time christening his White Sox uniform when he blasted a home run in his first game as a part of the south side. Admit it, after that blast you thought, “Wow, Dunn will fit in nicely with this ball club.”

This is a team built for power, built for the long haul and built to make a playoff run.
One through nine, this offense doesn’t quit. Imagine being an opposing pitcher having to face Dunn, Konerko, Alex Rios and Carlos Quentin all in a row. It’s a daunting task for even the most experienced pitcher.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—Kenny Williams is a genius. He’s the game’s best general manager, and rarely does he get the credit he deserves. Year in and year out, the White Sox are built to compete. They don’t take years off, and they are never content with anything less than a division title. That’s saying something.

This season is young, but the White Sox look good. Expect them to hang around the top of the American League Central Division.

This team is no joke—they look good on paper, and they look good on the field.
So, in the words of Ken “The Hawk” Harrelson, sit back, relax and strap it down—this will be a fun ride.

Share your thoughts with S.C. Zuba via e-mail at samuelczuba@gmail.com.

From the April 6-12, 2011 issue

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