White Sox Baseball Finally Back

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Nicole Kappelman, Assistant News Editor

Well, it seems pretty safe to say that despite all of the rumors and negativity from the 2013 baseball season, the Chicago White Sox are back and are off to a hot start.  Currently ranked third in the AL Central Division, the Sox have a 5-5 record (as of April 10).

Not only are they finally playing well, but it’s baseball season. Who isn’t excited about that?

With the new season have come new and unfamiliar faces who Sox fans hope to become accustomed too. That being said, though, these new faces are largely contributing to their success thus far.

And, I have to say, I’m pretty excited like every other fan about the coming of center fielder Adam Eaton. The very young (and good looking, of course!) 25-year-old began his MLB career in 2012 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he played his 2013 season. Although Eaton is currently hitting .265, his OBP is one of the highest on the team, at a solid .350. I think it’s his personality and character that will hopefully help to turn the White Sox around.

Avisail Garcia returns once again, and is swinging a strong .333. Newcomer first baseman Jose Abreu leads the team in RBIs thus far, and is second on the team with four home runs through 10 games.

Unfortunately, the infamous Adam Dunn remains in the lineup game after game and people like me are continuously wondering why. With the second-lowest batting average already on the team, Dunn has proven that nothing has really been fixed since last year. Of course, statistics don’t necessarily mean everything. You could be a great hitter and constantly make contact, yet just hit to wherever a player may be—just bad luck. But in the case with Dunn, as is no surprise, he again leads the team in strikeouts. Unfortunately, when it comes to Adam, it literally is a hit or a miss.

All Dunn jokes aside, though, the rest of the lineup seems to be fairly consistent.

The final thing that has been striking fans, though, is Paul Konerko. While he was signed as a free agent for a one-year, $2.5 million contract, his role this year has become something that no fan necessarily wants to see. Konerko is undoubtedly the heart and soul of the Sox. That being said, he has decided to take a bit of a step back this season and become more a team “cheerleader” rather than player. Although it will be sad to see him eventually go, his legacy and mark on this team will never be forgotten.

Regardless of who plays and who doesn’t, it’s finally baseball season and time for a fresh start. Here’s to the 2014 Chicago White Sox and what will hopefully be a great and successful season!

Nicole Kappelman
Nicole Kappleman is the sports editor for the Flyer.

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