I have been a die-hard Chicago White Sox fan since I came out of the whom. During the early years of my life, the Sox were an extremely fun team to watch. However, this 10+ year rebuild hasn’t been fun as a fan. Jerry Reinsdorf has been the owner of the White Sox and Bulls for 35 years. He’s seen 7 total championships between the two franchises. The White Sox’s last World Series championship was in 2005, where they swept the Astros in four games. Since then, the Sox have struggled to maintain relevancy.
The market in Chicago is huge, which is why fans are upset with the fact that they haven’t been back to the World Series since ‘05. Rick Hahn was hired as the sole general manager in October of 2012. Since then, Sox fans have been critical of Hahn, but nevertheless, they were in the beginning of a massive rebuild during that span. Sox fans were really upset when they traded Fernando Tatís Jr. for James Shields back in 2016.
Let’s not talk about the struggles the White Sox have faced in previous years. Let’s talk about the present! The fact is, they have one of the most talented rosters in all of baseball. The best part being most of these guys are locked up with the club for a while. This team has a ton of youth and swag. The Sox lineup can compete with any pitching staff in the league.
This past season, they made the playoffs, after not doing so since 2008. They got cold at the wrong time. Plain and simple. They lost to the Oakland A’s, who were an experienced playoff team. Game 3 of the wild card series was ruined by Rick Renteria when he decided to send out a different pitcher each inning of the game. The White Sox and A’s set a playoff record using a combined 17 pitchers, which is the most to be used in a 9-inning game.
Hahn and Reinsdorf decided to part ways with Renteria shortly after that game. Since then, the Sox hired controversial figure Tony La Russa, who has a few World Series rings, but a couple of DUIs as well. Again, people were shocked and angry with Hahn, but were hoping he wouldn’t stand in the way of this amazing team.
The 2021 MLB free agency is heating up across the league. Teams are starting to sign and trade their respected players. The White Sox just signed Adam Eaton to a 1-year, $7 million deal with a second-year option for $8.5 million. The Sox also signed Lance Lynn, who finished second in last year’s AL Cy Young voting, behind Shane Bieber, as well as, arguably the best MLB reliever in Liam Hendricks.
Here’s the deal, White Sox fans are on the fence with the Adam Eaton signing. One reason for this was Eaton’s problems in the clubhouse when he was on the White Sox back in 2015. Sox fans wanted George Springer, but deep down I knew they wouldn’t spend the money on him. The White Sox have enough money to make big moves, but for whatever reason they don’t do it. After watching Hahn and Reinsdorf over the years, I expected something like this. These guys never made the big move that was needed. For whatever reason they’re scared to do it.
Adam Eaton is better than former Sox right fielder Nomar Mazara… bottom line. He’ll be the guy in the lineup that can move around the batting order and consistently get on base. This was not a death sentence for the Sox, and they’ll still contend for a championship. Lance Lynn will be a solid addition to the rotation. The Sox were longing for another key starter to back Giolito and Keuchel. Having Michael Kopech healthy and adding a promising young reliever in Garret Crochet will give the Sox the pitching advantage this lineup needs to win a championship. Overall, the White Sox are ready to contend!
Being a Chicago sports fan is tough, and for that reason alone I have no choice but to have faith in the White Sox. Adam Eaton probably won’t perform like he did in 2015, considering he’s been below average the past two seasons. However, adding these additions to the franchise gives fans the hope they need in 2021. All I can say is watch for the White Sox to make a World Series run this coming season.