Chicago White Sox: 2013 Forgotten
By Brian Madsen
Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY SportsThere’s something to be said for a 99 loss season in Major League Baseball. And that something, is emphatically “THAT WAS BAD!”. That was the 2013 season for our White Sox in a nutshell, after all. BAD.
What was without a doubt the worst season for me as a White Sox fan that I can remember, is now a distant memory (or at least that’s what I tell myself). I mean, nothing can be as bad as last year, right?
There’s NO WAY we can be as porous as last year, can we? Don’t get me wrong, I’m ecstatic that we have the 3rd pick in this year’s draft. (and yes I said WE, so bite me.) Our highest draft pick since I don’t even know when.
But I’d really like it if we could not afford ourselves the 3rd pick again in next year’s draft. I know the “in thing” nowadays is to rack up a top 5 pick, after top 5 pick, after top 5 pick. And of course HOPE that season after season of ineptitude leads to a stockpiling of young talent and a complete rebuilding of a farm system, eventually leading to long term success.
But I, for one, can’t stomach 5 plus seasons of terrible South Side baseball. Let alone 2 in a row. So why don’t we have ourselves a surprise 2014 season? Not that we have to win 95 games, but how about 85? I’d take 85 wins in a second.
85 wins and maybe, just maybe, a glimmer of hope of reaching the playoffs? After all, it’s been since 2008 that we reached the postseason. That’s 5 seasons, 3 decent to mediocre seasons, and 2 bad ones.
I also can’t take another season of listening to Hawk call a bad White Sox season. Let’s face it, whether you like Hawk or not, when he’s happy, you’re happy right? When Hawk makes one of his patented HR calls, whether it annoys you or not, you’re both happy.
So here we are, just 7 days away from putting the 2013 season in the rear-view mirror. And win or lose on Opening Day, either 1-0, or 0-1 in 2014, will be much better than 63-99 in 2013.