What fans can expect
Frustrating moments throughout the season inevitably result in a jog to first. Or a potential triple stops at second base. Renteria’s focus is on eliminating as many of these as possible.
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My dad’s advice during my early ball playing years preached hustle. He said: “Every single is a double until the defense shows you otherwise.” I’m sure he got it from somewhere, but the point is still valid, regardless of where it’s from. Hustle on offense puts pressure on opponents to make plays, but it can sometimes result in mistakes and poor decisions on the bases. However, if players continue to buy into Renteria’s mindset, there will be less mental lapses and more opportunities for game-changing plays.
Games won’t always go the way Sox players or fans want. There will be ups and downs this season, and even though I believe there will be more ups than many think, it will be a grind. Offensive performances like yesterday’s game against the Friars are likely more common than the shutout Sunday. It’s also more likely than the explosions Monday and Tuesday.
With some solid pitching, however, three runs will result in a lot of wins in 2018. Given the combination of power and speed this White Sox team has, plus the hustle preached by Renteria, everyone involved with and committed to this team should strap it down for a fun season.