The Chicago White Sox really are making the south side of town a great place to play baseball. It is a good team with a great fanbase, a great stadium, and a great team on the field. There is no reason that any Major League player wouldn’t want to play for this team. It would be nice to see a big-time free agent agree with this take so that they can help the organization take another step in 2022.
We do know that the players on the current roster feel this way about playing in Chicago. Gavin Sheets went on the Crosstown Crosstalk Podcast of the Barroom Network this week and explained that he just loves playing for the White Sox. It sounds like the fans made a big impression on him during the postseason.
He talked about how he felt like a fan when the lights went out and they did the starting lineup before game three. He compared it to being at a primetime football game and that it helped the team play better. It was also interesting to hear him mention the moment where he was on first base prior to Leury Garcia’s home run in that game because the clip of his reaction went viral in real time.
Knowing that players who play for the Chicago White Sox enjoy the crowd and atmosphere should make every fan that went to games this season feel proud. Sheets did say that he wouldn’t want to be a visiting fan coming to Guaranteed Rate Field at any time. It is refreshing to hear after all of the free-agent and trade drama that the White Sox went through before reaching the rebuild.
The Chicago White Sox has a culture that makes players enjoy being there.
According to Sheets, they feed off of Tim Anderson and the crowd. That is something that you get on the South Side. Although Sheets claims that he doesn’t want to use the refresher cold shower in the outfield, he acknowledges that the stadium is incredible to play in. He also says that he enjoys the clubhouse and called it a fun place to be.
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The White Sox have a lot to build on right now. The clubhouse is loaded with talent and awesome personalities. They are going to improve their team and fill some holes during the winter this year which should give them an even better chance at success. If they can continue to make the Chicago White Sox a good team to play for, things will only get better and stay good for a long time.