Heading into the 2012 season, the Chicago White Sox unofficial captain, Paul Konerko, said the Sox year could be a successful one, regardless if they made the playoffs or not.
Well, despite winning 85 games and shattering all the low expectations given to them, the White Sox failed to make the postseason in 2012. To Konerko, this may have been a “successful” year.
To me? Absolutely not.
Of course, with a few injuries and a very young pitching staff, the South Siders making the playoffs last year would have been shocking to most. However, they led the AL Central for more than half the season and were in the thick of things throughout the entire year, making their second place finish in the Central a disappointment, not a success.
I believe 2013 to be no different for the White Sox in regards to what will be considered a successful season. It’s either postseason or bust for the Sox. With a few aging stars on their roster, the time is now for the White Sox. Although they are once again being picked to finish near the bottom of their division, I can’t imagine the Sox not being in the AL Central race come September.
With a deep pitching rotation and arguably the top defense in the MLB, the Sox are true contenders in my eyes this season. If they fall short of the playoffs once again in 2013, I’m not sure how you don’t view it as a complete failure.
What will Paul Konerko consider a success this year? Taking in the fact that this may be his last season in Chicago, I believe Koernko, along with all of his teammates, have the same mindset as me, postseason or bust.
Matt Malecha is a Chicago White Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattMalecha.