As much fun as the World Baseball Classic is to watch and as big of an honor as it is for these guys to play for their home country, I am of the general belief that most General Managers and Managers around Major League Baseball secretly hope for their guys to play for a bad team and come home early. If that is true of the Chicago White Sox, they were greatly disappointed. Alex Rios played for Puerto Rico and Alejandro De Aza played for Dominican Republic.
With two-thirds of their outfield away from spring training for three weeks, you know the team wasn’t hitting on all cylinders. After De Aza’s team defeated Rios’ to win the WBC title, they are both finally back in spring training and the White Sox outfield is whole once again. For what it’s worth, they both got right back into the grove of things with hits in the first inning back with the Sox.
The two of them should have no problem getting into the scheme of things with the White Sox and at least they both came out of the Classic ready to play and most importantly, healthy. It might be fun to hear some ribbing from De Aza to Rios as he clearly has bragging rights until the next WBC comes calling. As far as their roles in the White Sox outfield, both men appear 100% ready for the start of the season and plan to help displace the Detroit Tigers as AL Central champs by the end of the year.