Not to brag, but I know a ton of Chicago White Sox fans. All of them – and I would assume many other White Sox fans who I do not know – absolutely hate the Detroit Tigers, the White Sox’s division rivals.
The White Sox (34-51) are in the basement of the AL Central while the Tigers (48-39) are leading the division, which only intensifies the hatred even more. And to make matters even worse, Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera may not only be the best hitter this season but possibly the best hitter of this generation, and he is attempting to become the first player in the history of baseball to capture back-to-back Triple Crown awards.
With that said, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has to be every White Sox fan’s favorite player. Why, you may ask? Even though we are not at the All-Star break yet, Davis is currently the only player standing in the way of Cabrera capturing his second consecutive AL Triple Crown award.
As all baseball fans should know, for a hitter to win the Triple Crown, they must lead their respective league in batting average, home runs and RBIs at the end of the regular season. Cabrera is leading the AL with a .368 batting average, which is .047 higher than Boston Red Sox‘s Dustin Pedroia, the closest player to him in that category (Davis is third with a .320 batting average).
In the RBI department, Cabrera leads the AL, but his 90 RBIs are only five more than Davis’ 85 RBIs; after Davis, the next closest player is Toronto Blue Jays‘ Edwin Encarnacion with 68 RBIs. However, it is the home run category in which Davis will most likely give Cabrera a run for his money: Davis has an AL-leading 33 home runs, and Cabrera is right behind him with 28 home runs.
Although some fans don’t want to admit it, the White Sox have to go into rebuilding mode. Carmen DeFalco, host of Carmen & Jurko on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Ill., has said multiple times that the White Sox “have no direction,” and I tend to agree with him on that point.
While I still love the White Sox, they don’t really have that much going for them; so, White Sox fans, why not use some of that baseball energy to root against Cabrera and the Tigers?