Monday, July 12, 201011:34 AM
By Chuck Garfien
What was that? Seriously. Did that really happen?
Im looking at the standings in the American League Central. My eyes see the name White Sox. My brain registers it. But I still cannot believe it.
Just over a month ago, June 8 to be exact (Hawk Harrelson Night by the way), most White Sox fans assumed that this season was finished.
Or as Hawk would say, Ovahhh.
After a 7-2 loss to the Tigers, the Sox seemingly hit rock bottom. They were 24-33, nine games out of first place.
Changes were coming. Kenny Williams even said it himself the next day. I dont know what, I dont know when, but changes need to take place, announced the Sox GM.
With the Blackhawks marching towards a Stanley Cup title, most of a distracted Chicago missed it.
But since that fateful day, the Sox havent missed a beat.
Theyre a scorching 25-5 in the last 30 games. Who saw that coming? Anyone? Anyone?
Whats more impressive? The Sox five losses have come by a combined eight runs.
And now theyve reached the All-Star break, in first place.
Its a shock how quickly we did it, Ozzie Guillen said after the Sox latest victory, a 15-5 thumping of the Royals, in which they belted five home runs into the seats.
Im surprised they had enough fireworks left, said Royals manager Ned Yost, who joined Jim Leyland, Lou Piniella, Bobby Cox, Jim Riggleman, Mike Scioscia and John Russell on the list of major league managers who have been run over by this unstoppable White Sox victory train.
Some are worried that the Sox cant keep up the momentum after the All-Star break, that theres only so much track left.
I say, All aboard.
Chuck Garfien hosts White Sox Pregame and Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet with former Sox slugger Bill Melton. Follow Chuck @ChuckGarfien on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox news and views.