There’s no way to completely erase last season’s hideous play from their memories. You’d better believe if it were possible the White Sox would find a way to wipe themselves clean of their 99-loss campaign, the fourth-worst in franchise history.
But after an offseason in which they continued to overhaul their roster, the White Sox -- who open spring training on Saturday -- are ready to move onward.
They’re excited to do so while still remaining cognizant of the past, designated hitter Adam Dunn said. He’d love for the fan base to embrace the optimism held within the walls at 35th Street and said for the most part the fans he encountered at SoxFest last month were mostly excited about the team’s prospects.
“You have a season like that, it’s tough on everybody,” said Dunn, who hit a team-high 34 home runs last season. “As tough as everyone thinks it is on them, we lived it every single day, not to say they didn’t. That’s kind of what we do. You’ve got to remember how it felt, but you’ve also got to put it past and look forward and be excited on what we have, because the talent that we have is exciting. Everybody should be excited, if they’re not already.”
While the White Sox faced some hostile questions in the town-hall sessions at SoxFest, general manager Rick Hahn understands. After a 63-99 season Hahn expected some blow back from fans but still appreciated the chance to talk with the most “passionate” and “invested” members of the fan base.
“The ability to sit there and answer their questions until there are no more is a nice opportunity for us to make sure we get our message to the people who care the most,” Hahn said.