Robin Ventura's first year as manager of the White Sox was smooth sailing until the club fell apart down the stretch.
The White Sox spent 126 days days in first place only to relinquish their Central division lead to the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 26 and finish the season three games out of first.
Ventura's second year on the job would only get worse. The White Sox had their fourth-worst season in franchise history, losing 99 games and finishing last in the Central.
But it's been an offseason of optimism on the South Side. An infusion of young talent brought in from general manager Rick Hahn has the future looking bright for the Sox.
And they believe Ventura is the right man for the job.
On Friday afternoon, the White Sox announced a multiyear extension for Ventura. Although the terms of the deal are still a mystery.
In what was a surprising move to many, CSN White Sox television analyst Steve Stone didn't see the move as a shock.
"I'm not really surprised," Stone said. "I think he realizes being a manager is something he really likes and he recognizes in a life full of challenges, this might be the ultimate challenge."
You can watch the rest of Stone's comments in the video above.