Okay, last time I was here, it was a great occasion. Paul Konerko got hit by a pitch on August 18th, giving him 100 career plunks. A great moment for the White Sox, the fans, and gritty veteran leadership. What happened since then? Nothing.
Since Konerko's 100th plunk in the 3rd inning on August 18th, the White Sox have, as a team, combined for exactly ZERO HBPs. None. Zilch. If you took all the HBPs in the world, and took away exactly that many, that's how many times the White Sox have been hit by pitches since then. In 1,072 plate appearances since Konerko's 100th, no official HBPs have been recorded by White Sox batters.
And it's not like this is the Braves we're talking about, who historically avoid plunks on a regular basis. This is the White Sox, who just a couple of years ago became one of a handful of teams to have 2 players with 20 plunks in the same season. The days of Quentin, Pierzynski and Pierre taking plunks like plunk taking machines. The White Sox haven't gone 28 games without an HBP since 1949. They hadn't broken 25 games without a plunk since 1961. Their post war record is only 32 consecutive games without a plunk, set in 1948.
I can only hope, and encourage, that this kind of thing will spark an outcry. A realization that this is not White Sox baseball. Winning or losing is not the point, but avoiding HBPs for 28 consecutive games just seems wrong to me. It's unnatural. Maybe I'm not the right person to judge a team that I don't follow as closely as some, but I can see when things have gone off the tracks - when a path has been taken in the wrong direction. I can only hope that the White Sox players will realize this, and correct their behavior. There's still time to change. Please. For the sake of the future, the fans, and your dignity.