The 2005 White Sox were a team who won on the strength of their pitching and defense, but they were also extremely conscience of the chemistry in the clubhouse. The Cuban Connection, The Three Stooges, Group 4; each group seemed to come together as much by design as by chance.
So how will the 2006 White Sox be affected by the subtraction of a blue collar center fielder and key member of that '05 clubhouse? How will the '06 Sox be affected by the addition of a blue collar first baseman super star? The early indications are, not much. -- I thought the two articles by Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune and Kevin Roberts of the Courier Post said it all. Rogers ended his column with the quote,
"My dad always said, "It's not what you do when you walk in the door, it's the impressions you've made when you leave.'"
Thome is already doing his best to contribute to the '06 Sox. Scott Gregor of the Daily Herald notes that Thome has expressed a desire to personally campaign for Konerko's return.
Konerko often has talked about his admiration for Thome, who used to play for the rival Cleveland Indians before moving to Philadelphia in 2003.
Thome feels the same way about Konerko, and he already has offered to fly to Arizona to personally push for Konerko to return to the Sox.
Does Williams have a long memory and hold grudges? You better believe it. Just ask Ordonez.
So here's the history: At the trading deadline of 2004, Williams worked out a trade with Toronto, but Delgado refused to come to Chicago, even though he could have walked away after the season. Williams was left fuming. So Delgado's chances of coming to Chicago this winter were nil.