The Chicago White Sox are a mess.
Where would you like to start?
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson got knocked out on Saturday night against the Cleveland Guardians after instigating a fight with Guardians’ designated boxer, er, I mean, hitter Jose Ramirez.
Former White Sox reliever Keynan Middleton said the quiet part out loud when he mentioned that the White Sox do not have a culture.
Oh, and by the way, Middleton was backed up by former White Sox starting pitcher Lance Lynn.
But wait, there’s more.
White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal reportedly slapped Anderson in the face while the two were involved in an altercation prior to the final game before the All-Star break.
There should be no reason for hope moving forward for the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox are in desperate need of an adult in the room to address the concerns but are left with hypocritical destructor of contention windows, Rick Hahn. Some may refer to Hahn as the general manager and sure, that is his official title, but at this point, his job is more to point the finger at every other entity other than the disaster of a team that he constructed.
That is why more annoyance ensued when Hahn addressed reporters on Monday night.
What does Hahn think about Middleton’s comments?
"“Quite frankly, it’s a little bit ironic that Keynan’s the one saying this, because my last conversation with him face-to-face was a week ago in the clubhouse where he sought me out to apologize for his unprofessional behavior Pedro had called him out on,” Hahn said. “At the time I figured that was a one-off.”-Rick Hahn via ESPN"
Ah yes, denial by projection. Instead of addressing the matters at hand and the embarrassment that the White Sox organization has become, it is easier for Hahn to throw former players under the bus.
As for not one, not two, not three but four former players being open about the dysfunction of the White Sox clubhouse, Hahn wants you to know that he has told us about that before.
"For the past month you’ve heard fairly directly from both Pedro (Grifol), and me, and others that we realize that we have — we had — a bit of a cultural problem in this clubhouse. That we didn’t have a group that was all pulling in the same direction that was necessarily supporting each other or going about their business the way that we wanted this team to go about it.That was something we’ve been up front about for the last several weeks. Something that we feel we’ve been in the process of addressing both at the trade deadline as well as since. And it’s something that we expect will continue to improve over the coming weeks.-Rick Hahn via Sporting News"
The White Sox are not serious people and there is no reason to believe anything will change. Hahn is too busy gaslighting the media and fans. Kenny Williams is too busy making people believe that Hahn is the frontman for this disaster. Jerry Reinsdorf is too busy making sure that Tony La Russa does not have any hurt feelings over 2021 and 2022.