Monday's game with the Yankees marks a two-week stretch in which the White Sox play three-game series with the Red Sox, the Twins and the Yankees twice.
Though manager Ozzie Guillen understands that the schedule looks difficult, he is trying not to take it any differently. He feels that the stretch of games is not something that the White Sox are unaccustomed to as they have had consecutive road trips to Cleveland and Baltimore.
"Obviously, when you go to Yankee Stadium and you play the Yankees, it's a big series," Guillen said. "But I think we play better than they did this year. I think we played bigger series already."
"Everybody talks about caliber but I think Cleveland has a better team than New York right now. We play Cleveland a lot. I don't know why people think because they wear the pinstripes, we're going to play a better team. I don't think it's any different."
It may not seem bigger to Guillen but for some of the pitchers who have to go into New York, it is an experience unlike any other. Freddy Garcia knows that and said that it plays into your mindset as you head into a start at the famed ballpark.
"It's different in New York," Garcia said. "It just is, that's New York. For me, sometimes it's an advantage, because when you face better teams, you sometimes have more concentration. Against teams like New York and Boston, you have to make every play."
It's not just that the pitchers have an extra incentive, either. Politte feels that the team as a whole still can prove a lot by being competitive against teams that draw national attention and have been very successful in the postseason.
"There are a lot of people who question our ability to beat those type of teams, and maybe we can put them on the back burner for a little while," Politte said. "A lot of people think we can't hang with those caliber of teams.
"I think we will show a little added pep in those series. We will try to win them and
play our best that we can against those teams.
Speaking on a cause: Not one to shy away from saying his true opinions of things, Guillen said Sunday that there are limits as to what should and shouldn't be said when it comes to generalizing groups of people.
Guillen's thoughts were in response to comments made by San Francisco radio host Larry Krueger that degraded Latino ballplayers on the San Francisco Giants.
The comments warranted a one week suspension for Krueger, to which Giants manager Felipe Alou called "a slap on the wrist."
Guillen agreed that the punishment was not harsh enough.
"The thing is what he said about Caribbean people," Guillen said. "You can call me, the manager, and Felipe things because that's personal. But when you talk about millions and millions of people on the air, when you have a lot of Latin community, especially in California, and you only get a five-day suspension, that's like, we don't care. They should do something more than that."
Unselfish honors: Guillen may be one of the quickest managers to help earn accolades on his players behalf but when it comes to honors directed at him, that is not so much the case.
As manager of the team with the best record in baseball, Guillen could be a strong candidate for Manager of the Year. The award though is not something that Guillen desires to win.
"I don't believe in Manager of the Year," Guillen said. "When you're Manager of
the Year, you have a good chance to get fired next year. I believe in winning; one thing they're not going to take way from you is winning the World Series."
Quick Hits: Carl Everett was out of the Sox lineup for the third consecutive day on Sunday. Guillen said that he was waiting to hear how Everett feels to determine when he will return. If the designated hitter feels ready to go for Monday, he will likely start on Tuesday, as Guillen wants to give him one extra day to heal. ... Mark Buehrle had a bandage around the thumb and pointer finger of his right hand after being hit by a ball in Saturday's game. Guillen said that the hand was fine and that since Buehrle doesn't have to grip a bat, it shouldn't affect his next start. ... Many of the White Sox players and coaches wore yellow wristbands during Sunday's game as part of "The Commissioner's Initiative For Kids." The program is an effort to reach out to children and will work in conjunction with a kids cancer foundation along with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Down on the Farm: Leo Daigle continues his assault on the Carolina League. Daigle leads the league in batting average (.352), RBIs (87) and slugging percentage (.684). He added to those numbers by going 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Class A Winston-Salem's 12-3 victory over Frederick.
Roosevelt Brown was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs as Triple-A Charlotte beat Durham, 7-3. ... Sean Tracey picked up his 12th win of the year as Double-A Birmingham won, 7-5, at Montgomery. Tracey pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and striking out two.
On deck: Orlando Hernandez will start Game 1 of the series in New York on Monday. The former Yankee will face his old squad for the first time since he signed with Chicago during the offseason. Hernandez is 4-0 with a 3.56 ERA over his last five road starts.