White Sox forming 'special' bond in clubhouse

'Win or lose, we're still having a good time,' Flowers says

White Sox forming 'special' bond in clubhouse

CHICAGO -- The White Sox lost two straight entering Thursday's series finale against the Indians with an offense that has struggled to provide run support. But that hasn't changed the attitude in the clubhouse.

A group of players gathered in the back to watch a movie Thursday. Another group sat around to talk strategy in "Clash of Clans," a mobile game. Plenty of others talked or laughed despite being a group that dropped below .500 again.

Players and coaches agree the mood and attitude of the clubhouse feels loose with everyone getting along well.

"It's a fun group of guys," White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers said. "We've had good groups in the past but this one seems a little more special. Win or lose, we're still having a good time, still pulling for each other, like all those kinds of things that are common characteristics on most winning teams.

"I think that's something we really have in this group and it's from different areas. Melky [Cabrera] has been a great bridge for some of the non-English speakers, keeping all of us as a unit amongst other guys. But the camaraderie of the team has been really great throughout the season."

Earlier in the week, center fielder Adam Eaton said he noticed it since the beginning of the season. Manager Robin Ventura has seen it grow over time.

"It's evolved, it's a good group," Ventura said. "They get along, they get on each other. I enjoy seeing it. I think they pull for each other. Winning helps, the last [5-1] stretch on the road trip helps but you like the way it's headed."

After a six-game winning streak -- snapped Tuesday by the Indians -- Ventura has not only see attitudes change, but also the confidence on the field. Chicago has 12 comeback victories and nearly had a 13th Wednesday against Cleveland, something Ventura says is the sign of a close team.

In its recent streak, Chicago's offense clicked and its starting rotation improved. The bond in the clubhouse has not only sparked the winning, but has grown with it.

"You start looking at chemistry and how it happens and it always basically starts with winning and you go from there," Ventura said. "And sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes there are personalities that don't necessarily mesh but I think this group, it's a good group."

Greg Garno is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.