Youth serving White Sox well during run

Youth serving White Sox well during run

Youth serving White Sox well during run
CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham was asked before Friday's series opener with the Mariners to pinpoint a team change over the last 13 games, during which the White Sox won 12. The second baseman said nothing has changed.

And that even-keel nature for the South Siders, through good and bad, is a testament to manager Robin Ventura's leadership.

"I think the whole staff does," said White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, when asked if Ventura deserved credit for the club's present state. "This team, since the beginning of spring, is very one-day oriented. If we win the game yesterday or we got killed yesterday and it was a bad loss, everybody shows up really positive.

"We have a lot of young guys. So it's been great to see those guys coming into their own."

Konerko pointed out that the overall team success and the maturing process seen in young talent like Dayan Viciedo, Alejandro De Aza and Addison Reed, to name a few, really kind of kills "two birds with one stone."

"We're winning some games and we're competing, but let's just say that went away," Konerko said. "Well, we've got some guys in the bullpen and some guys in the lineup now that are turning into some pretty good big leaguers, and that's not bad either.

"So you'd like to get both of those going the whole way, but it's kind of a nice attitude and a nice thing to have when you feel like it's not just all about the wins and losses. It's nice when you get the wins, but everybody comes in here every day just to get better as a player.

"Even the old guys are doing the same thing," Konerko said. "It's just a matter of keep doing that the next four months, which is easier said than done. But that's the goal."