Ventura cool and steady as pressure mounts

Ventura cool and steady as pressure mounts

Ventura cool and steady as pressure mounts
CHICAGO -- Never one to mince words, manager Robin Ventura revealed on Thursday the main factor that will determine whether the White Sox finish the season as American League Central champions.

"The key is to win," Ventura said with a grin.

That answer, coupled with Ventura's steady demeanor, shouldn't come as a shock. Nor should it surprise anyone that he has yet to call a team meeting and give a spirited "rah-rah" speech -- even heading into the finale of a key four-game series against the Tigers.

"We've done it at points, talking to them," he said. "But at this point they understand what they're doing and what they have to do. Maybe down the road [I'll talk], but they understand. There hasn't been a need to do that."

Instead, with 19 games remaining after Thursday's, the White Sox continue to follow Ventura's "day in, day out" approach. And as the season winds down and the outside pressure continues to mount, Ventura won't alter his style.

"There's nothing I can do that can take that away," he said of the pressure. "We realize these are important games and fun games. Again, just the freedom to go play the game and enjoy the game is more than anything."