• Paul Boucher
  • The White Sox were out by a toe tap this year.

It’s commonly said in baseball that the season is a marathon, not a sprint. And that it is. Quality will tell in the end. Just why does it usually tell right at the end?

The White Sox were three games ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central Division barely more than two weeks ago on September 18, when they were 81-66. From that point on, however, they’d win only four more games. They lost five in a row, ten of 12, and ultimately 11 of 15.

Was it always intended to be that way? Certainly the Sox overachieved and exceeded expectations. Yet that division was there for the taking, and they didn’t take it.