CHICAGO –- The uniforms are different and you won’t be able to tell a player without a program, but yes, that really is the White Sox on the field Friday against the Tigers.
Wearing their home whites, with green trim (pinstripes, logos, numbers, caps and helmets), the White Sox will be celebrating their "halfway to St. Patrick’s Day" promotion. Just don’t expect the green jerseys of Alex Rios, Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski, Omar Vizquel and Gordon Beckham to get very dirty.
Konerko is sitting out after getting drilled in the mouth with a pitch Thursday. He plans on playing Friday, though.
The White Sox might not be officially eliminated from the Central race, but their lineup sure looked as if they have been. Manager Ozzie Guillen still wouldn't say that this is finally the night the White Sox admitted surrender.
“To me, it’s not done,” Guillen said. “[If] I’m going to sit here and say we are done, then I don’t have respect for my players and don’t believe what they can do. Our job is to go out there and win as many games as we can, make sure we are 100 percent behind them. If your manager gives up on you, you should give up on your manager.
“I’m not giving up on them. We are going to play the lineup regularly. We are going to play the guys who need to play. Until I’m out, I don’t count myself out. In the meanwhile, we are going to take every game the same way, whether it’s the first game of the season or last game of the season.”
Clearly, though, this isn’t the lineup the White Sox would be using if they were still in striking distance of the Twins.
“I think a few guys need a break,” Guillen admitted. “They play their tail off for me. They play very hard all year long. A one-day break won’t kill them. I think [Konerko], I didn’t even talk to him to see how he feels. I don’t think he’s going to feel better from one day to the other.
“Mentally and physically, [Konerko] and the rest of the guys, they are maxed out. They play every day hard. A few people here need some rest for now.”