Here's what team captain Paul Konerko had to say about the White Sox bad road trip to Tampa, Detroit and New York following the Sox' 12-3 loss to the Yankees on Thursday night. The Sox were 1-3 against the Rays, 0-3 against the Tigers and 2-2 against the Yankees after winning the first two games of their series in New York.
"Overall it's a 3-8 road trip. At the end of the day, that's all that matters. We knew we were facing some tough teams, some tough pitchers. It would have been good to have a great road trip and this was probably the reverse of that. When you go on the road trip we went on, realistically if we came off it 5-6 or 6-5, that's a pretty good road trip with those teams. But it was more of a collapse.
"We salvaged a couple in New York. I guess the games in Detroit were probably the most frustrating as far as in our [AL Central] division. You always want to play well in your division. Sometimes you have a series like Tampa, that can happen. Outside of the division that stuff happens. Every team is going to have that happen, but you want to be a little more competitive in Detroit. But it is what it is.
"Before we know it we're going to be on the field [Friday]. We can sit here and talk about it all night but it doesn't mean [it has to define us]. It's been a bad couple of weeks. It's been bad up to this point as a whole for the season but that doesn't mean tomorrow has to be. It's way too early to get discouraged or to say, 'OK, this is the team that's going to be the team for the season.' We've had some good times already. Just going off last year's team we sure as hell don't want to wait two months to get going but things can turn on a dime in this game. We learned it can turn in a bad way quickly, but we have to realize it can turn the other way just as quick.''