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Williams hoping White Sox hot streaks pays off at gate

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The White Sox left town Sunday as the hottest team in baseball. When they return this weekend, general manager Ken Williams would expect to see the fan base respond accordingly.
"The answer to that is yes. Who wouldn't?'' Williams said Monday before the Sox opened a three-game game series against the Rays. "They [fans] create a lot of energy. I don't know if they truly realize the effect that can have on a club on a day-to day-basis. That energy, that electricity that gives you a little extra push.''
The Sox drew 21,371, 27,151 and 22,182 for the Indians weekend series, Saturday's crowd boosted by a Robin Ventura bobblehead giveaway. The Sox rank 11th among 14 AL teams.
Say this for the weekend crowds: They were vocal. Players are in agreement that crowds make a difference, home and away.
"It's a heck of an advantage when you have that kind of support,'' Williams said. "Absent of that we'll go through our day to-day-grind and hopefully at some point in time we'll get people's attention.
Williams said that attendance, as always, affect his wherewithal to deal near the trade deadline.
"Of course,'' he said. "Every day that you don't fill the seats at least to a greater degree that we are, it hurts. We've been able to find ways over the years to creatively add and improve the team. It's par for the course. That's nothing that's going to stop the creative juices from flowing to try to get something done.''

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