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Sox ``trying too hard'' as losses mount

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Paul Konerko is still the captain of the White Sox, still the most respected veteran in the clubhouse and in baseball generally.
And even in a different role this season as more a designated hitter, his perspective is still spot-on when it comes to his team, especially now as it struggles almost daily with a wobbly offense and inconsistent offense.
``Sometimes it comes from trying too hard,'' he said after another 3-2 loss to the Los Angels Angels Saturday, a game that included three errors--their seventh multi-error game so far.
`` I think for the pitcher's sake as a team, you have pitchers go out and throw well and you feel badly you can't get them what they deserve,'' he said of the loss that went to Jose Quintana (2-1).
``We work hard in the off season and spring training.
You know there are no guarantees, but this stuff happens. You hope like hell it's not you or your team but you know what? It's our team this year so far. We have to realize that and sometimes when you admit and say yeah you're that team right now, maybe it turns after that instead of trying to fight and deny that's the case. ''
The Sox poor play, especially of late, led manager Robin Ventura to hold a pre-game meeting.
``Stuff needed to be said. It's at the point where I need to say some stuff, and I did,'' he said.
``It wasn't like [he] was jumping on us, but it was also not upbeat or positive,'' Konerko said. ``Sometimes meeting like that, it has a delayed effect.
``Everyone is working. It's just a tough thing sometimes.''
The Sox committed three errors Saturday after two on Friday. They are tied with the Angels for most errors in the American League with 27.
But there are other things like missed cutoff throws and baserunning gaffes--the so-called little things that prove costly.
``This year it's been the mistakes we make, the hits we don't get,'' Konerko said. ``it's coming from a place of trying too hard. It's not work related.. If we weren't going about it right, there would be issues there. That's just not the case. It's coming from a place of wanting to do so good. We've just got to figure out a way to find that happy spot where we're not trying too hard.
``I think everybody knows we're going to get out of this. This isn't the first time this has happened to a player or a team and it's not the last time it's going to happen. This stuff happens every year,'' he said.
``You can talk about it all day, but it always comes back to one thing: what are we going to do tomorrow? We're going to show up and get after it tomorrow night, and that's all you come back to every time.''
An Angels victory Sunday would give them a sweep of the three game series, but it would be a worse mental loss for the Sox who have lost five of their last seven overall and seven of their last 10 at home.
``I feel if we just keep going at it the right way it's got to come out [right],'' Konerko said. ``You've got to believe that. Sometimes it's hard to believe that, but as a player I've seen it happen a lot to yourself and to teams. You just have to keep believing. There's no other choice.''

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