Jim Margalus of South Side Sox wrote this about a week ago when Dayan Viciedo was promoted:
Instead, it’s insulting to people who sank money into this enterprise. Once again, the White Sox remain blissfully unaware — at least to we the unwashed masses — of how poorly they have handled this season. Had Guillen and the Sox promoted Viciedo six weeks earlier, after his service time became only a very minor issue and before his thumb flared up, they might still be in a pennant race. Instead, we’re left to wonder whether the Sox have truly any idea how horrible Alex Rios and Adam Dunn have been. Since it took an injury to Quentin to force the Sox to resort to Viciedo, I’m not optimistic.
Clearly Ozzie doesn’t have any idea. Now that the Sox are, for all intensive purposes, eliminated from the race it’s going to be very interesting to see what the future holds. Ozzie has always been a “players’ manager” and you would have to assume much of that has to do with the fact that he is so loyal to his guys.
He proved himself right sticking with Juan Pierre, who got hot and might end up actually providing positive value this season. The same can’t be said for Dunn and Rios, who, according to Fangraphs have cost the Sox nearly 4 wins. The Sox are going to finish more than 4 games out of first so, thankfully for those two, they won’t be the sole reason the Sox miss the playoffs, but it’s hard to see any fans supporting Ozzie after this debacle.