Holmes: White Sox have to 'strip this down to the studs in their evaluation of who they are'


(670 The Score) Score midday host Laurence Holmes has reached a new boiling point regarding the White Sox, whose faint hopes of reaching the playoffs were essentially extinguished with a 10-7 loss to Guardians in 11 innings Tuesday.

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The devastating loss was the latest in a disappointing, at-times embarrassing season for the White Sox, who entered 2022 with championship hopes but sit at 76-72 and five games back of the AL Central-leading Guardians with 14 contests left in the regular season.

“I kind of want Cleveland to run it up on them,” Holmes said on his show Wednesday. “To me, it’s almost not enough that they’re going to win this division. I want them to win the division by double-digit (games). Because I want to rub the White Sox’s face in it, so that they have to actually make change. That they can’t just sit here and go, ‘Guys … we had so many guys that were hurt, and then the manager got sick.’ No, rub their face in it. Rub their face in it so they understand that things have got to change. And it’s not just Tony La Russa, although that’s a big portion of this. They’ve got to change everything. They’ve got to strip this down to the studs in their evaluation of who they are as a franchise. And if they don’t do that, then they didn’t learn a damn thing about what happened this year. And it’s right there in front of them, and I want their faces rubbed in it.”

Holmes had more so share.

“We weren’t wrong, we weren’t wrong when we started to ring alarm bells in the first Cleveland series,” Holmes said. “We weren’t wrong when we saw Baltimore come in here and run you out of your own building. We weren’t wrong when you ended up getting an 8-5 triple play on you because your players lost their concentration. We weren’t wrong when Oakland came in here and played a really good series against the White Sox and you’re going, ‘Wait a minute, Oakland sucks.’ We weren’t wrong when we were watching Cleveland just grow and grow and going, ‘They should probably be worried about Cleveland.’

“We weren’t wrong.

“If they were able to climb their ladder up to the American League Central championship, they were going to tell us we were all wrong. And then they weren’t going to change their behavior. They’re wrong.”

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