But rather than cater to the organization with the usual player-speak, Konerko said the fan base had every reason to be fed up with what has gone on with the Sox in recent seasons.
‘‘I would say it won’t matter [what we tell them] until July or into August,’’ Konerko said when asked if there was anything to say to Sox fans at this point. ‘‘You get what you earn, and we haven’t earned anything with our fans over the last couple of years.
‘‘Truth be told, there was that little glimmer at the end of ’08 where we got hot, the Twins got kind of cold and . . . we found ourselves in the playoffs. But the honest truth is since ’05, we’ve kind of slowly but surely just kind of given back everything we earned steadily. We’re kind of at this spot now where it’s like, ‘Here we are, back at square one again.’ ’’
...That’s the beauty of Konerko, who is entering his 14th season with the Sox: He’s not looking to bend over backward and say the right thing if he doesn’t believe it.
‘‘It’s our job to go out and put that in play, earn it back slowly,’’ Konerko said. “I mean, we hope people come out to watch the game . . . but most of the fans and everyone within reason — there can be some that are totally irrational — we’ve earned [their disappointment]. Sometimes you have to look in the mirror as a unit or a group and say, ‘Hey, man, we haven’t been doing what we should have been doing,’ and now it’s about trying to get it back piece by piece.’’
Posted: January 29, 2012 at 01:51 AM | 31 comment(s)
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