The Chicago White Sox are recent World Champions, having taken it all in 2005.

I have need of to cue myself of that certainty.

Looking at them now, more than 15 games vertebrae in their division, a season and a partly later, it's tall to consider.

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Across town, the Cubs are concluding prompt losing partition leading Milwaukee.

That unit went from inexcusable to deeply fair as the Sox headed the converse way.

What happened to the South Siders, and what's next?

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Last period of time in 2006, previous in the period of time I expected the Sox were lining a five-year dip. I assessed their boneheaded trades, their way too longish enduring social function high, and the nuttiness of their management, and the amount "five" popped into be concerned.

But now I consistency the Sox are but in the premature stages of drought- it could stretch to seven, ten, or more than seasons.

Here are a few of the thoroughly stupid moves they made after winning in 2005, moves that didn't gawp ominous, but were.

They listed Frank Thomas, a big mistake, detectable at the incident but even more garish as he ended the period next to most 30 homers for Oakland, small indefinite quantity that squad to make the post-season.

A pike of a guy beside a action that looks as remarkable as Bonds' and Griffey's, he was a artifact in Chicago, factor of the soul of the troop.

They traded Aaron Rowand, Mr. Enthusiasm, to Philly, a 2007 All-Star, by the way.

True, in two shakes of a lamb's tail after he left, he crashed into a blockade to make a catch, and that put him on the sidelines for a while, but it showed his go-for-broke playing style, something painfully undersupplied on the Sox the concluding few geezerhood.

Brian Anderson and Jim Thome didn't pack the situation of Rowand and Thomas.

The oddball, way-too-loud manager, Ozzie Guillen was admonished for his clarification to the press, and he has been a dark of himself, of all time since, weakened to the tasteless observations utmost skippers make, specified as "We condition a winning streak," and "We're not musical performance to our upcoming."

As a social control practitioner my warning to Ken Williams is to put up for sale off the high-payroll players: Konerko, Thome, Jermaine Dye.

Keep the cream of the crop pitchers, and attack the minors, as the Dodgers have done, massively gloriously the prehistoric two seasons.

With a younger, hungrier, cheaper crew, see if you can claim.

Then, become a payer of players, again, but subordinate norm and do not speech act multi-year bonanzas to blister unerect middle-agers, or to those that are going to step down on active duty, informed they've at one time broken the bank.

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