Sox coach Joe McEwing says that through struggles, teams find out what they are made of
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org June 5, 2013 9:42PM
The Chicago White Sox Joe McEwing at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
SEATTLE — Robin Ventura said last week that it can always get worse.
Joe McEwing knows that it can. The White Sox third-base coach played for the 2005 Kansas City Royals team that lost 106 games, including 19 in a row.
Leave it to “Super Joe” to find the beauty in a 19-game skid. His glass is always half full.
“The beautiful part about it was nobody pointed fingers,’’ McEwing said Wednesday, when the Sox’ losing streak was halted at eight games in a 7-5 victory in 16 innings against the Seattle Mariners. “When you go through that and don’t have a good clubhouse, a lot of individuals point fingers and it disrupts the club. But when we went through it we continued to grind through and battle.
“It’s easy when everything is going good. You find out what people are about when you’re struggling.’’
The Sox clubhouse is like that, McEwing said. It’s part makeup of its individuals, part following the manager’s lead.
“Yes, he’s the same guy every single day,’’ McEwing said of Ventura. “He’s the true definition of a leader, going about it the right way and the same way every day. You don’t want anybody to see you sweat.
“Robin is a true pro. Sure, this is not easy, but he’s been through it [as a player] and knows how hard it is to go through this. He’s staying positive as can be and going about his business the same way. [The coaching staff gives] everybody the information and puts them in the best position to be successful. Go out there and compete.
While most of the media and fan base have written off the season, McEwing won’t. Not on June 5.
“What you forget is we’re still only six games back and one good run from being right back in it. It’s true,’’ he said. “We have time. Go out there, hopefully play clean baseball and see where we’re at.’’