Ventura not afraid to listen to second-guessers

Ventura not afraid to listen to second-guessers

CHICAGO -- Second-guessing from the media, fans and even sometimes within the organization is an inherent trait built into a Major League managerial job. It's a situation White Sox skipper Robin Ventura expected in his first year and certainly doesn't seem to mind.

"That happened as a player, so that's nothing. That's just a part of it. That's part of the job," Ventura said. "It's always going to be there. Where I'm at, I understand that.

"But when we make a decision in here to do something, that's the best we're thinking at the time. We're thinking of everything involved. That's just part of the game."

Ventura naturally feels more comfortable at this 136-game point of his tenure, but he's still talking through decisions with his coaches to make sure they are on the same page. The enjoyable part of this season for Ventura comes from watching where the players started back at Spring Training to currently leading the American League Central.

"You don't know how it's going to end up, you don't know what's going to happen," Ventura said. "Nobody knew what anybody was going to do, so you're happy for guys who are doing well, where we're at. It's a fun part of the year to see it from the beginning and all the way through."