CHICAGO -- White Sox fans have tried to forget the final 15 days of the 2012 season, when the club closed out a successful overall run with a dismal 4-11 fade and watched a three-game American League Central lead on Sept. 18 disappear.
A surprise 117-day stint on top of the division was wiped out by an forgettable finish. But second baseman Gordon Beckham, who was at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday to make sales calls to season-ticket holders in advance of this weekend’s SoxFest, believes that late-season disaster will serve as a 2013 learning experience for the team.
“We all pressed a little bit at the end. You could see that,” Beckham said. “It wasn't a lack of drive, it was too much try. So that was kind of the issue there.
“We're definitely wanting to do better than that this year. It wasn't for a lack of effort. It was too much effort, and I know this pretty well: When you try too hard, the production goes down. It's just something we have to learn from.”
Beckham closed his assessment with a bold prediction for 2013.
“If we get in that position this year,” Beckham said. “I bet we won't do it.”