BOSTON -- The I-word was dropped by White Sox leadoff man Scott Podsednik following Tuesday's 6-3 loss to Boston. The I-word, as in intensity.
Podsednik certainly wasn't calling out his teammates, but instead imploring them to fight back on Wednesday and Thursday and work for that four-game split going into New York this weekend. On Wednesday, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen took that intensity principle one step further.
"Don't say it. Do it," Guillen said. "Make things happen. Fight with your friends, your teammates. Do something."
Guillen pointed out how it's not easy to look intense when a team gets down quickly and suddenly -- as the White Sox did on Monday behind Jose Contreras -- and then faces a top-notch pitcher, on his game, such as Jon Lester on Tuesday. Guillen admitted that Sunday's loss to Baltimore simply wasn't a good game to watch.
But Guillen believes his veteran group feels a sense of urgency to turn around its 1-4 start to this stretch of 20 games in 20 days, even with six games against Detroit sitting out there as a de facto safety net for the final two weeks of the regular season.
"Listen, this group we have, besides a couple of guys, they went through it before," Guillen said. "Just go play the game. No matter what the result, the only result we have is a 'W' or an 'L.' If you got an 'L,' it's not a good performance no matter how we lost. If you have a win, it doesn't matter how we win.
"I think we are going to come out of this. I know it's not going to be easy, but we did it before, so why not do it again?"
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.