"As bad as last year was, we just never seemed to be able to fight back once we got down," Ventura said. "And now I think we're getting a feeling of being able to come back late in a game that we didn't have last year. Our team the year before had some of that."
Ventura called Sunday's 5-1 win at Kansas City important, and not simply because it averted a series sweep after 7-6 and 4-3 losses. The White Sox had ace Chris Sale on the mound. They took a 1-0 lead into the ninth and beat the Royals 5-1.
"That's a building step," Ventura said. "Momentum is a feeling that you have. It has to happen. Anybody can have that belief. But if it never happens, eventually that belief goes away."
Jack Etkin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.