The White Sox are in the early stages of what figures to be a deep rebuild, and that, of course, can be pretty rough on a clubhouse -- no prayer at contention in tandem with lots of turnover. So are the rumors and speculation taking a toll on the White Sox? Team captain Paul Konerko has the answer, which can be described as "stupendously candid" (source: CBS Chicago) ...
"Not really. We were sh—- before the rumors."
Well then. Of course, what the man says is pretty much true, as Konerko's Sox are presently on pace for 99 losses this season, which would be the most by a White Sox team since 1970.
Almost without exception, teams that sell off at the deadline are not good, but from time to time you'll still hear a veteran lament that the band is being broken up and that said breakup represents some kind of galling lack of faith on the part of the front office.
So file this under "refreshing candor."