Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:12 AM
I lived in Chicago most of my life as a displaced Twins fan. The White Sox spent the 00's getting big name free agent signings every year, typically having a great team on paper that hit tons of home runs but frequently fell short of expectations in the win column. The Twins were the exact opposite in outcome. Their ability to field well, and be lights out in late innings in the bullpen allowed them to win more games than expected despite a statistically more modest team.
I would wager the time Hawk Harrelson has spent pondering this decade ranges in months. And he is old-school. Love him or hate him, he is the sales representative for the White Sox to the fanbase. He spends each game selling the team, their chances, and their opportunities. He downplays weaknesses and competitor threats. This is annoying from an objectivity standpoint, but it creates a fiercely loyal fanbase. So you're going to get crackpot, lazy pieces due to this constant exposure of Hawk's cheerleading. I wouldn't put much stock into it, but I would say it's worthwhile to understand the way Chicago thinks about the Twins, especially after a dominating sweep.