Alex Rios wore a lot of titles for the White Sox this season. He was their only five-tool player, the most impressive athlete, the best waiver acquisition, the first decent centerfielder the team’s had since Aaron Rowand’s not-fully realized potential, and the owner of the most disappointing 2nd half.
But more than anything else, Alex Rios became the new White Sox player that my sister would greet by yelling “Bbooooyyffrrrriiiieennnddd!” from the left-field bleachers…finalizing her breakup with Carlos Quentin.
Why did she ditch Carlos?
“Because that fat ******* piece of ******************* had his ************ chance and blew it!”
Well then, long reign Alex.
Stat line: .284 BA, .334 OBP, .457 SLG, .791 OPS, 21 HR, 88 RBI, 34 SB (70.8 %), 38 BB, 93 SO, .345 wOBA, 4.0 UZR, 3.7 WAR
What did we expect?: Alex entered the season as the entrenched starter in center, but that could have been just as much about the Sox adherence to the “If he’s making $10 million, he had damn well better start” corollary as anything else. After being good, but probably overrated for years in Toronto, Alex had one of those “maybe he murdered a guy and buried him under the stadium, and that’s why he can’t focus” seasons in 2009, which prompted the Blue Jays to do something as rash as waive a guy they recently committed 7 years, $69.835 million to. Eternally looking to string a MLB-quality roster together through a series of random occurences, Williams snatched Alex up on the notion that his pedigree was enough to make a complete career-ending breakdown unlikely. Even though Alex stayed in the tank for the duration of ’09, I was supportive.