By Mark Gonzales
8:18 PM CST, December 4, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Manager Robin Ventura didn't beat himself up over the Chicago White Sox's 2-10 slide late last September that cost themselves the American League Central title.
"It’s baseball," Ventura said Tuesday. "When you lose, you can use a bunch of different words to describe it. 'You are outplayed because you didn’t win. Were you fatigued? Yeah, but so is everybody else. Did you choke? Yeah, you can say it in a way that if you don’t win you choke anyway.'
"But it just didn’t happen. Our worst stretch of baseball happened at the very end. That’s part of baseball. We didn’t hit very well. For that period of time it felt like we couldn’t score.And if we did score, we didn’t pitch well that particular night. That’s baseball. The effort was there. Being prepared and all those other things were there, it just didn’t happen."
Ventura wasn't consumed with watching the postseason, although he did admit to watching a few games.
And after getting acclimated with his players last spring as a first-year manager, Ventura looks forward to an extra week of spring training thanks to the World Baseball Classic.
"When somebody goes down, you’re going by the word of somebody you haven’t seen that much," Ventura said of last season. "(Jose) Quintana was one of those, but we had some many guys who came up and contributed. It’s nice to take an extra look at some of those guys during the spring because you want to have a clear thought of what you’re getting or what you’re asking for when they’re called up."
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