The Chicago White Sox finished fourth out of five teams in the AL Central last season, 10 games under .500, 19 games behind the champion Royals, and a scant one game ahead of last-place Detroit.
For Southside outfielder Avisail García, this is not a problem. You see, Avi walks on the sunny side of the street. A few years ago, the massive man (6’4”, 240) from Anzoátegui, on Venezuela’s north-east coast, was drawing comparisons to his then-teammate Miguel Cabrera, for the two big boys looked like twins walking side-by-side during the warmup to a playoff game.
Since then, Avisail’s been traded to the White Sox and missed part of a season with a broken wrist, garnered while diving for a ball in the outfield. But he sees nothing but blue skies, even when receiving criticism for his underwhelming stats thus far in a short career (he’s just 24).
“Life is a good situation, bad situation,” García said. “You have to thank God for everything because we are alive, we can breathe, we can see, we can hear, we are healthy. So why do you want to complain?”
Why can’t we all think like Avisail García?
(credit to Scott Merkin and his blog, Merk’s Works, for this quote).
The Sox other VZ import is veteran catcher Dioner Navarro, a capital man from the capital of Caracas. Dioner’s fortunate, too, just like big Avi. Everyone in MLB seems to need a switch-hitting catcher nicknamed Little Pudge (maybe he reminds them of Ivan Rodriguez, but he’s 5’9” and 215, too).
Dioner’s parlayed his catching and hitting into a 12-year career on 7 different teams. He’ll share time with former Tiger backstop Alex Avila behind the plate for the Chisox.
And there you have it, folks: the Chicago White Sox: most optimistic team in the American League Central Division.