Hendriks, Anderson on clubhouse rumours: ‘Complete fabrication’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
They laugh inside.
That’s what All-Star Tim Anderson says in response to reports of the White Sox having trouble in the clubhouse.
Several reports by Bob Nightengale said the players were forming “cliques”, complaining about manager Tony La Russa and setting up meetings with team president Kenny Williams about their performance on the pitch.
But, none of that is true seems to be true, according to Anderson.
“Nobody really knows what’s going on,” Anderson said. “You know, just a lot of people with a lot of opinions. But we’re laughing inside, you know what I mean? But we understand that when you’re going through a lot, [there’s] going to be a lot of opinions. The most important thing is to not really accept these opinions and to stay the course and stay focused.
White Sox closest Liam Hendriks has also pondered the issue.
“I answered that question quite extensively by saying it’s a complete fabrication,” Hendriks said. “I don’t know where the source is coming from. I have my ideas, but other than that, this clubhouse is fine.”
There’s no doubt that the team has faced some problems on the pitch this season. Expected to be a surefire team in the playoffs, they sit third in the AL Central with a 46-46 record.
However, the team managed to pull themselves together in their last two series. They shared a four-game series with the Cleveland Guardians on the road and beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 in a series just before the All-Star break. They routed the Twins 11-0 in the series finale to put a positive spin on a tough first half.
When it comes to their “clubhouse issues,” both All-Stars have no worries about their team chemistry.
“There is no problem in this clubhouse with dissension, banter, lack of leadership or anything like that,” Hendriks said. “It’s a very strong family in this clubhouse.”
While reports think there’s a lot of talk in the clubhouse, Anderson not only thinks there isn’t much, but that it’s no longer helpful in the Sox’s situation.
“I don’t really think it’s a lot of talk,” Anderson said. “We have to go out and do it.”
Anderson and Hendriks will play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday. After that, the team will face the Guardians at home to kick off the second half of the season. They are one game behind the Guardians and three games behind the division-leading Twins.
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