White Sox players and coaches said they received an unexpected boost when they returned home from their 10-game road trip on Monday: a sellout crowd.
The White Sox played in front of only their second sellout crowd of the season when they drew 37,788 for their 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins. It was the teams first sellout since opening day (April 13).
I didnt expect that, first baseman Paul Konerko said. I dont know where that came from. It definitely was a good surprise, a good energy out there on a Monday night when you dont expect a big crowd.
The White Sox have drawn 1.099 million fans through their first 47 home games this season and average 23,403 fans per contest. The average ranks 24th among Major League Baseballs 30 teams this season.
Manager Robin Ventura said his charges welcomed playing in front of a full house after a road trip that took the White Sox through Kansas City, Boston and Detroit.
The White Sox expect another big crowd on Tuesday night, too.
I think guys appreciate that, Ventura said. Theyre going to play hard no matter what, but its a lot more fun when this place is full.
It helps, Konerko said. I dont think it kills you when theres not a huge crowd. Youre a professional, you should go out and play the game well and do your thing.
"Some at-bats and some things as the game goes on can affect us as a team so it always helps to have a big crowd. Its good energy for the home team.