Cycle turns to spring with fresh Sox faces, attitude

2014-03-31T18:48:00Z 2014-04-08T21:59:19Z Cycle turns to spring with fresh Sox faces, attitudeGEORGE CASTLE Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 31, 2014 6:48 pm  • 

CHICAGO | The American flag whipped above the heads of Pat Bishop and Bill Piekarczyk in a parking lot, signaling the start of new cycles.

Relentless winter changing to spring. The chance at cleansing the stink of a 99-loss White Sox season. New players making debuts.

Opening Day is the demarcation line between the woe of snow and the sunny hope of a new season. The latter was helped by 65-degree temperatures, enabling about 37,000 fans to watch the Sox beat the Minnesota Twins, 5-3, in relative comfort.

“We needed the change, with the young (players) here,” said Piekarczyk, of Dyer.

Bishop, of St. John, said the Sox’s new position players were "absolutely" worth watching.

“You can tell they’re kind of cream-of-the-crop kind of guys,” said Sox captain Paul Konerko. “It’s going to be fun to watch that. It’s kind of like a new cycle here. It’s going to be fun to see this cycle kind of go.”

For more on the Sox and Cubs, see Sports.

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