CHICAGO -- The televisions in the cramped visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley Field were split between the World Cup, and footage of the downtown Chicago parade celebrating the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup championship. Five players still remain from the White Sox 2005 World Series championship team -- Paul Konerko, Mark Buehrle, A.J. Pierzynski, Bobby Jenks and Freddy Garcia.
And memories of the 2.5 million people celebrating the South Siders' momentous accomplishment live on for those individuals.
"Yeah, it was a great day," Konerko said. "Of all the stuff that happened that season, that was the biggest surprise, and the coolest thing, probably. It was. Hopefully they enjoyed it like we did. It was a great way to cap off a great season, so congratulations to those guys. It something they won't forget for the rest of their lives."
"I'd like to do that again here," Pierzynski said. "It brings back a lot of memories. It's as good as it gets."
Konerko didn't buy into the theory that the Hawks' celebration deflected attention from the Chicago baseball teams' losing. But it did produce one benefit.
"It definitely creates more space in here, which is nice," said Konerko, referring to much of the Chicago media covering the Blackhawks on Friday.
White Sox keep faith in struggling Beckham
CHICAGO -- The 2010 results produced by Gordon Beckham, voted as 2009 American League Rookie of the Year for two separate awards by his peers, have not exactly been at the level he expected.
Actually, Beckham's .204 average, one home run and 12 RBIs aren't close to what he planned as a sophomore follow-up. The nightmarish slump hasn't dampened the upbeat second baseman's spirit and certainly hasn't changed the minds of anyone in the organization when viewing Beckham as a long-range franchise player.
"He's a talent. He's a tough kid," said White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker. "Right now, he's in a frustrated spot, but I know he'll battle through it. Whatever happens, he's going to play for a long time and be a very good player."
"When he comes out of this, it's only going to make him better," said White Sox television play-by-play man Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, who has closely watched Beckham for the past two seasons.
Most of the numbers associated with Beckham's bat work this season have come with negative overtones and undertones. He went the entire month of May without an extra-base hit, after knocking out 28 doubles over 378 at-bats in his rookie campaign.
Beckham went 112 at-bats without an extra-base hit before a double against Detroit on Wednesday and has gone 175 at-bats since his lone home run. He also leads the White Sox with 40 strikeouts.
At this point, there's not much to be said about Beckham's second season, aside from the White Sox hoping he breaks free from it soon.
"Everything that can be said about him has been said," Walker said. "At times, he has been careful, at times out of control. He's found no middle ground all year. His swing has been out of sequence all year. We are doing drills to get it back in sequence.
"He also has hit in some tough luck and grown frustrated. There was a string of about five games where Gordon was hitting one line drive per game, and it was getting caught. He got frustrated real early, like a lot of people in this clubhouse, and panicked way too quickly.
"There was worry way too early in the season, but he's gaining valuable experience. I wish he wasn't going through it, for himself and our team, but Gordon is not the first player who did good and had to take a step back and get going. In the long-term big picture, I feel great about Gordon."
Guillen downplays saga with Williams
CHICAGO -- Any ongoing issues between White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Ken Williams have not affected the clubhouse or the duo's professional relationship, Guillen said prior to Friday's series opener with the Cubs.
"We don't have to be brothers to make this thing work," Guillen said. "I don't see [Cubs general manager] Jim Hendry and [Cubs manager] Lou Piniella holding hands together and doing their business, or any general manager [and manager]. They don't. We talk about our different situations more than anyone else."
Guillen pointed out that their relationship is different because they played together, and were friends, before becoming employer and employee. In a conversation with MLB.com on Thursday, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf noted that spirited debate took place between the two even in the best of times, and pointed to the team's highly disappointing start as a reason for elevated tension.
That particular statement was seconded by Guillen.
"I said this in Spring Training, 'If we love each other in July the way we do now, we're playing good,'" said Guillen with a smile. "No matter what sport you play, what family ... when the thing doesn't go right, people are going to hate each other, people are not going to like each other, people are going to talk about each other. That's what losing does."
White Sox team captain Paul Konerko doesn't believe the situation has any effect on the team.
"Personally, no, because I think I'm pretty focused on what I have to do each day, and I don't let a lot of stuff creep in on what I have to do, and what gets me ready to play," Konerko said. "I hope it doesn't affect the other guys; everybody's their own man.
"You try to stay together, and help your teammates out, but at the end of the day, every man's going to get focused and play for himself. Only he's going to know if that affects him. It's unfortunate that stuff happens, but I'm sure they'll settle it. They've had other differences before."
Scott Linebrink reached his own pitching milestone during Friday's 10-5 victory over the Cubs by recording his 500th career strikeout when he fanned Xavier Nady in the ninth. Linebrink also walked two before getting pulled from the game and giving way to closer Bobby Jenks, but manager Ozzie Guillen said there was nothing physically wrong with the right-hander. "He's fine," Guillen said. "Just walking people." ... Jake Peavy's strong desire to hit once again didn't turn into prime results Friday, as he finished 0-for-3, with two strikeouts. ... Paul Konerko is now a career .303 hitter, with 46 home runs and 129 RBIs in Interleague Play.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.