When the White Sox lineup for Friday’s contest with Toronto comes out in the early afternoon, Gordon Beckham’s name just might be absent.His temporary benching, and temporary is the key word in this scenario, certainly would not be punishment doled out by Ozzie Guillen for Beckham’s 0-for-4 showing during Thursday’s 2-0 loss to Toronto or the two errors Beckham committed at second base. It would be more of a mental health break for Beckham.
… Guillen isn’t as concerned about Beckham’s slump, as much as he wants better body language and to not let the offensive woes get the best of him. Beckham wholeheartedly agreed.
… “Gordon is better than what he show,” Guillen said. “There’s a lot of pressure on him and maybe this is the first time ever he’s gone through this. He’s the golden boy. I don’t believe in the sophomore jinx. I want him to be the best player he can be because this kid has a great chance to be a [good] ballplayer.”
“I don’t think he should [be demoted],” Guillen said. “I’m behind him 100 percent. I don’t believe in the [sophomore] jinx. This kid is good. I don’t mind when you are 0 for 60. I’ll take the blame, but I want him to be the best player he can be. That’s why when he is down I will pick him up. How am I going to do it? Make him believe how good he is.”