Bend it Like Beckham

Let’s call it the Gordon Beckham factor.

I think all of us would agree that if the White Sox’s No. 1 draft pick from 2008 can recapture the kind of offensive production and excitement he generated in his rookie season, our Sox would have a lot better chance to contend in the A.L. Central.

Gordo reminded us of what he can do with a 3 for 4 effort with this first homer of the season and two RBIs in last night’s  7-2 Sox win over the Indians.

After the past two seasons, which saw Beckham hit .252 and and .230, respectively, with disappointing power numbers–9 HR and 49 RBI in 2010 and 10, 44 in 2011–it’s been hard to remember that he came on the scene in ’09 with 14 homers, 63 RBIs and a .270 batting average in his first 103 games.

By far his best offensive game in a long time (he has already proven to be one of the best defensive second basemen around). Beckham has given hope that he’s turned the corner. One game doesn’t make a season, but it’s something to build on.

In 2009, Beckham was named the A.L. Rookie of the Year in two different polls. It was then that  he was pegged as our next big star and the new, fresh face of the franchise. But life intervened and something happened, whether it was in his head or a flaw in his swing.

Maybe it’s wishful thinking to look at this performance against the Tribe and think Beckham will now return to elite status. But I, for one, choose to believe it.

Time will tell.

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