Hairston: Anticipation was justified

Jerry Hairston: Anticipation was justified

There was a lot of anticipation prior to our weekend series with the White Sox. As it turned out, it was justified.

We knew coming in it was going to be a tough series. The White Sox are probably the best team in baseball. They're the best team in the American League. They definitely have some firepower. They're balanced in the order with speed and power.

The White Sox may be even better than they were last season. They struggled offensively once in a while last season, especially in the early part of the year. But the addition of Jim Thome has made a big difference. It really sets them up nicely.

At the same time, we've been struggling. We're missing our power guy, Derrek Lee. He really makes everything go. That's the equivalent of the Lakers losing Kobe Bryant, or the Cavaliers losing LeBron James. It has that effect.

It was surprising to me that the fight on Saturday took place. From what I've heard, Michael Barrett and A.J. Pierzynski are pretty good friends. It's just one of those things where both guys are very competitive and there was apparently some miscommunication.

If you look at the tape, Michael Barrett's on the ground after he got run over. From his perspective, it looks like Pierzynski is coming right at him. He couldn't see that A.J.'s helmet was behind him, so Michael was just defending himself.

But we had Michael's back. He's a great teammate and he's one of the classier teammates I've ever played with. Even though he is kind of fiery, that incident was kind of out of character for him.

I was at second base right next to Juan Uribe when the fight started. I was kind of looking at Juan because the play was over, then I saw his eyes light up. Then it was like, "Here we go." We ran in to break things up because we didn't want anybody getting hurt. That's the last thing we need is guys getting hurt or being out for a long period of time.

We've been having enough trouble lately without another injury. We've been trying extremely hard to right the ship, and hopefully we will. It's not like we're playing bad -- we're just not hitting. There is a difference.

We're not making three, four errors a game. We're playing great defense. Our pitching, for the most part, has been pretty decent. It's just our hitting hasn't been to where we like it. That's basically it. We've played good baseball, with the exception of a couple games.

We need a couple guys to get on a roll. We've got guys that are capable of doing it. Hopefully we get out of our hole by the time we play the White Sox again.

This is the ninth Major League season for Jerry Hairston Jr., whose father played parts of 14 seasons for the White Sox. is the official Web site of the Major League Baseball Players Association. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.