In late February, Paul Konerko raised eyebrows when he said the season could be a success if the White Sox didn't make the playoffs.

With three games to play, missing the postseason would be a disappointment after the team spent 117 days in first place before tanking at the finish. And Konerko is standing by what he said.

"There are things that went on this year that just can't be denied as far as positives,'' Konerko said. "Anybody who was here at the end of last year, and coming here with just the overall [new] feeling in here … and the young guys' performances. There's a lot of things mapped out for years to come here, which is huge.