The 2012 White Sox are pleasantly surprising a skeptical fan base, sitting in first place on Aug. 10 after most prognosticators pegged them as a .500 team and some even worse, including Sports Illustrated's prediction of a 67-95 record.

Under first-year manager Robin Ventura and his new-look coaching staff, the team has played a clean brand of baseball on the field and has been refreshingly distraction-free off the field.

Enjoy it while you can.

In the always-changing roster landscape driven by free agency, it says here the team as constituted will be no more after this season, whether it ends with a second ticker-tape parade in eight years or no postseason at all.