K white socks A 25-year-old fan, I realize I haven’t encountered nearly as many other generations of fans. Growing up in the early 2000s during the time Paul Conerco ran first base, Jim Thom was chasing 500 times at home, and Mark Buhrl could get you in and out of a US cell field in less than 2 1⁄2 It was unbelievable hours. It was a pleasure to see my team outperform the rest and prepare World Championship To the south side at the age of eight. Needless to say, I was addicted to winning glory by the time I turned 10. In the best possible way, White Sox took my youth.
Then I was sold a rebuild.
Rebuild can be tough to sell to your fan base, but when you know you’re going to lose, the pill becomes easier to swallow. Jerry Rensdorf and his company had a plan that could be summed up in five steps:
- Exchange valuable talents to potential clients
- You miss a lot of games
- Formulating the best prospects as a result of the second step
- Talent development in the farm system
- Bring talents and compete for/win trophies
Needless to say, steps one through four were completed, and fairly successfully. The 2020 and 2021 seasons were “successful” in that the White Sox made the playoffs. Sure, losing at ALDS to a team that would later lose the World Championship to the 86-win Braves is frustrating, but we’re promised the competition window is still wide open.
The first mistake is that I believed everything I wrote above.
The story is as old as time. 2022 was the year.
At that moment I rode an emotional rollercoaster.
I was talking to anyone and everyone listening to me after the team’s 6-2 game in April. The hot start would lead to an eight-game losing streak, followed by a team that flirts with 0.500 all summer. If that wasn’t painful enough to watch, the injuries were starting to pile up. Every anatomical area of the body has been injured by the White Sox this season. Oh, and just for fun, add people in powerful positions to tell fans to enjoy the ride.
Combine all of this, and you’ll have a team that’s still competing for AL Central through the third week of September. The White Sox took away my mental energy.
When I tell you I bought this season, I really mean I bought. It wasn’t just emotional or mental. Dad and I split a 20-game ticket package, and were ready to take as much baseball as possible at 35 & Shields.
So now, I invite you to do some math.
$20 x 20 game ticket
$15 parking x 20 rides
3 beers / game x beer $12 x 20 games
$20 food x 20 toys
This is a minimum of $1,820. White Sox took my money.
And now, during a must-win game with the Playoffs that began two weeks ago, this week hosting top-ranked Cleveland, the White Sox have finally given us the final blow. The match that saw the South Sides advance 3-1, and came back from 5-3 to tie at the bottom of the tenth place, and give up five places in the top 11.
After losing 10-7 on Tuesday, there is no way the White Sox will win the series of the season against Cleveland, and therefore, there is no way for me to remain optimistic this season.
The White Sox broke me.