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Support the troops!  Support the Sox!

by First Lieutenant Michael Davidson
     33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team
     U.S. Army National Guard (Illinois)
     Combined Security Transition Command -- Afghanistan     

I didnít grow up in Chicago.  I grew up in Springfield, Illinois  While growing up in that town there was only two teams: the Cubs, and the Cardinals.  Since I didnít much like either team I didnít follow baseball much as a kid.

It wasnít until I moved to Chicago during high school that I  even took an interest in the game.  Again through most of high school I didnít follow baseball much.  I didnít truly get into the White Sox and baseball until around 2001.  I was taken to a few games by some of the guys from my National Guard unit. 

I found out that the White Sox support the troops by offering us tickets to certain home games simply by showing our IDís.  This certainly got me to like the Sox more than the North siders.  While at those games I quickly noticed the relaxed atmosphere; it wasnít a drunken party.  Everyone was into the game and you could see the care they had for the game.  I found at this point this was my team.  I liked the park and I liked the crowd. 

I feel thatís what got me into the game was the White Sox atmosphere.  It wasnít completely confirmed how much I enjoyed the Sox until I went to my first game at Wrigley Field later that same year.  First I can say as a military man the Cubs do not support the troops.  They donít do a anything like the Sox do every year.  Parking was a huge pain in the butt.  The friends I went with insisted we get there really early so we could drink at a few bars around Wrigley.  So far this felt like a Friday night out but in the afternoon.  Once in the park, it just smelled really bad and looked as though at any second it would crush everyone to death.  When I finally got to my seat and the game started, I looked around and can say half the crowd wasnít watching the game at all and the other half was drinking beers as much as they could while also not paying any attention to the game.  I couldnít understand why people would come to baseball game and not watch it. 

At Sox games you have a good amount of people doing things like getting food and drinks but a majority of the crowd was watching the game and actually cared if their team won or lost.  It was a tough choice only in the fact the I was 22 and most of my friends liked to drink.  Unlike the Cubs where history and facts were barfed at me from every corner of the park, with the Sox I got to learn on my own.  I looked up the team history and could take my time.  What I have learned while rooting for my White Sox is simply this the fans care about the team and winning.  Though this is a just a game we want to win.  Meanwhile I learned for the Cubs this is a business.  Build a franchise on a losing team whose only goal is to make more money.

So remember supporting the White Sox actually helps and supports us, the troops.  I will see you all in some September games when I return from Afghanistan.  Take care fellow Sox fans and GO WHITE SOX!


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