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March, 2000.  WSI's traditional season kick-off rally cry to fellow Sox Fans.  This season proved special!

Your 2000 Chicago White Sox:  A Call to Arms!

by George Bova

This month the Chicago White Sox begin their one-hundredth season of baseball on the south side.  It's been over eighty-two years since we Sox Fans experienced a world's championship.  A summer without a championship most certainly awaits us.   Unfortunately, the nation has awarded the mantel of Futility (spelled with a capital "F") to the fans of other teams, the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs.   We've written before how neither of these teams are as deserving of the title as we are, the fans of the Chicago White Sox.  A seemingly endless stream of Bosox fans, most of them from academic circles, write endlessly of their curse and earned sympathy, supporting a team that hasn't won a championship since 1918.  They conveniently overlook how we Chisox fans have waited a full year longer -- suffering the entire time in utter anonymity.  Then there are the Cubs who haven't won since 1908.  They are doomed to continue losing so long as their slack-jawed fans continue to fill Wrigley Field.  They come to witness the ivy grow if not a winning baseball club.  Their twisted fans positively relish the team's losing reputation.  Why should the nation bestow approval on these supposed diehard fans, when in fact Cubs fans are simply indulging in their own masochistic fetish?  Leather teddies and cat of nine tails make for quite a fetching ensemble when topped off with a blue Cubbies cap.  Holy Cow, indeed!

In their shadow, we Sox fans and our team are doomed to mere second-team status in the Second City.  We lose and lose and complain and complain, never once getting what we truly want -- a championship, nor what we deserve -- a bit of sympathy.  The Chicago Tribune doesn't care that we lose.  Neither does the rest of the nation.  We live and toil with only torment and death as friends.  As Jean Shepherd noted, we White Sox fans must be the bravest of soldiers for only we have lived with death every day of our lives and now it holds no terror for us.  

God bless all of you White Sox Fans.  Every one of you is a survivor -- a battle-scarred veteran and warrior of the first order.  Hardly one of you doesn't have a Sox Fan friend or relative who passed before ever witnessing what they wanted most -- a world championship for Chicago's south side.  Another summer's campaign begins with us shoulder to shoulder in the front trench, death and disaster waiting before us.  Together we shall soldier on in quest of that elusive title.  I'm proud to count myself in your number.

The 2000 season promises more of what we've already come to expect.  The rebuilding project that began in 1997 continues into the present.  While fans around us shout, "Wait till next year!", we are left to simply mutter, "Wait till next century."  We're realists and know the true odds without a thought to the futility of the whole exercise.  Keep breathing and keep fighting.  Most of all keep your eye on the ultimate prize for no one will ever be more joyous when it's finally achieved.  Our allegiance is unconditional.  

A new season brings hope, and this 100th campaign of the Chicago White Sox is no exception.  We can hope Paul Konerko continues to develop into the clubhouse leader our team has needed.  We can hope Magglio Ordonez continues to bud into the superstar he soon may become.  We can hope Chris Singleton and Mike Sirotka finally silence all their doubters once and for all.  We can hope Kip Wells' is only the first in a long line of strong young arms to rebuild and solidify a Sox pitching staff soon to be the envy of every other major league club.  We can hope Frank Thomas returns to the form to which only Ted Williams can compare (while dismissing the tiny men who would tear him down).  We can hope Bobby Howry settles into the closer's role, while Keith Foulke continues as the reliever with the most devastating pitch in the American League.  We have good reason to hope for all these things.  Glory waits beyond the shells and barbed wire.  God and Heaven have mercy on our enemies, for we'll have none.

Over the top!

George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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