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March, 2000.  The author of The White Sox Encyclopedia makes a plea to support the 2000 team.

EXCLUSIVE to White Sox Interactive

Wake Up, Chicago!

by Richard Lindberg, author of The White Sox Encyclopedia

White Sox Interactive continues to grow and grow.  It is really informative and packed with lots of good information.  It is an oasis in the wilderness for starving White Sox fans. 

Somehow though, it seems the Sox are fading from public view....the Chicago media has relegated them to virtual obscurity. I am very concerned about the future of the franchise for many reasons, not the least of which is fan apathy, media bias, and management's apparent unwillingness to go out and sign a few marquee players to compliment young talent and bring the fans 

The other day I took Bob Skilnick's Great American Beer Brewery bus tour, and when we rolled past Sox Park, Bob (a Sox fan) asked the assembled gathering, "who here is a Sox fan?"  Myself, and only one other person raised their hands. 

That is the kind of attitude that is starting to really worry me.  We are losing our fan base by slow, measured degrees.

Do you ever hear a TV or radio sportscaster in town announce the score of the Sox game before the Cub game anymore? Never.  It used to be that the home team's results led first on the news.  But even with the Cubs on the road, and the Sox at home, it is always the Cubs first. 

Do you ever hear the esteemed Mr. Mike Murphy lead off with a discussion of the White Sox with Jimmy Piersall on his morning WSCR baseball segment, before getting into the Cubs?  Never. 

Sometimes these Score talk show hosts suffer occasional pangs of guilt, and will say something to the effect, "well, let's talk about the White Sox for a moment," only to be interrupted by one of the other Score loud mouths interjecting, "Getting back to the Cubs...." before they even mention the Sox!  And so it goes, year after year.

I'll say it again.  Wake up Chicago, before its too late.  One day we will find this team in Tucson or Washington, or wherever, and wonder why. Sox fans have to put the enmity of the past behind.  Bill Veeck is gone.  He's not coming back, but the team is still here...for now....and they need your support.  No more arguments, no more acrimony about Reinsdorf, the stadium or  the price of tea in China.  It's time to support the in its 100th anniversary season. 

Can we safely say there will be a 110th? Ask yourself that question.

Editor's Note:  Richard Lindberg is a Chicago writer and author of several books on the Chicago White Sox, including The White Sox Encyclopedia.  He is recognized as the team's official historian, but is unpaid for his work done on behalf of the club.

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