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doublem23
11-24-2008, 06:25 PM
I like these stories, and we haven't had one of these threads in a while...

I found WSI in the off-season between the 1998 and 1999 season, IIRC. The first story I remember reading here was about Darrin Jackson replacing Wimpy in the booth. I checked periodically for a while, and didn't start posting until mid-season 2001, IIRC, days when we didn't have the snazzy vBulletin message board.

LongLiveFisk
11-24-2008, 06:29 PM
In the 2003 season I was mostly looking at whitesox.com but I hated all the stupid, mindless trolling that went on over there. I typed "White Sox" in the Yahoo! search bar and this place came up. I checked it out and joined pretty quickly.

I probably went back to the whitesox.com board maybe once or twice since. Can't say I miss it! :D:

MUsoxfan
11-24-2008, 06:31 PM
I found it in the Fall of '03 when I was bored in the library at school. I Googled something Sox related and this was the first site that popped up.

Dan Mega
11-24-2008, 06:31 PM
Someone from the old Yahoo sports board mentioned it years back.

SoxGirl4Life
11-24-2008, 06:32 PM
I found WSI after that miserable 2007 season. Somewhere to feel the pain with fellow Sox fans and drown out the growing public hostility toward my team.

Great group of people. Great information. Even great rumors! And not to mention the tremendous job the mods do to keep trolls to a minimum! Wonderful place to come and hang out!

Kudos to all involved and here's to another 10 and more!

Sockinchisox
11-24-2008, 06:33 PM
During the 2007 season, before then I just posted at the whitesox.com message board.

That place got outta control and a friend turned me on to here.

DSpivack
11-24-2008, 06:34 PM
Friend recommended it to me just four months into college. I graduated two years ago. :D:

viagracat
11-24-2008, 06:35 PM
I joined in 2002, back during the Sox's dark era. As a longtime resident of the NW suburbs, I was getting sick of Cub fans telling me I was an idiot for pulling for the "Sux" and wanted a place where I could hang, as it were, with those of my kind. I did a search for "White Sox fan sites"; WSI came up as an early option and by the luck of the draw (never heard of WSI before), picked this site to check out. The rest, as they say, is history.

whitesox901
11-24-2008, 06:37 PM
I found it via google in 2005 and registered right away...didnt start posting till about winter 2007, then a after a break...from about midmay this year

getonbckthr
11-24-2008, 06:37 PM
Yahoo when Carlos Lee was traded.

Daver
11-24-2008, 06:45 PM
I checked periodically for a while, and didn't start posting until mid-season 2001, IIRC, days when we didn't have the snazzy vBulletin message board.

Yeah, the year between using Rivals prefab boards to when West finally got disgusted with freeware forums and bought a vB license. I think it was the Ikonboard version that shut itself off at random and all you got was a server error message when you tried to access the forum, I don't think West ever figured out what the code error was that caused that.

SOXfnNlansing
11-24-2008, 07:00 PM
I found it by dumb luck in a search about the White Sox. The rest is history:gulp:

ode to veeck
11-24-2008, 07:29 PM
West forced me to sign up under duress in the summer of 2001

CLR01
11-24-2008, 07:35 PM
I'm still looking.



I followed the migration from the troll boards.

delben91
11-24-2008, 07:43 PM
I was on the ESPN.com boards just before the start of the 2000 series, and some guys called JustJim35 (:cool:) and DagoBeef (man, what happened to him?) turned me in WSI's direction. Believe that was in the midst of the Rivals days, because I remember the glory of the first post-Rivals incarnation.

CLR01
11-24-2008, 07:47 PM
I was on the ESPN.com boards just before the start of the 2000 series, and some guys called JustJim35 (:cool:) and DagoBeef (man, what happened to him?) turned me in WSI's direction. Believe that was in the midst of the Rivals days, because I remember the glory of the first post-Rivals incarnation.


Those early post-rivals days were fantastic. Listed under the names of all the members were any aliases that were being used by said member. That made things easy for the mods.

delben91
11-24-2008, 08:30 PM
Those early post-rivals days were fantastic. Listed under the names of all the members were any aliases that were being used by said member. That made things easy for the mods.

Although, as WSI progressed, we were treated to great moments such as the "cheese stick"/"turkey leg" pissing contest. All was not lost.

Bucky F. Dent
11-24-2008, 08:37 PM
I have no idea how I got here. :?:

DumpJerry
11-24-2008, 08:56 PM
I used to talk White Sox stuff with a Sheriff Deputy who worked at Juvenile Court (he has since moved to a different courthouse). One day he asked if I had Internet access. He told me about WSI (but he is not registered here, go figure). I checked it out. Being an old person who went to college before the Internet was "invented," I had no idea how message boards worked or even what the heck they were. I kept clicking on the five most active threads on the homepage when, after several months of that and reading the articles, I figured out how to register.

The day I registered I was pissed off at Jerry Manuel, so I took out my anger in the form of my username. I guess I should sign up for anger management. I also wanted to call myself Voodoochile, but that name was already taken....

CLR01
11-24-2008, 09:04 PM
I also wanted to call myself Voodoochile, but that name was already taken....

I can delete the other guy for you...

nut_stock
11-24-2008, 09:51 PM
I found WSI in it's early stages searching the web on what ever search engine was popular 9-10 years ago. I remember playing on the web durring homeroom my senior year of highschool (1999) and always checking WSI. I loved the exlopding scoreboard on the main page. I think I wrote a page once for the site complaining about ticket and beer prices. I used to post a lot more, but I still check the site a lot. I remember trying to find other pages like WSI and never could. The Tribune used to have a message board for sox fans that was more popular than it is today....and I remember websites like Bill's sox page...etc

DumpJerry
11-24-2008, 09:53 PM
I can delete the other guy for you...
Well.....you're already banned, so what harm can it cause you?

ohthosechisox
11-24-2008, 10:02 PM
My friend Sarah (JGarlandrules20) told me about this place back in '06. I'm pretty sure I had registered back then but never was active or posted. I rediscovered WSI earlier this summer searching for the White Sox, and the rest is history. I wish I had been here during the past 10 years, but I can promise you I will be for the next 10! :smile:

Viva Medias B's
11-24-2008, 10:22 PM
IIRC, I joined back in 2000 during the Rivals.com days.

I want Mags back
11-24-2008, 10:29 PM
coincidentally, I think I found here on some random Cubs Suck site I found on google. Someone there said something along the lines of "do people here talk about there own team" and then someone put a link to here.

chisoxfanatic
11-24-2008, 10:34 PM
Maury told me about it way back in 2000. Then I registered here in 2001 when I hated the cookie-cutter MLB sites that were created. The old ChiSox.com was so much better than what's been here the past 7 seasons.

manders_01
11-24-2008, 10:37 PM
I moved to Denver the first weekend of October 2005. By mid-October, I was searching like crazy to find some fellow Denver Sox fans. I couldn't watch the World Series by myself - I needed the Sox camaraderie. After several searches, I found WSI. I've been on ever since; had never used a message board before and I now I'm completely obsessed. :D:

PalehosePlanet
11-24-2008, 10:54 PM
My wife used to always go on the MLB.com Sox board about 5 or 6 years ago and post there. Some of the members on that board (a guy name Corg, or Korg, IIRC) mentioned WSI to her. She then told me about it. I lurked for about 3 years before finally registering.

StillMissOzzie
11-24-2008, 11:17 PM
I'm another one who Googled something White Sox related and got led here.

SMO
:gulp:

FedEx227
11-24-2008, 11:26 PM
I found WSI in it's early stages searching the web on what ever search engine was popular 9-10 years ago.

Altavista and metacrawler were the bomb (pun intended) back in 1999-2000.

milrtyme28
11-24-2008, 11:37 PM
I don't post all that often, but I do check in every day. This place has been my bastion of sanity for years. :happybday

Thanks to everyone that has made this site possible. :smile:

HomeFish
11-24-2008, 11:41 PM
From 2001-2003 I used to post at the MLB.com forums. Then in October 2003 the forums got flooded with Cubbie trolls and I needed somewhere else to go. I had heard the words "White Sox Interactive" whispered before, so googled it and found this place.

WhiteSox5187
11-24-2008, 11:47 PM
I think I was googling pictures of Old Comiskey or something Old Comiskey related throughout 2006 and it took me to this site and as the Sox were imploding in 2006 I figured I should see what exactly these "message board" things were and if they were anything like the message boards that I used to go to on a guitar website (I think it's gone now). Anyhoo, I sorta roamed around until I created my own user name and my first post I believe was about potential White Sox steriod users that got Nellie very pissed off...

chisoxfanatic
11-24-2008, 11:55 PM
My wife used to always go on the MLB.com Sox board about 5 or 6 years ago and post there. Some of the members on that board (a guy name Corg, or Korg, IIRC) mentioned WSI to her. She then told me about it. I lurked for about 3 years before finally registering.
The infamous Ncorgbl...The one who loved to ride the Little Boat to the Far Shore in speedos. I'll never forget that guy. He was hilarious at the old ChiSox.com.

jcw218
11-25-2008, 01:21 AM
I've been here since the rival days as well. As has already been pointed out, I too miss the old pre-cookie cutter mlb mandated Chisox board as well.

JermaineDye05
11-25-2008, 02:31 AM
I remember back in late 2004, I was looking for a place to talk white sox baseball. I had just started to really get into the team, for a while I had just looked from afar at the Sox and said that I could like this team. In early to mid 2004 I really started watching and started really liking the team and paying attention. I asked a friend at school who's a diehard sox fan if he knew of a forum and he told me about this site. I joined the same week that the Sox signed Jermaine, and that's where the name came from. It seems I started following the team just at the right time :cool:.

eastchicagosoxfan
11-25-2008, 04:59 AM
I found it in 2004, just before the Carlos Lee/Podsednik trade.

Jurr
11-25-2008, 06:30 AM
I found the site around 2001. Lurked for a while then started posting as "jurr80". After a stint in the banned circuit over some lively Frank Thomas banter back in '03, I changed over to this name.

It's been an absolute blast on here. We've coped with some bad losses and celebrated some phenomenal moments together.

RedHeadPaleHoser
11-25-2008, 06:43 AM
A friend of mine told me about the Armour Park article - how the park would've framed the skyline, etc. So, I googled it in 2004, found the website and read the article. Then, I clicked on every link off the front page - WS trivia (which I bombed at), the old Comiskey Park pic link, etc. I went into the message boards and was impressed that there wasn't trolls posting in every thread.

Irishsoxfan
11-25-2008, 07:30 AM
In 2002 via "Totally Biased, Utterly Petty, Completely Unobjective ....... Arsenal!

Moses_Scurry
11-25-2008, 07:38 AM
Found it during the 2000 season. I don't post very often, but I've been a consistent lurker ever since. I actually check in more often during the off season to see if any trades or free agent signings have happened.

veeter
11-25-2008, 09:23 AM
'04, probably doing a random search for something White Sox related.

bestkosher
11-25-2008, 09:29 AM
I was bored at work and it was around trade time. So I Googled White Sox chat and came here. Been here daily every since.

MisterB
11-25-2008, 09:30 AM
I used to lurk the White Sox Usenet newsgroup (which was pretty sorry) back in late '01, when someone (DrCrawdad, IIRC) posted about this site as a great place for Sox discussion. I signed up and never looked back.

Iwritecode
11-25-2008, 09:35 AM
I was on the ESPN.com boards just before the start of the 2000 series, and some guys called JustJim35 (:cool:) and DagoBeef (man, what happened to him?) turned me in WSI's direction. Believe that was in the midst of the Rivals days, because I remember the glory of the first post-Rivals incarnation.

^^^ What he said.

I'm sure there's a dozen or so of us with the exact same story.

ChiSoxFan81
11-25-2008, 10:00 AM
I read "Sox and the City" last year and made my way here after finding out about it.

PKalltheway
11-25-2008, 10:12 AM
I was looking up stuff on Old Comiskey Park, and I found this site. I lurked for a little while back in 2005, then I joined after the Sox won the World Series. Yeah, I must be a bandwagon fan.:redneck

Over By There
11-25-2008, 10:22 AM
I was looking for a place that might have good gossip regarding the rumored Ordonez/Garciaparra trade. I had been active in other online fora but for some reason never thought to look for a Sox forum until that moment. Found WSI, and nary a day has gone by since where it wasn't one of the first sites I visited when I fire up the PC.

The Critic
11-25-2008, 10:38 AM
Maury told me about it way back in 2000.

I was also directed here by Maury (aka RedPinStripes) way back when.

I want Mags back
11-25-2008, 10:44 AM
In 2002 via "Totally Biased, Utterly Petty, Completely Unobjective ....... Arsenal!

That's awesome!! I'm the opposite, this site is what made me become a Gooner.

(This isn't Arseblogger, is it? I know he's from Dublin)

Paulwny
11-25-2008, 12:16 PM
I found WSI while surfing the internet one day at work, I guess it was 98'.
I didn't join until the following year.

Andy T Clown
11-25-2008, 12:31 PM
Google search for old Comiskey images landed me here in 03.

mccoydp
11-25-2008, 12:31 PM
I found it on a search engine back in 2001, but lurked for three years. I didn't join until near the end of the 2004 season. I used to join in on the MLB.com chats for games, but most of the "chatters" were immature and out of control.

rdwj
11-25-2008, 12:38 PM
The infamous Ncorgbl...The one who loved to ride the Little Boat to the Far Shore in speedos. I'll never forget that guy. He was hilarious at the old ChiSox.com.

From what I remember, I'm here partly because of him too (and I believe he's still on whitesox.com under a different name - chitownhustler or something). When he was found out as not being a very truthful person, all the threads were deleted from whitesox.com pretty quickly. Wanting to know what happened, I was referred to a thread here. Some pretty excellent detective work - one of the funnier things I've witnessed on the net.

I was pretty sick of all the political nonsense and trolling on whitesox.com too, so I made the jump pretty quickly.

AJRoxMyWhiteSox
11-25-2008, 12:39 PM
I searched for something White Sox related on Google at the beginning of the '05 season. Found WSI and lurked incredibly sporadically for three years before finally having something to contribute June of this year and signed up. Now I'm back to lurking a bit, but I read here daily. You're all so smart, and because of WSI, my White Sox knowledge has increased drastically. Thanks, everyone! :D:

white sox bill
11-25-2008, 12:46 PM
Search engined CWS and IIRC saw "Biased and utterly petty" I thought, now these are my people, my friends....my home

beasly213
11-25-2008, 12:51 PM
A friend told me about WSI during the 05 season. I didn't join or start posting until 06. I'm on here all the time but don't post as much as I'd like to.

Great place for information, tickets, parking pass, (Ive bought and SOLD on it) and all things White Sox.

This Site Rules. :gulp:

HomeFish
11-25-2008, 12:54 PM
The infamous Ncorgbl...The one who loved to ride the Little Boat to the Far Shore in speedos. I'll never forget that guy. He was hilarious at the old ChiSox.com.

Ncorgbl was great. He claimed he was a partial owner of the team and had this irrational hatred of Bartolo Colon, whom he would always call "tub of goo".

SoxSpeed22
11-25-2008, 01:32 PM
I was looking on other baseball sites and some of them mentioned WSI, so in January 2005, I checked it out, and in January of 2009, it will be 4 years on this site for me.

JGarlandrules20
11-25-2008, 01:40 PM
I used to browse the White Sox AOL message boards and someone mentioned the site there. I finally signed up in late October of '03 and have been reading religiously ever since.

soxfan43
11-25-2008, 02:04 PM
I'm pretty sure I read about WSI in a trib or sun times article and went to check it out. I was so sick of the MLB sox message board, this place was perfect.

VeeckAsInWreck
11-25-2008, 02:24 PM
During the 2001-2002 offseason I was trying to find some Old Comiskey pics. Yahoo directed me here, after I saw the photo tour of the old park I started reading the message boards.

During that same time I was reading Dan H's book "Through Hope and Despair" and he mentioned WSI and George Bova so I started coming here.

Side story: I got my handle from the other book I had ordered from Amazon. "Veeck As In Wreck"

Congrats on 10 years and thanks for giving us somewhere to discuss the Sox.

spawn
11-25-2008, 02:32 PM
I found it completely by accident, doing a search of the moron getting suspended.

MISoxfan
11-25-2008, 02:33 PM
The official mlb website began to fit the description of a wasteland and there was a thread where someone mentioned this as a better alternative. I checked it out, but I don't think I created my own account for several months.

BigP50
11-25-2008, 03:05 PM
I found it about halfway during the season when I was trying to find a way to download the White Sox songs onto my phone

thomas35forever
11-25-2008, 03:58 PM
I originally found it by means of the Tribute to Old Comiskey Park, but thought nothing of the site. I started visiting it regularly in May of '05 for the game recaps, but I never visited the forums. The fake Cubune headline thread drew to the forums and after lurking here for five months, I finally signed up in December of that year. I've been hooked on it ever since.

PaleHoseGeorge
11-25-2008, 06:24 PM
I remember it well... I Googled it. (Except Google didn't exist so I probably used Altavista or HotBot.)

1. Search "White Sox"... visit lame official site. Visit Bill's White Sox page. Visit email list site.

2. Wait a month. Search again. Visit same lame sites. Nothing's changed.

3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 for over a year, 1996-97.

4. Spend time in-between searching for "Arsenal" sites with much better success.

5. Finally get fed up with lame White Sox sites. Decide this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part.

6. Begin coding WSI the following Thanksgiving.

It was a piece of cake!
:redneck

whitesox901
11-25-2008, 06:39 PM
I remember it well... I Googled it. (Except Google didn't exist so I probably used Altavista or HotBot.)

1. Search "White Sox"... visit lame official site. Visit Bill's White Sox page. Visit email list site.

2. Wait a month. Search again. Visit same lame sites. Nothing's changed.

3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 for over a year, 1996-97.

4. Spend time in-between searching for "Arsenal" sites with much better success.

5. Finally get fed up with lame White Sox sites. Decide this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part.

6. Begin coding WSI the following Thanksgiving.

It was a piece of cake!
:redneck


C++, Java, ect? Just curious :D:

ilsox7
11-25-2008, 06:50 PM
I knew a mod who wrote some articles during the Rivals days. A few years later I got sick enough of waiting the 10 seconds for the registration box to disappear from blocking a thread and signed up.

PaleHoseGeorge
11-25-2008, 06:57 PM
C++, Java, ect? Just curious :D:

Meh... WYSIWYG is the only way to go. Back in olden days I used Netscape's Composer software. Now I mostly use FrontPage, but certain elements can only be produced by hand-coding the HTML.

Don't piss me off... I'll send you a broken link!

:wink:

soltrain21
11-25-2008, 07:10 PM
I joined during the hubbub of the Magglio to the Red Sox trade talks. I think I was looking at the Sox MLB message board (which I never posted at) and someone posted a quote from here.

I joined probably ten minutes later.

whitesox901
11-25-2008, 07:28 PM
Meh... WYSIWYG is the only way to go. Back in olden days I used Netscape's Composer software. Now I mostly use FrontPage, but certain elements can only be produced by hand-coding the HTML.

Don't piss me off... I'll send you a broken link!

:wink:

You wouldn't dare :tongue:

moochpuppy
11-25-2008, 09:34 PM
It's been so damn long I can't remember. :scratch:

gobears1987
11-25-2008, 10:04 PM
I found it in late April or early May of 2004. I was searching for sound files of Hawk's "You can put it on the board, yes." Of course the end of every article posted here has that quote in it so I kept coming across this site during my search. I browsed for a little over a month and then registered.

DrCrawdad
11-25-2008, 11:15 PM
I can't quite remember how I came across WSI. I had been posting at the Sox newsgroup since the mid 1990's, so I may have heard of WSI there.

I remember meeting George at the WSI booth at 2002 Soxfest. I bought a book at the booth, and the author signed the book. The books pagination was screwed up and I got frustrated trying to read it so I tossed it out. The book didn't last but my ties to WSI continue.

nasox
11-25-2008, 11:21 PM
Google. I looked up Old Comiskey and I came upon the homepage of this great site. I think a year went by before I actually stumbled upon the forums. And in October, I registered. The past couple of years I haven't been posting much, but I read a ton.

soxfan21
11-26-2008, 09:51 AM
I found this place about a year ago, and started to read some of the posts by many of you on this site. I thought that it was so cool that there was a message board created by hard core sox fans for hard core sox fans and new that I had to join it. I love reading everyone's opionions on here about different things and love posting my own opionions once in a while about certain topics.

cub killer
11-28-2008, 02:05 AM
I first saw this site when I looked up photos/info on Old Comiskey. Didn't check out the message boards until much later, when on another Sox site, people kept complaining about this site, saying WSI was too "stuck up" and "uppity". So I had to check it out and saw that this site is simply the best White Sox site on the web.

PaleHoseGeorge
11-28-2008, 10:09 AM
I first saw this site when I looked up photos/info on Old Comiskey. Didn't check out the message boards until much later, when on another Sox site, people kept complaining about this site, saying WSI was too "stuck up" and "uppity". So I had to check it out and saw that this site is simply the best White Sox site on the web.

We get a lot of that.
:cool:

tick53
11-29-2008, 10:01 AM
In the Year Of Our Lord and World Series victory of 2005, my younger brother (who just recently joined WSI) told me about it in June of that year. I went online and decided that this was something that I would like to be a part of. What a year it was to join too. I love this site.

Tick..........

soxrepublican
11-29-2008, 10:05 AM
I have been reading here for the past few years, and finally decided to register. I'm glad I did!

Baby Fisk
12-01-2008, 02:45 PM
Welp, back in the autumn of 2003 I did a search for "White Sox fan site" or some such combination of words. This site popped up in the results, and the rest, as they say, is one long Doctor Who reference.

chisoxmike
12-01-2008, 02:47 PM
Welp, back in the autumn of 2003 I did a search for "White Sox fan site" or some such combination of words. This site popped up in the results, and the rest, as they say, is one long Doctor Who reference.


:o:

itsnotrequired
12-01-2008, 02:59 PM
Baby Fisk, back from the fifth dimension.

I learned about this place in a dream and then forgot about it in another dream.

chisoxmike
12-01-2008, 03:02 PM
Cthulhu let him go.

kobo
12-01-2008, 03:10 PM
I learned about this place in the spring of 2005 from a former co-worker, jdm2662. I still read this site more than I post on it, but I read it every day and it's the first site I look at when I get to work in the morning.

DrCrawdad
12-01-2008, 10:38 PM
I can't quite remember how I came across WSI. I had been posting at the Sox newsgroup since the mid 1990's, so I may have heard of WSI there.

I remember meeting George at the WSI booth at 2002 Soxfest. I bought a book at the booth, and the author signed the book. The books pagination was screwed up and I got frustrated trying to read it so I tossed it out. The book didn't last but my ties to WSI continue.

How can I find my first post here?

soxfan26
12-02-2008, 12:05 AM
September 2003 - our Sox missed out on October baseball again and I went a little nuts. Searched for "Sox fans," found WSI and registered immediately. In my first few weeks I created a jumper's thread moaning about how I wanted the Sox to win and then engaged in a battle with Mr. Liptak about whether or not JR should raise the payroll.

Shortly after my rough entry I found Fantasy Island and settled into relative obscurity on the forums, resurfacing every time Jjav829 posts an **OFFICIAL***Fantasy Baseball Draft Thread. Which should be popping up anytime now... :redneck

shbart
12-02-2008, 12:51 AM
I was posting on the White Sox newsgroup ala DrCrawdad and the incomparable Voros McCracken in 2000-01. Joined here at the beginning of the '01 season. Haven't posted much since '05, but I am a regular visitor. I figured it was appropriate to save my 100th post for this 10 year toast. Btw, I may have been the one to mention WSI to Fenway, but he's such a web zealot I doubt I can take credit/blame for that :tongue:

gogosox16
12-02-2008, 06:44 AM
I was playing on-line poker and I started talking to a guy that was a sox fan and he told me about this web site and have been on it ever since.

DrCrawdad
12-02-2008, 07:03 AM
I was posting on the White Sox newsgroup ala DrCrawdad and the incomparable Voros McCracken in 2000-01. Joined here at the beginning of the '01 season. Haven't posted much since '05, but I am a regular visitor. I figured it was appropriate to save my 100th post for this 10 year toast. Btw, I may have been the one to mention WSI to Fenway, but he's such a web zealot I doubt I can take credit/blame for that :tongue:

What was your name at the NG?

voodoochile
12-02-2008, 10:56 AM
I was playing on-line poker and I started talking to a guy that was a sox fan and he told me about this web site and have been on it ever since.

Hmmm... wonder if that was me... Party Poker?

Law11
12-02-2008, 12:38 PM
Took me a while to remember how I found this place back in early 05.
I used to post on the sox espn board and someone posted why are you people here White Sox Interactive is the only spot for sox talk.

and that was that.

Thome25
12-02-2008, 12:59 PM
I found this place back in 2000 when I did a yahoo search for "Chicago White Sox messageboard". I got a list of a few of them but, this was the best site by far. I was a longtime lurker until 2006 when the 2005 World Series Championship and the trade for Jim Thome finally made me say "what the heck" and sign up.

PicktoCLick72
12-02-2008, 06:16 PM
I had joined a facebook group for the whitesox and somebody posted about the site. The rest is history.

Whitesox029
12-02-2008, 11:38 PM
I remember every detail. I was in my school's computer lab, in 8th grade. As I was wont to do, I was looking up pictures of Sox-type things on google or yahoo or something like that. One of the results was from this website. I fell in love, joined, and immediately got involved in a thread about the Konerko-for-Cameron deal. My first post was in defense of Paulie, in a manner of speaking:
http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=10380

I think Cameron is a good ballplayer, but stats aren't always good when asking a question like this. If Cameron were playing at Comiskey, all would be different. If you were to change the slightest thing in history, it would start a chain reaction. For example, if Louis Go[n]zalez would have called time before the pitch that won the D-Backs the Series, he may have then popped up. You never know.
And Daver's response...
Welcome Aboard. :redneck
Here I am, 2,580 posts later, thankful to have been part of the WSI family for more than 6 of its ten years in existence!
:cheers: :gulp:

ElevenUp
12-03-2008, 10:42 AM
WSI came up as a link during my Google search for Tadahito Iguchi when KW signed him. This is one of the reasons why Iguchi will always be near and dear to me.

ajismyhero
12-04-2008, 12:20 PM
Thanksgiving 2005 after Kenny traded Rowand for Thome. I was in full on White Sox clipping papers into a scrapbook for the WS and was so distressed that the team wouldn't stay as one that I needed a place to vent.

soxrepublican
12-05-2008, 05:28 PM
Memories of 10 years..... I have been glancing through this site for years and decided to search back to 2002-03. Voodoo became a mod. War began. It seemed like a all out board war. They didnt like all the bannings and the reasons for them, or just wanted to be complete jerkoffs,(IE nuke clevland, spiff, kempers, mike squires among others.) Then they just caused more! Any others remember this?

Lundind1
12-05-2008, 06:21 PM
Memories of 10 years..... I have been glancing through this site for years and decided to search back to 2002-03. Voodoo became a mod. War began. It seemed like a all out board war. They didnt like all the bannings and the reasons for them, or just wanted to be complete jerkoffs,(IE nuke clevland, spiff, kempers, mike squires among others.) Then they just caused more! Any others remember this?

I actually enjoy doing this sometimes when I have the free time. I will go back and look at old Roadhouse crap. I know it means dredging up the past and old animosities, but it is sometimes fun to see the way that the Mods would tell you you're banned. LOL. Over the years I saw things from simple explanations to dissertations to "hey, I've got an idea.....two weeks!!" Absolutely love it.

soxrepublican
12-05-2008, 06:27 PM
I actually enjoy doing this sometimes when I have the free time. I will go back and look at old Roadhouse crap. I know it means dredging up the past and old animosities, but it is sometimes fun to see the way that the Mods would tell you you're banned. LOL. Over the years I saw things from simple explanations to dissertations to "hey, I've got an idea.....two weeks!!" Absolutely love it.


Oh yes. Fun. But in late 2002 it was war! The hating on the mods, disrespecting them and hating the rules. Any mods have input?

Lundind1
12-05-2008, 06:30 PM
I actually found this place looking for a better way to get tickets or get rid of my extras. As funny as that sounds, it is the best way that I could insure that my tix went to real Sox fans. I lllluuuurrrrkkkeeed for a long time, then finally I just decided to start posting and contributing my 2 cents on things I felt so strongly about. I have not looked back since I began my long strange journey here long ago.

This is the greatest, most influential Sox site on the web. As sad as this sounds, without the Sox site my winter would really suck without a place to belly up to the bar and discuss some important issues with our ballclub during the offseason. I appreciate each and every encounter that I have with other die hard and even casual Sox faithful.

Thank you for giving me a place to vent. I am sure that my girlfriend appreciates it too.

GO GO White Sox.....Interactive.

Lundind1
12-05-2008, 06:35 PM
Oh yes. Fun. But in late 2002 it was war! The hating on the mods, disrespecting them and hating the rules. Any mods have input?

Well, not having been a member back then, I didn't experience all of that. All of garbage has no place here and things were taken care of. Things just have a way of working out and good people always make that happen. With the exception of a few hotbutton issues, things seem to be pretty peaceful.

I have enough garbage in my life, and WSI should not be when it is one of my, as told in Happy Gilmore "Happy Place".

I was merely stating the fact that I thought it was great how the Mods handled the mess.

soxrepublican
12-05-2008, 06:42 PM
Well, not having been a member back then, I didn't experience all of that. All of garbage has no place here and things were taken care of. Things just have a way of working out and good people always make that happen. With the exception of a few hotbutton issues, things seem to be pretty peaceful.

I have enough garbage in my life, and WSI should not be when it is one of my, as told in Happy Gilmore "Happy Place".

I was merely stating the fact that I thought it was great how the Mods handled the mess.

Oh I agree. The mods handled the mess well.

minutia
12-06-2008, 12:33 PM
I found WSI in December of 2005. My younger brother Hugh passed away very suddenly in November, and a friend forwarded me a thread where he was being discussed at some point. I think it was in conjunction with a thread about people who did not make it to see the White Sox win a World Series. I was so touched that I started poking around at some of the other discussion topics and a short time later I joined. I have to say this site has been extremely helpful durring some the Sox less than stellar moments. Helps me keep my head in the right place. Happy Anniversary!

Madscout
12-06-2008, 12:56 PM
I found it in early 2005, and I looked at it a lot during that season. I think I was in the Music Library at IU, as that was the summer that I had a really crappy apartment with no internet.

guillensdisciple
12-06-2008, 02:10 PM
Even though I have been a huge Sox fan since 2000 or so, I never had been as involved and passionate as this previous year. Something about all the new talent, and competing when we really shouldn't have made me become a White Sox fanatic.

I live in a family of Cubs fans and listening to their talk about their team last year was too much, and I needed to read and write with passionate baseball fans just like me.

This board found me while I was searching White Sox forums on Google.
One of the best finds I have ever made.

Droso5
12-06-2008, 06:49 PM
The many iterations of myself found this page a while ago. Some whose name I won't mention told me about it during a time I can't remember. I love coming here because everyone is so into stats and decimal places.

chisoxjtrain
12-06-2008, 07:13 PM
There was this teacher at Whitney Young High School who introduced me to it back in 2005. He was one of the biggest Sox fan teachers there (although I never had him), and I was known as the #1 Sox fan at school.

Chrisaway
12-07-2008, 01:04 AM
Back in 2002 a friend of a friend of mine (Scott I think his name was) gave me his WSI business card and told me used to mod here.

DaveIsHere
12-07-2008, 05:30 PM
This site came to me in a dream!!!!!!

Lukin13
12-07-2008, 06:09 PM
I came here to work on my punctuation and grammar.

Frontman
12-07-2008, 08:20 PM
I found this place in 2006, if I'm not mistaken. I came along, looking to take advantage of the web and find others who love the Sox. Actually, I think it was through a google hit.

A few mis-steps along the way in the early months, (I believe calling Hal "Tom" at one point during a heated discussion was one of my more bone-headed manuevers; with that topping my not-so-clear "I really was joking" moment about Steve Dahl; but I digress....) I figured I was not going to be around long on the board; but I've come to love this place; and have found some really genuine people here.

From some great moments (like my brother working on the remodel project at USCF) to some sad moments; you guys have been the best fans to laugh and cry and cheer and jeer with.

Because of WSI, I realized how great sports can be and how much of a fan I had become of not just the Sox but of athletics in general; especially when I have just written from the heart about it.

From my "sports glory" http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=1597095&postcount=53 post, to the "amusement park 2008" http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=2078516&postcount=76 (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=2078516&postcount=76) post;

those moments I look back on and see "hey, that was pretty cool what I wrote!" I even loved writing about the 2007 season; with all its faults. We have had some great years since Ozzie took over the reins; and it only looks to get better.

I can't wait to finally make a WSI outing and meet some folks face to face.

jamokes
12-07-2008, 09:38 PM
I was looking for a friend from the old "Sox Supporter" days and came upon this site. Great site with many helpful fellow Sox fans. Thank you!