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Fenway
11-15-2011, 05:09 PM
Ok it is Bleacher Report :rolleyes:

but here is who they picked for the White Sox

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/936674-every-mlb-franchises-biggest-cult-hero-ever/page/7

and the Flubs

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/936674-every-mlb-franchises-biggest-cult-hero-ever/page/21

Nellie_Fox
11-15-2011, 05:15 PM
Banks for the Cubs; Nellie or the Hurt for the Sox.

Noneck
11-15-2011, 05:33 PM
Banks for the Cubs; Nellie or the Hurt for the Sox.

I thought as you until I saw selections for other teams. The term cult hero comes into play here. When I see Fidrych for the Tigers over Cobb and Kaline, I have to wonder what this is all about.

And Jackie Robinson not the cult hero of the Dodgers?

PalehosePlanet
11-15-2011, 07:56 PM
For cult hero I would go with Dick Allen, Minnie Minoso or Joe Crede.

Crede was an unlikely hero in 2005 and became a huge fan favorite even though he was never a great player.

Minnie Minoso was brought back to the team and got a hit at the age of 50.

And Dick Allen, with all of the lore and stories told about him in his three years here, also fits the bill of cult hero.

SI1020
11-15-2011, 08:50 PM
I feel like an idiot for looking this up. I hate bleacherreport.

ChicagoG19
11-15-2011, 08:51 PM
http://www.allposters.com/IMAGES/PHO/AAGP115.jpg

guillensdisciple
11-15-2011, 08:59 PM
Not even close

Adam Dunn

SoxSpeed22
11-15-2011, 09:08 PM
I wouldn't consider hall of fame players, or media magnets like Ozzie, cult heroes. I think either Crede or Rowand are true cult heroes, since they have a following among the local fans, but nowhere else.

Brian26
11-15-2011, 09:48 PM
When I see Fidrych for the Tigers over Cobb and Kaline, I have to wonder what this is all about.

And Jackie Robinson not the cult hero of the Dodgers?

When I think "cult hero", I'm thinking quirky, perhaps undeserved, nonsensical love-affair with a player.

Fidrych makes perfect sense for the Tigers. Jackie is so much more meaningful than that in Dodgers history.

For the Sox, Crede would be a good choice....maybe Minnie or Kittle too.

HomeFish
11-15-2011, 11:57 PM
Rowand was at one point worshipped by an actual messianic cult that used this very forum as its holy place. That counts for something.

TommyJohn
11-16-2011, 12:43 AM
When I think "cult hero", I'm thinking quirky, perhaps undeserved, nonsensical love-affair with a player.

Fidrych makes perfect sense for the Tigers. Jackie is so much more meaningful than that in Dodgers history.

For the Sox, Crede would be a good choice....maybe Minnie or Kittle too.

I agree with this definition-a cult hero isn't someone like Thomas or Minnie, it is someone who wasn't really that good (or good for a short period of time) that had a huge or loyal fan following. Joe Charbonneau of the Indians come to mind as a cult hero. I would say Aaron Rowand fits the definition as well.

SOXPHILE
11-16-2011, 10:49 AM
Intersting that the cult heroes for the Cubs and Brewers are announcers, and not players or coaches. Funny too because Harry Carey was a cult hero for the Sox before going over to the north side, and a long time Cardinals announcer even before that (Shhhhh !!! Don't tell that to Cubs Game Fans ! It's just not true !!)

I was thinking the Cubs would have someone else listed as their cult hero:

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRz4wjZQ_yxdc2QbiTsyY6Cb_rhDko6s WmjGy_z85krJ-oZzqDVlA

Noneck
11-16-2011, 10:49 AM
When I think "cult hero", I'm thinking quirky, perhaps undeserved, nonsensical love-affair with a player.

Fidrych makes perfect sense for the Tigers. Jackie is so much more meaningful than that in Dodgers history.

For the Sox, Crede would be a good choice....maybe Minnie or Kittle too.

I see where you are coming from but then why Gehrig for the yanks?

SephClone89
11-16-2011, 11:18 AM
I see where you are coming from but then why Gehrig for the yanks?

Because it's Bleacher Report.

Chez
11-16-2011, 11:33 AM
When I think of the tern "cult heroes" I think of players who received a disproportionate amount of love/attention from fans in relation to their abilities. For the Sox, the ones which came to my mind immediately were Shingo, Pablo Ozuna, Warren Newson, Paco Martin, Walt Williams and Smokey Burgess.

spawn
11-16-2011, 12:04 PM
Once again, Brian Anderson gets screwed by Ozzie.

Noneck
11-16-2011, 12:05 PM
When I think of the tern "cult heroes" I think of players who received a disproportionate amount of love/attention from fans in relation to their abilities. For the Sox, the ones which came to my mind immediately were Shingo, Pablo Ozuna, Warren Newson, Paco Martin and Walt Williams.

I think The Cisco Kid, Francisco Carlos, but he was so short lived.

Dibbs
11-16-2011, 12:39 PM
I think Rowand would be a top choice. I may have actually been an outer tier member of that cult. I liked Rowand a lot.

Chez
11-16-2011, 12:41 PM
I think The Cisco Kid, Francisco Carlos, but he was so short lived.

Good call. I saw him throw a gem in the second game of a DH (I believe against Boston) in 1967.

SI1020
11-16-2011, 01:09 PM
Good call. I saw him throw a gem in the second game of a DH (I believe against Boston) in 1967. It seems like it could be this game. He didn't get the decision but he pitched well.


http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1967/B08252CHA1967.htm

TommyGavinFloyd
11-16-2011, 01:19 PM
I'll throw a nod to Geoff Blum.

Oblong
11-16-2011, 02:13 PM
Perhaps non fans make better judges? As a non Sox fan I'd go with Crede. We called him Satan. It was a compliment.

Noneck
11-16-2011, 03:54 PM
Good call. I saw him throw a gem in the second game of a DH (I believe against Boston) in 1967.

It seems like it could be this game. He didn't get the decision but he pitched well.


http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1967/B08252CHA1967.htm


This SI cover has always been stuck in my mind.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/cover/featured/8066/index.htm

TheVulture
11-17-2011, 11:11 AM
Rowand was at one point worshipped by an actual messianic cult that used this very forum as its holy place. That counts for something.

Rowand cleared me of my thetans. Now I anxiously await our alien overlords. Thank you, most honorable Aaron