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DVG
02-11-2002, 11:08 PM
AAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! I swear if I read
another thing by Dan Helpingstine I'm going to break out my
razor blades and end it all! First, his book. A great read, well
written, but it has me absolutely convinced that the Sox are not
long for Chicago. Now that article. Ungh.

This is not meant as an attack on the man himself. I met Dan
at Sox fest and he was a gentleman. But, my God. After reading the book and the article, I sure could use a couple of happy pills.

DVG
02-11-2002, 11:28 PM
By the way, Dan if you read this, permit me to make a few sugg-
estions for your next book. Make it about the Cubs. Write with
sad solemnity mixed with irreverent humor about what it's like
to be a Cub fan through all the trials and travails of the past 30
years. Groan piteously at the mere mention of the 1969 season.
Wax poetical about the pretty plants on the outfield wall. Toss
in some nostalgic lines about being in Wrigley the day Rennie
Stennet went 7 for 7 as the Pirates bombed the Cubs 22-0. Be
sure to include a chapter about how Sammy's 1998 season
saved humanity from itself. This is a can't miss best-seller.

Of course, you may not like to do it as you are not a Cub fan.
However, if you expect a response or review from Mariotti or
any other Chicago media outlet, that's what's it's going to take.

PaleHoseGeorge
02-12-2002, 05:48 PM
Originally posted by DVG
....Of course, you may not like to do it as you are not a Cub fan.
However, if you expect a response or review from Mariotti or
any other Chicago media outlet, that's what's it's going to take.

Interesting point. The Chicago-area bookshelves are literally filled with sappy books written by ham-fisted writers, waxing poetic about the bittersweet glory of being a Cubs fan. I'm not sure how much publicity these books get from the Chicago media, but the mere fact there are so many of them tells me there is a market for such drivel.

Precisely what sort of book written by a Sox Fan especially for an audience of Sox Fans would get any attention--either in the media or from Chicago-area booksellers? I'm stumped. Even Richard Lindberg's White Sox Encyclopedia got less hype (and shelf space) than the identical Chicago Cubs Encyclopedia.

Hey, if a Sox Fan can't be self-righteous at White Sox Interactive, where else can they be?

:giangreco
"Not on my show!"