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    21 Years!

    Thank you. I love hearing/reading stories like yours about several generations of Sox fans attending games together. Whenever I'm at the ballpark, one of the first things I do is look around for children and their families. Seeing little ones decked out in Sox gear always makes me smile. It reminds me that the Sox fanbase will indeed continue to grow and prosper; this is something that makes me very happy.
    Posted 04-04-2012 at 06:22 AM by October26 October26 is offline
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    ChiSoxGirl's Avatar

    21 Years!

    What a great entry! The parallels you drew from your daughter to our beloved ballpark were interesting to read about. Sadly, I was only ever at Comiskey Park once - in 1987 - and have very vague memories of the night I spent there in a skybox with my family for my grandma's 65th birthday. However, I'm fortunate to have amazing, unforgettable memories of the new Comiskey Park and hope to continue adding to them in the years to come.
    Posted 04-03-2012 at 09:04 PM by ChiSoxGirl ChiSoxGirl is offline
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    21 Years!

    Thank you. Your analogy is both relevant and thought-provoking. As parents, we are privileged to witness the growth and development of our children. Together, we travel on this journey called life where we encounter joy and sorrow. It is important to take time to celebrate reaching those milestones deemed memorable and noteworthy. Birthdays especially provide us with the opportunity to reminisce as well as create new memories along the way.

    As you so eloquently stated, USCF has undergone a metamorphosis from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan. When the ballpark opened, it was a painful reminder of a failed design. Certainly the renovations played a key part in altering our perceptions, but I also believe the 2005 World Series Championship White Sox did much to ease our pain. While the Championship was won in Houston, there were many memorable moments which took place at USCF. Today, those memories along with the WS Banners and WS Trophy grace our beautiful ballpark.

    I hope that USCF will host many future ALDS/ALCS/World Series games and that we are fortunate enough to see the White Sox win another World Series.
    Posted 04-03-2012 at 06:29 PM by October26 October26 is offline
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    21 Years!

    It's fascinating that your daughter is a living metaphor for the ballpark. So many parallels between a person's years and those of USCF.

    All of us in childhood were raw, unpolished, and bore no scars or calluses gained from experience. In adolescence we were uncertain, awkward, and prone to gaffes. In adulthood our bearing suggests that we belong in the place we are, and if not, we make changes to assure that we belong.

    The ballpark went through the same stages. Those first few years it had no personality as we sat in plastic seats among freshly-set concrete. By the early '90s it bumbled along with some changes in seating and amenities that didn't stick. And now it's matured into a comfortable state after making the changes that assured that it belongs where it does.

    The sheen of newness is gone. That's good because newness has no stories to tell. As is clear about your daughter, the ballpark has gracefully grown and matured.
    Posted 04-03-2012 at 12:56 PM by tebman tebman is offline
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    Food for Thought

    manders!

    Now I understand why you and I connected instantly - we have both been Sox fans forever! Well, me longer than you but who's counting?

    And I think it's great that your dad taught you to love the Sox. So did mine. :smile:

    I laughed when you said in your post that you would get into fights about who was the better team and wanted to show who you were rooting for. This was me as well! As I said in the blog entry, there was not much logo merchandise available for purchase back when I was a kid. One time I remember cutting the Sox logo out of the newspaper and taping it to my notebook. I thought I was so cool. :cool:
    Posted 03-03-2012 at 03:16 PM by October26 October26 is offline
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    Food for Thought

    I come from a large family (re: my dad has 44 first cousins on my grandpa's side) that is predominately Cubs fans (they really don't like my FB profile pic in our family group :D:). But my dad has always been a Sox fan. There was never a time I ever thought about being anything but a Sox fan. That was the baseball that was on in the house so that was my baseball.

    Nothing specific but something that I could wear to school to show I was a Sox fan. My cousin (from my grandma's side, lots more Sox fans over there) and I, both Sox fans to this day, were in the same class and were the only Sox fans. We'd get into fights about who was the better team. So I always wanted something that showed who I was rooting for.

    I have many items I've gotten from my WSI Secret Santa's that I really love and appreciate. I also have a zippy hoodie with the WS patch on it that I love but is now so huge on me. I'll never get rid of it though.
    Posted 03-02-2012 at 10:18 PM by manders_01 manders_01 is offline
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    Daydreaming

    16 days? Feb 22nd? Woo-hoo - can't wait!

    [B][I]LEGEND (my emotions)[/I][/B]
    Presently - :(:
    Late February/March/Spring Training games - :smile:
    Sox Opening Day/Weekend - :bliss::wooty:

    Seriously, thank you very much for your kind words. They mean so much to me, especially coming from a great Sox fan like you. You already know that I hold you in high regard and admire your devotion to our Sox. And now I'm looking forward to seeing you and the rest of our White Sox brothers and sisters at Sox games this summer in the playground known as U.S. Cellular Field. Go Sox!
    Posted 02-08-2012 at 08:44 AM by October26 October26 is offline
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    Daydreaming

    Wow! Great blog entry! You eloquently said what so many of us are feeling at this time of the year.

    And, by the way, pitchers and catchers report in 16 days.
    Posted 02-07-2012 at 08:43 PM by ChiSoxGirl ChiSoxGirl is offline
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    Food for Thought

    tebman,

    I enjoyed reading your post. And you're absolutely right, that Bill Veeck exploding scoreboard was something else. I remember the feeling of excitement that would overcome me every single time I walked up the stairs onto the lower deck at Old Comiskey Park and looked up and saw those pinwheels. And when the scoreboard exploded, lookout, I was like a kid in a candy store! :bliss:

    Like you, I am also a White Sox pack rat. Funny how I can easily part with old items I no longer use, but my husband will ask me to throw out a 1975 Sox program book/scorecard and that conversation is immediately over. The older I get the more I realize, however, that my "historical Sox artifacts" have value only to me. And that's okay. As I type this, I'm looking at an autographed photo of Billy Pierce, which brings a smile to my face along with the wonderful memory of the day that I met Billy. :D:
    Posted 01-16-2012 at 05:51 PM by October26 October26 is offline
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    Food for Thought

    My dad and my older sister were both Sox fans. He because of his industrial-workplace experience, she because she had a crush on Nellie Fox. I became a bigger fan than either of them and I don't know why, except that baseball rings a bell in me that other sports don't, and I was a sucker for Bill Veeck's exploding scoreboard.

    I'm not a collector as much as a pack rat. I keep (or try to keep) baseball-related stuff and I've got several boxes in my basement with scorecards, programs, magazines, ticket stubs, and other paper goods. Pennants, bobbleheads, and other stuff occupy space on shelves. My wife thinks it's clutter; I think it's a priceless collection of historical artifacts that generations hence will study carefully and hold in treasured esteem. Or not.
    Posted 01-16-2012 at 11:00 AM by tebman tebman is offline
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    Food for Thought

    Daver,

    I enjoyed reading the story about your uncle (it's wonderful) and how he played such a key role in you becoming a Sox fan.

    It's also interesting to read your perspective on memorabilia and I appreciate that we're different types of people in that regard. I have a small alcove in the second floor of my house where I keep all of my White Sox treasures. I wish I could say that it is something spectacular, but it's not. It is simply my collection of Sox stuff. My favorite item is a scrapbook I made of my family & I celebrating each milestone the Sox reached in October 2005.

    I see that you are the Administrator for WSI. Thank you, again, from the bottom of my heart for everything you do to keep this wonderful website running for everyone. I appreciate it!
    Posted 01-13-2012 at 08:20 AM by October26 October26 is offline
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    Food for Thought

    No one in my immediate family liked baseball besides me, I played it, my uncle, who was trying to help a single parent home by watching the kids in the evening got me hooked on the White Sox.

    I'm not a big fan of team merchandise, I don't collect it, and give away the things that I do run across to actual collectors.

    I have an authentic 2005 Man Soo Lee jersey that was an anniversary gift from my wife, it is the only memorabilia I own aside from a few t-shirts that I wear for work.
    Posted 01-13-2012 at 12:10 AM by Daver Daver is offline



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