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Old 09-17-2013, 01:59 PM
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Default Sox Article on Deadspin.

http://deadspin.com/meaningless-mean...bas-1331509794

Pretty decent read.

My fave paragraph-

This comes up because the sad, frustrating, and endearing thing about the White Sox is that they generally do things the right way, and yet things never quite come out right for them. They're loyal but not sentimental, prudent but willing to take a calculated risk, and really they spend more than they should, when you consider that the Cubs draw from the better off parts of town and the wealthy suburbs, leaving the Sox a market that looks a lot more like some dying locus of Rust Belt ruin porn than a fantastically rich center of global commodity trading and such. They make good moves on the free-agent market, like signing Adam Dunn; they draft polished players, like Gordon Beckham; and they import talented internationals, like Alexei Ramirez—and all being sound bets, they all end up ****ing up. This is a team that's had a few chances and just flat missed, and not really because of anything anyone running the club did wrong. Sometimes players don't do what you think they'll do.


I have been quiet this year for a couple of reasons, mostly getting a new job, as it was very time consuming to do a blog like I did last year. I decided at the start of the year that I wasn't going to do it and I am really happy that I did. It's been a long year. I know at least one of you guys here didn't miss it at all.

Yesterday I went to my 47th (or 48th, I might have missed one) game of the season. While I was crossing the bridge from the green line, I felt a little sad that the season was coming to an end. With as awful as this team has played, it can't get much worse. I don't expect a huge turn around next year, but there will not be the massive letdown like there was this year.

And if you are wondering, yes, I could have easily have done just as many games this year for far less than I paid last year (53 games for $400. This year you could have done what I did, bought the tickets at the box office, for $371). I didn't keep track of my ticket prices this year, but mostly have sat in the uppers for the majority of the games.

Go Sox.
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:10 PM
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I thought it was a pretty good read, and I was going to post it here before I saw your thread. Most deadspin articles that mention the White Sox do it only to crap on them.
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:23 PM
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Pretty good read.

I guess this will be the first season in a number of years in which I fail to get to one game.
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:04 PM
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Most deadspin articles that mention the White Sox do it only to crap on them.
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:10 PM
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It was a really good read. He's right on the money with ownership's loyalty and an organization full of ex-players. He's also makes a good observation about how the Sox mythologize their own unimpressive history. That really does describe this team and fan base very well.

I do, however, have some disagreements with a few statements made in the article:

1. Gordon Beckham is not proof that the Sox draft polished players. He was one of the few exceptions in nearly a decade of brutally bad draft picks....and it's not like he's turned out to be an all-star. All those Josh Fields and Lance Broadway picks weren't all just bad luck picks. Things might be turning around the past few years with Sale and others, but many of those guys are still making their way through the minors.

2. I wouldn't say that the Sox have done a great job of "importing talented internationals." Alexei, again, is the exception of what has happened over the last decade or so.

3. He says "really they spend more than they should". That is nonsense. I seriously doubt JR & Co. ever lost money on this team. I think the Sox have put a decent amount of money into payroll in recent years. I'm not disputing that. But, I don't agree with the idea that they "spend more than they should".
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Old 09-17-2013, 06:53 PM
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I could nit-pick, but I'm not going to complain about a 2500 word article on a national sporting site written about the Sox any year, let alone the worst one in recent memory.

I loved this:
"8b.) A Premier League side run this way would be taken to by lots of Americans mistaking willfulness for authenticity."
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This comes up because the sad, frustrating, and endearing thing about the White Sox is that they generally do things the right way, and yet things never quite come out right for them. They're loyal but not sentimental, prudent but willing to take a calculated risk, and really they spend more than they should, when you consider that the Cubs draw from the better off parts of town and the wealthy suburbs, leaving the Sox a market that looks a lot more like some dying locus of Rust Belt ruin porn than a fantastically rich center of global commodity trading and such. They make good moves on the free-agent market, like signing Adam Dunn; they draft polished players, like Gordon Beckham; and they import talented internationals, like Alexei Ramirez—and all being sound bets, they all end up ****ing up. This is a team that's had a few chances and just flat missed, and not really because of anything anyone running the club did wrong. Sometimes players don't do what you think they'll do.
That has to be the most eloquent summary of what it's like to be a Sox fan I've ever read
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