By John Stillman ‘19
Ever since I was born, I have always loved my sports teams. Whether it is the Chicago Blackhawks or New England Patriots, I always have had unwavering support for my team.
There is one team and two colors, however, that I love more than any other.
I bleed black and white.
I love the Chicago White Sox more than any other team in sports. From the 2005 World Series, to this previous year’s 100 loss season, I have never supported any other MLB team.
That is coming from someone who is not the most loyal fan in every sport. For those of you who don’t know me, I’ll admit it; I’m not the most loyal fan when it comes to NCAA football.
Despite my love for the White Sox, I have had it with the continued disappointment of the team. The organization has not made the playoffs since 2008 and despite the promising farm system, I have lost faith in the front office and ownership.
The recent events surrounding Manny Machado’s decision have been nothing but humiliating. The White Sox have become a laughingstock in baseball. The White Sox are, right now, nothing but the second team in the Second City.
The Reinsdorf family has brought much joy to the city of Chicago. They have brought six titles to the city with the Bulls and ended the 88-year drought with the White Sox. As they say though, all great things must come to an end.
It is time to sell the White Sox, Mr. Reinsdorf.
White Sox fan Pat Flynn agrees: “It’s time for a new era on the southside. The ownership needs to go.”
The White Sox are in need of an overhaul to help propel the team back to relevance. With a market as large as Chicago, they are a marketing dream. Plus, it does not hurt to have a young team with an elite farm system that is ready to juggernaut in the upcoming years.
Use the Los Angeles Dodgers as an example. Ever since their new ownership group took over in 2012, they have won their division every year besides their transition year in 2012. The new ownership brought a fresh vibe to the table by spending big money and making aggressive trades. They have also reignited the Dodgers to back-to-back World Series appearances the past two years.
Now if the White Sox are to go out and sign Bryce Harper in the next coming week(s), please disregard this article. The occurrence of that happening, though, is extremely unlikely, but stranger things have happened.
I love the Chicago White Sox and while I am thankful for what the Reinsdorf ownership group has done for the most loyal and best fans in baseball, I firmly believe it is in best interest for the organization to go up for sale.
Let’s turn the chapter, White Sox fans, and let’s party like it’s 2005 all over again.