Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005
When the facts contradict the legend, print the legend.
This Sports Illustrated writer/blogger is absolutely clueless.
The White Sox were “number 1″ on his recent list of the “Top five worst teams to root for.”
Though they haven’t won the World Series since 1917, the Sox can’t win for losing. The Cubs, who have been title-less almost as long, are lovable, the Sox are overlooked. The Cubs have Wrigley, the Sox have a character-less barn. The Cubs had Harry Caray, the Sox have Ken Harrelson.
This journalistic cretin is living in the past. The Cubs aren’t “lovable.” They’ve so jumped the shark. You can only play people for chumps for so long, and last year was the worst yet. Good idea forcing Steve Stone out just because he told the truth about what a bunch of pathetic losers that team was last year.
The team’s fan base is mostly comprised of suburban tourists who go to the stadium for the “experience.” The truth is, Wrigley Field is a crumbling dump that ought to be bulldozed into Lake Michigan before somebody gets hurt. Sox Park is spacious and clean, and the ownership has done a good job lately of remodeling what was admittedly a drab stadium (apparently, SI has no travel budget).
And Harry Caray is dead. I liked him, too, but he’s gone to that great press box in the sky. What do they have now? A couple of colorless nobodies who can’t speak their minds because of what happened to their predecessors last year (although the team’s radio play-by-play guy is the best in the business). Hawk has his problems, sure, but he’s a living legend, not a dead one.
Has this sports writer actually watched a White Sox game this year? They are, right now, one of the most exciting teams in baseball.
What an idiot.
(PS: I don’t really hate the Cubs or Wrigley that much. “Most hyperbole inserted for effect.” I do, however, absolutely despise hack writers who refuse to notice when the world changes.)