Hey guys, it’s your favorite man of questionable character with a random musing that I am sure will piss off a section of the fan base. As I sit here typing this there are approximately 28 ½ days until the White Sox return to our home on the South Side. I say our home because it is not only the home of the White Sox, but it is also the second home to many fans, myself included.
I was listening to the most recent “Sox in The Basement” podcast with Chris Lanuti. Dave was out sick, so we send wishes for a speedy recovery. During the course of the podcast there was an interview with @soxnerd to talk about the upcoming season. One of the questions asked by Chris was whether or not the old scoreboard opening, aka the Pirates of the Caribbean open, will return. The answer by @soxnerd was that he did not know, which makes sense.
LET IT FUCKING GO! It was from 2005 – 2010, roughly. Its time has passed.
I do not dislike this opening; in fact, I really like it. The reason I like it is because it reminds me of great times at the ballpark in the 2005 – 2010 era. The issue I have with this is linked to the overall issue I have with the way the Sox have conducted business for years and the fact that a certain set of Sox fans are OK with this. For years, the Sox have operated in the same 1980’s model in regard to roster creation, player acquisition, and marketing which is reliance on an antiquated business model that tries to emphasize the past by playing off the few good seasons they have had. This no longer works. My evidence is their record (below .500 since 2013) as well as declining attendance, TV ratings, and fan interest. What good memories do we have from this last decade? What is there to sell? With that said I cannot believe that a certain set of fans want the open from 2005 because they won the World Series that year. I understand that this is THE highlight moment for Sox fans, myself included, but it is time to move on.
This is a new generation of White Sox baseball, one that we hope will create countless new and happy memories. As such, shouldn’t we open our minds to allow them to have their own open, who knows, MAYBE YOU’LL LIKE IT!!!
I have had people tell me that the open charged up the team and made them ready to play. I hope that the people who told me this see the real problem with this statement. If they needed an intro to get them ready to play, there were much bigger issues, which most fans saw for years. For each person who says 2005 and / or 2008, I say what about 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010? What happened in those years?
Again, I enjoyed the open. I really did, but 2005 was 15 fucking years ago. Let’s quit living in the past and look to the future. The organization is finally changing their business model, slower than I would like but changing none the less. Will it work? I do not know, but I can’t wait for the ride, especially with a NEW OPEN.