The time has come my friends, tonight we all lose. Either the Indians (a hated division rival) break a multiple decade streak, or those damn northsiders will finally have something to celebrate other than their perfect attendance. Sorry Sox fans, unlike the 1985 Bears championship, our total dominance in 2005 will soon be forgotten (and one can make a case that it already has) by the lazy media and half the city of Chicago. Don’t fret though, 11-1 is always gonna be in the record books, baseball fans will never forget and us Sox fans will carry that torch till we win it again. So tonight wear your Sox jersey proud as it might be the last time we can celebrate that magical season without hearing a northsider him and haw about how they have 3 rings now too! And how they did it in dramatic fashion.
Which, as a side note if it does happen that way, is nothing to be proud of. Facing the brink of elimination to make your guys give you the best they have isn’t the sign of a great team. Wining the World Series in any amount of games is a great accomplishment, don’t get me wrong, but if it happens tonight Cubs fans, doing it in 7 after being down 3-1 doesn’t make it any more magical.
Tonight should be a wake up call to the Sox organization. Since 2005, 5 AL Central teams have been in the World Series. Hell, if you just look at recent history, 2012 till 2016 4 out of the 5 AL teams have been from the AL Central. That alone should make us want to compete, which it looks form the casual observer that we are, but we all know the deal. Seems like when we do spend money, it’s on guys who we shouldn’t have. And the guys who we should spend money on, we don’t. Its just odd that we will take a risk on James Shields (Dunn, LaRoche), but won’t put out the scratch to get a big name free agent.
This team has no identity, between our two big stars, one has hissy fits and acts like a child, the other can’t speak english. Nothing wrong with that mind you, but there is no leader. We haven’t had a leader since AJ left, and if you don’t believe that, look at our defense in 2013. Best in all of baseball in 2012, 2013 we just sucked. So we need to get someone to sack up and lead this team. Will it happen? Not sure there is anyone here that can do that. I had hopes for Eaton, or Frazier, but they came into a situation with Sale and Abreu being the guys that should be the leaders and I am sure that is awkward. Plus, seeing how many people that have been blocked by Frazier on Twitter, not sure how that guy could lead anyways. I would tweet him about it, but yup you guessed it, offering to buy him a drink when he first signed with the team got me blocked. No biggie.
Our organization doesn’t have the stones to do a complete rebuild, and from listening to some of the fans, I am not sure that the reason is valid. I’ve heard from several people that the Sox couldn’t afford to do it as the remaining fans would just check out. Which, 1- I don’t know how it could get worse and 2 – Us true fans would rather being watching L’s with youngsters trying to get better other than the older guys. It feel like the Sox have been half in and half out on everything and that just doesn’t work. Cubs looked like shit for years, but it paid off. Would it go that way for us too? Don’t know. I doubt it, but we can try? What we are doing now isn’t working either, so let’s develop some talent and get some of these guys that are good to some better teams so they have a shot to win one.
Alot of our moves for new guys seem rather stale, shit we’ve seen before. Is it time to shake up the front office? Develop some new ideas? Have a new plan of attack? HELL YES, HELL YES, HELL YES. I like loyalty, I live my life by it, I trust people based on it, but you have to have results, which we just don’t get. So why are we loyal to people that aren’t getting the job done? That’s fucking wrong.
I hope tonight while we watch a team that is a division rival or a created rival due to proximity (and jackwagon fans), win a title that we should have contended for, someone on 35th and Shields decides that enough is enough. That .500 isn’t good enough. That we’ll catch up with the rest of the AL Central. That we’ll make the moves to win another one. That our loyal fanbase deserves better. That just showing up doesn’t cut it any longer. That they won’t accept losing anymore.
So while the world is watching another curse or streak get broken, take some time and don your Sox jersey and remember that moment in 2005 when we were on top. That night we SWEPT the World Series. It really doesn’t seem that long ago, but watching other teams just pass us by without a fight from our organization is hard, really hard. We’ll get there again Sox fans, believe me. Have a Lite and a smile.
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