It’s been a while since I’ve written here. I’m sorry for that. Life happens, and this is all just for fun. Going to try to be more active on the writing side of things here.
The Sox sure have given us lots to write and talk about lately. It seems in 2019, two years after starting their complete rebuild, the White Sox are showing true signs of life at the big league level. It’s fun to watch, and also excruciating, as the weight of winning begins to slowly settle upon us.
I love it. I crave it. We need it.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately. As the Sox continue to get better, dreams keep entering my head of what could be. Dreams of wins, walkoffs, packed stadiums, high leverage playoff situations, anxiously watching on the couch forgetting to breathe.
One thought that’s entered my mind in the last few weeks is about how the White Sox have never truly had a “Golden Era” as a franchise.
You look around sports and almost every franchise can point to a “Golden Era” in their history, an extended period of success and consistent winning.
Around these parts we’ve lived through a Bulls and Hawks golden era, and unfortunately are currently living through a golden era up on the north side.
But when you look at the Sox it’s hard to identify a true golden era in their history.
Their successes in the beginning of the 20th century were marred by the Black Sox scandal. World Series titles in 1917 and 1919 could have qualified, but alas the latter didn’t happen. You hate to see it.
The 1959 AL champion Go-Go White Sox were an incredible team that fell short, and were also not part of an extended period of competing for a pennant.
The Sox lost a lot over the next four decades. Their general haplessness brightened by breakout years in 1983 and 1993 where they were a series away from playing for a World Series. Then the strike in ’94 ended aspirations to return to the ALCS. The 2000 Sox ran into a Mariners buzz saw.
Then of course we have 2005. The greatest team and greatest season this franchise and fanbase has ever seen. World Champions. For the first time in 88 years.
Coming off the title, another successful 90-win team in 2006 somehow missed the playoffs, a 2008 ALDS exit, and that was it. For the last 11 years – nothing.
All of that to say in over 100 seasons the Sox haven’t truly enjoyed a golden era. A stretch of many years where the team has competed for a World Series and been true playoff contenders doesn’t exist.
As I look to the north and see what the Cubs have built, what sticks out to me is just the overall feeling of having a team that is competing and expects to be in the playoffs every year. They’ve had it for the past five years, and it looks like the absolute best feeling ever – to be living through your team’s golden era.
The silverlining for us? Looking at this Sox organization, top to bottom, and seeing that there is a legitimate chance for us to be living through the very first golden era of White Sox baseball very soon. It makes me excited. Believing that we are hopefully going to be living through the same feelings soon.
It’s right there in front of our noses. Making us wait impatiently to dream again.