As the World Series begins, many fans in the middle of the country (like White Sox fans) may feel left out because they don’t have a team to root for in the East Coast – West Cost match-up.
The middle of the country is not represented, and this may leave fans of the White Sox unsure of where to put their allegiance for this year’s Fall Classic.
However, I think that White Sox fans should root for former team ace Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox. If Sale pitches well that doesn’t mean that the White Sox have lost the trade.
The ChiSox winning the trade is contingent on how well the players they acquired perform in their careers, namely – Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, and Luis Alexander Basabe – not on Sale performing badly.
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Just because the trade may be a good one for the Red Sox – Sale leading them to the world series would be a good test of that – doesn’t mean the trade cannot end up being good for both teams. If White Sox fans want their team to “win” the trade – they should root for the future success of Moncada and Kopech – not against Sale.
Also if the Dodgers lose the series, it increases the likelihood that they won’t resign Manny Machado, increasing the odds of the White Sox signing him – albeit only slightly – given that they aren’t currently the favorites to sign him, according to MLB.com.
Furthermore the ChiSox and Red Sox have a lot in common, besides being named after socks of course. Both teams are original members of the American League as it began in 1901. Both teams had long droughts without winning the world series that ended in the 2000’s. Both teams have played the Dodgers in the World Series – the Pale Hose losing to them in 1959. And of course, both teams have had Chris Sale pitch as an ace for them.
Another important note is that when the Red Sox won the world series 100 years ago in 1918 – the ChiSox appeared in it the very next year, although nowadays we might hope for a different result in the series. When the Red Sox won the world series in 2004, the ChiSox won in 2005. Here’s hoping that history can continue to repeat itself.