Happy Thanksgiving, White Sox fans!! As we sit around the table and spend time with family and friends, we at Southside Showdown want to share how grateful we are for baseball and the best fans on the planet.
Despite the disappointing 2018 White Sox season, there are still several things that make this team great.
While it might not be commonplace to be thankful for professional sports, this team plays a big role in our lives. We write about them every day, so they are a constant presence for us. Let’s take a look at five things that makes us proud to share our thoughts and opinions about this team that has been knocking it out of the park since 1904.
#5: The game
Baseball is the best game in professional sports. Despite what pundits say about the pace of play, baseball is absolutely perfect. It doesn’t need a clock and the stats can tell a story. It’s a game of individuals, but they all play as one. It’s a game that generations can enjoy together.
#4: The players – both past and present
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We love our Sox, from the players who first wore the uniform to those who are prepping for the 2019 season. Sox fans have their favorite retired players like Paul Konerko, Frank Thomas, and Mark Buehrle. Or maybe you only favor current players like Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada, and Tim Anderson. Maybe you still follow former White Sox, like Chris Sale or Adam Eaton and Jose Quintana.
We’ve got our favorite players, too. And, we are incredibly grateful that they chose to become ballplayers and share their skills with us. We are always in awe of the men who can throw a pitch over 90 MPH and the men who can hit those pitches. We also thank them for their defensive skills and their abilities to make highlight-reel plays.
#3: Prospects on the horizon
There is something incredibly exciting about the prospects showing off their skills in the minor leagues. The anticipation of seeing Eloy Jimenez and Michael Kopech playing regularly in 2019 and 2020 gives up hope for the future.
#2: A mascot that never quits
The game may not be about the mascots, but there are clearly some that are better than others. And, Southpaw is one of them. He engages with children during the games and with other mascots in the off-season.
He looks good in his uniform and his name is perfect – as it represents left-handers and the South Side of Chicago.
#1: The best fans on the planet!
From the people who fill the seats at Guaranteed Rate Field to those who read our work on a regular basis, we appreciate all of the fans of the Chicago White Sox. We love seeing Sox gear out in the world, like we did just the other day as the most famous White Sox fan donned his hat to help the hungry.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers. We appreciate your comments on social media and the time you give reading our work. But most of all, we appreciate that you are ChiSox fans! Let’s go, White Sox!!