The Chicago White Sox are disrespected by ESPN once again when they weren’t even acknowledged in the 30 for 30, “Long Gone Summer”.
The Chicago White Sox are a franchise used to being disrespected by the national media. The people that cover them here in Chicago love them very much but beyond that, they are less of a national brand. That comes despite being one of the older more storied franchises in all of baseball playing in one of the world’s largest metropolis’. The latest example came in a brand new ESPN 30 For 30.
“Long Gone Summer” is the latest disrespecting moment that the White Sox have seen. “The Last Dance” did a good job covering Michael Jordan’s time with the White Sox but let’s be honest, that movie was ten times better than this one anyway. This one that aired this past Sunday night showcased the home run chase between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa during the 1998 season.
It went through the early parts of their respective careers which was cool to see, but they completely ignored the fact that Sammy got to the Chicago Cubs because he was traded to the North Side by the Chicago White Sox. He only played on the White Sox for a few years but they completely disregarded that part of his career when telling the story.
Now, lots of Cubs fans are mad because they barely covered Sammy in the first place. It did feel like a Mark McGwire documentary featuring Sammy Sosa which is pretty funny as White Sox fans but the disrespect of this team in the national media is real. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter because the modern-day White Sox is going to be better off staying out of the spotlight anyway.
Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire are viewed differently by different people across the world because of the perception that they were a big part of the steroid era. Although it may be true that Frank Thomas and Ken Griffey Jr. are way better than them but didn’t have any single seasons quite like that, it is better knowing that those guys were able to be that good without cheating and eventually end up in the Hall of Fame. This doc was okay but it would have been cool to see the White Sox at least a little bit mentioned.