The Chicago White Sox are a good baseball team right now. However, they haven’t been that good for a very long time. In fact, they haven’t been very good in most seasons since the turn of the century. They are hoping that they can assert themselves as one of the dominant franchises in sports.
One player who knew a lot about domination was Tom Brady. He became the greatest team sports athlete of all time over the last 22 years of his NFL career. On Tuesday, he officially announced his retirement from the National Football League.
Tom was also a very good baseball player before making a career as the GOAT. He was the last active player that was drafted by the Montreal Expos. In addition to that, he had seven Super Bowl championships with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, three league MVPs, and multiple other accolades that solidified him as the greatest.
Tom made his first career start on September 30th, 2001. It was a huge 44-13 win over the Indianapolis Colts as Tom was in to replace Drew Bledsoe. He went 13/23 for 168 yards. He did not throw a single touchdown pass in the blowout victory but he also didn’t throw an interception.
On that same day, the Chicago White Sox had a win over the Kansas City Royals. As you can see, the lineup that day was something else. Both Paul Konerko and Frank Thomas were missing but they did have Joe Crede, Magglio Ordonez, and Carlos Lee in the mix amongst a few others.
One thing that is funny is that Jose Canseco is in the lineup batting fourth as the designated hitter. That is an era that a lot of people might not remember too well. This lineup is very fun to look at and remember.
Things have changed a lot for the Chicago White Sox during Tom Brady’s career.
The White Sox have sure come a long way since Brady’s first career NFL game. They have since won the World Series which was something people only dreamed of back in 2001. A few of the guys in this lineup made an impact on the World Series team which is cool but a lot of work was done.
In the late 2010s, while Tom was still winning a lot for the Pats/Bucs, the White Sox declared a big-time rebuild and have done it flawlessly. Now, they look like a team that should be able to contend for many years.
Tom Brady deserves a lot of respect. We can only hope that any of these Sox players grow to become half as good at baseball as he was at football. If they do, there are some good times ahead.