Chet's Corner: In Regards to Our Enemy……
I typically detest anything relating to White Sox baseball. I can’t watch it, talk about it, or even look at that terrible logo. Yet, however difficult it may be, today I will write about it. Well, not exactly, I mean, I am not going to break down stats or anything or give projections for 2012 on the south side. I guess I just noticed a few things that raised my brow.
First of all, Kosuke found a new home to the tune of $500,000 (There is an option for year two at around 3.5 million.) This is a better monetary representation of his ability in my book. I say that being a Fukudome fan. The only thing I hated about him was his windmill recoil out of the batters box on a low and away pitch. I still feel that his fundamentals are some of the best we have seen in cubbie blue over the past few years…..yes, I know this is akin to being the tallest midget.
Second of all, I love the fact that Sox fans have collectively acted like 2012 won’t be happening. I was recently at a bar talking Sox baseball with a few of my friends that “go that way” and they were acting like they did not even know who their favorite team was, or who they would be rooting for in 2012. A look back at history shows me that Sox fans, by large, do not stick by their team when the going gets tough. They tend to choose baseball abstinance. In this case, it probably doesn’t help that they are rated as one of the worst farm systems in baseball by many outlets and the cupboard is essentially bare for the future….and yes, this is coming from a Cubs fan.
Last but not least, let’s just suppose that the rumors are true regarding the Cubs playing at the Cell next year. I kind of hope this happens for two reasons and two reasons only. The first one, what if the Cubs sell out the cell regularly or at least crush the Sox attendance numbers? Two, what if, with the scheduling of more night games and playing in a more modern park, the Cubs were to get to the World Series? What type of ramifications might this have on the baseball landscape in Chicago?