One of my lots in life is to be a White Sox fan living in the New York area. With the region populated mostly by Yankees, Mets and Red Sox fans, I stick out of the crowd–if anyone even notices at all.
To most folks I’m the only White Sox fan they’ve ever met and they frequently add insult to injury by saying they know a lot of Cubs fans (ouch!). But I’ve been here since the mid-1970s and I’m used to all the insults and reactions.
It’s a huge deal for me when my Sox play in New York so I’m looking forward to this weekend’s series. I want so much for them to do well and maybe, just maybe, get some acclaim from the New York fans and media. You know, the chance to walk around the next day with a smile on my face and my head held high. Just like the recent series at the Cell when the South Siders took three out of four from the Yanks.
But the truth is, with their 26 World Series rings, the Yankees look at the Sox as just another team. I can’t help but remember a line from humorist Jean Shepherd, a loyal White Sox booster. He said that when the New Yorkers came to old Comiskey it was a monumental occasion for the Sox and their fans. To the mighty Yankees, they didn’t even know they were in a fight.
So, the Boston series ends with a satisfying 9-5 victory and the road swing continues with the club’s first trip to the new Yankee Stadium. It’ll be Buehrle (11-7, 3.92) vs. Sox nemesis C.C. Sabathia (15-7, 3.59) tonight, TBA for the Sox vs. Sergio Mitre (2-1, 6.82) on Saturday and Garcia (0-1, 6.75) vs. Joba Chamberlain (8-4, 4.34) on Sunday. Keep in mind that it looks like it’s going to be a rainy weekend. Doubleheader anyone?
THE SOX 11-GAME ROAD ODYSSEY SCORECARD: 1-3, BACK TO .500, IN SECOND PLACE 4 GAMES IN BACK OF THE TIGERS AND 1/2 GAME AHEAD OF THE TWINS.