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Old 10-03-2019, 10:48 PM
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Default ......and now it begins.....

Ran into a Cub fan I know tonight. He bleeds Blue. Always giving me **** about the Sox on Facebook, getting in my face with the success the Cubs have had the past few years. You know the type I am talking about (otherwise a nice guy).

I went up to him with the greeting I've been giving Cub fans for a week or so. Told him if he needs it, I have a list of fun activities he can do in the month of October now that he has free time (checking out the Fall colors, apple picking in Michigan, remembering what the kids look like, etc.).

He cut me off. "I'm glad to have a Cub free October for a change." He then tells me that he thinks he is changing to the South Side. "You have some really good stuff coming up next year. How's that Kopech kid doing with his recovery?"

In 2005, we did not get excited about bandwagon jumpers, after all, we are not attention craving Cub fans. But it looks like there are plenty of good seats available on the Blue Bandwagon these days.

Be prepared. They are coming......
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:59 AM
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"You wanna be a Sox fan?"

"Yeah"

*training montage of learning to post negative comments online*

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"So, what is the real lesson of Giolito's 2019 season?"

"That the White Sox organization cannot develop pitching!"

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Old 10-04-2019, 10:29 AM
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My youngest brother went the other way. He hated Guillen and switched back then. His wife is a Cub fan, a north sider by birth.

I'll have to ask him is he's going to switch back.
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Old 10-04-2019, 02:03 PM
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My youngest brother went the other way. He hated Guillen and switched back then. His wife is a Cub fan, a north sider by birth.

I'll have to ask him is he's going to switch back.

It's a one way door if you ask me, you jump ship....well the ship has sailed with no option to get back on.
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Old 10-04-2019, 02:26 PM
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It's a one way door if you ask me, you jump ship....well the ship has sailed with no option to get back on.
Almost as severe as when you become a Made Man in mob. Once you're in, you're in for life.


The way we can spot them at the games or sports bars next year is they will have crisp new Sox gear on. All of the names on shirts and jerseys will be current players and they drink a lot more beer than you can imagine (at Comiskey). They will drink more at Comiskey because they will have more money in their pockets at the game after not paying outrageous ticket prices.

Since we do not really welcome bandwagon jumpers, we need to set up a loyalty protocol to make them prove the sincerity of changing religions. When they show up at Comiskey (you can spot them from a mile off, they have that look of someone who walked into a Starbucks looking for their blind date and really don't know what the person looks like), they will be required to burn an article of Cub clothing or a Cub hat. Those who balk at this (imagine if you were required to do this to a Sox shirt), are given a free ride north on the Red Line.

At the Cub/Sox games at Comiskey, they must cheer with gusto for the Sox on all plays that give the Sox the upper hand. Failure to do so will also result in a Red Line trip back north.

These people must understand that while they will welcome all and anyone on their bandwagon, we believe in paying dues. Given the past 10+ years we have gone through, we have paid.
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Old 10-04-2019, 07:01 PM
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Ran into a Cub fan I know tonight. He bleeds Blue. Always giving me **** about the Sox on Facebook, getting in my face with the success the Cubs have had the past few years. You know the type I am talking about (otherwise a nice guy).

I went up to him with the greeting I've been giving Cub fans for a week or so. Told him if he needs it, I have a list of fun activities he can do in the month of October now that he has free time (checking out the Fall colors, apple picking in Michigan, remembering what the kids look like, etc.).

He cut me off. "I'm glad to have a Cub free October for a change." He then tells me that he thinks he is changing to the South Side. "You have some really good stuff coming up next year. How's that Kopech kid doing with his recovery?"

In 2005, we did not get excited about bandwagon jumpers, after all, we are not attention craving Cub fans. But it looks like there are plenty of good seats available on the Blue Bandwagon these days.

Be prepared. They are coming......
If their wallets put the franchise in a better position to succeed, then I say “welcome aboard.”
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Old 10-04-2019, 07:24 PM
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Those who balk at this (imagine if you were required to do this to a Sox shirt), are given a free ride north on the Red Line.
Naw. Throw them back on the field.
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Old 10-04-2019, 07:35 PM
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If their wallets put the franchise in a better position to succeed, then I say “welcome aboard.”
I agree. Several members of WSI (myself included) have talked about how we at one time rooted for the Cubs or for both teams before switching to or settling on the Sox as our Baseball team.

It's just baseball...
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Old 10-05-2019, 01:07 AM
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I agree. Several members of WSI (myself included) have talked about how we at one time rooted for the Cubs or for both teams before switching to or settling on the Sox as our Baseball team.

It's just baseball...
I also agree.
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Old 10-05-2019, 10:27 AM
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I agree. Several members of WSI (myself included) have talked about how we at one time rooted for the Cubs or for both teams before switching to or settling on the Sox as our Baseball team.

It's just baseball...

I never rooted for the Cubs but I would welcome anyone who wanted to become a fan of the Sox.
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Old 10-05-2019, 12:09 PM
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I never rooted for the Cubs but I would welcome anyone who wanted to become a fan of the Sox.
I grew up in a Cubs fan household, but it didn't take with me. My father couldn't take us to games due to work, but one of his brothers took me to Sox games in the late '50's / early '60's and that was all it took.

I was the only Sox fan in the family, until my youngest brother came along. He's the one who was a Sox fan until Guillen became manager and then he bailed.

I married a Sox fan, and her whole family were Sox fans as well. My sister, who grew up a Cubs fan switch to the Sox after her marriage to a Sox fan.

I would imagine some of the lukewarm fans who follow whichever team is hottest at the moment would switch if the Sox got hot. Their money will spend same as anybody's would.

I worked with a guy who HATED the new ownership as soon as they took over in the '80's and he bailed to the Cubs then. I haven't seen him in a long time, and have wondered if he changed back after 2005. LOL
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Old 10-05-2019, 01:15 PM
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I know this guy is a poor sample size (one), but it could be indicative of the frustration the Cub fan base if feeling given that this team that was billed as dynastic produced only one WS title and appearance. Every time they tell me "we went to several NLCS in a row," I respond that there are no trophies or parades for just showing up at that point. They never have a response.

I think they have seen how tied Lester is at this point in his career and how inconsistent the other starters have been and are starting to feel that the window has closed and been painted over.

Yes, the Cubs have a real good core of position players on paper, but Bryant has been hurt more than once over the past couple of seasons and does not look like what he did in 2016. They also are noticing that the farm system does not have any hot prospects who are getting the attention ours are (Robert, Madrigal, etc.) until they are on the verge of being called up to replace someone who it injured.

Then there is the difference in ticket prices......
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Old 10-05-2019, 02:03 PM
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I know this guy is a poor sample size (one), but it could be indicative of the frustration the Cub fan base if feeling given that this team that was billed as dynastic produced only one WS title and appearance. Every time they tell me "we went to several NLCS in a row," I respond that there are no trophies or parades for just showing up at that point. They never have a response.

I think they have seen how tied Lester is at this point in his career and how inconsistent the other starters have been and are starting to feel that the window has closed and been painted over.

Yes, the Cubs have a real good core of position players on paper, but Bryant has been hurt more than once over the past couple of seasons and does not look like what he did in 2016. They also are noticing that the farm system does not have any hot prospects who are getting the attention ours are (Robert, Madrigal, etc.) until they are on the verge of being called up to replace someone who it injured.

Then there is the difference in ticket prices......
Real Cubs fans won't switch anymore than 99% of the posters on these forums would switch to the Cubs.

There will be many bandwagon fans or "fans of Chicago sports" who will start cheering for the Sox if indeed the rebuild leads to several years of success.

That describes 75% of Chicago sports fans.
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Old 10-05-2019, 02:42 PM
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That’s the thing. One World Series championship and three consecutive LCS appearances is a “dynasty” in baseball terms. Repeat championships simply don’t happen in this sport anymore.
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:55 PM
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Welcome aboard, flubbies. We have good times ahead.

I made the jump in July 2003, I just felt nothing for the flubs anymore. Mainly because I was a South Sider, and because my identity morphed into a more blue collar type of guy, rather than the preppy Frasier/Niles type I previously aspired to be. I just couldn't stand the cub fan culture anymore, and felt very comfy at Comiskey, home of the common man.

Not that the flubs don't have mullet wearing fans, or we don't have latte sippers. Both teams have the entire spectrum.

But for the most part, GRF has humble, hard working people that are good to be around. flubbies have too many annoying fools, I don't like em.
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