Believe me, I looked hard, but I still might have missed it. For the second time, I noticed that the home delivered Chicago Tribune sports section didn't have a story about the Chicago White Sox. My apologies if I missed it.
This is astonishing. Chicago is home to a American League team--a Major League Baseball team--that plenty of cities would love to have.
Sure, I understand that there's plenty of sports news of late to cram into a printed section that can't be as easily expanded as the digital version. The Loyola University-Chicago Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA round ball tournament. The Bears prospects for the coming season, still months away. The Bulls' race to the bottom. Even thumbsuckers about sports broadcasters. But not finding room for even one story about the White Sox is inexcusable and, I believe, unprecedented during spring training and the regular and post-season play.
Meanwhile, one of the most recent digital edition stories was, "Guaranteed Rates’ Field lacks 'charm' says Forbes; Wrigley Field ranks 10th in MLB ballparks." Charm? We now cover whether a ballpark has "charm?" It reminds me of the bashing that the new Comiskey Park got from the elite sports wiseacres ensconced in the press box about what a crappy place the new ballyard was for the fans. It's not; it's a perfectly fine place to take in a game. I've been a Sox fan since 1950, and when I go to a ball game it's not to "experience" the ball park, enjoy its "aesthetics" or rate its charm. I go to see a ballgame, which apparently isn't the universal goal at the North Side's "beautiful" Wrigley Field. Sox fans turn out to watch good ball and they don't when they see bad ball.
As I've said before, Wrigley was smart enough in the last century to build his Cubs park in a neighborhood that would gentrify decades later into a yuppie, now millennial hangout. It got the reputation as "the most beautiful" ballpark back in the days when Jack Brickhouse was urging fans to come out to have a picnic in the "friendly confines" because so few fans showed up that the upper deck was closed. There had to be another reason to go to the decrepit, visually impaired ballpark than to see real baseball played.
Thanks to the local media's preference for the Cubs, the Sox are contemporarily given "small market" status, as if they were not playing in the nation's third largest city. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that most members of the media live north of Madison and don't know much about the larger South Side. For contemporary sports staff, the Sox have a storied history too. There were years when the Sox pulled in a lot more fans than the Cubs. The White Sox don't deserved to be ignored. And White Sox fans don't deserve to have the team moved to another city.