We've seen this before. A talented team doesn't live up to the hype, a matter of fact, they are just plain quitting. What? Professional athletes quitting??? Say it isn't so...Joe. In the case of this team it is...so what do you do if you a fan of one of these teams.
Get Angry? Sure, but your friends and loved ones will get tired of that.
Boycott Watching? Yeah Right. Fans always say it, but they keep coming back (See the baseball strike of 1994). Also, those of you who bought the extra innings package are out $200 like me.
Well at least it's football season!!! Cmon, really. If you watched 20 or more baseball games like me your invested.
Also you can't just walk away. Then your no better than the team that is mailing it in.
Go to the game and voice your displeasure? Nice try skippy, but they can't hear you unless your really close, and even if they can...THEY DON'T CARE. They're rich, you are more than likely not, and you just paid over $100 for the ticket to support more lousy effort in the future. Most professional athletes just care about the check clearing anyway. Am I wrong? They all refer to it as a business. Chicago Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler said it again on Sunday. "You land where you land"...with a big check of course.
Professional Sports is tough, especially baseball which is a grind, I get it, only a select few can play the game, but my god quitting in August is just embarrassing. Just some sign of effort...please. If your a fan of the Pirates and the Royals I feel sorry for you, but outside of that, the wildcard has allowed most teams to keep interest until Mid-Setember at least.
That embarrassing team this year is the 2009 Chicago White Sox. Talk about a collection of non-caring stiffs.
If you don't believe me. Believe their manager Ozzie Guillen who over the weekend after a 10-0 humiliation to the Yankees said this team is stealing money from it's owner. An owner who tried to help them by trading for an injured Jake Peavy (who has remained injured) and picking up the contract of another under-achieving millionaire Alex Rios, who pulls his head off the baseball so bad, you would think Pam Anderson was sitting above the 3rd base dugout with her shirt off. Can't blame the owner Jerry Reinsdorf or General Manager Kenny Williams for trying. At least they put forth the effort, it's just not working. The rest of the roster sure can't say the same.
Now are the White Sox one of the best teams in the American League...No. However, in their division they should be in the hunt, and not 6 games out with one hand packing their bags for the season. With the veteran leadership on the club, Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye, Jim Thome, Captain Perfect Game (Mark Buerhle), A.J. Pierzynski, and Bobby Jenks.
No way this team collapses right? WRONG. Dead men walking wrong. Oh...by the way, did I mention they are all Millionaires.
This collective effort of Millionaires not only is playing badly. The youngsters from Chula Vista, California, (Little League World Series Champs) would give them a game. I can't remember in recent history a team that has quit like this one, but I bet you can.
Why average americans are trying to find a job, these clowns make millions for being bad at theirs...correction...not even trying to be mediocre.
Once again as a fan what do you do? Root for another team? Can't be labled as the cursed "bandwagon fan".
The options are there, but it involves what I call "Sports Sacrifice". Your potential sports enjoyment will take a hit, but you will save days of misery and if your a fan of the White Sox (like me) an entire 2nd half of misery. All you have to do is ask yourself...
Is it worth it?
Most of us say no and that's why they are millionaires in the first place.