White Sox: Players, Fans Embracing Rebuild, Next Chapter of White Sox Baseball
CHICAGO – White Sox fans from all across the Chicago-land area have converged upon the Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago with one of the best feelings that they have had in many years. Better than the last two seasons when the White Sox showcased headliner quality new acquisitions like Todd Frazier, Jeff Samardzija, Melky Cabrera, Brett Lawrie, and David Robertson.
The feeling around SoxFest this time around is one of hope and excitement, rather than uneasy anticipation like in many of the years prior. Last season the White Sox fan-base was excited for the new acquisitions, but nervous that there still just wasn’t enough to make it work. 2015 was supposed to be a season that the White Sox made waves in the American League Central, instead it was another disappointing season of season of underachievement.
Leading into the 2016 season, fans were excited, yet weary of the ultra-disappointing 2015 season striking once again. The 2016 season kicked off with a bang, the White Sox started hot, and stayed hot until mid-May, before they suffered an epic collapse, resulting in yet another losing season on the south side. By August the fans were enraged, calling for change in the dugout, calling for change in the front office, calling for a change from the mediocrity that they had been subjected to for the last decade.
On the final day of the season, one sadly welcomed by White Sox fans, former Manager Robin Ventura announced that he would not be returning as the manager in 2017, citing a mutual agreement between he and the front office, that it was time for a change of direction in Chicago….