Twenty years ago today......the White Sox almost moved to Tampa Bay.
On June 30, 1988, the Cubs were ticks away from becoming the lone baseball franchise in the City of Chicago. If not for a last minute decision down in Springfield, Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn were slated to vacate 35th and Shields and ship Chicago's American League franchise 1,000 miles away to the sandy shores of Tampa/St. Peterburg, Florida.
Despite being a life-long north side fan, I always felt the White Sox were treated like the Cubs' little sister. Since ownership of the White Sox passed through several hands over the years, management have sporadically threatened to move to greener pastures. Once the Milwaukee Braves packed up and moved to Atlanta, talk circulated about the White Sox moving north to Milwaukee County Stadium. Then, along came the Brewers. During the mid-1970s, the White Sox were headed to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Soon the Mariners became a reality.
Even though tears were shed following the demolition of old Comiskey Park, fans were initially critical of Comiskey Park II, now called U.S. Cellular Field, it seems the White Sox are here to stay. The 2005 World Series championship certainly helped.
Looking back, it's nice to have the Sox on the south side. Happy anniversary. I couldn't imagine Chicago without you. Actually, I don't think I could handle having my entire family follow the Cubs.