Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Can You Say Schadenfreude?

Chris Kahrl takes a poke at the seeming willingness of White Sox fans to cheer the injuries of others at Baseball Prospectus today:
Texas Rangers
Purchased the contract of C-R Ken Huckaby from Oklahoma; placed C-R Gerald Laird on the 15-day DL (torn ligament - thumb). [5/21]
This just sucks. I mean, sure, I'm an A's fan, but bad things do not need to happen to other organizations to make me happy. (No amount of time in Chicago was going to make me that much like White Sox fans.) "
I kind of resemble that remark. But we White Sox fans have been down so long and so low, we need anything to lift our spirits, even if it's a little schadenfreude. I mean, we only suffered through the ritual disembowelment (ok, maybe that's a little harsh) of our division winning staff in 2000, got torpedoed by Frank Thomas's triceps injury in 2001, and killed by Shannon Stewart deciding that he was the second coming of Rickey Henderson (circa 1985) in the second half of 2003. Not to mention that Benji Molina drops the ball to lose a key game against the Twins the same day that Aaron Rowand gets punched out at the plate on a throw from Manny Ramirez. . . MANNY RAMIREZ!.

Oh, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune we've faced...from Dybzinski's baserunning gaffe to Landrum's homer, McDowell tipping his pitches in the 1993 playoffs, the 1994 strike, the 1996 stretch drive collapse, the 2000 playoffs, with Carlos Guillen's cheating suicide squeeze and the ball off of Kelly Wunsch's gut, Foulke's implosion on June 26, 2001, to the Paniagua disasterlast year. It's been ugly being a White Sox fan.

So when other people suffer a little discomfort, a little misfortune, I think it's not so much that we're glad that they are suffering, it's just that we feel glad that someone else knows what it's like to be a White Sox fan, even if for a little bit.

[By the way, in a meeting at work yesterday, someone told me that I was the first White Sox fan she had ever met. We are rare creatures, indeed.]

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