Hard to Knock the Obama-Sox Line

“It’s wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago.”

                                            — Dan Quayle, 44th Vice President

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Dear readers, the dust never seems to settle on the always emotional Chicago baseball debate.  An incessant contest of he-said/she-said peppered with never-ending rapid fire quips that are as old as the milk in my refrigerator (that’s really old), this argument (like Republican attack ads) simply will not go away.  Just when I thought everything had been said ad nauseum, message boards and blogospheres started to blow up again with more of the same…

Like in *this recent story* where presidential hopeful Barack Obama is blasted by commentors galore for his remark:

“You go to Wrigley Field, you have a beer, beautiful
people up there.  People aren’t watching the game. It’s not serious.
White Sox, that’s baseball. Southside.”

Come on, folks.  Why act like you’ve never heard this before?  The sentiment is as old as the argument itself.  The Sox fan says this and the Cubs fan comes back with: Remember the Black Sox.

Sox Fan:   Well, remember the goat.

Cubs Fan:   Oh, yeah, well remember we pack the house for every game while you’re lucky to have a handful of fans in the stands.

Sox Fan:  Oh, really?  Yeah?  Well, try not winning a world series for a 100 years.

And so on and so on until the end of time or until someone gets hurt.

I think the bigger, more admirable story here is that Barack Obama chooses to distance himself from the popular political move of making everyone happy.  He’s a Sox fan.  He’s sticking to it even if that means pissing off a great number of  his constituents.  I think it’s safe to say that his steadfast affiliation with the Southside is a great breath of fresh air after the fallout from the much publicized Rudy Giuliani fiasco, not to mention Hillary Clinton’s adamant declaration to be a die hard Cubs fan, then a Yankees fan, then a Cubs fan again.

Politicians live under a microscope and they have a reputation for being sleazy for a damn good reason.

Barack Obama’s decision to stray from the same-old-politics is important.  Like we everyday US Americans, Obama has his team and he’s gonna stick with them — no matter what.

I find it quite difficult to even find a solid argument against that so don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.





  1. PAUL

    Why are we all of a sudden getting so much love from the administrators? First I’m on the MLB front page, now you? What’s going on?
    I think I can forget about being on “A Shot At Love”; my fiancee said I can go if she can go on “Rock Of Love With Bret Michaels”; I believe she was kidding. I know a perfect candidate in my stead with whom little Tila can find love—former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer; he can bring his black socks along with him too.

  2. districtboy

    Yeah, couldn’t agree more. It is like four or five different appearances between the two of you. I got quoted in only my third entry. I was ecstatic at first, but then was like “that’s another thing I can’t look forward to anymore”. But you have showed me it is possible to be quoted twice!

    Is it Mark who chooses the quote daily? Is it someone’s job to read everyone’s blog? I think I may have a have a future dream job…


  3. redstatebluestate

    Paul is right: heresy indeed. I don’t really know who decides on the quotes, Aaron. I doubt it’s Mark since he’s been off doing myriad things (like going to China). I like it though. I know at least someone is reading… kind of motivates me. My cohort, Allen, has yet to experience what it is like to be motivated. Take that, Al. And bring on Tila — without makeup please.

  4. flairforthedramatic

    I think the next quote should be: The Yankees stink and they know it. [My frustration is getting the better of me.]
    That argument btw a Cubs and Sox fans sounds like an argument I would have at school with Mets fans. Can you believe we actually argued about who had the crappiest team and argued for our own team? Granted, we were trying to prove who had it the easiest but still, it was pretty funny. I didn’t have to do much to win that argument. Just listed the 20 or so people that have spent time on the DL or have been M.I.A. [Hughes, Wang, Kennedy, Matsui, A-Rod, Damon, Bruney…. I can seriously keep on going forever.] However, despite the monumental amount of bad luck the Yanks have been served up with this season… they simply stink, and they know it.
    V – http://flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com

  5. redstatebluestate

    Thanks, Prince. Now I have to cancel ALL my plans for this evening. Jeesh. I know… I’ve been slacking. Give me time. Give me some time.

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