Thursday, September 3, 2015

Chicago White Sox, Cubs, Virgin Suicides and Piss Factory

This morning I'm listening to the score by Air for the film “The Virgin Suicides”. The film is an excellent story about a suburban family with troubles underlying their seeming normality. It was directed by Sofia Coppola and stars James Woods. The music is for the most part Air's usual first rate modern loungey sound. There were also a few more uptempo pieces that didn't do much for me. I then started thinking about work which reminded me a Patti Smith's “PissFactory” which is a fitting ode to crappy jobs everywhere.

I went to the library yesterday and picked up a couple of books and the DVD of “Mildred Pierce”. One of the books I got was “The Good The Bad & The Ugly” which is not a western but a book about Chicago White Sox history. It's part of a series of books with the same name about different sports teams. This one was written by Tribune reporter Mark Gonzales. With the Sox not having much to show for themselves this year and (even worse) the Cubs doing well I haven't been indulging in much baseball. I saw this and thought what a great way to get my baseball fix without having to watch the current team.

It's not a formal linear history of the team but a collection of “Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping and Gut Wrenching Moments From Chicago White Sox History” Along with some mundane but interesting tidbits. Like the story of pitcher/broadcaster Steve Stone. He was traded from the Sox to the Cubs as part of the Ron Santo deal. Then came back to the Sox a few years later. For many years after baseball he was a Cubs broadcaster. Only to end up now a one of the voices of the Sox.

The book starts with a recap of the 2005 World Series season which was a pinnacle of achievement for the past century. It brought back some memories which got me going through my old pictures looking for the ones I took at the first game of the Series when we beat Roger Clements 5-3. I thought I'd post a couple here.

 Pre game pagentry

Jermaine Dye's homer!

And for the Cub fans that beginning to World Series dream here's a clip showing where the Cubs played when they were last a dynasty. It wasn't Wrigley field and they weren’t called the Cubs yet.

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