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Baseball Superstitions: This White Sox Fan’s Brutal Day Of Agony: 2 Main Culprits Could Be Traded

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Tuesday, June.25/2013

You would think that almost a 100 years of just 1 World Series would teach a Chicago Southsider a lesson or two about how to take a loss.  I can only imagine what the Cubs die-hard fan has to go through being over 100 years.  Despite a lot of popular opinions, fans going through their rituals do not affect their favorite team winning or losing.

You would think that almost a 100 years of just 1 World Series would teach a Chicago Southsider fan a lesson or two about how to take a loss! I can only imagine what the Cubs die-hard fan has to go through being over 100 years. Despite a lot of popular opinions, fans going through their rituals do not affect their favorite team winning or losing. It is still a part of baseball and sports that can make it fun…or make for misery.

By Brian Madsen (White Sox Correspondent): 

Baseball is supposed to be fun and entertaining. And more often than not, it is. If I didn’t love the game of baseball, I wouldn’t be writing this.  As a fan, when your favorite team isn’t winning, it affects you.

A loss may bother you for an hour or so, maybe even longer. It may ruin your day. I know when the Bears lose during the NFL season, it can ruin my Sunday. But in football, there are only 16 regular season games.

There are 162 games in a baseball season. That’s 6 full months, day, after day, after day, of living and dying with your favorite MLB team. You spend, on average, 2 1/2 – 3 hours with your favorite team, and it’s announcers.

You develop a relationship with the announcers, players, and managers, whether they realize it or not.

When a bad call is made, you get upset. Just as upset as the manager who ran out of the dugout to argue the call. When the closer blows a save, you get angry.

When the third baseman hits a game-winning, walk off HR, you yell and scream and jump around your living room like a little kid.

Crain has been about the best Reliever in the AL for the 2013 campaign.  In 34.2 IP, he has a 0.52 ERA - and has only yielded 26 Hits and 11 Walks.  This Canadian has also yet to surrender a HR in 2013.  Jesse Crain has thrown 34.2 IP - and has a brilliant ERA of 0.53 - and is also among the league leaders in HOLDS.  With the Sox falling out of the race, he may be a great Trading Chip to put in play..  Crain is a Free Agent of this year - an only makes $4.5 MIL this year.  With several teams needing a solid Bullpen arm, you are looking at selling really high on the 10 year Veteran.

Crain has been about the best Reliever in the AL for the 2013 campaign. In 34.2 IP, he has a 0.52 ERA – and has only yielded 26 Hits and 11 Walks. This Canadian has also yet to surrender a HR in 2013. Jesse Crain has thrown 34.2 IP – and has a brilliant ERA of 0.53 – and is also among the league leaders in HOLDS. With the Sox falling out of the race, he may be a great Trading Chip to put in play.. Crain is a Free Agent of this year – an only makes $4.5 MIL this year. With several teams needing a solid Bullpen arm, you are looking at selling really high on the 10 year Veteran.

You want your favorite team to win SO badly, that since they won last night, you go through the EXACT SAME ROUTINE tonight, that you went through last night.

Maybe that’s just crazy superstition, but also a sign of being a fan. Your favorite player hit a HR yesterday, so he MUST use the same bat today. Your team won last night, so you will place the remote in the EXACT SAME place on the coach tonight.

“Don’t move that!!”, you yell at someone who dares to move the remote from its rightful place, because you are absolutely CONVINCED that if it’s moved, something bad will happen to your team. Maybe even something worse than a loss. Happy an hour ago, not so happy now that your team is losing. Life as a fan.

Your team’s down 3-2 in the 9th inning? Everything that you did during the game leading up to this moment, you must now do the exact OPPOSITE.

Because, if you do the opposite, they’ll come back and win, right? Am I the only baseball fan that thinks like this? Am I crazy? I don’t think so. But sometimes my family thinks I’m crazy.

Let me take you back to Sunday afternoon. A beautiful Sunday afternoon in Chicago. I spent about 4 hours assembling a new swing-set for my daughters with my wife. (yes, 4 hours, I’m not very handy.)

I would check my phone occasionally for Twitter updates about my Chicago White Sox. They had recently won two games in a row against the Kansas City Royals. This was a feat in and of itself as the Sox always seem to struggle against KC.

Last I checked, the Sox were up 4-0, and on the verge of a sweep. My first thought? The Blue Jays have won 11 games in a row to get back in contention, why not the Sox? As my wife and I put the finishing touches on our masterpiece in the backyard, I turned on the TV for the first time, and the Royals IMMEDIATELY scored a run to make it 4-1. Of course I turned the TV off.

My wife and daughters left to get lunch, I took a shower, checked my phone again, still 4-1. OK, I’ll turn it on. Bad things can’t happen again right? And Dylan Axelrod promptly allows the tying run to score. 4-4. I again turned the TV off. Have some lunch of my own. Check my phone.

The Sox have taken the lead 6-4!! See what happens when I don’t watch the game today!! I periodically check my phone. I see Jesse Crain is coming in the game. The same Jesse Crain that has a 29 inning streak with no runs allowed. I HAVE TO watch this, don’t I? Of course I have to watch this. Crain immediately loads the bases. Sacks packed, nobody out.

Turn TV off. Check phone. Crain strikes out the next batter. Yes!! Then walks in a run, scoreless streak over. I’ll turn it back on. It doesn’t matter now, the worst has already happened, right?

Imagine my surprise when Alexei Ramirez allows the inning-ending double play ground ball to go through his legs. (12 errors in 2013. He had 12 errors in the entire 2012 season.) KC takes the lead 7-6.

You better believe it’s all my fault. If I hadn’t watched a second of the game, the Sox would have won!! I’M NEVER WATCHING ANOTHER GAME AGAIN!! Until, tomorrow….

Alexei Ramirez has had some good times and bad with the franchise.  This past weekend definitely exemplified the bad.  The White Sox 31 Year Old Player from Cuba, has a Career 3 Slash Line of .276/.315/.708.  He has Stolen Base Threat.  The Sox might look to deal him - however will likely have to eat some salary remaining.  Ramirez makes $7.5 MIL in 2013, $9.5  MIL in 2014, $10.0 MIL in 2015 - and a Buyout of $1 MIL in 2016...or a $10 MIL Team Option.

Alexei Ramirez has had some good times and bad with the franchise. This past weekend definitely exemplified the bad. The White Sox 31 Year Old Player from Cuba, has a Career 3 Slash Line of .276/.315/.708. He has Stolen Base Threat. The Sox might look to deal him – however will likely have to eat some salary remaining. Ramirez makes $7.5 MIL in 2013, $9.5 MIL in 2014, $10.0 MIL in 2015 – and a Buyout of $1 MIL in 2016…or a $10 MIL Team Option.  The management would probably have to eat half of this money in order to garner any type of mid – level prospect.  Perhaps a team like the Yankees could use Ramirez.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com and their partners***

A big thank-you goes out to our ‘White Sox Correspondent’ Brian Madsen for preparing today’s featured article. Brian was born and raised in Chicago Heights, IL, a south suburb of Chicago.  He attended Illinois St. University, majoring in education/teaching. Brian now lives in Joliet, IL with his wife Suzanne two daughters, Abby, 9, and Grace, 4.

He has worked at The Little Guys Home Technology for 12 years as a salesman/system designer/custom integrator. Brian is an avid White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls fan.   

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