Thanks for all the responses to our question: What's the hardest part of being a Sox fan? Some of you didn't heed my call to be brief, and thus we're not including your long and windy e-mails, no matter how heartfelt. Anyway, here's the best and briefest of the bunch. We'll return to your regularly scheduled complaints next time:
The hardest part about being a Sox fan? It's like being Cassandra. You know you're right, you know you're telling the truth when you talk about what a great team it is and how more people should head to the games, but then nobody will listen to you. It's a Greek tragedy. --Claire Zulkey, Evanston
White Sox fan is the hardest part of being a Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and Cubs fan. Chicago has the most knowledgeable, most hungry (quite literally) fans in the U.S.A. and absolutely the worst ownership in every major sports team. It's amazing. --Joe Farrell, Rio Rancho, N.M.
There's nothing "hard" at all about being a Sox fan. This 40-year-old die-hard enjoys every season (some more than others), whether there are 4,000 or 40,000 people in the stands. I would think true fans, and students of baseball, feel the same way. --John Novotny, Lombard
Hardest part of being a Sox fan? Trying to explain why you're a Sox fan to out-of-towners--"How can you not like the Cubs?"--and at some point in the discussion realizing you are now trying to defend Reinsdorf and "new" Comiskey park. --Steve Shaw, Sausalito, Calif.
The hardest part of being a White Sox fan? I've been a fan since I was four years old and wore a Sox uniform (I am now 73) and I remember being able to watch all the home games on WGN, with some road games thrown in. I have retired to Kentucky and, if I'm lucky, get to watch one game a week. I sure miss the WGN coverage of the White Sox. --Rick Jordan, Bowling Green, Ky.
The toughest part about being a White Sox fan is being a perennial good, not great team. It's like knowing Cindy Crawford will look at you, just not go out on a date. --Chip Ramsey, Birmingham, Ala.
The hardest part of being a Sox fan, obviously, is putting up with Cubs fans. No matter how good the Sox are and how bad the Cubs are the Cubs are still the darlings. Seeing the Ivy and a Sosa homer in a losing cause is more appealing than seeing the Sox win as a team? But it must be in me to be in the "correct minority." I use a Macintosh, I'm pro-life, and I'm a Sox fan. Better to be right than in the majority! --Shawn Viland, Aurora
Living in the New York area this is what I find hardest about being a Sox fan: When asked who my favorite team in baseball is I proudly say the White Sox. The follow-up question from the New York snobs is invariably "Who?" The other hardest thing is that this team HASN'T WON A BLEEPIN' WORLD SERIES IN ABOUT 200YEARS! --Harvey Schatz, Teaneck, N.J.
The hardest part about being a Sox fan is all of the flak you take from other people. Growing up in the north suburbs, I was continually harassed by Cubs fans who wondered why I would ever want to be a Sox fan. It's hard to stay a good fan outside of Chicago when the effort is greater to keep up with the stories and the current players and when watching a game live means making the effort to get tickets when the Mariners host the Sox. During the 2000 playoffs, it was especially difficult to be a Sox fan in Seattle when the M's swept the Sox and that's all anyone could talk about. All of these fair-weather M's fans fell out of the woodwork and you just have to take it. --Erin Abrahams, Tacoma, Wash.
The hardest part of being a sox fan is listening to the Cub fans say "at least we fill our stadium." Little do they know, the more they spend at the ballpark the less likely the Tribune Company is going to put a winning team on the field. As long as the Tribune is making money by having fans in the seats, there really is no reason to improve the team. If the Cub fans were smart, they would stop going to the games and force the Tribune to put a winner on the field to bring back the fans. Think about that my friends. Go Sox! --Terry Goins, Milwaukee
Three Words: Hawk, Wimpy and Fiesty. --Andy Baker, Houston
The hardest part about being a Sox fan is being all alone in a quiet stadium...until the playoffs when 45,000+ show just how electric Comiskey really can be. --Jamie Schwab, Chicago
As far as I am concerned there is nothing hard about being a White Sox fan. I love the White Sox and could care less what anyone else thinks about the team, ballpark etc. I stick with my team no matter what. --Gina Locasto, Lockport
Jerry Reinsdorf --Bob O'Connell, Norwalk, Conn.
I've been a Sox fan since I first started following them as an eight year old in 1960. They went to the World Series in 1959 and haven't been back since. Baseball has become a game of haves and have-nots when it comes to money. Teams like the Yankees, Braves, Mets, etc. will buy the missing pieces they need when they've got championship potential. Our White Sox under Reinsdorf won't. --Peter Mark, Dallas
The hardest part about being a Sox fan is watching Sammy Sosa hit 60 homers knowing that George Bell is somewhere pumping gas. --Dewayne Hankins, Lockport
What is the hardest part of being a White Sox fan? Jay Mariotti, Chicago Sun-Times. The guy is a shrieking, sneering Sox-hater who never gets tired of talking out of both sides of his mouth. One side: the neighborhood is scary, the park is ugly. The other side: Why don't the fans come? Enough already. He needs to get a real job where he has to exercise his brain and write a real sports column, not recycle the same old idiocy. --Barb Medley, Clarendon Hills
The hardest part about being a Sox Fan like myself is having to explain to the Cubs fans that there is no use in fighting over who is better. The Sox's season will prove it well enough! --Shawna O'Hara, Chicago