Back in the mid sixties I (as a young child) was living on the north side, just 6 miles from Wrigley. Of course, Ernie Banks was considered one of the most important people around. When Ernie, Billy, Fergie, and guys had it going on in 1969 I went to my first big league game and was confirmed as a Cub fan. However, I remember my mom being a White Sox fan. While looking through some old photos I found a picture (taken in '69 when I was in third grade) of me wearing a Sox cap. I guess you could say (like Merle Haggard), "Mama tried". The years went by and now I live in Portland, OR. The Ricketts seem to be much cheaper than the Tribune was when it comes to fan promotions. For example, on my last trip there in 2011 they had "pennant day". This "pennant" had a Cubs logo in the corner and was mostly taken up with an ad promoting Storage Wars. I guess you could say it was appropriate because they have been a storage place for bad baseball players for many years (with a few exceptions). I also happen to be a public school teacher and I don't appreciate the Ricketts funding political causes that will cut my pay. Of course, some of those reading this post might think that is a good thing.
So, as you can see, I am losing interest in spending my time and money supporting the Cubs, but I still identify with being from Chicago and come back at least every couple of years. How do White Sox fans feel about defectors from Cub Nation? Are long time Cub fans welcome to defect to the South side? How do you all feel about the White Sox ownership? Are they cheap with the fans or do they take care of the fans at the Cell? Do any of you wish that they had renovated old Sox Park or are you all glad to have the Cell? On my next trip back I may be sporting black instead of blue.