While it’s long been a lost season for the Chicago White Sox, Friday night’s game against the Detroit Tigers guaranteed that 2023 will be a losing season. The White Sox were on the wrong end of a 4-2 final score, suffering their 82nd loss of the season.
As the game came to a close, some fans made their frustration with team ownership known, something that at least some people at Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field were unhappy with.
During the ninth inning, fans sitting close to Chicago’s home dugout held up a sign with a clear message. The first line said, “42 years of ownership” while the second said “7 playoff appearances.” The third line, which was red and in all caps, said “JERRY REINSDORF MUST GO.”
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The fans in the area generally cheered the sign. But those cheers quickly turned to boos, as, while Chicago’s Oscar Colás struck out to end the game, stadium security took the sign away.
This video sums up the 2023 White Sox pic.twitter.com/47x65dFwpT
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 2, 2023
— Sarah Spain (@SarahSpain) September 2, 2023
This is truly the year of hating MLB ownership https://t.co/lqFK6lC8vs
— Victoria (@AVocalistsRival) September 2, 2023
Can he sell the Bulls too while we’re at it https://t.co/x08xV2JGQT
— J 🔱 (@Jsixx__) September 2, 2023
Amazing kickoff to September for the White Sox I can’t wait to see what other shenanigans they have in store for us https://t.co/kbJ0uAkO1w
— Satchel Price (@SatchelPrice) September 2, 2023
Indeed, success has been hard to come by on the South Side.
While the White Sox World Series drought flew somewhat under the radar compared to the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, it was vast. In fact, while the “Curse of the Bambino” doomed the Red Sox between their 1918 and 2004 World Series wins, the White Sox drought started a year before and ended a year after.
And while the 2005 win does give the White Sox a championship that most of their fans can remember, the Reinsdorf era has not gone well. In fact, while Chicago has made seven playoff appearances under Reinsdorf’s ownership, the only postseason series wins in that stretch came in the 2005 season. And while the 2020 and 2021 playoff appearances seemed to user in a new era, the White Sox were 81-81 in 2022 and will finish well below that mark in 2023.
So, even if the fans aren’t allowed to share their frustration in signs, it is understandable.