Northsider Casually Reminding Everyone That White Sox Lost, Too
October 10, 2008
(Chicago, IL) – “So how about those playoffs, huh?” northside resident Tim Beckwith asks the cashier as his area Walgreens.
“Yeah, it was a tough one. There’s always next year for our Cubbies, though,” the cashier responds.
“Sure. Sure. You know, though, that the, um, White Sox lost in the playoffs, too,” Beckwith says casually as he takes his bag and strolls out the door.
So it has gone the last week for Beckwith, a Cubs fan. Ever since the Cubs lost to the Dodgers in the NLDS, Beckwith has been surprisingly chipper. He’s been happy to chat with anyone and everyone he comes across.
And he somehow manages to work the White Sox losing to the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS into every conversation.
“It’s not like I’m looking to bring it up,” said Beckwith. “It just happens to come up in conversation. Like I was consoling a buddy of mine earlier this week about the Cubs, and since we were already talking about Chicago baseball and the playoffs and disappointment, the White Sox being a huge disappointment, too, just naturally came up.”
“And then just yesterday, I was talking to this kid at the library, and what is he wearing? A pair of white socks. How could I ignore that?”
Other reasons for bringing up the White Sox playoff defeat included the weather (“Well it was fair”), an upcoming performance of Dracula the Ballet (“Dracula bats, bats baseball”), and the atrocities in Darfur (“All I said was you know who else is atrocious? The White Sox. It was casual.”)
Of his sunny disposition, Beckwith says it’s just a matter of perspective.
“I could be all down in the dumps, because once again the Cubs broke my heart. But I don’t know. I just feel good. The sun is still shining. The beautiful women of Chicago still walk the streets. Oh, and speaking of Chicago, did you know that the, um, Chicago White Sox lost in the first round of the playoffs this year?”