I’d argue that nobody or nothing has done more to cement the notion that “White Sox fans will only support a winner” than the White Sox front office itself. By steadily raising the cost of going to the game as attendance, team quality and the economy declined, the Sox put the onus on themselves to provide worthwhile entertainment. Premium prices imply a premium product, right? That raises the stakes for everybody, which makes last year’s yearlong display of bad-faith baseball especially damaging to the relationship.
Amen. Acquiring Youklis goes against what Kenny had been preaching so far, but the White Sox charge for tickets like they are a perennial playoff team, and they really aren’t. Two division titles in 10 years is not enough to pack the place.