Chicago White Sox throw the bird back to fans by canceling SoxFest for the third year in a row
Here we all are, waiting on pins and needles for the announcement of the new manager, and instead we get stuffed in the back. Yesterday afternoon, Scott Merkin announced that the Sox have pulled the plug on SoxFest for 2023.
From the White Sox: “Due to several factors, SoxFest 2023 will not take place in January. We recognize that our fans may be disappointed that the event will not take place. Please check back throughout the baseball season 2023 for updates regarding future plans.”
—Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) October 21, 2022
SoxFest’s cancellation fueled the fire for many fans, and an immediate Twitter firestorm ensued. Here are some of my favorites:
props to the White Sox for canceling SoxFest because I, too, cancel plans when I suspect my friends hate me
— Janice (@scuriiosa) October 21, 2022
The White Sox canceling SoxFest because no one in that organization has the balls to handle the liability is objectively funny.
—Courtney Finnicum (@courtney883) October 21, 2022
The vagueness of the announcement was also a definite target of fury at a time when fans already felt wronged by the franchise. What are these “multiple factors?” The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the previous two Fests, which was understandable, but now what’s the excuse? What are these mysterious factors?
Our North Side neighbors don’t appear to have any ambiguous circumstances preventing them from hosting their convention next January, a week before the White Sox held theirs. Did anyone on the Sox forget to book the McCormick Center? Does new manager AJ Pierzynski have any plans for the entire out of season? Are they afraid that after this abysmal season, the fans won’t show up at all?
Or, the real question: doesn’t the ownership and front office of this embarrassing team want to face the music and respond to the circus fans they’ve made of this franchise?
So many questions that do not have and will not have answers. Except…maybe I’ll email my questions to [email protected] I’m sure the unfortunate intern watching this inbox will have some satisfactory answers for me.
There is so much about this organization that I don’t know and will probably never understand. However, the one thing I’m sure of is that they’re totally out of touch with the fans. If ever there was a year when we needed a fan festival, this was it. I would say it was more needed after a season like 2022 than after a playoff in 2020 or 2021.
We need it to vent our frustrations and feel heard. We have the right to hold management, the front office and the players to account. With the ability to do this, we can achieve some homeostasis and put the past year behind us. Then move forward with the mutual understanding and respect we deserve.
Instead, the fan base will continue to let our anger and frustration spill out and spill over into another season. We will take our resentment with us into 2023, and for many of us, we will re-examine how much of our portfolio we are willing to invest in this sideshow.