White Sox fans come out strong for the playoffs, they leave with mixed emotions after the loss ends the season: ‘Our future is really bright’

Sharon Bresnahan took a minute Tuesday afternoon before Game 4 of the American League Division Series to admire the stone outside the guaranteed rate field that she and her twin sister bought after the 2005 World Series.

Before every game he attends, he hits the rock that reads, in part, “Thx 05 White Sox Sharon & Sheryl.”

Bresnahan said his late sister, Sheryl, who died of a brain aneurysm in 2006, would be in the game in spirit.

“We’ve been a lifelong White Sox fan, I brought her with me,” said Bresnahan, who pulled a picture of his twin from his red bag.

Bresnahan expected a victory, but the Astros beat the Sox 10-1.

Bresnahan and other White Sox fans experienced mixed emotions after their beloved team was eliminated from the postseason.

They were heartbroken, of course. But they were also happy to experience October baseball on the South Side, something that hasn’t happened in over a decade. And they look forward to what is to come.

“Our future is really bright, so I’m very excited,” Bresnahan said.

They weren’t the ideal conditions to “enjoy a ball game” like Tuesday afternoon, with cloudy skies and cooler temperatures, but that didn’t deter White Sox fans from flocking to Armor Square for the game. afternoon to cheer. His team.

Many took time off work or skipped school to be in or near guaranteed rate camp, including 28-year-old Christian Pera. He and a colleague had to take a conference call from the back door.

“They said, ‘Maybe they should get off and we’ll talk later,’” said Pera, who works in real estate.

Many expected the guaranteed rate field to be as electric as it was Sunday night when the Sox came back and beat the Astros 12-6. The parking lots, where people were glued to the wheel before the game, were certainly setting the tone for another exhilarating crowd. Inside, the crowd was deafening at times, particularly after Gavin Sheets gave the Sox a 1-0 lead with a home run to center field.

But when the Red Sox fell behind, some fans began to leave the stadium in the sixth inning.

“Very disappointing,” muttered one fan to another.

Some smoked cigars and cigarettes to soften the disappointing result as a chorus of groans roared from within the park.

A fan, David S., who did not want to give his full name, had planned to attend Game 4 on Monday, but the postponement due to weather ruined that plan as he was unable to get off work in time to get to the 1 p.m. starts Tuesday. .

Still, he cycled to the guaranteed rate field because he wanted to experience the atmosphere of being surrounded by so many fans.

However, when he arrived, things were very bad. “It looks like a funeral now,” said David of Gage Park.

However, he preferred to see the bright side of things.

The Sox, he said, “brought me a lot of joy from what happened last year so far this and that, I am proud of my city and where I am from, the part of the city where I am from. I loved.

“With everything we are going through, the crime and the pandemic… it feels good to have something to support. I am a proud South Sider, born and raised here. ”

Other fans shared that pride.

Sydney Warner, 23, said “The Sox bring everyone together, so it was good that everyone was together. [to experience] that energy again. “Warner, who was born in Chicago but now lives in Michigan, said he was” shaking with excitement “throughout the game.

Jeremy Roberson, 25, was excited to be in his first Sox playoff game, but hoped for a better result.

“I enjoyed it as much as I could, but in the end you want to see your team win,” said Roberson, who wants the Red Sox to make some improvements this offseason.

“It could have been worse, but it could have been better. I’m somewhere in the middle right now, I’m frustrated. ”

As for what’s next?

“I’m going downtown and going to get something to drink,” Roberson said.

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