When I started doing sweep graphics in 2008 (here's the inaugural one, for those curious), I never anticipated it being a thing that I would keep doing for six years. For one thing, I didn't think this page would still exist six years later. Secondly, I didn't expect the Royals to sweep too many teams, thereby making the obligation a relatively minor one. And thus far, it really has been pretty painless.
What I didn't anticipate was the Royals sweeping the same teams repeatedly. So far, I've had to make multiple graphics for the Astros, the Twins, the Indians, the Mariners, and the White Sox.
It's kind of annoying. Why can't they ever sweep the Blue Jays or the Angels or the Orioles or any other team for which it would be really easy to make a new sweep graphic?
Why must I find new ways to represent these teams with abstract concepts for names?
And it's happened again. For the second series in a row, I find myself in that bind. The Royals swept the Indians last week, leading me to a crisis of conscience regarding their logo.
Today, I find myself in a similar situation, for the Royals just shit-housed the White Sox again.
I've previously represented the White Sox like this:
Not bad. A little on the cute side, but hey, their mascot is a sock. What the hell can you do?
But then, of course, the Royals swept them again.
So I posted this:
Yes, that's Tom Gamboa assaulter William Ligue, Jr., who is pretty representative of White Sox fans, at least those I've encountered.
He's not necessarily representative, though, of the team. And the attack happened twelve years ago, so maybe I should come up with something better.
So what am I to do?
I could always drag out the bloated corpse of Hawk Harrelson, but I'm starting to feel sorry for him.
I could use Southpaw, Chicago's bizarre furry lizard mascot, but I just made fun of Cleveland's Slider in the last post.
What Chicago White Sox icon is left to mock?
The answer is so obvious, I don't know why I've never thought of it before.
Presenting your newest White Sox sweep graphic:
As if President Obama doesn't have enough on his plate with Iraq, he likely is just as flummoxed by the Kansas City Royals sweeping his beloved Sox into the cellar.
Happy Father's Day, Barack!
Go Royals! You're the Best!