Having the opportunity to write about the White Sox in a space where White Sox fans regularly visit was a dream of mine long before there were things like fan blogs. I’ve wanted to write about baseball since I was 13 years old and I’ve been a White Sox fan for even longer.
When I latched on with James Fegan and the guys five years and two blogs ago, I was thankful. During that time, I’ve grown as a writer and baseball analyst and also developed friendships that will last long beyond our baseball-writing days. Never did I imagine my work would one day be featured on ESPN or Baseball Prospectus.
When James left two years ago for his well-deserved gig at The Athletic, I was nervous but I was also excited. James’s shoes were, of course, impossible to fill, but Nick Schaefer and I did our best to provide thoughtful, insightful, and occasionally sardonic commentary on a team that it was easy to get frustrated with. There were struggles — sometimes created solely by the self-made pressure of living up to all the other great writing you can find about the White Sox these days, other times by the difficulty with keeping the site up-to-date while dealing with real-world things like work and life in general — but I’d like to hope we provided you with some measure of entertainment as you followed along with us and the team.
Baseball Prospectus is changing — for the better — and one of those changes includes rolling the BP Locals into the main site. What that means is that you won’t be reading White Sox coverage here on BP South Side any longer, but instead I’ll be working as an editor at BaseballProspectus.com, while Nick, as well as talented writers like Mark Primiano and Frank Firke will be popping up there with articles on the White Sox and whatever else might strike our fancy.
Saying goodbye to BPSS feels like the end of an era. We started this site close to three years ago and this collective, in one form or another, have been writing together for years going back to The Catbird Seat and Southside Showdown.
If you’ve followed along, whether it was for five years or a few months, thank you. Writing about the White Sox to an audience has been a dream of mine for virtually my entire life, and if something I wrote informed, entertained, or even irked you in some way, I’m grateful for you and your engagement.
But the good news is that it’s not over. It’s so long and farewell to BPSS, sure, but I encourage you to follow us over at BP if you don’t subscribe already, where you’ll find the usual cast of characters along with a large collection of supremely talented baseball minds and writers.
It’s not goodbye, it’s see you around. Thanks for reading.