White Sox fans create blackout

White Sox fans create blackout

CHICAGO -- If good guys truly do wear black, then roughly 40,000 of them packed U.S. Cellular Field for Tuesday's tiebreaker showdown between the White Sox and Twins.

The White Sox urged fans to "black out" the stadium by wearing nothing but black, and the fans did not disappoint.

Mitch Gurick and his daughter, Alexi, loved the idea. Sitting along the first-base line in their black garb, the father and daughter were gearing up for one of the most exciting games of their lives.

"It would be awesome if the Sox won," Alexi Gurick said. "I hope the blackout works."

"We left the mom and the brother at home," added Mitch Gurick, who lives in Hinsdale, Ill., with his family. "They're Cubs fans."

For the younger crowd on hand, the tiebreaker game was the most intense and important game of their lives.

Take Matthew Goldstein, an 11-year-old who has attended six games this season. He loved the blackout idea, and has often made other requests of the team.

"When the Sox are doing bad, I write a letter to help them get grouped up together and do good," he said. "And here we are, the tiebreaker match, and I have a feeling the White Sox will beat the Twins and go to playoff glory once again."

Goldstein said he's been a White Sox fan since 2005, when the White Sox won their first World Series in 88 years. To help try and get them back to the playoffs this year, Goldstein wrote one of his letters to the team after it was swept in Minnesota last week.

"The White Sox, they didn't do so good when they got swept," Goldstein said. "But I told them to regroup, and they did it."

Fans have come up with some pretty clever signs to rally the White Sox. One fan in the crowd sported a "Thank You Dusty Ryan" sign, in appreciation of the four wild pitches that got by the Tigers catcher Monday. Another sign that day read: "I skipped preschool to see history."

One thing all the Sox fans at The Cell could agree on Tuesday is how much they'd like to see their team repeat the history it made just three seasons ago.

"Hopefully this will be as exciting as 2005," Mitch Gurick said. "In order to be as exciting, they'd have to win the World Series. Anything short of winning the World Series can't be as exciting."

David Just is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.