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  • South Side Blackout - New Article from Foulke You

    Our own Foulke You wrote an article remembering the original blockout game. Enjoy…

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  • #2
    Of all the articles written on this site, this one truly nails it. Just an incredible job, I echo every word from 2008 on that day until now. Well done sir!

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    • #3
      Great job, Foulke you. One nit - Tyler Flowers was obtained via trade with ATL not by draft. I was lucky to be at both Games 162 and 163 that fall. The Blackout game was the single most exciting sporting event I've ever attended. You perfectly captured the electric atmosphere at the ballpark that night.

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      • #4
        One of the greatest games and events in White Sox history. Watched on TV, wish that I could have been there in person.
        Now coming up to bat for the White Sox is the Mighty Mite, Nelson Fox.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by LongLivetheBull View Post
          Of all the articles written on this site, this one truly nails it. Just an incredible job, I echo every word from 2008 on that day until now. Well done sir!
          I really appreciate it and glad you enjoyed it. I wanted to write something leading up to the playoffs and there are so many good storylines that could be hit on with this particular team, but the moment I heard they were bringing back the blackouts, I started thinking a lot about that night and atmosphere back in 2008. It was really special. I hope they can recapture some of that magic on Sunday. If they do, it's going to be a tough place for the Astros because this team has a lot more talent than the 2008 club.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Chez View Post
            Great job, Foulke you. One nit - Tyler Flowers was obtained via trade with ATL not by draft. I was lucky to be at both Games 162 and 163 that fall. The Blackout game was the single most exciting sporting event I've ever attended. You perfectly captured the electric atmosphere at the ballpark that night.
            Thanks! Attending BOTH the makeup 162 and the Blackout game had to be amazing for you. The Alexei slam off Gary Glover was a classic moment. You must have been emotionally drained before the playoffs even started. I agree that the Blackout of '08 is probably the best sporting event I've attended as well. The crowd was buzzing before a pitch was thrown. Just a charged atmosphere.

            Good catch on Flowers. I mistakenly referred to him as a Sox draft pick. He wasn't our pick but was a product of the Braves system. He spent a decent amount of time in our system after we got him and was tabbed as our catcher of the future so I often think of him as "ours". There was a lot of optimism when he arrived as the heir to Pierzynski. It wasn't Gordon Beckham levels of hype for Flowers but still disappointing that he never was much more than a backup.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Chez View Post
              I was lucky to be at both Games 162 and 163 that fall. The Blackout game was the single most exciting sporting event I've ever attended.
              Me too- the Alexei grand slam in game 162 itself was an incredible moment, then tickets for game 163 go on sales almost immediately, then the stunning view of the Black Out game (the best description I've heard was "cauldron" ) - an incredibly special few days (including the win in Game 161 vs. Cleveland that started the entire "miracle finish").
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              • #8
                One of my strongest memory from those 2 days was everyone running down the ramps towards the end of game 162 to get in line outside the park for tickets for game 163.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by notjimrose View Post
                  One of my strongest memory from those 2 days was everyone running down the ramps towards the end of game 162 to get in line outside the park for tickets for game 163.
                  There were a bunch of people lined up inside the park as well to the Customer Service area behind home plate.

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