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Hoosier Sox fans celebrate championship

Postby Big Dog » Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:54 pm

Hoosier Sox fans celebrate championship

CROWN POINT | Marty Mucker handled the White Sox World Series Trophy as if he were handling priceless jewels.

Before the first picture of the trophy could be taken in Crown Point Tuesday, Mucker, an event tour manager for the White Sox, cleaned it with a green cloth and straightened it on its stand, preparing it for its close-up viewing.

Wearing a White Sox tie and baseball cap, Mayor Dan Klein was the first to have his photo taken with the trophy.

"Having the trophy here is a home run for Crown Point," Klein said.

To many Sox fans, the 35-pound trophy crafted from gold and sterling silver by Tiffany & Co. is the more precious than its $70,000 insured value. The opportunity to see it is priceless.

Although the World Series win took place five months ago, excitement about ending the team's 86-year drought hasn't dimmed. Hundreds of White Sox fans from around Northwest Indiana lined up to see the trophy Tuesday in the Old Courthouse.

Crown Point was the first Northwest Indiana stop on the trophy's tour of Chicago and its suburbs.

Although touching the trophy was prohibited, Crown Point resident Marty Boggess couldn't resist the urge to rub its base.

Boggess, a Sox fan for 61 years, didn't make it to the World Series this year but has a framed ticket from Game 1 of the 1959 World Series he attended with his father.

"This was the most fabulous year for baseball," Boggess said. "To win 11 of 12 in the playoffs, that's almost impossible."

Hobart resident Jerry Jordan had his picture taken wearing a "Cubs Still Suck" T-shirt, eliciting cheers and laughter from the crowd. He planned to send the picture to his son, Jerry Jordan Jr., who is serving in Baghdad.

The fans weren't at all concerned about the team's rocky spring training record, the need for a left-handed bullpen reliever or the health of leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik.

"Spring is just practice," said Mark Machnic, who was seeing the trophy with his 6-year-old son, Michael, his nephew and his nephew's friend. "You expect them to win, now."

Griffith resident Chuck Paternostro brought his 13-month-old son, Joe, to see the trophy and to start dreaming about a repeat championship this year.

"I would buy a World Series ticket now if they were on sale already," he said.
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