2008 vs. Now: What’s Changed Since the White Sox Last Made the Playoffs
What has changed in politics, pop culture, tehnology, music, and baseball since the White Sox last made the playoffs in 2008? A whole hell of a lot.
Over the last couple of days, White Sox Twitter has been blowing up with tweets containing different variations of the “what I looked like last time the Sox made the playoffs vs. now” format.
I have done some digging, and a lot has changed… clearly. For example, none of us were wearing masks the last time the White Sox were playing in October, whereas we’re prepping for postseason baseball amidst a global pandemic in 2020. Prepare yourselves for a nostalgic journey back to the last time the Chicago White Sox went to the postseason, 2008.
Americans have seen three presidents since 2008. Before Barack Obama won the 2008 election, the Tampa Bay Rays knocked the White Sox out of the postseason while George W. Bush still in office. After Obama’s two-term reign as Commander-in-Chief, current president Donald Trump has been occupying the Oval Office since 2016.
In early May of 2008, Robert Downey Jr. gave Hollywood one last bounce-back shot by starring in future blockbuster and cultural phenomenon, Iron Man. Iron Man was one of the hottest movies of the year, as it sold over 100,000,000 tickets in North American theaters. The role revamped Robert Downey Jr. for many years to come, as evidenced by his success in the incredibly famous Marvel Cinematic Universe set of movies. 23 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been on the big screen over an 11-year span.
Another movie series debuted in 2008, bringing out the inner girl in everyone. Twilight brought about a difficult choice for so many in 2008: Team Edward or Team Jacob. Five books as thick as a 16-inch softball followed by five movies hitting the big screen swept the nation. Taylor Lautner has been rather quiet in Hollywood, but Robert Pattinson is set to portray Batman in a new movie.
On July 29th of 2008, the second iPhone model was released for sale. The iPhone 3G hit shelves, and as you could imagine, people couldn’t get enough of them. In the 12 years that have passed, 23 new iPhones have debuted in various styles and colors. By October of this year, the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max will be up for sale, and like the rest, will continue selling.
Flo Rida managed to stay halfway relevant over the last 12 years when he held the number one song in the country, “Low.” Music has changed in oh so many ways over the years. Country music is pop, rappers just mumble now, and well, WAP is the number one song in the country. I think that is all I have to say about that.
The biggest “wow” of the time period that the White Sox spent in postseason jail is the Chicago Cubs winning a World Series. The Cubs were not in postseason jail per se; it was more of a ‘winning the World Series’ jail. 2008 marked a beautiful milestone in Chicago history, as the Cubs’ World Series Championship drought officially hit the 100-year mark. A whole damn century!
In 2016, The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games to secure the ‘ship and end a 108-year drought. Are we happy they won because the Indians are in the Central? I don’t know. That is the kind of question that keeps me up at night. What do you guys think? Let me know on Twitter @DaGerbs.
12 years have passed since the White Sox clinched a postseason berth. It was a blast surfing the internet and not having to use Internet Explorer to find topics for this article. Time really does fly and I’m ecstatic about it because we as fans are closer and closer each and every day to watching the White Sox play postseason baseball. I now understand why people constantly regurgitating the saying, “Time flies when your team sucks,” or whatever it is they say.