Friday, April 18, 2014

Food-Issue Friday: I'm Your Captain

"I'm your captain, I'm your captain..."~ Grand Funk Railroad's "I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home"

The 1990 Coca-Cola White Sox set commemorated the 80th anniversary of Comiskey Park, and was the sixth consecutive (and final) White Sox team set sponsored by the soft drink company. That would be the final year of the Park- which hosted not only the South Siders, but the NFL's Chicago Cardinals, a heavy-weight title match (1937, Joe Louis vs. James Braddock), two Beatles concerts and even the Chicago Cubs in the 1918 World Series.

I'm We're Your Captain(s)
Today's card features the co-captains of the 1990 squad, Ozzie Guillen and Carlton Fisk. Rare is the team which gives the honorary title to its leader, let alone two leaders, but that is exactly what manager Jeff Torborg did for a team that had won only 69 games the previous year. Under the duo's leadership, the 1990 ChiSox went on to finish second in the American League West with a 94-68 record.

Getting Closer to Their Home
1989 record at Comiskey: 35-45 (.438)
1990 record at Comiskey: 49-31 (.613)

Atlanta Alumnus:
Guillen spent two seasons with the Brave (1998, 1999), accumulating only 496 at-bats and hitting .260 while providing his usual good defense. His best moment as a Brave came in the sixth game of the 1999 NLCS, delivering a pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the 10th to tie the Mets. Atlanta would go on to win in the bottom of the eleventh, capturing the NL pennant in the process.

Twenty years before the final season at Comiskey,  a blue-collar blues/rock band called Grand Funk Railroad released their album, Closer to Home, which featured the epic, classic rock staple, I'm Your Captain/Closer to Home. While popular with the fans, the band was not so popular with rock critics, which hasn't helped their chances of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

One interesting fact about the band: their 1971 concert at Shea Stadium sold out in less than 72 hours- breaking the previous venue record which had been held by the Beatles.

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