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Take down the 2005 sign, Sox

By Evan F. Moore

For RedEye

6:16 PM CDT, July 2, 2013

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After all the pomp and circumstance of the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Final, fans now turn their attention to the mass of ineptitude that is Chicago baseball. It's downright laughable.

The good news for the Cubs is they're not as bad as the White Sox. The North Siders have some highly touted draft picks in the minors. Fans have heard all about them. The Sox, on the other hand, are struggling with their young players. It is well-documented that the minor league system is in desperate need of help.

Because of that, I firmly believe the Sox need a massive rebuild. This needs to happen sooner than later. The white flag needs to be raised, and the team needs to move on. And the transition process can start by removing the biggest reminder to the 2005 World Series championship.

Take down the 2005 World Series Championship sign that overlooks the Dan Ryan. Looking at the Sox's record this season, clearly it doesn't scare any team that comes to the Cell. It didn't matter much to Cleveland when the Indians swept a doubleheader last week. I drive by the Cell every day and I often say to myself, "It's time to move on."

The team might have separation anxiety when it comes to taking the sign down. But think about this: Have you heard of any other Major League franchise that has a constant reminder on such grand scale? The Cubs don't have a huge reminder of their last World Series win.

Instead, the Sox should put up a mural highlighting the team's history.

I understand that in most circles, the Sox are known for two regrettable events: the Black Sox scandal and "Disco Demolition" night. I get that the organization would rather put a positive spin on things.

Still, things are looking bleak on the South Side right now. There is nowhere to go but up. Remove the sign. Start fresh.

Evan F. Moore is a RedEye special contributor. @evanfmoore

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