[On this, the 13th anniversary of 2008’s Blackout Game, we’re running two features devoted to it — and with the White Sox’s recent announcement that all 2021 home playoff games will be “blacked out,” the timing couldn’t be better. Enjoy!]
It had been 13 years since the last time the Chicago White Sox were American League Central Division Champions.
A lot has changed since 2008 — in baseball, the White Sox, and in the world.
Let’s take a quick look back at the state of the world the last time the White Sox were AL Central champs.
Major League Baseball
- Instant replay was introduced for the first time in 2008, but challenges would not emerge for another several years
- The Houston Astros were a National League team
- No wild card games
- No players on the 2021 White Sox had made their major league debut
- The Chicago Cubs “curse” reached its 100th year
- The Minnesota Twins played at the Metrodome
- Shea Stadium and Old Yankee Stadium were in their final seasons
- Mike Mussina and Greg Maddux were pitching in their final seasons
- The Chicago Bulls made Derrick Rose the first overall pick in the NBA draft
- The Thunder were playing in their first season in Oklahoma City after ducking out of Seattle
- The New York Giants spoiled the New England Patriots’ unbeaten season in February’s Super Bowl
- The Detroit Lions went 0-16
- Aaron Rodgers made his first NFL start
- The Summer Olympics took place in Beijing
- Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford was…