Chicago Cubs/White Sox Series Has Turned IntoThe Crosstown Yawn
What used to be one of the most exciting matchups in baseball is now just another inter-league matchup.
The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox used to play for not only a W, but for bragging rights throughout the season. Fans used to pack the North and South side stadiums to watch these two rivals battle it out for nine or more innings; now the ballpark food is more interesting than this matchup. The generation who saw the previous years of this inner city battle scratch their heads wondering why the competition is no longer there on the field and why the grit and passion of fans is absent, well the answer is fairly simple.
Ever since the incident involving A.J. Pierzynski and Michael Barrett occurred, escalating to a bench clearing brawl, the level of intensity between these two clubs has slowly dwindled down to nearly none. One would think that a brawl would cause tension between these two teams, however that is not the case, in fact, Cubs and Sox fans can sit in a room together and not want to ring each other’s necks. In the past years, fans would save up money to see just one game a year, Cubs vs. Sox. Now, the series is simply unappealing, boring even. Ticket prices for the series are still outrageous, which before was not a big deal to people, because what a person was going to see was worth the money spent. Now those who do spend the money to see these games are breaking the bank to see two losing ball clubs putting on a comedy skit on the field.
The above statement brings up another topic of conversation, the amount of games they play each other. Up until this year, fans are used to three games at Wrigley Field and three games at U.S. Cellular Field interrupted by a series with another team in between. This year is different, a measly two games at each ball park in the same week, which makes this series drag on like a bad action film. There does not seem to be a clear answer to resurrect this series known as the “Crosstown Cup”. For now the only cup worth seeing is the ones the beer man carries around, buy one, it may ease the pain these team’s play causes.
Perhaps this series is dead and gone; the flame has been blown out with no chance of being rekindled. Unfortunately the two competitive weekends we are used to seeing no longer exist. Cubs and Sox fans now share their feeling of sorrow as their beloved teams sit at the bottom of their respective divisions, and discuss their hopes and dreams of the future of Chicago baseball.