2) White Sox Are Second Choice In Their Own City
The Chicago White Sox are so beloved in Chicago that they’re not even the favorite baseball team in their own city. That’s right, the Chicago Cubs haven’t won a World Series in 108 years (when the White Sox won in 2005) and Chicago baseball fans mostly bleed Cubs blue.
In Chicago, pretty much only south-side snobs root for the White Sox.
The White Sox come WAY down in the Chicago sports pecking order behind the NFL’s Bears, the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, the Cubs, and probably the NHL’s Black Hawks.
The Cubs play in a historic ballpark in Wrigley Field. The White Sox think their fans are so dumb they need to be told what cell phone to buy by naming their bland bandbox U.S. Cellular Field. The Cubs have rooftop bleacher seats, and baseball tradition. Heck, people remember the Cubs FAILURES more than they remember the White Sox’s successes. Steve Bartman’s infamous grab of a foul ball lights up phone lines in Chicago talk radio toady. And the Cubs 1969 collapse to the onrushing Mets is renowned in baseball history.
What baseball fan outside the south side remembers ANY moment from the White Sox’s 2005 World Series victory?
I thought so.
This season, both the Cubs and White Sox have gotten off to scorching starts. And who does Chicago care about? Yeah. The Cubs. If the Cubs win the 2016 World Series, it will galvanize the whole freaking country. If the White Sox were to beat the Cubbies for the title, most of Chicago will feel let down.
That wouldn’t be a whole lot of fun to cheer for after experiencing the whole city getting behind the Kansas City Royals last season.
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