submitted on October 19, 2005, 5:34 PM
So, unless you've been living under a rock for the past two weeks, you're probably aware that the Chicago White Sox are on their way to the World Series for the first time in about 50 years, trying to win their first World Series since the 1919 Black Sox scandal. Needless to say, 'Chicago' and 'World Series' aren't exactly synonymous. The Cubs haven't been to the Series since '54, haven't won since '08.
I grew up a Cubs fan. I didn't always have disdain for the White Sox, there was even a point in the early-to-mid 90s where I was a White Sox fan. Frank Thomas, Tim Raines, Lance Johnson, Robin Ventura, Ozzie Guillen, Jack McDowell, Wilson Alvarez, etc. Needless to say I watched them pretty often. As I grew up, however, I learned about the popular trend of Chicagoans to choose between the North Siders and the South Siders. With the White Sox and their infamous 'White Flag Trade', it became pretty easy for me to stick with the Cubs and learn to have disdain for the White Sox, something I've stuck with for a while now.
Now, however, I'm in a bit of a pickle. The White Sox, the Cubs' cross-town rival, have made it to the World Series. The World Series is coming to Chicago. And the moment that I should be dreading, the very real possibility that the White Sox could be World Champions, is almost upon us. And yet, for some reason, I don't have that feeling of dread. Instead, it's caused me to sit back and reflect on Chicago sports in general. At what point in time does your love for the city you live in overtake your animosities in the sports world? Is watching St. Louis or Houston walk away as 'World Series Champion' more gratifying than watching a championship come home to Chicago once again, even if it is the White Sox who bring it?
I guess at the very basic level, I want the Cubs to do better than the Sox. When they face each other in interleague play, nothing would please me more than to watch the Sox get swept. However, once the Cubs are out of the picture, where does pride for one's city come into play? Is it wrong to want the White Sox to do well for the good of the city? To have Chicago go back to its days of glory when the Bulls were winning championships every year in the 90s?
When next year comes around, I will once again eagerly anticipate buying tickets for the 2006 Cubs season. But for now, I want what's best for the great city of Chicago. And what's best for Chicago is a World Series victory. Even if it's done by those damned White Sox.
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