Crosstown Classic Fan Guide
The annual Crosstown Classic series is this weekend at Wrigley Field, when the White Sox will travel the 9.6 miles from the South Side to meet the Cubs. While neither team has high expectation this season, this series usually carries some weight at least for the fans, but how much should it? Far be it from me to tell people how to root but if you want to get the most out of this “rivalry” follow this helpful guide for fans of the North or South Siders.
1) Remember the Significance of These 6 Games. What is the significance you might ask? Nothing, except It allows the fans on either side of town to brag and counts toward the total season Win-Loss record. I have written this before that the Cubs are not the White Sox biggest rival (which you can read here) and the same goes the other way. Cubs fans should worry more about the Cardinals, Brewers, and Reds while Sox fans should concentrate on Tigers, Indians, and Twins. Treat this series for what it is, a chance for the two Chicago baseball teams to play each other and fans to enjoy it. Which is the next point on this super helpful guide…
2) Stay Classy Chicago. Now that we have established that this is not life or death on the baseball diamond, let’s treat it that way. Too many Sox and Cubs fans treat this as if it’s the biggest games of the year and resort to acting a fool. I don’t need to explain that, but just in case, it means the guy who starts fights over the team someone is representing. It’s also those fans who is getting into a screaming match over their team and make a fool of themselves. It’s the guy throwing a beer on someone, but I’m sure you get the point. This not to say that good natured ribbing and making fun of each other isn’t allowed. In fact I encourage it, just be clever if you have the ability.
3) Pick a Side. If there is anything Cubs and Sox fans can agree on is the “I like both teams” phrase is very annoying. Even if it is just for the sake of these 6 games pick a team, even if you do root for both teams pick one for the series. Now there are some exceptions to this rule, which are the following:
- You are from another city and root for a different team
- You have family/friends who play for one team or the other
That’s it. There are no other valid reasons. Not liking baseball isn’t as well as any other you can think of. Join in the fun pick a side and cheer your heart out. It’s not like these games matter, right?
By Chris Cavoto
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