Tell us Your Favorite Chicago Cubs Fan Story: Win Free Gas

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You’re a fan of the Chicago Cubs, and TSB is hear to make summer driving season a little financially easier for you., the Cubs fan. BP, sponsor of the BP Crosstown Cup is here to help.

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Tell us Your Favorite Chicago White Sox Fan Story: Win Free Gas

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You’re a fan of the Chicago White Sox, tell us why. Is it because they beat the Cubs yet again, to take home the BP Crosstown Cup? And make summer driving season a little financially easier for you. BP, sponsor of the BP Crosstown Cup is here to help.

 

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White Sox Reach 500! Then Fall Right Back Below it Again!

Since the horrific 11-22 start, the Chicago White Sox have been playing about .600 baseball. Keep up that winning percentage, and they’re projected for 86-88 wins, certainly enough to win a weak division like the AL Central. And here’s another reason to be optimistic- the past weekend they finally conquered a hurdle that they had been tripping over repeatedly these past couple months. Every time they get to two games under .500, they lose. They keep winning enough to get back there, only to stumble again.

And in their continued mastery of the Chicago Cubs, winning yet another series over their north-side windy city brethren, they not only reached 1 game below .500, but even-Stephen .500 winning percentage itself at 42-42 on Saturday, a 31-20 “run propelled them to this point.” Yes, that phrase does produce a little chuckle. Like people who love Jimmy Buffett’s music probably often say “hooray for mediocrity!” (Sorry Parrotheads, it was too fun to pass up).

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Cubs, White Sox Rivalry Known by many Names over the Years

 Today, it’s called the BP Crosstown Cup (it’s official name), BP Crosstown Classic, or The Windy City Showdown. It’s also been called the Red Line Series, City Series, Crosstown Series, Crosstown Cup, Gatorade Windy City Classic, Busch Crosstown Classic or Crosstown Showdown

In other words, the Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox rivalry has a had a lot of names. But throughout it all, the White Sox seem to keep getting the best of the Cubs. The Cubbies won today, but they lost the 2011 edition of the series. The all time series stands in favor of the Sox 49-41, 45-39 in the regular season. The Southside also has a 400-376 run differential all time. And they won the meeting which mattered the most by far, the 1906 World Series.

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Chicago Cubs: BP Crosstown Cup Preview with Andre Dawson

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As the city gears up for the second round of the BP Crosstown Cup, both teams are unfortunately below .500 currently. In the summer of 2011, the Chicago intra-city series will be more about bragging rights than ever for Cubs fans. As their fans know all too well, the Cubbies are buried in fifth place in the NL Central, 12 games out with a record of 32-48.

This holiday weekend gives the Cubs a chance to even the score from round one of the red line series last week, when the White Sox took two out of three at U.S. Cellular Field.

This time, the Cubs have home field advantage, but it may not be enough to make a difference versus a Sox team that has owned the NL in inter-league play.

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Chicago White Sox: BP Crosstown Cup Preview with Ron Kittle

As the city gears up for the second round of the BP Crosstown Cup, both teams are unfortunately enter the series below .500. In the summer of 2011, the Chicago intra-city series will be more about bragging rights than ever, unless the White Sox can get over the hump and win the AL Central.

They’re in striking distance for first place, unlike the Cubs, who have absolutely no shot at the postseason.

Since the horrific 11-22 start, the White Sox have been playing about .600 baseball. Keep up that winning percentage, and they’re projected for 86-88 wins, certainly enough to win a weak division like the AL Central. But here’s a reason not to be optimistic- they seem to be tripping over the same hurdle over and over again these past couple months. Every time they get to two games under .500, they lose. They keep winning enough to get back there, only to stumble again.

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Crosstown Rivalry Renewed: White Sox vs. Cubs 2011 Begins TONIGHT!

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North side vs. South side. Red & Blue vs. Black & White. “All In” vs. “It’s a Way of Life.” This is the Crosstown Classic, a series that divides households, neighborhoods, and an entire city for six of baseball’s 162 games every year.

The Cubs travel south Monday to face the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field for the first three games of the series. With both teams floundering in the middle of their divisions, the series might be the only substitute for a playoff atmosphere, considering the postseason doesn’t appear to be probable for either team (at least at this point in the season).

By Jacob Gregus

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Lou Loses it before BP Crosstown Cup

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Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella should be happy that today is the same day as the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup parade. And that there’s reported in-fighting between White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and GM Kenny Williams. Otherwise, we’d have a slow news day on our hands, and his latest rant, right before the BP Crosstown Cup, would be ubiquitous right now. I can’t find the video yet, but it will be all over YouTube soon I assure you.

By Paul M. Banks

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Soxman excited about BP Crosstown Cup

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Cubs have legitimate shot at a 2010 championship trophy

By Soxman

What better way to get fans even more deeply embattled over who has the best mediocre team (looking at 2010 records at this point in the season anyway), then to raise the stakes of inter-league play even higher?

What if I told you that there is a 50% certainty Cubs fans might see a championship trophy on the Northside this year? Well, it’s true, and could happen before the All-Star break.

The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox announced on April 26, 2010 an official trophy to heat up the Crosstown Classic even further as both sides will compete for the BP Crosstown Cup.

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Cubs-Sox series becomes even MORE Corporate

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There’s a new corporate sponsor, and trophy, added to the Windy City’s Red Line series. Yes, it’s like a college football trophy game now…if it were sponsored by a giant oil multinational.

CHICAGO (April 26, 2010)Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox today announced an official structure to the celebrated Chicago interleague rivalry known to fans as the Crosstown Classic. Starting in 2010, the series will be called the BP Crosstown Cup, and its new format will raise the stakes of the series and solidify its standing as an annual, citywide observance.

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Cubs and Sox Fans Mutually Exclusive?

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By Sam Svoboda

Before I even begin, I’d just like to say that I fully expect to catch some flak for this- too many people have their opinions on the Cubs and the Sox and refuse to even think about modifying them. But with the “Crosstown Classic” again this weekend, it’s a perfect time to examine the possibility that maybe, just maybe, the city’s two baseball teams are not mutually exclusive. In other words, liking the Sox does not mean you have to hate the Cubs, and vice versa: you can actually (gasp!) like both teams.

If you haven’t already started typing out a comment degrading my sports intelligence, hear me out. I’ll start with my personal story: My paternal grandfather is a life-long Cubs fan and my maternal grandfather is a life-long Sox fan. I grew up going to games both at Wrigley and Comiskey, and listening to both Harry Caray and Hawk Harrelson. I can rattle off the names of completely forgettable Southsiders like Mike Caruso and Jorge Fabregas and Northsiders like Jose Nieves and Brant Brown (insert obligatory dropped fly ball reference here).

And when I was little no one ever told me I was wrong to grow up rooting for (aka suffering with) both teams. Maybe it was because I was a kid, and they figured eventually I’d pick one or the other. But I still don’t see the need to choose. And it’s not because I’m a “glory hunter”, thinking that supporting two teams will double my chances of success- I mean, this is Chicago baseball we’re talking about after all, where World Series titles are less frequent than Haley’s Comet. I just think that, as a born-and-bred Chicagoan and one who loves his city, why shouldn’t I root for both of the teams that are representing it?CT 00294379E_Sox0628_23.JPG

Now, I also realize that this argument is not universal, especially as a fan of English soccer, where “derbies” between teams in the same city make the rivalry between Cubs and Sox fans look almost loving. But these are different in fundamental ways, and can actually provide contrasts that show why the Chicago baseball teams are not mutually exclusive (for simplicity, we’ll compare the Cubs and Sox to North London soccer rivals Arsenal and Tottenham).

First of all, the Cubs and Sox only play six out of their 162 games against each other (1 out of every 27 games), whereas Arsenal plays Tottenham twice in a 38 game season (1 out of 19 games- not counting the possibility that they’ll also face each other in a domestic cup competition). I’m basically the opposite of a math major, but I can tell you that the six Crosstown Classic games will not have a huge impact on the overall season. But in the Premier League, where there are no playoffs and everything is decided in the regular season, two matches can be very influential in determining a team’s fate.

More important than the different mathematical weights of games, however, is the different league structures. In the Premier League’s “single table” structure, every Tottenham match has an impact on the same standings that Arsenal are in- they’re fighting for the same spots.

With the two-league structure of MLB, though, how the Cubs are doing has zero effect on the Sox’ hopes of success, and vice versa. In fact, games against the other Chicago team mean a whole lot less than those against division rivals, or even just fellow NL or AL teams. These separate spheres mean that the success of one team does not hinder the other… unless the two play each other in the World Series again, in which case Satan will need to buy some heavy wool clothing.arsenal-london-club-badge-4900624

This is magnified even more when you add in history. Arsenal and Tottenham have been playing each other in high stakes matches- including many in the aforementioned cup tournaments- for over a hundred years (except for the years when Tottenham have been relegated to the second division). The Cubs and Sox played each other in the 1906 World Series. Interleague play started in 1997. Suffice to say, the two teams didn’t exactly play hundreds of meaningful games between each other in those 91 interceding years.

So while they’ve occupied the same town, the Sox and the Cubs might as well have been in separate universes in baseball terms- and they still compete in separate spheres today, although they both represent our fair city. Again, I’m not naive enough to think that the above argument will make all Chicagoans love both teams, but if I’ve convinced one person….