It's no secret I don't like interleague play. I realize it's here to stay because the casual baseball fans LOVE it. But I've always looked upon the annual crosstown series with the Cubs as summer nuisance.
Even though I'm a White Sox season-ticket holder, I rarely attend the Sox-Cubs games at U.S. Cellular Field. Almost always, I sell those tickets or let somebody else have them. That series brings out the absolute worst in both fan bases. I simply don't enjoy going because I want to watch baseball, not listen to a bunch of meatheads get an argument over an infield single by Jim Edmonds (yes, that actually happened at the Cell in 2008).
The crosstown series is nothing more than six games in June. Those games don't carry any more weight in the standings than any of the other 156 regular season games. Yet everyone makes a big deal out of it. When the White Sox won the World Series in 2005, the fact that they lost two out of three to a mediocre Cubs team in June was a faint memory. Sorry, folks, that series doesn't matter that much in the big picture.
Now, the crosstown series is going to be even more ridiculous because the teams will be playing for the "BP Crosstown Cup." Whichever Chicago team wins more of the six head-to-head meetings in June is going to get a goofy trophy. I'm supposed to be excited about this?
Maybe the drunken dopes in town will be excited about this crap, but I don't care. There's only one trophy that matters -- the World Series trophy. The Sox raised it in 2005. I want to see the team get back to that level someday. Why the hell should you get a trophy for beating the Cubs? Lots of people have beaten the Cubs through the years. This is just dumb, dumb, dumb. It's an embarrassment to Chicago, frankly.
Since BP is sponsoring this thing, I'm sure both the Sox and the Cubs are making a fair bit of money. That's really what this is about. I know most Sox fans aren't excited about this new trophy. I can't imagine Cubs fans are all that hyped up about it either.