White Sox owner cheering for crosstown rival in Fall Classic against division rival Indians. The White Sox were last team in Chicago to win World Series in 2005, Cubs ended 71 year pennant drought last Saturday.
Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf told reporters on Monday he was rooting for the crosstown rival Cubs in the upcoming World Series according to csnchicago.com. The Cubs, ended a 71-year World Series appearance drought this past Saturday.
The Cubs will face the Indians on Tuesday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Reinsdorf’s endorsement of the Cubs has to come as a surprise to many Sox fans. However, the Sox owner stated Cubs fans have suffered long enough.
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This might be true, but haven’t Sox fans suffered long enough too? Not to knock the Cubs as they rebuilt its team correctly, and should be successful for many years to come. But the Sox have been unable to string together consecutive winning seasons since 2005-2006. Sadly, Sox fans are suffering right now as they watch their crosstown and division rivals clash in the Fall Classic.
It’s nice of Reinsdorf to want to support the local team in its quest for a World Championship. However, he should perhaps put more focus on building a championship contender with the baseball team he owns.
"“Cubs fans have suffered enough. They deserve to have a winner. It would be great for the city.My White Sox fans won’t be happy with me saying this. They’ll think I’m a traitor. But that’s how I feel.”"
Reinsdorf continues to alienate Sox fans, and it appears he has no problem with it. If the Cubs end up winning the World Series, it will be the franchise’s first since 1908. The Sox currently aren’t close to even contending for the postseason in 2017, and their playoff drought could get longer after next season.
The Sox have a long way to go in order to be competitive again, and Reinsdorf’s frugality isn’t going to help the team anytime soon. It would be nice if the Cubs recent success could actually motivate Reinsdorf into spending more money this off-season. But Sox fans know to expect nothing but half-measured attempts at success from this front office.
With the World Series set to begin on Tuesday night, Sox fans can only hope this team will someday play again in the Fall Classic. Hopefully for the Sox, their World Series drought won’t become as long as its last drought of 47 years. Sox fans want a winner, but Reinsdorf is more concerned with rooting for the crosstown team then actually building a winning baseball team on the South Side.