Crosstown Classic Means Bragging Rights for White Sox

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 24: Anthony Swarzak
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 24: Anthony Swarzak /

The Crosstown Classic does have some meaning for the White Sox. It gives them bragging rights over the Cubs during a time when they aren’t contender.

The nine-game skid is ovah! The Chicago White Sox took game one of the crosstown classic 3-1 over the Cubs. Adam Engel and Matt Davidson each had a solo home run and Miguel Gonzalez was solid on the hill. The right hander allowed one run on seven hits in 7.1 innings. It was his fifth victory of the season.

The crosstown classic is more about bragging rights in the city of Chicago. And let’s be honest, it’s the only championship the White Sox have a shot at winning. Since the series began in 1997, the White Sox are 10-4-6. It doesn’t mean much but it gives them something to hang their hat on.

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Both of these teams are in very different spots. The Cubs are contending for another World Series championship. The White Sox are in the midst of a rebuild. So far it has gone really well for them. The organization has picked a lane and Rick Hahn has stuck to it. There’s no indication he will sway away from the path they have chosen.

What’s even better is this team is still fun to watch and they have re-energized their fan base. It’s always difficult to watch a losing team. Hahn remained very open about the direction. And that garnered the respect of the fans. He is always very honest when he addresses the media and that has garnered him a lot of support.

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The White Sox probably won’t be good until 2019 or 2020. That means we have a lot of losing baseball left to watch. It’s nice to see them beat the Cubs because that is a rival. They will still be fun to watch and hopefully their talent pans out and they’re a force in the AL Central in the near future.