New York Yankees – Almost every AL team could say they are a rival of the Yankees in some way, especially in the AL East and Central, it’s what happens when you make the playoffs each year. I still think it’s relevant to include the White Sox given the New York-Chicago rivalry, as well as the history of the two teams.
The White Sox battled and competed with the Yankees as early as 1920, and regularly competed for the pennant in the 1950s and 1960s, at a time when New York City was no.1 in population size and Chicago was no.2, the AL Standings often went the same way.
Boston Red Sox – we were the Sox before they were! ESPN’s favorite team was annoyed when the White Sox stole their thunder in 2005 by preventing them from repeating as champs and breaking our own curse instead, so they try to pretend that it never happened.
Milwaukee Brewers – This one had great potential but was unfortunately killed by Bud Selig when they were moved to the National League. If they had stayed in the same division, the Brewers might be the White Sox top rival, especially given how close in proximity the two teams are.
Houston Astros – The Latest team the Sox have played in the World Series. Despite their recent run of success, many still remember the 2005 World Series, and we get to relive it every time the Sox play them.
ESPN – one day they will acknowledge us.