Michael Barrett got his career kicked off with the Montreal Expos before they moved to become the Washington Nationals. He was a first-round selection for them and he turned out to have a pretty nice 12 year Major League career. He didn’t, however, become one of the biggest Chicago White Sox rivals as a member of the Expos. It wasn’t until he got to the crosstown Chicago Cubs that saw him become one of the most hated figures for White Sox fans.
It all started on a summer afternoon in 2006. The Cubs were a very mediocre baseball team that year and the White Sox were defending World Series Champions. A.J. Pierzynski and Michael Barrett had a fight at home plate after Pierzynski ran into Barrett during a play at the plate. The home plate collision and insinuating fight led the benches to clear and it was on.
From that day forward, Michael Barrett was a hated rival for the White Sox, and A.J. Pierzynski was a hated rival for the Cubs. Barrett owning the White Sox day would be one of the worst things that could ever happen to White Sox fans. He couldn’t handle the heat that Pierzynski was giving that day so he threw a cheap shot at A.J. It is one of the most memorable crosstown games of all time. Barrett as a White Sox owner would be just awful.