Friday, June 10, 2005

The Sox are playing the Cubs in a game that means something for the first time since the 1918 World Series. Interestingly, it's the Red Sox first trip to Beautiful Wrigley Field. The 1918 World Series games in Chicago were played at Comiskey Park, which had a higher seating capacity.

I'd love to be out at Wrigley today with a bratwurst and an Olde Style beer. Actually, that sounds like a good idea whether the Sox are there or not.

A lot has been made of the Cubs Curse of the Billy Goat as compared to the Red Sox recently broken Curse of the Bambino. Which one is worse? If you ask me, I think the Cubs World Series drought is much worse. At least the Red Sox have gotten close a few times before finally winning it last year. The Cubs haven't even been to the World Series since 1945. They didn't have two consecutive seasons over .500 between 1971-'72 and 2003-'04. They did get close to winning the NL Pennant a couple of times, notably in 1984, when they blew a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 NLCS and in 2003 in the infamous Steve Bartman game.

Speaking of Bartman, I remember saying to people the day after the game that I was glad I wasn't a Cubs fan that day. Little did I realize the horror that awaited us in game 7 in Yankee Stadium.

I guess you could make an argument that the Sox curse has been worse, since they've snatched defeat from the jaws of victory so many times. Personally, I'd rather be a contending team most of the time like the Red Sox than pretty much stink for the better part of six decades like the Cubs. The Sox have been in contention pretty consistently since 1967, making the post-season 10 times since then. The Cubs have only been in the post-season 4 times since 1945.

One last thing. How come no one talks about a White Sox curse? The South Siders haven't won the Series since 1917. Now I don't believe in curses, but none of this stuff has ever taken hold with the White Sox. That may speak well to the practicality of White Sox fans, or it may just be that they don't have the "lovable losers" tag that has followed the Cubs around and they haven't failed as spectacularly as the Red Sox.

Unfortunately, the Sox got beat 14-6. Greg Maddux hit a home run today, his first since 1999. Chicks dig the long ball!


At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Brian said...

I think the reason that no one talks about the White Sox is because of the Black Sox scandal. I've never really thought about it. However, if you believe that the Series was fixed (and an argument can be made that they took money, but no one really did anything to fix the series), that the drought is a sort of Karmic payback for their transgressions.


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