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Crosstown Rivalry: White Sox Get to Carlos Zambrano

Zambrano1After taking two out of three games in their first series against the Cubs, the White Sox were able to rattle Carlos Zambrano’s cage enough to give him a mental breakdown and get him taken out after one inning and an altercation with Derek Lee in the dugout.

In the first inning, the White Sox were able to put four runs on the board, mostly thanks to Carlos Quentin’s three run homer that brought in Alex Rios and Paul Konerko.

Zambrano was noticably livid heading into the dugout, the episode ending in being taken into the clubhouse by Lou Piniella and Alan Trammel and being taken out of the game. Read the rest of this entry »

Cubs in Denial While White Sox Look to the Future

One of the many differences between White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams and Cubs GM Jim Hendry is that Kenny harbors no illusions of the playoffs this season. Could it still happen? Sure, mathematically at least. But is it likely? Hell no.

And it’s even less likely for the Cubs, of course. The division is out of reach and the wild card requires climbing over too many teams. Plus, the Cubs aren’t playing like they want it anyway.

So the White Sox supposedly send a memo to the other clubs that Jermaine Dye, Jim Thome and Scott Linebrink are available. Read the rest of this entry »

Cubs Tie Season Series With Win Vs. White Sox

APTOPIX White Sox Cubs BaseballAlfonso Soriano has been horrible as of late, bad enough for there to be rumblings of him being benched for a couple games.

His batting average over the past five games has been a measly .095, and he hasn’t gotten a hit in his last 15 at bats.

However, today, he went 2-5 with one gigantic RBI.

The Cubs started the day locked in an outstanding pitching duel between ace Carlos Zambrano going up against White Sox stud Gavin Floyd. Read the rest of this entry »

A Cubs Fan’s Props to Ozzie Guillen

1Cubs and White Sox fans have a unique love-hate relationship. Basically, we love to hate each other.

Oh sure, I know there are the so-called “Chicago fans”, and while I’ve never really understood not having an allegiance to one team or the other, I do know a good baseball manager when I see one.

That manager would be one Oswaldo José Guillén Barrios.

I have tried awfully hard to never let the die-hard Cubs fan in me cloud my ability to be objective.

Sox fans who have been spoiled by the success of the 2005 team may ask, “what has Ozzie done for me lately?”

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Crosstown Classic Part Deux

The Cubs and White Sox are ready to start the second Cross-Town Series later today, and I couldn’t be more excited.

The Cubs won the first series 3-0, and if they can avoid a sweep, will have won the series yet again.

This year started with the Cubs and White Sox tied at 30-30 for the entire series that gives the winning Chicago team bragging rights.

In the first series, Aramis Ramirez was the shining star, hitting six hits, 4 home runs, and 8 RBI’s in just 13 at bats against the Sox.

The first game was a close one, won by the Cubs by a late inning comeback, whereas the second two games were won more handily by the Cubs.

The Sox need to make a big comeback to avoid being on the losing side of yet another Red Line Series.

The White Sox have only swept the Cubs once (1999) since the series started, but the Cubs have swept four series (1998, 2004, 2007, and 2008).

This is going to be yet another great series, where the Cubs and Sox go at each other’s throat.

Hopefully, all can enjoy some good baseball.