Absolutely No BuzzCan you hear that? Listen closer. Still can't hear anything?
[Insert chirping crickets sound effect here.]
Tonight, Chicago baseball fans are preparing for the first game of the Cubs/White Sox series, and sadly, there is absolutely no buzz surrounding these games. Honestly, it's probably well-deserved, too.
When I rifled through my Humzoo archives this morning, I pulled up a blog I wrote about the start of the series in 2010. I had to laugh when I read the title, Where's the Buzz? I forgot. Both teams were struggling at that point in the season as well, but the city was enthralled with the quest for the Stanley Cup. When I posted that blog, the Chicago Blackhawks were one win away from kissing the Stanley Cup. Having two bad baseball teams didn't seem to matter much.
Sadly, in 2011, that's all we have. The Blackhawks were knocked out in the first round by the Vancouver Canucks, the Bulls lost in the conference championships to the Miami Heat, and the NFL lockout is alive and well with no official Bears news. Yes, two bad baseball teams. That's all.
Regardless, I'll be watching. After my cycling class at Courts Plus, of course.
Out of the two teams, the White Sox have the most to gain. They are currently in third place in the American League Central. They are only 5 1/2 games behind the Cleveland Indians. On the other hand, the Cubs are sinking. They are in fifth place, 10 games out of first, in the National League Central. The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals are tied atop the division. The first three games will be played on the south side at US Cellular Field. The second three-game series will be at Wrigley Field.
And I almost forgot to mention the trophy that's on the line. Last year, during its inaugural season, the White Sox won the Irresponsible-Company-That-Spewed-Oil-into-the-Gulf-of-Mexico-After-Several-Failed-Attempts Crosstown Cup. Will the White Sox keep it, or will it travel eight miles north?