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Cubs and White Sox play annual game but few really care

Are there any Chicago Cubs or White Sox fans that really care about competing for a “Cup?” This is the same “Cup” that most recently was called the BP Cup. But like fans that really don't care about the Cup, no one has cared to sponsor the series the past two years, either. When the two teams meet, there is no excitement like there was when games between the Cubs and White Sox were held as exhibition games and known as the Crosstown Classic when it began in 1985. Of course, that was before Interleague play and before the White Sox won the 2005 World Series.

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Many times in hockey when two bad teams face each other on the ice, you can get a pretty good game. It’s not always that way in baseball, though sometimes it is. Monday night Jeff Samardzija took a tie game into the ninth inning at Wrigley Field. The White Sox won in 12 innings on a very cold night for May in Chicago.

Tuesday night’s game seemed to mimic the Monday night game, with Edwin Jackson on the mound, but eventually the Sox took the lead and won that game, as well.

But where was the real action? On the field or in the bleachers and stands? The bleachers at Wrigley were downright dangerous in areas both nights. People celebrating Cinco de Mayo didn’t help matters Monday night. Alcohol fueled backtalk turned into nasty comments and some fights. Security did the best they could, but it was obvious they were shorthanded both nights at Wrigley. What should have been a friendly rivalry between the north siders and south siders left many fans frightened and disgusted.

The series moved to US Cellular Field for two games starting Wednesday. The White Sox won Wednesday night, clinching the Cup, but were blown out by the Cubs on Thursday night.

There were no sellouts for this series; however, the games at Wrigley drew better than the games at the Cell. Many reasons and excuses exist, but one thing was clear, the White Sox priced their tickets too high for the series and for their fan base. Had this been a series played in warmer weather, over a couple of weekends and at lower prices, both teams most probably would have attracted more spectators. As it was, the two games at Wrigley were played in frigid temperatures and only one game at the Cell was played in warm weather. And even then, the games at the Cell attracted some of the lowest numbers of spectators in the history of the rivalry.

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