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daruma / April 5, 2005 2:33 PM

They will face each other in the World Series this October and this town will explode.

Dapp / April 5, 2005 2:45 PM

Only one cubs starting pitcher will not be on the dl at sometime this year and he is also the oldest. 100 + pitch count on opening day is part of the reason.

Oh, the sox will have a good year placing second behind Cleveland or Detroit and be 15 games out of the wild card.

Matt / April 5, 2005 2:47 PM

The Sox should turn their sights to the 2006 season. This one is done. Perhaps they should even consider contraction...

Mike / April 5, 2005 2:52 PM

After the mid-season strike begins to look like it'll last, the MLB will decide to liquidate the two teams.
The Cubs will all become bartenders along Clark when Wrigley Field begins hosting motorcross all year round. The White Sox however, will go on to win the Gold Medal in the Canadian Curling Championships.

Just one man's guess...and fervent prayer.

Maggie / April 5, 2005 2:53 PM

I'm keeping the faith with my Cubbies. WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!!

Cubs fans: this link takes you to words of advice from a Red SOx fan/ESPN columnist. Good stuff.

Peter / April 5, 2005 2:57 PM

Both teams will cause their respective fans to complain incessantly all f'ing summer long.

Go team, though!

Pete / April 5, 2005 3:02 PM

They will both complete the entire regular season schedule.

eep / April 5, 2005 3:15 PM

Both teams will cause insane traffic snarls that will make my commute home from work a living hell.

That's all I got.

amyc / April 5, 2005 3:48 PM

The streets will run red with blood from Dusty Baker's neck!

Or they won't.

Roni / April 5, 2005 3:54 PM

Who are these Sox you are referring to?


jen*nee / April 5, 2005 4:18 PM

As far as the Cubs are concerned:
The bats look good, with enough power and small ball skills to win 85+ games.
If C-Pat stays healthy, I think he'll have the kind of year that everyone's always expected of him.
A-Ram will be worth the money (something I rarely believe).
On the defensive side, I'd be crossing my fingers that both Nomar and C-Pat do stay healthy. Also, I'd be slightly concerned by the lack of a real closer (even when JoBo is healthy, he doesn't inspire a whole lot of confidence).
The Central is the toughest division in the league, hands down; everything needs to go the Cubs way for them to consider cracking even the top two.
But none of that really matters when you're skipping work on a sunny day, sitting in the bleachers drinking beer.

salty / April 5, 2005 4:22 PM

The suburban Cubs fans will take the El for their annual wave of "I don't usually take the El and I'm not usually this drunk" trips.

robin.. / April 5, 2005 5:04 PM

everyone on both teams will make shittons of money, and i will nap through at least three (3) afternoon telecasts of their games.

Tim / April 5, 2005 5:20 PM

Sox will win division (hey it is a weak division, but that is not their fault) and the cubs will miss the wild card by three games with lots of finger pointing by their sad, fake fans. It would be easier to understand the game if when you attended it you actually watched the game.

Leelah / April 5, 2005 5:46 PM

Why do people like baseball?

Benjy / April 5, 2005 6:34 PM

I've posted my predictions over at Chicagoist.

Mac / April 5, 2005 10:00 PM

I predict I'll not watch a single game played by either team.

And neither team will notice.

Blake / April 5, 2005 10:06 PM

Gotta love the Cubs. Go Cubbies!

Joe / April 6, 2005 12:44 AM

Both teams will play 162 games.

mike / April 6, 2005 3:40 AM

I think God said this about baseball,
"Some people will be cool and other people will not be cool."

Alex / April 6, 2005 9:04 AM

Why do people like baseball?
Because it is better than basketball!

I predict the Cubs will do O.K., then get better, then become great, then bomb again and I will be bitter for the entire month of October but by November I will love them again. It's quite the destructive relationship I have going on with these guys.

Ted / April 6, 2005 9:51 AM

The Cubs will lose and their fans will anguish over it.

The Sox will lose and no one will care.

Isn't it that way every year?

Tim / April 6, 2005 10:16 AM

Northsiders irrational sports self-importance never fails to astound. Because you go to game and get drunk drinking overpriced ballpark beer with 'trixies', does not make you in any way an actual baseball fan.

Tom / April 6, 2005 11:21 AM

Once again, Wrigley Field will turn into a veritable Noah's Ark of Big 10 frats and sororities. None in attendance will actually pay attention to the game, let alone realize that Sammy Sosa no longer plays for the Cubs.

leah / April 6, 2005 12:57 PM

I predict people will generalize about Cubs fans, accusing them all of attending games and not knowing what is going on and then delivering the ultimate zinger calling them all Trixies & Chads. Radical!

Tim / April 6, 2005 1:02 PM

It takes a trixie to know a chad.

Maggie / April 6, 2005 1:09 PM

"Northsiders irrational sports self-importance never fails to astound. Because you go to game and get drunk drinking overpriced ballpark beer with 'trixies', does not make you in any way an actual baseball fan."

If someone does the above, they are a Wrigley Field fan, not a Cubs fan. I live 4 blocks from Wrigley and am just as annoyed by those people... but I have also been a Cubs fan since I was born, I wore #7 in little league because I loved Jody Davis, I cried when they lost in 89, I stayed throughout the entire 18 inning game because I had a chance to go to a meet and greet with Scott Sanderson afterwards. PLEASE. Do not lump everyone into the same group and give me this @#$% about Cubs fans. I can love baseball, the Cubs and a tight double-play combo all at the same time.

leah / April 6, 2005 1:13 PM

Well put, Maggie.

Tom / April 6, 2005 2:20 PM

Maggie, I (like most Sox fans) have a lot of respect for people like you. Unfortunately, the "Wrigley Field fans" (as you put it) constitute the majority of the Cubs' current fan base, thereby generating much of the resentment and enmity in Chicago baseball. How can they lord their attendance figures over ours when they attend games for non-baseball-related reasons? How can they make crude generalizations about Bridgeport and Sox fans' socioeconomic backgrounds when they've never ventured outside Lincoln Park and Wrigleyville? How can they claim to represent our city when most of them recently moved here from Kalamazoo, Des Moines, or Winnetka?

Tim / April 6, 2005 2:21 PM

I agree with you Maggie. Let's leave leah and chad alone now.

Sox are down 2 in the bottom of the fourth.

Nicole / April 6, 2005 4:01 PM

Uh . . .

am I supposed to care?

Mark / April 6, 2005 4:27 PM

'Uh', that is clever.

Sox win, coming back in the ninth. Cubs lose by one, not a prediction, an omen.

Ron Mexico / April 6, 2005 4:36 PM

The real debate is which team's season will go down in flames first...

Joe / April 6, 2005 4:38 PM

"team's season will go down in flames first..."
That's easy, the cubs!.

joe / April 6, 2005 4:47 PM

The Cubs and the Cards will end the season with the exact same record, forcing a playoff that will work both Chicago and St. Louis into such a frenzy that the earth will shake and the dead will rise.

Harry Caray and Jack Buck (in zombie form) will announce the game, but by the end of the fourth inning, both will be so angry at one another (Buck will be mad because Harry changed over to the Cubs; Harry mad because Jack didn't), that they will fight to the death (oh, irony) between the mound and second base.

Harry, having been dead longer -- thus having more experience being a zombie -- will defeat Buck, and the game will be called with the Cubs victorious over the devil-birds. The other teams in the playoffs will forfeit their games for the safety of their dead hall of fame announcers, and the Cubs will be champions at long last!

Holy cow, indeed.

(Time for my Ritalin)

waleeta / April 6, 2005 5:04 PM

Baseball will be played by both, none will be watched by me.

UNLESS they come to DC and play the DC Nationals...where I will be torn on who to root for....lest I be shot by washingtonians.

Ron / April 6, 2005 11:31 PM

Sox will take take the AL Central.
Cubs will be place third.

(what do I win?)

Ron / April 6, 2005 11:32 PM

I know, a dictionary

chris / April 6, 2005 11:44 PM

I predict that all team sports people (except soccer players) are overpaied cry-babies. They will all whine for more millions. Oh, also I predict that I will NOT be watching or spending my hard-earned money on any cry-baby sports people.

Dusty Horselover / April 7, 2005 9:13 AM

Those whom dare to challenge the Sox should be horsewhipped in the opinion of this humble horsemaster. An affront to national dignity should be served in kind with a physical retaliation of the ultimate caliber. Could it be, though action is appealing to rather than none, complete factoids should be believed to write the book of love with intents nevermore malicious and delicious. And blessed be the children, who dream of love and whispers that sail upon the wind with every mention of the chicago bulls, until life do us bring together in the realm of phantasy. Creation is for the young and experienced, however, beggars be we all, and until that is grasped by any living human, peace shall remain elusive. in short GO SOX!!

tony / April 7, 2005 10:00 AM

We haven't made a sacrifice to the baseball gods in awhile, the Bartman ball notwithstanding. Cubs will finish decently but miss the wildcard, and I will continue with my silent protest of the Johnny-come-lately fans who have snatched up all the tickets to my beloved team and have forced me instead to catch their games at Miller Park.

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